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"Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel"
A recent trip to Yellowstone inspired me to draw several smaller studies of some of the animals. These studies are a great way of gaining an understanding of the form of each animal as well as their fur texture, pattern, and thickness of their coats at different times of the year. This Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel was one of the first animals we stopped to observe in the Park. There is something so entertaining about watching these little rodents scurry amongst the rocks looking for their favorite seeds, stopping occasionally to observe the observer. I truly believe it's these animals that serve most effectively as a time machine to return us most to our youths, improving our mood and turning the corners of our mouths ever upward.
Their scientific name is Spermophilus lateralis, or "striped seed-lover" which I think is one of the most wonderful names in scientific nomenclature.
This drawing is available as an open-edition fine art print for $30. The image size is sized for an 11" x 11" frame.
Medium: Graphite and Colored Pencil
Edition: Open Edition
January 10, 2016
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