How To Paint a Squirrel

How to Paint a Squirrel

Well, when you let the general public ask questions, you can expect to get a bunch of strange ones. A few weeks ago on the schliefkevision facebook page, an open call for questions was placed, and friend and fellow painter David Ohlerking answered the call.

David Ohlerking Squirrel

First, a little history. Ever since I met David Ohlerking about fifteen years ago when we were both living in Austin, he introduced me to every person he knew with three defining facts about me:

  • I dislike England
  • Can’t stand the existence of bacon
  • I hate squirrels

Maybe each of these facts actually reveals something about me than I’d like to admit, but the squirrel thing really stuck. I have always hated squirrels, so for David to asking about how to paint a squirrel in in his wheelhouse.

So, many, many people in Austin knew about my distaste for squirrels. A mutual friend went so far as to record a song about squirrels using ‘Michael Schliefke the Squirrel’ as the chorus to taunt me from his sensitively tuned chords.

Okay, enough talk about my hatred of these bushy tailed rats frolicking in everybody’s yard during daylight hours. So to answer David’s question, what colors do you use to paint a squirrel? Well, let’s take a look.

Here’s the palette I used: Payne’s Grey, Prussian Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Raw Sienna, Naples Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Burnt Sienna and Titanium White.

Squirrel Paint

So instead of just showing off a palette of colors, I thought I’d treat David. I actually took time out of my life to paint a squirrel. Yes David, this happened.

Since I don’t really care about squirrels or painting squirrels, I zipped through this painting in just about 20 minutes. Here’s a quick video:

And so David Ohlerking, here is how to paint a squirrel in twenty minutes:

How to paint a squirrel