I can´t resist standing still to try to focus on what they´re doing or running after them with my camera when they make a run for it. They´re clever, beautiful, often very bold and cheeky, but most of all: very cute! For the new season I have drawn the Red Squirrel I met in the park in my home town, the Black Squirrel I met in a park in Victoria Canada and the Chipmunk was laughing at me when my fear of heights got the better of me on a 500 meter peak.
This season porcelain plates, fine art prints and wallpaper (see below) will be added to the collection with these new illustrations. Here are their stories.
If I go running I sometimes see her. She holds on to a tree upside down, with her tail in the air, looking at me. I stop and she skilfully turns to the other side of the tree, out of my view. I follow her around the tree. When I try to outsmart her by changing the direction, she decides she’s not up for games. I’m disappointed as I watch her go. She elegantly waves her tail at me in her dramatic exit.
This is truly an urban squirrel, but it is hard to tell. He has s uch beautifully shiny and soft fur. I saw him in Victoria, Canada. He and his mates came to check on me and were begging for food about half a meter from me. Manners he had none. Or maybe I just misunderstood and he just came to introduce himself and his friends. Perhaps he just wanted to have a nice little chat. It is a fact Canadians are known for their friendliness.
They’re laughing at me I am sure of it. As I am holding on to a tree, they jump from left to right, from tree to tree on the top of the Stawamus Chief, a mountain in Canada. I can’t make it to the top, because I just became aware of the depths below me. We’re so high and it’s getting harder to climb up. They can keep their summit. This is of course a ridiculous thought for them. They’re bouncing around without a care in the world, enjoying their domain. It must be nice and quiet up there. None of those scaredy-cats at the top.
Here’s a clip of how I draw the Chipmunk:
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