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, October 11, 2010

Sam, River, and Quincy

I just completed a commission of three gorgeous dogs. Meet Sam, River, and Quincy. Their mom, Beth, ordered the paintings as a birthday present for her husband. I completely over-estimated my painting speed, and thought I could whip the portraits up quickly. For that reason, I opted to work in acrylic vs. oil (acrylic dries super fast). Well, by the time the birthday rolled around, all Beth could give her hubby were images of my sketches.
The paintings took a lot longer than I expected. I struggle with acrylics (they take me forEVER), but I'm learning to appreciate them. I've received lots of lovely feedback on these three portaits on my Facebook page, so I've decided that acrylics and I are still in cahoots. In fact, the next two portraits I'll be posting are acrylic (along with gorgeous papers from far away lands!). Don't worry oils, I still love you and I'll be back very soon.
Thank you, Beth, for the opportunity to paint your gorgeous dogs...and for your patience. I hope your husband loves these paintings, and considers them worth the wait!

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