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

Thursday, July 21, 2011

NEWS....and NEW/IMPROVED listings in the shop!

First the news....I'M PREGNANT! That's the reason why my 30 Dogs project came to a screeching halt, remained dormant for 3+ months, and is only sloooowly getting finished these days. Baby T is due to arrive in January. We are very excited, except I don't think Rosie quite understands that she will have a human brother or sister soon.

When I've been feeling too nauseous to paint, I've been working on my Etsy shop overhaul. This week I added/revised a lot:
  • All 75 of my Dog Wisdom cards are now back in the shop. The photoshoots took forEVER, as did the follow-up Photoshop work, but I'm happy with the results. I still want to photograph EVERY card in a frame, since so many of my customers tell me that they frame the cards vs. sending them, but that project will happen eventually. You can peruse my line of cards (and my collection of pretty paper backgrounds) here.
  • Some of my originals for sale are now FRAMED. Woo hoo! They are dogs looking for a good home. Check them out here.
  • I found a few CARD SETS lying (laying? I never get that right!) around and couldn't believe that I never listed them. There are four card sets, ready to ship: Boxer, Husky, Dachshund, and Pug. They can be purchased here.
  • I've also updated (almost all of) my custom pet portrait listings. While I have a comprehensive size/price list on here, I offer a small range of the most popular sizes on Etsy. I created those listings back in 2007 and never touched them. Suddenly yesterday it occurred to me that those listings are the perfect opportunity to show off some of the great photos I've received from clients, of dogs next to their portraits. Love it! What do you think?
I'm hoping that these shop additions/revisions will bring in some business. Mama needs some cash! Diapers alone are gonna kill me next year!

*Bun in the oven image courtesy of Flickr, found here.*
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