Woke up with a headache this morning and didn’t feel like doing much. I went out to feed the birds and was surprised at how windy it was, nearly blew me over! Wind gusts must have been about 80 km. Blowing snow creating whiteout conditions. A real treat trying to photograph!

Crazy weather seems to bring more birds to the feeders. Today we had three blue jays, four evening grosbeaks, twenty something red polls, a few yellow finch, two red squirrels, a dark-eyed junco (snowbird), a mourning dove and a cardinal. Oh ya, several wild turkeys and a black squirrel.

I spent a good part of the afternoon making homemade paper. I’ll have pics of that later on.

Here’s today’s painting of the day:

watercolour painting, landscape: boat on shore with tree. cabin across the river.
Watercolour. 27 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

Today’s picture of the day was a tough one to choose. I got a good one of Mr. Cardinal and a cute one of the mourning dove. I also had a few of the snow squalls. It was tough to decided, yet it wasn’t really.

photograph of male cardinal
027/365 Photo of the Day
Mr. Cardinal
27 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

Mr. Cardinal is a hard guy to get a pic of, so anytime I’m able to get close and a clear shot, then it has to be featured. The colours around the edge of the photo are Christmas window decals on the patio window. We haven’t taken them down yet, as they act as a deterrent for birds who fly into the window. Looks kind of funky in this shot though!


The sun was shining this afternoon, so I headed outside for a snowshoe during my lunch break. The wind really picked up while I was out there, and boy, was I glad I had my camera. The snow was blowing off of the garage room, creating whiteout conditions around it. I manged to capture it on camera!

Backyard photograph with snow blowing off of garage in the background. children's play set in foreground.
Sunny winter day, 25 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

I had some time on my hands after work so decided to paint earlier than usual. I also decided to try the tubes of watercolour paint instead of the solids. It was a bit of a challenge as the paint was thick and much different consistency than what I’m used to. I wasn’t thrilled with the way the painting was going, so put it aside and started over. It took a little while to get the feel of the paint and how to thin it out to get the “watercolour” look. I’m still so used to acrylics and had been using the same techniques, until yesterday, when it seems I was finally getting the hang of it. Then I change up the paints! Seems I like a challenge 🙂

landscape watercolour painting with small cottage, mountains, water, trees.
Irish cottage dream
25 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn


I can see clearly now, the rain is gone… just ran across my mind.

It might have something to do with tonight’s painting. I went into the office today. My first day in my new space. I’m on a micro-mission with a new team, new digs – a GC Workplace environment. Although I’ve only been there one day, I love GC workplace and hope to see more offices take on this space. The space allows for collaborating, freedom to choose where to sit every morning, fun spaces to hang out with your laptop, working, instead of in a cubicle. It’s ideal for a creative person, like myself.

The commute from work was really smooth. No traffic at all – which is a rarity. We stopped for groceries and, by the end of it, were both really drained. So, I can safely say, the last thing on my mind was being creative when I got home.

This has happened a few times since I started with project, where I come home, too tired to be creative. But, the more days I get under me, the more I want to succeed and, even tired and low energy, I manage to convince myself to do it. To commit myself to this project.

Might not sound like a big deal where you’re coming from, but from my perspective, committing to things is something of a challenge for me. For 24 consecutive days, I have painted 24 watercolour paintings, taken 24 photos of the day and written 24 pages. That’s something for me.

Which brings me to tonight’s painting. I sat down at the table with a small watercolour paper, a few brushes and a small jar of water. Dabbing the brush in the water, lightly brushing it against the paper towel to absorb the excess moisture, I dab it against the light blue paint, then brush it onto the paper. I add a touch of water. Without realizing it, I found myself in the zone, just me and the paints, guided by intuition. No fear. No worries. Just creativity at its best. And the result astounds me. I love it! The pastel colours. The simple trees. The simplicity of the painting. Just love it.

watercolour painting landscape sky, mountains and trees.
024/365 Painting of the Day
24 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

I did worry about the photo of the day. It’s late. The sun has been down for hours. I brought my camera (and my paints) to work, but didn’t make time to use either. Does this mean that’s the end of the run? 23 days of photos was all I could muster? Then my Mom pipes up and reminds me not to worry. You’ll find something to photograph. The cats…

We were watching a tv show, but stopped to take a phone call. While she chatted, I decided to get creative. I painted the painting, then noticed my male cat, Dukes, lying on his back. He loves to do this. Lie on his back, legs spread wide and just be. I grabbed my camera, got in nice and close and started shooting. Normally, he runs away when he sees a camera. Tonight, he was curious and allowed the camera into his space. A fun moment and some nice shots captured!

white and grey cat lying on his back looking at the camera
024/365 Picture of the Day
24 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn