T is for Tufted Titmouse

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This is one of my favorite birds.  They are so spunky and chippy, and they take no guff from anyone!  I just love them.  They line up on our deck railing, waiting in line to get into the peanut feeder.  They’ll eat you out of house and home (and peck on the window when the feeder is empty), but they’re totally worth it.

Looking forward to painting one of these in watercolor one day.  Maybe soon?  The watercolor paints are starting to call me on the weekends, and even at night before bed.  So, you never know.  I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed using them.  (Also, I splurged on a sable brush at the end of last year, and they are so divine, I can’t describe it.   Little hairs of heaven, they are.)

We made it to hump day; it’s downhill from here!   Hub is my model for tomorrow’s drawing.   He is such a ham; he loves posing for blog photos.  Have a great Wednesday, and remember to grab some You Time today!  Fill up that peace tank before it gets too low.  See you Thursday.

31 thoughts on “T is for Tufted Titmouse

  1. So many talented artists on WordPress, I love looking through these posts . Yours was great! I have never been able to tackle birds but might start in the spring. Great drawing~ I followed and looking forward to more posts. If you have a minute can you check out this post? http://oreosandspiltmilk.com/2015/02/17/food-illustration-ramen/ I’m looking for any suggestions or feedback and would love hearing from other artists. Let me know what you think. Erin

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    1. Hi Erin – I’ve never tried to draw food other than an apple, but I’d think ramen noodles would be pretty tough! I looked at your drawing, but I’m not even sure I’d call myself an artist at this point, so I’m not sure what to suggest other than to draw every day until you feel like your drawings are where you’d like them to be. If you’re happy with them, then that’s all that matters. One book I can really recommend is “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. Thanks for the follow, and keep it up! If art’s calling you, it’s good you’re answering.

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    1. They look a bit demonic compared to the tufted titmouse! lol! Like the Darth Vader version or something? Very cool looking though, but so dramatic! I’ve never seen one in person. (or should that be birdson lol…oh, it’s been a long day…)

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  2. The one bird that does not become a “snow bird” by flying off to Florida in winter is the Tufted Titmouse. I think it should be the state bird of Michigan. Great rendering.

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    1. Wendy, this is wonderful news. That is the reason I started this blog: to keep myself doing art every day, in spite of busy season, and to inspire others too. Awesome. I hope I’ll get a chance to see your work.

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    1. Awww I’m sorry you don’t but I will be drawing and/or painting more of them because they’re easy for me to photograph without a fancy lens, as they come right up to the windowsill feeder hub made. So see them, you shall! *flings joy*

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