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, October 6, 2010

30/30 Week 1: Atticus

This is Atticus, my first Scottie portrait. It is also the first finished portrait in Round 2 of my 30-in-30 project. There is an interesting story about Atticus. And it goes like this...About four years ago, when I was considering the notion of becoming a pet portrait artist, I did a little research. Actually, a LOT of research. And during that process, two pet portrait artist's names were popping up everywhere: Linda O'Neill of Abby Creek Studios, and Rebecca Collins of Art Paw. I fell in love with one of Linda's prints, and actually bought it for myself. It was a print of a Scottie. To this day, I've only met one Scottie in person, but I've always had an affinity for the breed. The name of the Scottie in the print? Atticus. I had no idea at the time that Atticus was Rebecca's dog. I reached out to Linda at the beginning of my pet portaiture journey. She has proven to me an amazing support system, mentor, and friend. A little further along that journey, I befriended Rebecca as well. She has also become a treasured source of advice, inspiration, and support, especially recently as I embarked on this newest incarnation of "30 Dogs in 30 Days/Weeks." Thanks to Rebecca's help, a few of her fans have become my clients. And Rebecca herself decided to participate in my project. She's been a mom to several Scotties, and the one she chose for me to celebrate in a portrait is....Atticus. WHAT A FULL CIRCLE MOMENT!

So of course Atticus had to be the first completed portrait in my project. It is quite timely, actually, as one of Rebecca's Scotties, Big Tommy, crossed over the rainbow bridge just last week. I imagine Atticus welcoming Big Tommy in dog heaven. May they frollick together happily ever after!

Reflecting on the last few years as a pet portrait artist gives me such a feeling of gratitude. Lovely, gracious, kind, generous people--who share my love for animals and my passion for art--have blessed my life. A big shout-out to Linda and Rebecca! While I've never met you ladies in person, I love ya lots (and your dogs). Thank you for everything!

P.S. I'll be painting Linda's dog, too! Stay tuned!

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