Merritt Island, Florida
24.000 x 24.000 x 2.000 inches
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Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
Okay....I already posted the photograph I took of this little guy. I couldn't resist and just had to try my hand at doing a painting of him, too. I heavily referenced the aforementioned photo, which I had taken at a park on Merritt Island. I changed the background from a sidewalk to grass. I wasn't in the mood to paint so much gray as in the gray of the sidewalk and the squirrel I removed much of the tree litter in the background. I wanted it to be all about the acorn. I hoped to express his indecission about retrieving his acorn. We looked at each other for quite a long time before he finally grabbed the precious acorn and scurrying up a tree.
Although, he is an eastern gray squirrel, I noticed that he had quite a bit of rusty orange colorations. Using my artistic license, I slightly exaggerated the orange and the blue/gray fur. Upon careful examination, I noticed that he had little dark “beauty” spots on his chest, too.
Gray squirrels feed on a vriety of foods, chiefly plant in origin. Acorns are their mainstay. They begin eating acorns in the Spring and continue throughout the year if they are available. When mast (acorns) fail in one area the squirrels usually move en masse to other areas where food is more abundant. This accounts in large measure for the “migrations” of squirrels that are frequently reported. Normally they feed twice a day—early morning and late afternoon—and are less active at midday.
I painted this on a square gallery wrapped canvas.
March 22nd, 2013
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