What an amazing day today at the 26th Annual TD PaintIn (Moss Street) 2013.  I think almost all of the 35,000 spectators came by to tell me a story of their pet squirrels, love of art, and favorite pieces. I most loved talking to each of you about my techniques, paints and palette use, and the tiny brushes that make it all happen.  More thanks to people who supported Squirrealism by collecting greeting cards, books, bookmarks, posters, prints and those of you interested in original paintings and commissions. I truly look forward to it each year, and am filled with such gratitude  hearing how much you love the characters.

A very special thank you to Heidi Brookes, Artist and Squirrealism soldier extraordinaire. This girl single handedly spoke to each and every visitor today about the Squirrels, my inspirations, and connected with everyone in such a personal way.  The Robert Bateman Centre should get her to run the joint. No Wait. When she’s not creating her own mystical creatures, I’d want her to run the Carollyne Yardley Squirrealism Centre.  Move over Bateman. Goodbye bears. The squirrels are moving in. Heidi and I need your space.

Photos of today!

TD PAINT IN (MOSS ST.). PHOTO BY BLAKE FORD 2013.

TD PAINT IN (MOSS ST.). PHOTO BY BLAKE FORD 2013.

Photo by Dunc Malcolm, Camerabug, 2013.

Photo by Dunc Malcolm, Camerabug, 2013.

 

Carollyne Yardley at 26th Annual TD Paint In (Moss Street), 2013 Photo by Duncan Ayre

 

Carollyne and Mary-ellen Threadkell at 26th Annual TD Paint In (Moss Street), 2013

Carollyne and Ellen Manning, Director of The Apartment Gallery http://www.theapartmentart.com/

Carollyne with Kristen Rasmussen http://www.mette.ca/

Carollyne with Kristen Rasmussen http://www.mette.ca/

Carollyne Yardley, Ellen Manning (Director of The Apartment Gallery, Heidi Brookes, Artist

 

TD Paint In 2013 Photo by Duncan Ayre

TD Paint In 2013 Photo by Duncan Ayre

 

TD Paint In 2013 Photo by Duncan Ayre

 

Carollyne at the 26th Annual TD Paint In 2013, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Wouldn’t be complete without a Bun Anus Photo now would it?

 

TD Paint In 2013. Bun Anus Project photo by Duncan Ayre.