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 27, 2011

30 Dogs Week 18: Sprite

Here is Rosie's agility class buddy, Sprite the white Border Collie with one blue eye and one brown eye. When I first saw Sprite, I couldn't stop looking at her; she is so gorgeous. And sweet, too. She is amazing at the agility obstacles in class...and when she is done or waiting her next turn, she likes to sit in a chair just like her mommy and daddy. So cute!

We've taken a break from agility class for the fall/winter. The class is an hour away from where we live...and only offered on weeknights. Considering Kevin and I are teachers who wake up at 5:30am and 4:30am(!!!) respectively, the traveling to agility class was rough. Also, we signed Rosie up for agility just for fun. She is a spaniel, and therefore requires a lot of physical activity. She is great little athlete, and excels in class. But we have no plans to enter the agility trial circuit. We were surrounded by agility competitors, who seem to have their own little language. Remember that song from Sesame Street (Mr. Rogers? Electric Company? One of them!) that goes "Which of these things doesn't belong?" Well, that's how we Throckmortons felt amongst the hard-core agility people.

So, the break from agility class was a welcome one...but we miss it a bit. We certainly miss Sprite, who also took a break or two. Hopefully Rosie and Sprite will be reunited soon...maybe now that it's spring? Thanks, Lea, for inviting us to your home last summer so Rosie could run and play with your dogs, and meet your cool mini horses. Thank you, also, for participating in my project. I hope you like Sprite's portrait!

UPDATE: This painting has been framed, and is now for sale right here.
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