26 April 2019

A rainy day made better with a cuddle and a Tim’s run.

The peepers started last night. Concrete signs of spring…it’s a ritual…arrival of the spring and summer birds like the red-winged blackbirds and robins, the peepers, the geese, green grass, crocuses and tulips, then the black flys and mosquitoes!

I’ve run out of watercolour paper so have started cutting up the larger sheets into smaller sizes. I like the torn page look!

Watercolour painting of water, reeds
116/365 Painting of the day 26 April 2019 ©WQuinn

I like the softness of watercolours and especially like paintings line this one.

Today’s photo of a red-winged black bird took a little doing. He spent a good part of the day calling out to me. I tried several times to get his photo but he flew away whenever I reached for my camera. Eventually he posed for a few shots.

Red-winged blackbird
116/365 Photo of the day 26 April 2019 ©WQuinn


25 April 2019

Patience is a virtue… Good things come to those who wait… Are we there yet?

I’m trying to be positive and patient but I’m soooo ready for spring! I’d like to buy a large fan, aim it at the sky and blow the clouds ⛅️ away…or maybe get an airplane so I could rise above the clouds and see the sun again!

Tonight was my oil painting class. I wanted to get my daily painting done before leaving. It was coming along nicely…only a few shadow details left to do when my brush – fully loaded with black paint – fell out of my hand and onto the painting! Black spots. D’oh!

Bob Ross would say there’s no mistakes only happy discoveries. I discovered my tree wanted another limb and some bushes around it!

Watercolour painting trees and pathway
115/365 Painting of the day 25 April 2019 ©WQuinn

Several times today I stepped outside to check the temperature and try to take a picture of the juncos. I’ve been trying all week, maybe longer, and was thrilled to finally get a few!

Dark eyed junco
115/365 Photo of the day 25 April 2019 ©WQuinn

Third week of painting class:

Rain is on the way for tomorrow. More flooding expected.

Blessed and grateful we’re not affected.

Fingers crossed that the highway stays open tomorrow…I do, after all, have a date with a special team of superheroes tomorrow night


Had a great day at work today. Although the commute was a long one thanks to a rainy morning. On the way home tonight, the clouds were simply magnificent! I was wishing for my camera but my iPhone was a good stand-in!

We came home through Gatineau-Pointe and saw some of the flooding near the Lady Aberdeen Bridge.

Photo of the day

Dark clouds
114/365 Photo of the day 24 April 2019 ©WQuinn

Painting of the day

I took a few minutes…ok, maybe more…out of my busy day to paint this little diddy. I imagine there’s a beach over yonder…

114/365 Painting of the day 24 April 2019 ©WQuinn


23 April 2019

A beautiful day even if the sun was hiding most of the day. And now a rainy night. I really do love a rainy night!

After work – I worked from home today – I had a nap. At some point I was thinking about what I would paint tonight. Then I saw a light blue background with brown reeds. So pretty. I love blue and brown together, almost as much as I love yellow.

Watercolour painting blue sky with brown reeds.
113/365 Painting of the day 23 April 2019 ©WQuinn

I checked my phone and camera but the only photos I had taken during the day were of my cats cuddling this afternoon while I was working. This will sound weird but my male cat Dukes hates having his photo posted. I know, right eh? But you should see his demeanour when I tell him I posted his photo to Instagram or he’s my photo of the day. He gets pouty.

So I grabbed my camera and ventured outside. Let me just say, I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before and, even with a nap, I was feeling very tired. The last thing I wanted to be doing was walking around outside taking pictures. But, that’s what I was doing. It took a few minutes for something to catch my eye. But it did…steely blue sky with brownish corn stalks. Blue and brown. Nice combo! Bare (brown) tree branches against blue sky and cloudy sky.

A half dozen photos taken and I was feeling good! I’m glad I push myself to keep up with being creative when I’m tired and definitely not in the mood to be creative. It helps with my day job, or life really, when you’re required to be creative on demand or find creative solutions quickly. This #365CreativityProject is a great workout, a great way to practice and be prepared.

Photo steely blue sky and corn field
113/365 Photo of the day 23 April 2019 ©WQuinn