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

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Winding down

After almost an entire year's hiatus from painting, I've emerged with two finished portraits: Schultz the Norwegian Elkhound and Mitzie, who I believe is an Australian Shepherd (confirmation on that is pending). And they are both way, WAY overdue.

I ran a contest on here three(!) years ago, in which I asked people to guess how many dog biscuits were in a jar. The winner was my friend Colleen. Thankfully Colleen is a personal friend with a lot of patience, because three years is a crazy-long time to wait for a dog portrait! {Especially one done in all pencil, which is what Colleen requested.} Mitzie's portrait was also a prize, this time from a charity auction last year. I promised the finished portrait to the auction winner, Mitzie's mom, by April. It is December and I just finished it today. Thankfully, she is also patient and very understanding. I can't believe it took me this long to complete such a small portrait (it is an 8" circle); but then again, the last year been a bit of a blur.

In my last post, dated March 2013, I mentioned that I could use some prayers. I was alluding to the fact that my dad was battling lung cancer. He passed away two months ago.

Over the past few weeks, I have found solace in painting. With that said, however, I am looking forward to finishing up all of the partially-done paintings in my studio—three from my last 30 Dogs project, another way-overdue portrait for a charity auction winner, and two holiday commissions—and calling it quits with pet portraiture, indefinitely. I am ready to close this chapter of my life and move on to other artistic pursuits. I don't know what those pursuits will be yet, but I know they will have to be doable for a full-time working mommy of a toddler. Pet portraiture just isn't. More on that when I have more art to post...

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