Thursday, 12 December 2019

I’m writing this from th backseat of my mom’s car. We went to the Christmas in the Valley concert with my aunt. Such a great night with good cheer and beautiful music.

We bumped in to two dear family friends I haven’t seen in years. A warm rush of memories and love flooded over me.

And to top the night off, we drove down Confederation Boulevard to see the Christmas lights.

What a memorable night!

Wayne Rostad and the musicians of Christmas in the Valley © WQuinn 2019
Christmas in the Valley © WQuinn 2019
Full moon fading into whispy clouds as it begins its descent over a field of harvested aoy
346/365 This morning’s setting full moon. 12 December 2019 © WQuinn
Watercolour painting landscape green and bare trees
346/365 Painting of the day, 12 December 2019 © WQuinn


Wednesday, 12 December 2019

Wow, only twenty days left in 2019…which means only 20 paintings and photos left in this creative project.

Time has really flown by and thanks to this project I have consciously cherished and been present in each and every day. For the first time in a long time…actually it’s more like the first time ever that I’ve been present each and every day.

I can look at a painting and remember the day, my mood, how I was feeling, what I was doing.

I look back at the summer and remember it fondly, painting on the veranda, watching the sunset. I remember my first week of painting…set up downstairs in my makeshift studio that was too cold to keep up. So I moved upstairs and paint at the kitchen table every night.

It was an interesting day for weather, from snow squall and near whiteout conditions to sunshine and everything in between. I managed to capture a moment of sunshine peaking through the clouds, playing with settings on the fly and several shots later I managed to capture what I was seeing! .

Sun breaking through clouds, trees silhouetted
345/365 Photo of the day, 11 December 2019 © WQuinn

Tonight, during my nightly Hallmark Christmas movie, I saw in my mind’s eye a big Christmas tree in the foreground of a painting, with smaller ones around it. That would be tonight’s painting. As I started the painting, the idea of faded trees in the background emerged.

Watercolour painting green Christmas trees in field
345/365 Painting of the day, 11 December 2019 © WQuinn


Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Well wasn’t that a nice break from cold weather – 10°C at 7 am – even for the short while it was here.

There was a fleeting moment where I wondered what to do for today’s photo. I had taken a few blue jay shots this morning but nothing spectacular. I watched the sunset but was tied up with work. Hmmm, maybe borrow a photo from my trip? I’d prefer a shot from today.

It will come. Don’t worry.

Alrighty then. I left it and went about my business which was setting up my Christmas village. I stepped outside to put some things in the recycle bin when I noticed the moon rising. It was spectacular! Almost full, whispy clouds floating in front of it…wow!

I grabbed my coat, tripod and camera, asked goggle assistant for the best settings for full moon photos, set my camera then stepped outside to shoot. The settings were a good starting point but not ideal. With a little tweaking I managed a couple of not too bad shots.

Yellow, full moon, with whispy clouds floating in front of it in a very dark sky
344/365 Almost full moon (cold moon), 10 December 2019, © WQuinn

The idea of painting a night scene with a church came out of nowhere. Kind of cute. Maybe tomorrow I’ll paint another one and add a horse and sleigh…

Watercolour painting night scene, evergreen tree in forefront left, snowy field and a small church light up is in the background right
344/365 Painting of the day, 10 December 2019 © WQuinn

Only 21 days left in the #365creativityproject.


Saturday, 7 December 2019

A bright sunny cool day, perfect for finishing the outdoor Christmas lights!

And cleaning the oven. Every holiday I have said, oh, I meant to clean the oven… this time.i remembered ahead of time and got it done.

Cookie baking starts tomorrow… In a clean oven.

We settled in with dinner to watch Christmas Vacation…an annual tradition, and followed it with It’s a Wonderful Life. I took a quick break to paint my daily painting and upload it and my photo of the day to Instagram, then, Bailey’s in hand, back to George Bailey and that old Buildings and Loans.

Three wild turkeys sitting atop of a wooden swing, looking left
341/365 Photo of the day, 7 December 2019 © WQuinn
Watercolour painting, Christmas tree with the lights and yellow star, night under stars
341/365 Painting of the day, 7 December 2019 © WQuinn