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


Sunday, December 18, 2011

What's Christmas without a little GLITTER?

Silly me! I never posted the last six glitter dog silhouettes. Well, here they are. They look kinda festive, considering the season. Like ornaments, almost. At least they do to me, a person who is not decorating for Christmas at all, due to my 9-months-pregnant status.

Meet Disco Dalmatian, Beaming Beagle, Shimmering Schnauzer, Heck of a Husky, Not-so-Bashful Basset, and Cha-Cha Chihuahua. All but one are available in their very own section of my Etsy shop.

When I came up with the idea of these, I had 17 round wood plaques leftover from an old project. I made 17 glitter dog silhouettes—15 to sell, and 2 to gift to someone I admire from afar. I'm putting the glue and glitter away for a while (after I make one of my own dog for the baby's room, that is). But I might create a generic shop listing for a custom glitter silhouette. Two of these little gems have been purchased, and I hope the rest follow suit. They are so much cuter (and sparklier) in person. I think they'd make a great gift!

I am officially finished with holiday commissions! I can't wait to actually post them once Christmas is over! I'm quite proud of those paintings. I still have 7(!) portraits hanging over my head; but it's almost impossible for me to paint comfortably these days, and my maternity leave is looming. I've come to accept that some paintings will just have to wait until after the new year...and maybe even after the baby is born. There are two paintings for which the dog owners have paid money, both at silent auctions. In the spirit of fairness, those pieces are my priority. The rest have not been paid for in any way yet; so while they will definitely be completed, they will have to wait a bit.

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