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

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pet portrait trade complete!

About a year ago, I contacted artist Kathy Weller to commission a pet portrait for my husband. Yes, I am a pet portrait artist, but Kathy has a distinct style that I really wanted. A deal was made: instead of a true commission, we decided to do a pet portrait trade. Kathy created an amazing portrait of Rosie that incorporated all of the things Kevin likes to do with her. It happened to be Kathy's swan song in terms of pet portraiture. I was blessed to receive her last pet portrait before she switched gears to other artistic pursuits. I received the portrait in early January. Then it was my turn....and (gasp!) seven months later, I have reciprocated. Ruby and Daisy, two adorable Pugs, were a pleasure to paint. I hadn't painted a Pug in a while, and I've never gotten to do such a bright pink for the background (Kathy's idea; how cool is she?). Thank you, Kathy, for a fabulous art trade. It was a pleasure getting to know you, witness your process, and paint your pets. You continue to be an inspiration to me; I'm honored that my art will hang in your home. Enjoy!

With Round 1 of "30-in-30" completed, and this portrait finished, I need a break from painting. I gave my brushes a good cleaning and folded up my easel. I need to recharge my battery and focus on some other aspects of my life that I've been neglecting for quite a while. I'm still accepting commissions; in fact, I just received one. My new client is incredibly gracious and understanding about my little break; thanks, Julie!

DON'T FORGET to guess the doggie treats, for your chance to win a FREE pet portrait.....and STAY TUNED for a call for photos: Round 2 of 30 Dogs in 30 Days/Weeks will be starting in August.

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