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Thursday, 31 October 2019

A rainy day and night makes for a dark Halloween. 🎃👻

Went for dinner after work and a little shopping afterwards. Kept forgetting it was Halloween and the little ones were trick or treating. Hardly anyone in the stores, which was a real bonus!

Tonight’s photo is of the flower bouquet I bought for our Thanksgiving dinner.

Red rose with yellow and red flowers in a bouquet
303/365 Photo of the day, 31 October 2019, © WQuinn

Today’s painting;
I rarely know how a painting will turn out and am usually pleasantly surprised. Sometimes I don’t like it, sometimes I do. Other times, few and far between, I’m thrilled. But I’m always in awe of the process and happy little mistakes that make the painting. I struggled with this one. That’s the thing with watercolour…there’s only so much you can do before the paper buckles or tears. I was close to throwing it out but stuck with it and am happy I did.

Watercolour painting landscape mountains water and trees
303/365 Painting of the day, 31 October 2019, © WQuinn

So long October…it’s been real. Bring on November!

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Wednesday, 30 Oct 2019

A migraine headache kept me in bed for most of the day. I did manage a few photos through the window of nature unfolding around me though. And found time to squeeze a painting in.

Funny enough, I used a colour on my travel watercolour set that I had never used before. I must say, I LOVE the colour 🙂

Tonight’s painting is inspired by Bob Ross and his mountains. And the photo, well it was a tough one because I had four to choose from and they were all pretty sweet, but this turkey and those fall colours wins out tonight.

Wild turkey lying in the yellow/orange/brown fallen leaves

303/365 Photo of the Day, 30 Oct 2019, ©WQuinn

watercolour painting, blue sky and mountains with water in foreground and birds reflecting in water
303/365 Painting of the Day, 30 Oct 2019, ©WQuinn

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Tuesday, 29 Oct 2019

Somehow, someway, I managed to forget to post here last night.

It was a fantastic day, afternoon and evening. The weather was mild. You could say it was even warmish. An amazing sunset, a bright red ball and thin line on the horizon, as a wall of cloud rushed in, covering us in darkness.

I love when mother nature sets up a photo opportunity for me, like the leaf in the tree below!

watercolour painting of tree with four leaves left on it, two in the process of falling and many on the ground
302/365 Painting of the Day, 29 Oct 2019, ©WQuinn
maple leaf nestled between two branches on a tree
302/365 Photo of the day, 29 Oct 2019, ©WQuinn

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Monday, 28 October 2019

Well now wasn’t that a party. The whole family, except my sweet oldest niece who had to work, altogether for the first time in over a year.

Plate of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, turnips, coleslaw, dressing and cranberries
Turkey dinner with all the trimmings © WQuinn 2019
Table set with platter of turkey and serving bowl of cranberries
Turkey dinner © WQuinn 2019
Cake decorated with white icing and chocolate ganache
James’ cake © WQuinn 2019

My nephew James made a beautiful and delicious chocolate cake with whipped cream icing and chocolate ganache.

I was laid up with a swollen knee today and didn’t manage to get outside to take photos but I did step out on the veranda as the sun was beginning to set and capture some photos of the yard and this sweet hardy flower that’s still blooming after several frosts.

Orange Gerber flower
301/365 Photo of the day, 28 October 2019, © WQuinn

I don’t often know what I’m going to paint each day. Sometimes I look at a blank canvas for several minutes before anything comes to me. Other times, as I’m unpacking my supplies, I wonder what I’ll paint, where I’ll start… Usually I start with the sky. I ask myself, blue or red? And I go from there. Once the sky is painted, I just keep going, following my guidance.

Watercolour painting landscape hills, trees river
301/365 Painting of the day, 28 October 2019, © WQuinn