happy fat squirrel

Squirrel, oil pastel on paper, 9 x 12″, 2009.

This drawing was Mary Elise’s birthday card/present this year. She mentioned a while back wanting an original CBH artwork, and since we both share a love for squirrels, I thought I would make her a squirrel.  Mary Elise, I think first fell in love with the squirrel when she went to Minneapolis for a conference.  She was blown away by how big the squirrels were in comparison to NC squirrels.  The Minneapolis squirrels have to pack on a few more pounds before the winter to survive.  I have always loved squirrels.  My dad’s nickname for me is squirrel, but I have always loved their erratic behavior and knack for finding food.  Any animal that squirrels away food for later use, is a fan of mine.  

This was a fun drawing to make because of the subject matter and the interesting texture throughout the piece.  Lucky Mer has a fat squirrel for her collection now.  

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