by Janet Blue on January 21, 2017

Caturday Art

Squirrel Appreciation Day is observed annually on January 21. The creator, Christy Hargrove, is a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina and is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center.

Without squirrels, our lives would be dull and boring. They amuse us throughout the day by climbing the outside of the catio screens, sprinting across the sill of the kitchen window and scaling the pergola. Bird T.V. is entertaining, but squirrel T.V. is enthralling. Squirrels are wacky and masters at teasing us. They wiggle their tails around in a come hither manner. If we could get to them, we’d whap them silly.

Our dad continues to take photos of them as Mom thinks they are cute. Cats are cute. Squirrels are crazy! MOUSES!

Anyhoo, as it is Squirrel Appreciation Day and we have oodles of photos of these bird-seed-thieving critters, we agreed to allow Mom to use one of those photos for her Caturday Art project.


Squirrel Appreciation Day art


Mom used Dreamscope to add the Lux filter to the original photo. Using piZap, she added a parchment overlay and the black leaf border. The mat and frame were applied using Picasa.

She asked us to show you the original photo as it was taken in summer, so looks very different from her fall-like creation.


squirrel on deck


caturdayartbannerThis is our entry in the Caturday Art blog hop hosted by Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty. To see the other entries and/or submit one of your own, click on Athena’s badge.

Sunday Selfies

Cat4-001We are flabbergasted that yet another week as flown by, and it is time to take selfies again. We have no idea who is hosting tomorrow. None of us have been approached as yet by the petretary. We know one thing for certain…we will not tolerate another squirrel taking over our blog!

Even if you do not post on Sunday, you can still enter our hop as it remains open for entries through Thursday.

Until tomorrow…

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy


Clifford Henderson February 15, 2017 at 3:48 am

Squirrels oh,so adorable, I wish I could have one!

Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles January 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm

What a day to have in your honor, MOL!!
We have some black squirrel dudes here, but mostly we have red ones…they are smaller but way bigger in the naughty department…they even eat the feeders if they can’t access the seeds…sheesh. and they chase away lots of other hungry critters…they ate trough part of the neighbors roofing and made a nest in their attic…OMC!! Then we had baby squirrels…they were admittedly cute…but…soon they learned the tricks they are known for! They can even jump to heights and across open spaces. If they do not succeed the furst time they keep on at it until they do…they could teach us a thing or two about perseverance, we suppose, MOL!!

Athena January 22, 2017 at 3:06 am

That’s a great photo and photo art!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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mommakatandherbearcat January 22, 2017 at 12:03 am

LOVE the squirrel art!
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Ellen Pilch January 21, 2017 at 9:53 pm

Very nice art. Squirrels are cute 🙂

Nellie January 21, 2017 at 8:50 pm

Most excellent Squirrel Art! Mes LOVES Squirrels!
And mes must say wes loved all the dancing in yesterday’s post!
Rock (and Roll) ON!!!
Many Kisses
Nellie Bellie
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Hairballs and Hissyfits January 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm

i love that you honor squirrels with art! I know my cats’ lives would be a lot more boring without those squirrels to stare at!! Frodo always loves when they get real close! I think he wants to befriend them you can see how close here http://hairballsandhissyfits.com/mom-got-a-new-kitten-sorta/)
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The Island Cats January 21, 2017 at 5:41 pm

That’s a cool squirrel pic! As much as they taunt us and make us crazy, we love the squirrels too. 🙂
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Flynn January 21, 2017 at 5:33 pm

That is really lovely art!
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Caren Gittleman January 21, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Oh you KNOW I LOVE THAT!! xoxo
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Brian Frum January 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

We just love those goofy squirrels!
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Annabelle January 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm

That was totally pawsome Caturday ARt!
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meowmeowmans January 21, 2017 at 11:19 am

What a lovely squirrel photo by your dad! And we love what Mom Janet did to transform it into such beautiful artwork. 🙂

Big hugs to you all, sweet pals.
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The Menagerie Mom January 21, 2017 at 10:28 am

This human here happens to love squirrels. That being said, I love this squirrely art! I always love your gorgeous kitty art, of course, but this adorable squirrel looking all dazzling and rustic all at the same time is pretty darn awesome. Please don’t hate me, Kitties Blue, because I know nothing is as purrfect as you!
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Hemingway and Steinbeck January 21, 2017 at 9:56 am

That’s an awesome piece of artwork. We like to watch the squirrels do acrobatics as they steal the seeds from the birds. 🙂
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Linda Arthur Tejera January 21, 2017 at 9:13 am

Fantastic artwork! Love it! 🙂
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Sammy January 21, 2017 at 6:33 am

WOW! That’s one great bit of artwork featuring our favorite clowns the squirrels! I used to just love watching them stealing food from the feeders, gathering big piles of leaves for their nests, chasing each other around the limbs of trees…..they are SO entertaining! Here’s to squirrels – long may they RAVE (haha).

Love, Angel Sammy
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Summer January 21, 2017 at 2:20 am

Awesome art! I can’t believe that was ever the photo.
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Angel, Kirby and Max January 21, 2017 at 1:22 am

THat effect did turn the squirrel into a fantastical creature!
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