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, December 27, 2011

Some Christmas commissions revealed!

Here are three portraits I've been keeping under wraps so I wouldn't spoil any surprises. It was difficult, because I'm really pleased with how all three portraits turned out.
At long last, I present Mindy, Chase, and Schnitzel.

Mindy is a German Shepherd mix. This commission came from my friend Mike, who has now commissioned FOUR portraits from me: Maddie for his friends, Bonaparte and Trigger for his parents, and now Mindy for his sister. As always, thank you, Mike! You rock!
Chase is a Yellow Lab puppy. His full name is Chase Mutley, which is a riff on Chase Utley, #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies. Angela found out about me through Camp Bow Wow (SO glad I have a sample portrait hanging there!). All of Chase's photos were adorable, but this photo was Angela's hubby's favorite. I hope he was surprised and happy on Christmas morning, Angela. Thank you!
Schnitzel, the Basset-Lab mix, was also commissioned by a patron of Camp Bow Wow. Just when I thought I had closed my queue for holiday portraits, I heard from Laura—a photographer and fellow art teacher! I had to paint this regal-looking boy. Thank you, Laura; I hope your husband loves the portrait!

I did two other Christmas commissions this year: Maggy and Maggie. One was gifted prior to Christmas, so I posted it already, and one I'll post soon.

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday! I sure did!
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