Friday, 29 January 2016

Squirrels, a drawing or three

Happy  Paint Party Friday!

I spent yesterday afternoon at the kitchen table drawing, while the snow fell.

Here is an old one I'd done.

We have flying squirrels, red squirrels, black squirrels all over the place! The black squirrel, sitting on the railing in the snow, JB called Slow Eddy! (That was after a major snowstorm in Bala.)



First I tried Dea's cute cartoon squirrel for a warm-up.

Then I moved on to How2DrawAnimals. I used my photographs to help with the eyes, for example, and the light. After this, I thought about a background: the dock, the flower rock and Long Lake (see below)! Finally, you can see how I put these together in a trip back through memory lane (or memory lake!). 
Our cottage, on Long Lake, Bala, Ontario –where we were from 1960 - 2010. I miss it terribly. I knew every rock, shoal and inlet on that lake, as well as the lake behind the trees in the background which fed it. I had many a wonderful canoodle there.  I walked around the lake: a sweet trip. Paddled on Mary Lake: Canoodling on a beaver dam pond - under blue skies!!



Slow Eddy!
Canada Geese on the dock
The dock
the Flower Rock
Long Lake

18 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your arty squirrels, and all the gorgeous photos, hanks for sharing, happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

Christine said...

Jenn you are really growing in your art, good for you and nice work!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
F A B - you - luss work Jenn!!! YAM xx

William Kendall said...

They're such cute, devious rascals. I remember the first time I saw a flying squirrel- very different!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely drawings and cute squirrels

Powell River Books said...

I've been trying to do some line drawings in my journal lately. As long as I stay away from people I've been doing fairly well. - Margy

Nancy J said...

Your drawing is so lovely, but even more so your words, memories, nostalgia, and a huge longing to go back maybe. Was that a really happy time there? Do some more with pencils and paper, and make them all into a book of places, times and memories. You are a whizz at adding the right words for every page.

~*~Patty S said...

Your nature photos are all wonderful.
Such a variety of squirrels.
I was snapping some photos of our two rascals in a snow squall this afternoon. They had their tails tucked up behind them to try and block the wind.
Your squirrel drawing is fabulous!
Happy PPF
oxo Patty #47

Neesie said...

A wonderful post Jenn, you certainly have drawn a cute squirrel.
I don't have squirrels visiting my garden and feeders at the moment, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did come. I have three feeding stations around my house and spend a fortune on feed every month.
There is a wood near by and we do have deer.
We holiday at times in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec and so your photos remind me of great times. I now have a yearning to revisit... soon

Janet said...

Cute squirrel drawings, and the photos are great. Those last two of the squirrels are just so darn cute.

Olga Hebert said...

I really like the way you dedicate at least one day to art!

Red said...

It's sad to leave a place we've lived at for a long time and a place we really love. You are having fun with the drawing.

Cozydoodle said...

Really lovely squirrel! So cute! Happy PPF!

Linda Kunsman said...

delightful squirrel illustrations and i love the photos too!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

The squirrels are adorable. I love your drawings.

Giggles said...

These are precious! I'm such a squirrel lover and your photos are wonderful too!

Hugs Giggles

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Such nice drawings of squirrels. I love seeing the photos too.

Dea Lenihan said...

Your drawings are wonderful! I am thrilled that you did such a lovely drawing from the video. xo And those photos are amazing--you are really good at photography. Thank you thank you! xo