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


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Black, white and blue, part 1

30/30, Week 22: Frankie
My first Münsterländer! It was SO nice getting back to painting with oils again. Smooth as butta! I know, I know, I'm pregnant. Don't worry: I used odorless paint thinner, had a fan on full blast (I had to wear a winter hat!), and had the window open, despite the fact that the A/C is on. There are a few portraits for this project that I started in oil well before getting preggers, so I have no choice but to finish them in oil. Otherwise, I've been opting for acrylic or a dry media.

Thank you to Ilene for contributing your pups' photos to my project. I hope you like the result!

Eight portraits in my 30 Dogs project...I see the light! Gordon the Boston Terrier is about 90% done. Woo!

Next up: my very first ALL-DIGITAL pet portrait. It's about time I do one of them, considering I have a Graphic Design degree, used to be a full-time Graphic Designer, and now teach Graphic Design. Adobe Illustrator is my bag. So we'll see how all that translates into pet portraiture. I'm excited!

UPDATE: This Münsterländer painting is now available for sale right here.

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