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February 26, 2014

greygrey2  This winter I resumed feeding the wild birds for the enjoyment of it. The cats no longer have access to the area since it’s regularly patrolled by the canine pack. The birds are abundant and new furry faces are showing up. We’ve had a few squirrels visit the deck and surrounding trees over the past few years, but nothing regular. Now one has figured out the free food location. How long will he survive with 3 overly enthusiastic dogs on his fluffy tail? I’m not feeling hopeful. Today he managed to escape the deck, run up the big Ponderosa pine and leap (a leap of faith) towards the scraggly branches of the cherry trees. I stared in horror as he fell over 15 feet before grabbing a branch. Whew! Saved for another day.

Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to train Moby about squirrels. To get his attention, all one has to do is ask “Squirrel??” or make their characteristic chattering sound. He makes a b-line to the door and starts searching the trees. Yes, kind of like Doug the dog in the movie UP. The focus is just as intense. Our last pointer was enthralled by cats. We would ask her “Where’s the kitty?” and she would search out our house cats and nudge them. At least she didn’t want to eat them. The neighborhood cats were a different story… 

I spent about 10-15 min working on this sketch of a Western Grey Squirrel. It was fun to play large and set a time limit. That’s it for today. Back to estate stuff. 😦

Materials: 18″x 24″ rough newsprint, vine charcoal, Jack Richeson compressed charcoal.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Maria Blair permalink
    February 26, 2014 12:07 pm

    Don’t let Moby see that!!!

    • paperstew permalink*
      February 26, 2014 1:14 pm

      I won’t! Hopefully the little guy doesn’t return today. Once a day dog torture is enough. 😉

  2. February 26, 2014 12:56 pm

    your 15 minutes would be my two hours…

    • paperstew permalink*
      February 26, 2014 1:13 pm

      I’m attempting to work larger to free up my brain more. Plus I found a nice big pad of newsprint with only 3 sketches by my dad. 🙂

  3. February 26, 2014 3:03 pm

    Terrific drawing

    • paperstew permalink*
      February 26, 2014 4:48 pm

      Thanks Rosie! Hey, how was your squirrel the other night? Was it tasty?

      • February 27, 2014 1:28 pm

        It’s still in the freezer. We might keep it until our 9 year old nephews visit next 🙂

      • paperstew permalink*
        February 27, 2014 2:13 pm

        There was a blog posting last week from Deidra Alexander about cooking squirrels ( I thought of you!

      • February 27, 2014 2:20 pm

        oooh thank you 🙂

      • February 27, 2014 2:31 pm

        Wow thank you, looks delicious 🙂

      • paperstew permalink*
        February 27, 2014 2:38 pm

        Anything to help you out dear Rose! 😀

  4. March 8, 2014 8:06 am

    Lovely squirrel 🙂

    • paperstew permalink*
      March 10, 2014 5:55 pm

      He was fun to draw. 🙂

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