The squirrel scampered across the yard carrying what looked like a green pear in his mouth. It was nearly as big as he was. How he could carry the weight of that load clenched between his teeth is a mystery. Once he reached the tree trunk, he scurried up it and never let go of the pear until finding just the right branch. I watched the squirrel for several minutes. He would nibble, then look at me, nibble some more, look at me, so forth and so on.
detail of squirrel sketch above
Please watch the Art Helping Animals art blog for more info on this pastel sketch.