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FriYAY, 11 October 2019

So nice to sleep in and wake up to sunshine! Love my telework days.

It was a late night for me last night as I attended the French language debate at the Museum of History. A real thrill to be part of the night, seeing how a live show comes together, not to mention seeing the leaders in person.

My French is a work in progress but I managed to pick up a fair bit. Funny enough, I watched a few clips when I got home to clarify a few things and low and behold, I’m visible on some of the wide audience shots!

Screen grab from video clip of leaders debating and audience in background. A red arrow points to me
That’s me in pink under the red arrow!

A real treat!

Podiums on stage, people on stage
Debate stage © WQuinn 2019
People on stage
End of French language debate © WQuinn 2019

For tonight’s painting I decided to try the Petrie island painting again, this time a little smaller and closer to what I saw from the highway. It’s better.

Watercolour painting landscape peninsula beach with three colourful trees and with mountains in background
284/365 Painting of the day, 11 October 2019, © WQuinn

We have this plant that I’ve taken plenty of photos of during the summer. The last blossom died in late July or early August. Imagine our surprise when it started forming a flower this week, after several frosty nights! A hardy little plant!

Orange flower blooming around green leaves
284/365 Photo of the day, 11 October 2019, © WQuinn
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Thursday, 10 October 2019

It’s going to be a late one tonight so am posting early.

I had the idea, in bed last night, to paint a Thanksgiving theme, such as a pumpkin and sunflower.

Watercolour painting pumpkin, sunflower, and black eyed susan
283/365 Painting of the day, 10 October 2019 © WQuinn

I’m attending the French language debate in Gatineau this evening and won’t have a chance to get out and photograph my heart out but I did manage a photo while waiting for my ride earlier.

Pink purple Flowers in basket along Eddy st in Hull.
283/365 Photo of the day, 10 October 2019, © WQuinn

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Brrr, a cold start to the day, but what an awesome sunrise!

Sunrise
Sunrise over Gatineau, A50 onramp © WQuinn 2019

There’s this spot of trees on the westbound 50, at the bend just before la Verendrye, that looks incredible every autumn. Every year I wish I had a camera with me to capture it. Today was the day. Not only did I have my phone, which had an awesome camera, I was also a passenger and there was enough daylight to capture the beauty of those colours.

Red, orange and yellow trees on side of road
282/365 Photo of the day, 9 October 2019 © WQuinn

Tuesday evening, we were driving west bound on the 174. I was the passenger and was watching the scenery unfold. At one point, I could see the sleeping giant (Eardly escarpment) in the distance and a peninsula of Petrie island poking out into the Ottawa river. Trees were on the sandy peninsula. It was quite a sight, one I wished I could have captured with a camera so I could reference the details. But I had to go by memory. Here’s a rough version of what I saw…today’s painting:

Watercolour painting landscape trees on sandy peninsula with hills in background
282/365 Painting of the day, 9 October 2019, © WQuinn

I may have another go at it tomorrow. Practice, and all that.

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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

I just read an Instagram post that said…there’s three months left in this decade…

Enough on that topic for now 😉

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day! So much sunshine and warmth. It was up to 21°C mid-afternoon. I took my breaks outside and my lunch. Did a little pleinair painting during my lunch break:

Watercolour painting tree with yellow and green leaves, shrubs around it and river behind it
281/365 Painting of the day, 8 October 2019, © WQuinn

As I was just about to head out to Ottawa, I looked out on the veranda for my cats and saw this:

Two cats intently focused on something
281/365 Photo of the day, 8 October 2019, © WQuinn

Clearly captivated by something, I quietly stepped out behind them and peeked down the stairs to see a chipmunk happily stuffing his cheeks with bird seed. That little guy deserves to be put on the payroll for all the times he entertains the cats!