Woolly Bear

Woolly Bear (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

I’ve always thought woolly bears were cute and of course like most of us, tried to predict the severity of the winter by looking at the width of its colour bands. This was a bit of a challenge – how do you make a creature without a face engaging? Well, I made it as fuzzy as possible and I think it works!

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Tree frog

Tree frog (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Tree frogs are commons where I live now on the west coast. I had never seen one until I moved here! They are as adorable as a frog can be – at least in part because they are so tiny. This past summer, we had one who liked to hang out in our potted plants on the deck. It was such a dry summer – they were likely enjoying the moisture from my watering.

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Chippie (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Chipmunks were quite common scurrying around our cottage when I was growing up. Delightful to see, but very noisy as they rustled around sounding much larger than they are.

Hope you’re enjoying this series of minis! Any suggestions for cute small creatures to paint are welcome as I have started the next series of eight minis already. πŸ™‚

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Dear Deer Mouse

Dear Deer Mouse (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Another example of the smaller wildlife around. I have been trying to paint creatures that can be shown about life-size in this format. There always seem to be more possibilities.

Don’t forget if you’re viewing this on your computer that the painting is likely smaller that what you’re seeing. Just 4″ x 4″!

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Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

The red squirrels we have around where I live now are quite small – not like the fat grey and black squirrels I have seen in various Canadian city parks. These local wild squirrels live a more marginal life, I guess and need to keep eating and on the move away from predators. I admire their tenacity …and they’re cute!

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Happy Fella

Happy Fella (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Another junco! This one is really full of personality. When I am out in the garden, these guys often stop and give me the eye – “what are you doing in our garden?” …but in a friendly way. lol

I have a work in progress that also features juncos but instead of a 4×4 mini, it is a 24×36 piece. It is taking some time so it might be a while before I share.

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Sweet Junco

Sweet Junco (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

The first in my next series of mini paintings celebrating small creatures. There are always lots of juncos around our garden and hanging out in the trees around. Even when you don’t see them, their characteristic tchip, tchip, tchip call is all around. What better subject for this series?

I have just started to have some paintings in a local gallery. I dropped this one off on Tuesday and it has already sold! πŸ™‚

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La Bee en Rose

La Bee en Rose (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

The last in this series of mini paintings celebrating small creatures. Sorry (not sorry) about the title! I find the bilingual pun amusing. πŸ˜€

I love sweet fuzzy bumble bees and this one is definitely getting all the pollen from the rose that’s possible. It’s a bit hard to remember the warm sunny weather we were having when I painted this one with the November rain pounding down overhead …but looking at this small painting does bring back that summer feeling.

image (C) 2021 Hilary Farmer