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 17, 2010

A trio of mixed breeds

Weeks 9, 10 & 11: Spike, Spencer,
and Texas
It may seem as though I skipped week 8, but I didn't. Week 8's portrait was purchased as a Christmas present, I'm keeping it under wraps until the 25th. So here I am with my three latest "30 dogs" portraits. Spike is a Chug (Chihuahua + Pug = Chug). He is a member of a family I've known all my life. More on that family and their dogs in a later post. Spike's background was originally watercolor, but I messed it up BIG TIME. A happy accident, I suppose, because I quite like the patterned paper I used for the revised background. Don't ya love the one tooth popping out of Spike's mouth?!

Spencer belongs to Diane, our trainer at Petsmart. Diane was so great with Rosie when we took our last training class; Rosie adores her. Spencer is a mystery mixed breed, but I'm thinkin' there is some Dalmatian in there. Those spots were a challenge, to say the least! Spencer has lovely brown eyes, which really stand out against all of that black and white.

Texas, a Cairn-Yorkie mix (a.k.a. a "Carkie"!) is the canine niece of my friend Eileen. I've mentioned Eileen a lot on this here blog of mine. She's been a friend to me since I was 14, and is currently, without a doubt, one of the most supportive people I have in my corner when it comes to my pet portrait (ad)venture. I love ya, Isles!

Thank you to Megan, Diane, and Eileen for contributing your photos to my project. I hope you are happy with the results!

UPDATE: The painting of the Chug (top photo) is for sale right here.
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