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Fortune Teller Squirrel: Good Times Ahead

Fortune Teller Squirrel: Good Times Ahead

This lovely gypsy fortune teller is giving you a reading, and there are good times ahead. The best cards in the deck, The World, Wheel of Fortune, The Sun, The 10 of Cups (Happy family), The King of Cups, The Queen of Cups. The gypsy’s familiar, the owl is close by.

Title: Fortune Teller Squirrel: Good Times Ahead
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 14 X 18
Artist: Carollyne Yardley
Date: 2011

Why Are You Painting Squirrels for God’s Sake?

Why Are You Painting Squirrels for God’s Sake?

Squirrel in the yard

Squirrel in the yard

I get asked this question very little, surprisingly. Perhaps people just get it, don’t care, or think I’m crazy anyway, so it fits the picture.

I’ve decided to start sharing a few things. About squirrels.

I know some squirrels personally.  Squirrel attributes remind me of the nutty people I like.  If I wanted to be airy-fairy about it,  I would go on to say I believe certain people and creatures make an appearance in our lives that can be symbolic of something else;  a desire, an aspiration, or perhaps a general mood or interest.

I feel like some of my Squirrels are like Squirrel Totems, they offer cool insights and symbolism.

There’s something about squirrels. Did you know that:

(original source:

When the squirrel comes into our lives it is often a message for us to have more fun, and take life a little less seriously. We can see this in the squirrel’s daily antics in our yards and surroundings.

However, other animal symbolism of squirrels deal with practicality. As the squirrel is commonly known to hide and save its food and return to it in the winter months – we take this as a sign in our own lives; a sign that it might be time to look into our own provisions.

Common summary of animal symbolism of the squirrel:

  • Energy
  • Play
  • Prudence
  • Balance
  • Socializing
  • Preparation
  • Resourcefulness
  • …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

So there you go, a little something about Squirrels. More to come as the mood suits me :-)

Noah Becker studio visit (his, not mine)

Now that I’m an artist, I’ve decided to get out there an meet as many artists as I can. Whether it be at art shows, studios, referral introductions, or by happenstance.

I am blogging about these experiences when I have time, because I have a blog, and with a title like, The Art of Consumption, it’s purpose was to journal my journey into the art world.

Noah Becker, Winter, oil on canvas

Noah Becker, Winter, oil on canvas

There were a few folks already on my list, in particular – artists whose paintings I wanted to collect myself.

Over the last six or seven years, one name always came up in conversation. Anytime I would mention my passion for art, and a possible return to the medium of fine art as opposed to graphic arts, someone would invariably tell me to seek out  Noah Becker: Visual Artist, Musician, Writer, Editor. Over and over again, his name was in my airspace.  Finally, after making the transition into the art world, I searched out his website, and watched his video (Becker on Becker). Hmm. I was intrigued.

He has a prestigious CV and sells his art the world over – all with good reason.
His artwork reflects an international style that is unique and memorable. Plus – he is a likeable and interesting person. And he’s funny.

I just made myself laugh using the word “interesting” to describe Noah Becker.
I searched YouTube to find the video about his Realm Series which explains his influences and describes the images from the series. It is actually titled, “Noah Becker One of the World’s Most Interesting Painters.” Perhaps I’ve just been influenced by suggestion?

Not likely.

During a visit to Noah’s studio, I found him to be engaging and equally interested in what his collectors like, sharing his view on art history, the contemporary art scene in North America, and the list goes on. Not a surprise since he’s also a contributing writer for magazines like Art in America and Canadian Art Magazine, and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. This guy really knows his stuff, is able to educate his client, and to use the old adage, is a trendsetter, not a trend spotter.

Here are a few highlights of his exhibition history. Along with showing in Zurich and Los Angeles it includes:

The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
the Hogar Collection, Brooklyn, NY
Curated @ Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY
Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, NY

Noah Becker, Realm Series (Plenty)

Noah Becker, Realm Series (Plenty)

This is my favorite painting. It reminds me of Switzerland and storytelling.

Noah has new works at the studio, although much of it will be shipping out to Europe and New York.
If you’re interested in visiting Noah’s studio, and perhaps acquiring a new piece for your art collection, here is his contact information.

Noah Becker Studio:
Visual Artist | Musician | Writer| Editor

621 Chatham, Victoria BC, V8T 1E2, Canada
website: |

Robot Squirrel – in progress

About four years ago (2007), I first saw images of tin robots from the 1950’s being used and sold as stock photos. Part of my work as a web designer included trolling through stock photo websites for images that best represented a business, service or product. I loved the idea of using tin robots for a web design, and kept the idea in one of my Moleskine notebooks. In late 2007, I began to search for fine art that most appealed to me. It was then that I discovered a world of toy robot paintings. And it had been in full swing since the year 2000. In particular, or perhaps most famously, Eric Joyner, and many other artists in the pop surrealism world.

By 2008, I had written down the idea to paint a robot squirrel. I am now catching up. Shortly before Christmas 2010, I started Robot Squirrel. I know “lots of people are doing it now”, but I still wanted to do my version to get it out of my system. I’ve combined the imagery I used in designing the marketing materials for Star Global (spaceship and space background). This painting is in progress (5).

Robot Squirrel in progress

Robot Squirrel in progress

Fortune Teller Squirrel – in progress

Speeding through to the next squirrel painting comes the Fortune Teller Squirrel. I’ve also started another painting that is at the drawing stage. I will post developments next week.

Fortune Teller Squirrel is the second painting I’ve done in oil paints. (3)

Fortune Teller Squirrel

Fortune Teller Squirrel