Tufted Titmouse. Watercolor and gouache. 2020.
Its name seems a bit confusing because it is neither tit nor mouse. The name originated from two old Anglo-Saxon words where “tit” meant small and “mase” was applied to any small bird. So literally “a small little bird”.

They are fairly common and found year-round on the eastern side of North America, but to me they are one of the cutest and most underrated of birds! I love their subtle colors so much. They are acrobatic little wind-up toys and my favorite sighting was when I saw one see-sawing itself on a leaf.

I chose to pair it with anthurium plants, which are not native to the region where titmice live, but I thought it would be fun to see how it would turn out.

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