Brrrrr! Another cold day! Didn’t go out but got lots accomplished inside. More decluttering going on – this time the kitchen! A bag and a couple of boxes full of Tupperware, containers and dishes we no longer need will be making their way to Value Village in the next couple of days. So much purging going on, not to mention reorganizing. It feels great!

I decided to try light painting tonight – something I’ve been wanting to do for some time. Light painting is a photography technique where you set up a “scene” or an object in a dark area – pitch black is best, then “paint” the object with light from a pen light (or small flashlight) while the camera’s shutter is open for a small period of time (10 or so seconds.)

I have this really cool Christmas decoration I purchased this year. It’s an old red truck with a tree in the back. I just love it. I decided to paint it with light. I borrowed by Mom’s black jacket, placed it in my closet as a background, then put the truck on it. Set up the tripod and camera, grabbed my small flashlight and started experimenting. I took 15 pics and there was one I really liked where the truck is quite bright, especially the front, but the background really shows through. This was my second favourite and it’s today’s Photo of the Day.

red truck with christmas tree in back
19/365 Photo of the day – light painting
19 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

One of my favourite paintings I painted is a sunflower on a mottled green and blue background. I painted it years ago using acrylic paints. For today’s painting of the day, inspired by that painting, I created something similar but with watercolours.

watercolour painting of three sunflowers
19/365 Painting of the Day
Watercolour – Sunflowers
19 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

Tomorrow night is the lunar eclipse. I’m hoping the sky will be clear here so I can get some shots. It promises to be cold and there’s nothing like standing in the freezing cold, in the middle of the night (early morning) taking shots of nature at her finest!


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