How to paint a realistic watercolor squirrel

Red squirrels are a much-loved woodland creature. Their fluffy fur and rusty colour makes them a really fun subject to paint. 


So in this mini class, I’ll show you the process I followed when I painted a realistic watercolor squirrel.


You’ll see the different techniques I used to paint the long, fluffy fur, the shorter fur, the fine whiskers and the shiny eye


If you enjoy painting wildlife, I think you’re going to love this watercolor squirrel. Take a look:

I really hope this video has given you the confidence and inspiration to paint your own realistic watercolor squirrel.


Please leave a comment below if you’ve enjoyed this mini class. Hearing from you inspires me to keep creating!


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  1. Sheila on December 13, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    lovely to watch, and very helpful.
    Thank you

    • Maxame on December 13, 2022 at 4:48 pm

      merci !!!!
      thank you so much…
      love it…

      • Deb Lewis on December 13, 2022 at 9:10 pm

        I haven’t had much time to paint but i did your pear and was very pleased with it. Hope to try the peach and the squirrel soon. Thanks

  2. Devina on December 13, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Dear Amna
    You are too kind and really inspiring.. Sadly I am still in a very dark place with family problems. maybe when I finally emerge!!
    Wishing you, you family and team a very Happy Christmas.
    warmest rgds

  3. Ela on December 13, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Dear Emma,
    Your little furry Squirrel is just perfectly sweet and your work is outstanding!
    This painting will be in my dream until one day …
    Thank you.

  4. May on December 13, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Love listening and watching your informative video. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  5. Diana on December 13, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Anna. Thank you for the video. I am a member of your school and your painting is second to none. My only sad problem is I find it to hard to follow your lessons because I cannot see the line drawing.. I am trying to come up with an answer to this problem as you have sooo many lovely paintings in your school that I would love to paint. . HELP IF YOU CAN SUGGEST SOMETHING. .????

  6. patricia chapman on December 13, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    so inspiring. i must start agai.x

  7. jane siewert on December 13, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you for this new video and sharing with us – I can hear the rustle of all the paper and brushes coming out to follow this exciting lesson!! You have made my day!! No housework going to be done today – just painting!! You are such a great inspiration – love it!

  8. MEL MOJIRI on December 13, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    I admire your patience in putting in the details. This has really inspired me to never give up but rather just keep on going.. Thank you so much. I look forward to seeing your next videos. you are the greatest teacher.

  9. Mary Slayter on December 13, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Hi, Anna,
    Do you offer gift certificates? I wondered if I could purchase a beginner’s class for my adult daughter. She has not painted before, but I think she would like your demos..
    Mary Slayter

  10. Deborah Baker on December 13, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    I love watching your painting process, Anna! It’s such a great reminder of how starting light and working toward the darker areas makes so much sense. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Robyn Williams on December 13, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you so got completely immersed in your video.

  12. Bea on December 13, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Love it! So realistic! Thank you!

  13. Jana Coufalova on December 13, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Dear Anna, thank you very much for this so cute paintings. I really was catch on it 🙂 I hope I´ll be able to try it some of the next days. Thank you very much. I am grateful for it
    Have a nice blessed Advent´s days,

  14. phyllis wendt on December 13, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Dear Anna
    I love your painting lessons. You give great instructions. Thank you!

  15. Sarah Harbourne on December 13, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Absolutely stunning painting and so detailed. It’s so good to see the different stages and how it develops into the beautiful end picture. Thank you for sharing your work your so inspirational ❤️

  16. Ernest Friedman-Hill on December 13, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Fabulous work as always. Wish I had your patience!

  17. Beatrix Bosman on December 14, 2022 at 10:39 am


  18. Colleen French on December 14, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    What a delight to watch this. You are extremely talented. Thank you.

  19. Aysegül on December 17, 2022 at 7:02 am

    I admire your talent.. Lovely thanks…

  20. Maureen on January 26, 2023 at 4:20 am

    Anna, you are so talented. Thank you for sharing your expertise and process. It is very inspiring and much appreciated.

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