"Sweet Douglas Squirrel"
It is a dark, gray, cold, soaking day in the Pacific Northwest. So what better way for an artist to spend it than painting something fun, bright and cheerful.
Here is a watercolor and ink painting of one of our local Douglas Squirrels. These are the most active forest creatures I know. They just can't sit still for any length of time. These adorable bright rust and ochre colored, small squirrels literally zip about in the trees, dashing here and there so fast - it's a challenge to keep your eye trained on one. We have a few that visit our feeders and they are quite brave and will challenge the larger introduced species, gray squirrels - even though the little Douglas is half the size. Also, one individual in particular will alert me when I'm in the kitchen or the garden - to the fact that the feeder is out of seed. He stands on his favorite oak branch and just chatters and chatters at me until I add sunflower seeds to the feeder. This time of year they also enjoy the winter berries. I just love these little squirrels!
The bright colors and large expressive eye really make Douglas Squirrels fun art subjects. Also, with the green background and red berry - I must be thinking of the holidays. Enjoy!