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

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Two dogs named Molly

30 in 30: Phase 2 Week 25: Molly
Molly and a Blanket on the Chaise
I've painted multiple Maxes, Boscos, and Busters. For the first time, I have a repeating girl name in my repretoire, and what a cute name it is! The Molly above is part of my 30-in-30 series. She is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier who lived across the street from my parents. This painting represents a few firsts for me: my first acrylic pet portrait, my first painting on a circular canvas, and my first portrait with no visible eyes. I discovered something through the process of painting this Molly: I don't like working in acrylics! In college, I learned to paint using acrylics, and I thought I was terrible at it, so for years I didn't paint. At all. I used to joke and say that I steered clear from "all wet media." But once I tried oils on my own, everything changed. I've used oils, and considered myself a painter, ever since.

I wanted to use acrylics on a few paintings in my 30-in-30 project because one of my intentions of the project was to challenge myself in different media. I have one more acrylic painting in progress; to be honest, I'm avoiding it like the plague. I might add some collage to it. We'll see. Anyhoo, in my next go-round of 30-in-30, I want to try a color-blocking approach to a portrait. I'll save the acrylics for that....and probably only that!

Now on to the other Molly. This painting was a gift for a friend and colleague. Marissa, the choral teacher at the high school where I work, sang beautifully at my wedding. For free. And then proceeded to give me a wedding gift. I was so touched by her generosity that I wanted to reciprocate with a gift of my kind of art. Thankfully, I know Marissa's mom, who gave me a great photo of their Cocker Spaniel. This Molly portrait turned out to be one of my favorites—the kind you are sad to give up. But Marissa loves it, and that's the whole point. Yay!

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