Painting a fantastical Squirrel in Watercolour

Painting a fantastical Squirrel in Watercolour

Just trying to get out of a creative rut. Ive felt uninspired by everything botanical. Anyway, squirrels in fantastical outfits make me happy. I think he is Diogenes with a lantern.

I am so inspired by Chris Dunn, hidden Fauna, Lilly and many other redwall style illustrators. Chris Dunn is by far my favourite and I would love to be able to paint like him one day.

"The classic makers of children's literature, are not usually men and women who had consistently happy childhoods -- or even consistently unhappy ones. Rather they are those whose early happiness ended suddenly and often disastrously. Characteristically, they lost one or both parents early. They were abruptly shunted from one home to another, like Louisa May Alcott, Kenneth Grahame, and Mark Twain -- or even, like Frances Hodgson Burnett, E. Nesbit, and J.R.R. Tolkien, from one country to another. L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll were sent away to harsh and bullying schools; Rudyard Kipling was taken from India to England by his affectionate but ill-advised parents and left in the care of stupid and brutal strangers. Cheated of their full share of childhood, these men and women later re-created, and transfigured, their lost worlds. "

“Loss of home at a tender age can indeed send an unhappy child inward, seeking lands in imagination uncorrupted by the treacherous adult world.”

“Grief is a powerful thing, and especially so when it rumbles away, unexpressed, in the depth of our souls, the quiet but constant base note of our lives.”

- On Loss and Transfiguration by Terri Windling

The desire to recreate this lost world lies forever in their hearts.

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