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

Sunday, June 20, 2010

30 in 30: Phase 2 Week 26: Tessa

When Kevin and I took Rosie to puppy class at our local Petsmart, we would run into this big, lovable Mastiff named Tessa. Little Rosie loved to play with Tessa, so of course I photographed the action. I ended up with a photo so cute, I had to incorporate it into my 30-in-30 project. And I've gotten a lot of compliments on the finished portrait. Problem is, I don't have the contact information for Tessa's mommy. After the completion of each 30-in-30 portrait, I send a letter to the person who belongs to the dog and/or submitted the photo. I give him/her right of first refusal when it comes to buying the painting, for a period of 30 days. Regardless of size and medium, I offer every 30-in-30 portrait for the low(!) price of $100. If the person declines to buy it, or doesn't act within 30 days, I list it in my Etsy shop for a (only slightly) higher price.

I feel uneasy about just listing this painting for sale without making some effort to contact Tessa's mom. So today I called Petsmart and spoke to our most recent training instructor (the lovely Diane), who took down my info and will pass it along to Tessa's mom if she sees her in the store. So I'll be holding on to this portrait for a while, just in case.

{ UPDATE 7/6: Diane's covert ops worked! I just got a call from Tessa's mom, and she wants to buy the portrait! Yipeee! That just made my day! Thank you, ladies! }

{ UPDATE again: Never heard from Tessa's mommy. Guess she changed her mind.
The original painting is available here. }

{ FINAL UPDATE 7/6/12: After over a two years of the unsold painting living under my bed, I donated it to the Northeast Ohio Mastiff Picnic. I hope it makes them some money for Mastiff rescue! }

I'm a bit behind on my posting, because I've been desperately trying to get this project finished. Just yesterday I completed a large painting of a Vizsla, which I will post soon. Three more to go and the first installment of "30 Dogs in 30 Days/Weeks" is over! Only...three...more...to...go.......I...can...do...it...

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