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painting of two gray squirrels

Gwenn Seemel
Ladylike behavior (Gray squirrel)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

Whenever I see squirrels, I think of my grandmother who had a pet squirrel many years ago and who loved animals. I’ve painted a number of squirrels besides these two, including this one who’s brandishing some peanuts proudly. To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

Girls don’t always prefer monogamy…

Only one female gray squirrel in a given area comes into estrus at a time. When she does, she mates with numerous males, despite the attempts of some of her mates to fight off other males.