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, November 5, 2009

Once a Graphic Designer, always a Graphic Designer

Sometimes it helps to be a Graphic Designer. While I no longer make my primary living as a designer, I've still got some skills. Enough to design a pretty awesome (if I do say so myself) holiday card. I know it's only the beginning of November, but I designed these back in August and have been waiting to post them. I'm so excited about them, I can't wait any longer.

A pet peeve of mine over the last few years has been the switch from actual holiday cards to photos-of-kids-with-a-pre-printed-message. I was late to get married, and kids aren't even on my radar; but most of my friends are married parents. So every Christmas thus far, I've sent traditional cards and felt compelled to write a novella inside each one, while in return, I'd receive a plethora of photo cards with no personalization whatsoever. Why was I the only one with hand cramps?

Well, now that I have a husband and a canine daughter, I'm saving myself the carpal tunnel syndrome (I used to have it bad, actually, in my full-time Graphic Designer days). I suppose I'm jumping on the photo card bandwagon, but I don't care because I have a cute dog and I want to show her off!

Rosie turns 1 year old on Monday. Happy Birthday to my sweet spaniel!

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