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, December 30, 2011

Reflecting

Me and The Bean: Chicago, April 2011
and
22 portraits in 12 months (not too shabby for a pregnant chick)
I'm less than three weeks away from my due date. Needless to say, I'm a wee bit overwhelmed. But I'm taking a moment to reflect on this last year. It was a doozy.

In 2011, I...
...visited New Orleans, LA for the first time
then, a week later, I...
...visited Chicago, IL for the third time (first with Kevin)
I also...
...got pregnant (also for the first time)
...had a painting published in a charity art book
...exhibited my dog portraiture in an art gallery (for the second time)
...created my first all-digital pet portrait
...branched out of just teaching Graphic Design, picking up two Fine Arts classes at the high school where I work
...visited Lake George, NY for the first time
...had my best-ever Etsy sales month (in December)
...discovered a new meaning to my 2011 word for the year (temple), through my pregnancy
...completed 22 dog portraits in 12 months

I hoped the final tally of portraits for 2011 would be 29 instead of 22, as I have seven outstanding portraits hanging over my head: three contest winners and the last four "30 Dogs" pieces. But, alas, another thing I did in 2011 was learn to let go. I had to put myself and the health of my baby first, which meant shelving some projects. I'm a little too Type-A to do this gracefully, but I did it. At least I have work lined up for 2012!

I've chosen a word for the new year, but I'm keeping it to myself. Perhaps this time next year I'll reveal it, along with all of the ways the word manifested itself in my life. I'm curious what I'll have posted, art-wise, a year from now. With the arrival of a baby, art production for me could go either way: I might be super-prolific or totally stagnant. Or anywhere in between. Time will tell.

No matter what, 2012 promises to be a great year for this girl! Hopefully for you, too!
Happy New Year!
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