Sun and lots of it. Plus cold and lots of it too. That’s the kind of day it was. Sitting in a sun beam, catching rays, competing with the cats for the best spot. Of course they win every time but that’s just the nature of a cat’s life.

I took a few pictures throughout the day from the sun reflecting off the crusty snow, to the grey squirrel who has made an appearance – much to the dismay of little red – to the sunset which is tonight’s winner for photo of the day:

landscape photo of sunset through trees.
057/365 Photo of the day
26 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn
Tonight’s sunset

I’ve had the nagging feeling, since yesterday, that I need to get to our community mailbox to pick up the mail…that there’s a red key to the bigger box, waiting for me. Sure enough, the red key was waiting for me. My parcel from Susan Scheewe Brown’s studio arrived! A few watercolour and acrylic painting tutorial books, plus a few other goodies 🙂

I flipped through each book, inspired with ideas flowing, I set up my painting space and began to paint. First off, my niece’s birthday is tomorrow and my brother’s the day after. I decided to paint a birthday card for each of them. My brother’s would be tonight’s sunset. For my niece I would attempt one of the paintings from the book…at least my version of it!

After finishing my nieces card, I decided to paint another version, on the 6×9 paper, with a smaller barn so I could add the fence all the way around.

watercolour landscape painting of a barn and fenced in paddock, during sunset with snow on the ground and trees surrounding the property.
057/365 Painting of the day
26 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I love the colours! Imagine how much darker I could go with acrylics…something to try later on.

Tomorrow I’ll be going to out to celebrate my niece’s birthday. I’ve packed a 6×9 paper, taped (just like the one in the picture above), with a handful of brushes, water, and paint. In the past, I would pack a small, travel size watercolour notepad, but I’m really in the mood to keep up with the larger sized paintings, so we’ll see how that goes tomorrow! My plan is to work on it during my lunch hour. The small, travel-sized paintings usually took about 10-20 mins. The larger one could take closer to 45-60 mins…

Have a good night!


It was a blowy one today I’m telling ya. Wind gusts, whiteout conditions for most of the day. The sun peeked out a few times…a few minutes each time but eventually made a longer appearance as it began its nighttime ritual.

Photo of whiteout conditions
056/365 Photo of the day 25 Feb 2019

I saw a photo Jann Arden posted on her Instagram feed, a while ago, of a wintery road where she was walking her dog. I was taken by the colours. It is the inspiration for today’s painting.

Watercolour painting landscape snow fence and trees
056/365 Painting of the day “Jann’s Road” 25 Feb 2029


Freezing rain. Most of the day. Enough said.

A quiet day, a little painting, a little napping, a little photography, a little bird watching…

watercolour painting landscape
055/365 Painting of the day
24 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn
photo of redpolls at bird feeder during freezing rain
055/365 Photo of the day
Redpolls gather at the bird feeder during ice storm
24 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn


Wow! What a day.

Let me first start off with the sky update: there was no sun shining bright, only grey skies for my entire drive into Almonte this morning. Good news is it came out not long after and spent most of the day shining bright. So grateful it was still sunny when I left Mill Street Books at 5 pm…I was able to get a few dozen shots!

So my day was a full one! I met twenty beautiful souls today and have been touched by their journeys. We are more alike than we are different and it takes a day like today to remind me of that.

Lately I have been hearing people say how negative and scary our world is. There is a lot of focus on what divides us as a nation, as a world. Or so we are led to believe. For some reason, people are quick to jump on the negative bandwagon. The media sensationalizes stories that don’t need to be. They use words like terror, catastrophic, horrific instead of reporting facts and allowing us to decide for ourselves.

But I see positive and good stories each and every day. Stories that make me feel good. I see and hear how similar we are as a nation, how compassionate we are as a world. We all want to love and be loved. To be heard and to speak our truth and know that no matter how small, we made a difference. This is our reality. This is happening right now, alongside the negative stuff going on. Love and light, good and beautiful people are making a difference every moment and I had the chance today to be apart of helping people recognize their gifts and contributions to our world, reminding them they matter! Thank you Archangel Michael for the opportunity!

Now, twenty readings in one day is a lot of energy and I’m pooped. So much so I almost skipped tonight’s painting of the day. Thanks to my mom for encouraging me to do it!

Watercolour painting landscape

054/365 Painting of the day 23 Feb 2019

The photo of the day was taken in picturesque Almonte! I had lots to choose from but decided on this one with the birds. Enjoy!

Photo of sunset and flock of birds
054/365 Photo of the day 23 Feb 2019