WOOF! Thank you for visiting i heart dogs studio, the home of pet portraits lovingly painted by me, Christine Humphries Throckmorton. Since 2007, I have created custom pet portraits, prints, cards, and more, all featuring lovable canines (and the occasional feline). Scroll down, take a look around, click away. You'll see a wide variety of pet portraits, and get to know a bit about the girl behind the canvas.

PLEASE NOTE: Now that I have a toddler, I am no longer accepting commissions. For now, I am shelving the paintbrushes and just enjoying being MOM. I have a variety of original paintings, prints, and cards available in my shop, however, and there is a lot of dog art to peruse in the pages of this here blog. Enjoy.

“I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings
they can show me in the world.” ~ Samuel Johnson

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Two bits of print news

BARCCHUS PRINT NOW AVAILABLE: OK, so I didn't win the wine label contest. At least I made the Top Ten, and I had a lot of fun with the entire process. I also ended up with a piece of artwork that I'm really proud of. Barcchus, the canine god of wine is now available as a print in my Etsy shop.

CHEAPER PRINTS: I have decided to make some changes in how I do prints of my paintings. Until now, I did 8x10 image sizes on 11x14 paper. This created a lot of wasted paper which is not recyclable (the actual paper size is 13x19). I used some of the extra paper to make bookmarks, but a lot of it ended up in the trash. Also, the paper is quite expensive. I've bought many prints from various fellow Etsians, and noticed that they all print an 8x10 image on 8.5x11 paper. As someone who loves traditional printmaking, I really like the big white borders on the paper. If I were to make a woodcut print tomorrow, I'd keep a lot of white space; but for my digital reproductions on Etsy, I am now downsizing to 8.5x11 paper. This brings the price point (that term reminds me of working retail and I just cringed) to below $20. Yipee! Sizes and prices of all dog and cat prints have been adjusted in my Etsy shop.
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