Grey squirrel

The Story Behind the Painting

This is a re post from my Chris Osborne Adventures as I’m trying to seperate my adventures and my art, apology’s if you have already read it.

The Grey Squirrel is from one of my photographs I shot in 2018 while visiting my home town Filey, North Yorkshire, England. You can spot them running up and down trees in and around Glen Gardens, one of our local parks.

Whenever I visit home I always look for these fascinating little things, even if there a pest and have chased the native red squirrel away.

Filey, North Yorkshire, England

My Painting Process

The following are a few progress shots of the Grey Squirrel, I painted in around 4hrs.

First starting off with a pencil outline of the squirrel and a rough guide to where I would place the dark shadows of the tree bark.


Next an undercoat of grey for the squirrel, this is were I start thinking I have one night to complete this painting and I have no idea how to paint fur or bark. Nothing like a bit of pressure late in the evening.


The squirrel was starting to take shape and I was feeling confident about the fur and it’s cute little face.

Once I started looking at the bark in more detail I didn’t realise how many colours and textures it was made up of, so I just gave a hint of detail.


In the end I was supper happy with the fur which was the main subject but if I had more time I would have spent it on the tree bark.

Unfortunately I had to call it a night at midnight as my friend was leaving first thing in the morning and I wanted to gift her with this squirrel as a surprise.


This painting will travel over seas to Germany, with a very special lady who has trouble saying Squirrel in English and has given me many laughs over the past few weeks, while staying at Glenella..


Gouache Colour Palette

I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have lived and photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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