When I woke up Sunday morning, I honestly thought that there would be no possible way that I would ever get the day’s drawing done if I even got a chance to start it. I had church from 8-9 in the morning, had to rush home to get Kid 3 ready for a birthday party, leave by 10 to get to the city by 11 to drop him off at the trampoline park, find something to do until 1 when I picked him up, then head over to the varsity swim team’s end of the season banquet (my husband was the head coach), and then come home and get ready for the week.
When your day has all these activities in it, and you’re missing an hour of sleep due to daylight saving’s time, you know that it is just not going to be a super productive kind of day.
I had hoped to spend the two hours while Kid 3 was at his birthday party sitting at Tim Horton’s, drawing while drinking a cup of hot tea. But, as the city still was trying to restore power and do clean up from the crazy wind storm, they were closed. I tried sitting in the car to draw, but couldn’t feel my fingers after a few minutes because it was just that cold.
Thankfully the mall was open and pretty much quiet. I found a corner of the food court with great lighting, and started to draw.
And somehow, I managed to finish with a few minutes to spare!
Title: Tufted Titmouse
Medium: Graphite pencil on acid free paper
If you know me, you know that these are one of, if not my most, favorite birds EVER. They are just so cute and playful, and they look like they rolled around in some dust and have a bad hair day.
We love to watch them from our dining room while we eat. We can look out our sliding glass doors to the bird feeders on the deck, and watch them play. There is one particular titmouse (we named him Spike) who eats differently than the other titmice: while most of them will grab a seed and fly away, he’ll stay on his little perch and bash the seed between his feet until it opens up and he gets his food!
Last year was actually an unusual year we thought. We normally only see them during the winter, but we had them all summer long! We found that they do hang around all year, but normally hide in forests so it appears that they’ve migrated.
The original is available for purchase in my Etsy store here, and it’ll be available as a print soon. I’m thinking he definitely needs to be on a note card, too!
You can find the other drawings in this challenge here.
What is your favorite kind of bird and why?