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

Monday, June 28, 2010

A girl named Meatball

30-in-30 Phase 2 Week 28: Meatball
A few years ago, I was commissioned by my husband's best friend Mike to create a portrait of a Pit Bull named Chewie. This portrait was a gift for Mike's brother and sister-in-law. Eventually, Chewie acquired a sister in a Pit Bull named Meatball. Quite an unusual name for a female, but I love it (must be the Italian in me)! I had my camera with me on the day I met Meatball, and I managed to photograph her in a pose that completely resembled Chewie's pose in his portrait. I was so excited! I included that photo in my 30-in-30 project, and this painting is the result. I'll be gifting the portrait to Mike, who has been dogsitting Rosie for us one day/week since September as a favor. I'm hoping he, in turn, gifts it to his brother and sister-in-law so that the two portraits hang side by side, as I imagine them in my head (and have pictured here).

Meatball is complete. Yay! That leaves a Beagle named Casey, a St. Bernard named Hoss (which concludes my 30-in-30 project! Woo hoo!), and a long-overdue portrait of two Pugs named Ruby and Daisy (my end of a pet portrait trade) and I am done painting for a while. I decided to take a hiatus for the entire month of July. I still be doing marketing stuff and planning my second round (!!!) of 30-in-30; I just won't be drawing or painting. I need a break!

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