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, September 2, 2011

September already! Some new goals emerge...

When I created this desk calendar last year, I chose this image of Hoss the sleeping St. Bernard for September as a little inside joke with myself. I'm an art teacher by day, so I know, as any of you educators also know, how exhausting it is at the start of the school year. I started yesterday—teachers only, mind you—and all I wanted to do was take a nap when I got home. I'll allow myself that luxury for a while because I'm pregnant, but then I have to push myself. I have a lot to accomplish in September.

Five more portraits to go in my 30 Dogs project, and they are all in progress. I have three pet portrait contest winners who have been incredibly patient, waiting for their paintings. That's gotta get done this month. If I'm going to do any holiday commissions, I need to at least get the preliminary sketches done in September, so that I may create the paintings in October. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, I have a dog-related art project going on, in which I'm collaborating with a good friend of mine, that is really close to our hearts. I'm going to keep the details secret for now. This adventure of ours scares me a bit lot. But in a good way.

I just keep reminding myself of two quotes these days:
"Do something creative every day." ~Paper Source's slogan
"Do one thing every day that scares you." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Here's to a challenging, yet rewarding, September!
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