I shot this image yesterday as I watched a band of playful squirrels stopping by for a snack. Not long ago, this feeder was "bird central", but now it's left for only the hardiest of birds and these squirrels that fill their cheeks. This female is one that frequently stops by for a visit and yesterday I was lucky enough to catch her with my lens. I didn't stop there though. I loved the pose and the charming character of this squirrel and I wanted to present her as a painting. And so, several hours of careful brushing led to this final image.