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


Sunday, March 20, 2011

My love-hate relationship with Airedales

30 Dogs Week 17: Dennis
Airedales. For a long time, I didn't like the breed at all. You see, when I was a little girl, my aunt and uncle had an Airedale named Kinks (as in the 60's rock band). Kinks seemed HUGE and a little scary to me, probably because I was so small. One day my family went over to my uncle's house for a party of some sort. I brought my very favorite possessions in the entire world—my stuffed bunnies, Funny Bunny and Honey Bunny. I loved these silly yellow bunnies, but not equally. Funny Bunny was definitely my favorite. And I loooooooved him! Well, on this particular day, Kinks developed an affinity for Funny Bunny as well. He treated my toy like his toy, and practically ripped it to shreds. My aunt came to the rescue and mended him to the best of her ability. She did a pretty good job, but it was obvious that Funny Bunny underwent major surgery. I was DE.VA.STA.TED. And from that point on, I despised Airedales. I didn't know what the name of the breed was back then, so I just referred to them as "Kinks dogs."

Fast forward 30 years. I become a pet portrait artist with a business named "i heart dogs." I feel a bit hypocritical, knowing that I don't exactly heart two breeds: Weimaraners and Airedales. Meeting and painting Fisher changed my mind about Weims. I just need to get over my Airedale thing. Enter Dennis, who belonged to my friend Nicole. I never met Dennis, but I heard so many cute stories about him, I discovered a little place in my heart for the Airedale. So, of course, I had to paint him during this round of "30 Dogs." Thanks, Nicole, for sharing your photos of Dennis!

UPDATE: This painting is for sale right here.
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