When you walk outside in the “Valley of the Sun”, you notice many things. In July, you notice the heat. Right away, I might add. But even in the heat, the Valley is alive and well. The birds still sing, the bugs are buzzing, dogs barking and some crazy fitness-freak is still jogging when the outside temperature is 110 degrees in the shade.

So, what does this Minnesota Girl miss in all the cacophony? Squirrels!! The top-of-the-tree comedians jumping, hopping, climbing and running around with acorns in their cheeks, looking for the perfect place to bury their find. And, did I mention the chatter? If you have ever been on the receiving end of this “chatter” (being launched in your direction), it sounds like your Mother catching you sneaking into the house at 2 o’clock in the morning. Not that I would know! (Ahem!) I listened to every word my Mother spoke to me. But, it has that same cadence, I’m told.

So, I did a quick sketch off of a picture that floated by on Facebook, and took it to the easel because I have never been known to pass up saying, “Oh, look! A Squirrel!”

“Scolded” is an 8×10 oil on canvas-board. It is part of the “Painting Today” series. Don’t let her put you on a guilt trip, we love the fact that you stopped by, to look.

DSC_0564 posterized

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