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

Friday, December 3, 2010

For the love of gray

30/30 Weeks 6 & 7: Otis and Monk
Or is it grey? I never know. Well, anyway, here are two portraits featuring that color: the two most recent portraits in my 30 Dogs series. I'm still behind with the project, but I'm getting caught up. The top portrait is of Otis, a smooth coated Brussels Griffon. He is brother to Maggie the Affenpinscher. I love painting little teeny tiny dogs in a way that makes them look like a huge presence. I painted both Maggie and Otis on wood. The last time I applied oil paint to wood was about five years ago. I love how the paint glides over the wood; I'll have to choose wood over canvas more often.

The bottom portrait is Monk, a Schnauzer mix. Is he cute or what? It has been a while since I did a pastel portrait. I really love the medium! What I always find magical, when working in pastel or colored pencil, is the moment when I carefully remove the masking tape and reveal a crisp line of color against a stark white border. It makes me very happy. I'm an art dork, what can I say?

The next several dogs in my lineup are black, white, and gray, with wrinkles, spots, and shaggy fur. Stay tuned!

Happy December!

UPDATE: The Brussels Griffon painting (top photo) has been framed, and is now for sale right here.
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