Wednesday, January 5, 2011

fox squirrel, today

fox squirrel, today, originally uploaded by Cathy (Kate) Johnson.
This one was much larger than the little gray squirrel yesterday...since I was working on tan paper I decided to push the color. The warm, dull reddish brown is called "fulvous,: but I used two shades of orange instead! A big of black cherry, burnt umber, dark gray and touches of black and I was happy with him. I used a bit of pale blue to suggest his shiny, healthy fur reflecting the sky...

I didn't get to watch him as long though...he greedily noshed on the ears of Indian corn I put out, and then ran off. It's usually fox squirrels who make off with the whole cob, or strip most of one. The little grays daintily take one kernel, eat the germ and leave the rest. (No wonder they're smaller!)


  1. I like this drawing a lot and this blog!

    Fun to come here.

  2. This is so lovely! I love the light and dark against the mid-toned paper too - very effective! And the word 'squirellyness' made me giggle!

  3. Thank you both! Wish I could have gotten a good scan, but this is close enough...

    I'm delighted to have the chance to view wildlife so close...

  4. Nice, perky squirrel. Your sketches on toned paper make me itch to try something other than white.

  5. I just love your squirrels, thanks for sharing them


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