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


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Last Christmas portrait reveal: MAGGIE

Lab mixes abound! Yesterday I posted a purebred Lab and a Lab mixed with Bassett. This little cutie is Lab mixed with Chow (thus the partially black tongue). The photos I received of Maggie made me wish I could reach into the pictures and touch her thick, soft fur! I can tell she's a sweet, lovable dog.

Maggie's dad, Bob, commissioned me to paint Maggie as a Christmas gift for his wife. Bob was my first client to request my patterned-paper-background style. Up until now, I used that technique on my own whim, so I was excited to receive a request for it. And his request was specific enough (yellow/daisies/ecological/nature/autumn were my key words) to give me a fun challenge in terms of hunting down the perfect paper, but flexible enough for me to be confident in my choice. I found this paper and I knew it was the way to go. Between the fun paper and the adorable dog (it's no secret I love to paint black dogs), this one was a pleasure to paint.

Thank you, Bob! I hope your wife was surprised and happy on Christmas morning!

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