Oh, it was a day. A beautiful sunny day with a hint of spring in the air. Even the chickadees were singing about it!

I haven’t seen, nor heard, many chickadees all winter, yet this afternoon…what a sound! I realize we may be in for many more storms before spring actually gets here – and I mean the real spring…crocuses and tulips, green grass, no snow…not the calendar spring. But, even with more snow and freezing rain on the way, just feeling that change in the air, the smells, the feel of the sun…there’s hope!

landscape photo, sunny winter February day
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Sunny February day!
22 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I wanted to do something special for the clients who come for a reading tomorrow during the Mid-Winter Milling event in Almonte. Did I happen to mention I’ll be at Mill Street Books? (If you’re in the area…come visit!)
Anyway…back to the something special. I decided on two things. First, hand-painted watercolour bookmarks with inspirational message on the back (and my website, in lieu of a business card). And, secondly, seed paper for a wish! That’s right. I’ve been making my own paper and seed paper and thought it would be fun to write a wish on the paper, then plant it and watch the wish come to fruition in the form of wild flowers!

I divided the watercolour paper into fours:

watercolour painting divided in four with sky and water lightly painted

then painted a scene across the sheet. I did this three times, removed the tape, cut the bookmarks, and then painted an inspirational message or word on the back. I’m so thrilled with how they turned out!

watercolour paper taped in four parts with a painting in each part of landscape: sky, water, trees.
watercolour painting landscape sky, water, trees
053-1/365 Painting of the Day
22 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn
watercolour painting landscape winter scene with trees
053-2/365 Painting of the Day
22 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn
watercolour painting landscape and ocean
053-3/365 Painting of the Day
22 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn


A cloudy start to the day!

Fresh snow overnight made for a beautiful winter wonderland landscape but also made for a longer commute into town. A little for an hour… enough said on that topic!

Had a lovely supper with family, followed by a few errands and, on the drive home, very close to home, we hit a pot hole…deep and hard. A faint whistling sound, followed by the low tire pressure light illuminating on the dashboard and, before we knew it, we had a flat. Now, if it was just me, I would have driven the 1.5 km home…probably wrecking my rim in the process. Mom preferred not to do that, so we turned the car around, drove to the gas station 20 meters away and debated what to do. We decided on calling my cousin and, thanks be to god, he was home and available to help us out. He had the tire changed in no time flat (pun intended!) I’m grateful to him, I’m grateful we weren’t hurt or stranded somewhere!

I’m also grateful I painted my painting of the day at work this afternoon! And took my photo of the day.

Today’s painting just emerged from one tree, into another, and another and another…

watercolour painting of deciduous and evergreen trees
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Deciduous and Evergreen trees
21 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I looked up from my desk this afternoon and was delighted to see blue sky. Of course, I had to capture it and make it today’s photo of the day!

photo of blue sky, white clouds and a city street and parking lot
052/365 Photo of the day
View from my office, Hull, QC
21 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

Tomorrow is a new day, full of hope and dreams realized!



It’s a cloudy one today.

I took a few extra moments this morning, finishing my cereal and sipping my tea while watching day break. Such a peaceful and beautiful moment. I highly recommend it!

On the drive into work the sun made its way over the horizon, a blast of bright light exploding onto the once darkened landscape, unapologetically announcing I AM HERE! Soon to disappear behind a wall of greyish white.

It’s very cold -25 C. I opted to stay inside for lunch, walking the halls for exercise. I also took time to paint a painting!

Watercolour painting of landscape of mountains and trees

051/365 Painting of the day 20 Feb 2019

On my way home, I was mesmerized by the colour of the sky, along with the white of the snow and the yellowish shrubs alongside a bare tree. Tonight’s photo of the day!

Landscape photo of bluish sky, white snow and trees.
051/365 Photo of the day 20 Feb 2019


Another sunny one!

I woke up at 7 am – which is a great thing because I forgot to set my alarm! – rolled over, looked out my bedroom window at the sky…happy that it’s no longer dark at 7 in the morning, and then I saw it. Big, bright, orange-yellow, and full! The full moon setting.

Needless to say I grabbed my camera and took dozens of shots, after feeding my two starving cats of course. They think they’re starving. They act like they haven’t eaten in months. Funny felines.

photo of full moon setting at sunrise.
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Full moon setting at sunrise
19 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I had a busy day at work, followed by a pleasantly full evening. I started with a snowshoe around the property, taking pictures here and there and filling up the bird feeders. After supper, I made a few sheets of homemade seed paper, then finished my evening off with a watercolour painting.

This morning’s full moon setting was my inspiration for tonight’s painting.

watercolour painting of the full moon setting at sunrise behind trees.
050/365 Painting of the day
Full moon setting at sunrise
19 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I’ve packed my travel painting kit in the event I’m delayed at work again like last week! Chances of a repeat are pretty slim but better to be prepared!