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, October 1, 2009

30 in 30: PHASE 1 IS FINISHED!

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I did it! I set out to draw 30 dogs in 30 days and I did it. I must admit, it wasn't always at a-dog-a-day pace, but it was close. I am really proud of myself, I must say. It's always a great feeling when you accomplish a goal, isn't it?

I wanted to challenge myself with a disciplined daily art practice, and boy was it a challenge! The actual drawing was a pleasure; it was finding the time every day (or every other day, sometimes) that was the tough part. I know I am a better artist for the experience. I enjoyed looking at these sweet faces, and I can't wait to turn the sketches into beautiful portraits. Yes, that's right. The 30 in 30 project is nowhere near completed. Phase 2 starts Monday: Each week I'll take one of the 30 drawings and turn it into a full-color portrait. I'm giving myself Christmas week off, but otherwise I hope to stay dedicated and focused, and complete the project in early May. I look forward to experimenting with media I haven't used in my pet portraiture.

Maxwell the Poodle is first, and I plan to paint him in watercolor.

I am giving myself a few days off, during which time the only dog I want to look at is my own! Soon, in addition to beginning Phase 2, I'll be creating my first portrait of three dogs on the same canvas. The size differential between the dogs is quite significant, so it will take some Photoshop wizardry to create the composition before I even get to drawing. Stay tuned...

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