Tuesday, 22 October 2019

A beautiful rainy fall evening. I’m sitting on my recliner, cat and blanket on my knee, enjoying life.

It was a late night last night watching the election results. Maybe a minority government will be what this country needs to get things done and get the parties working together for the benefit of all Canadians. Here’s hoping!

Here are two of the thirteen wild turkeys who have been visiting my bird feeders.

2 wild turkeys
295/365 Photo of the day, 22 October 2019, © WQuinn

And today’s painting

Watercolour painting landscape trees and water
295/365 Painting of the day, 22 October 2019, © WQuinn


Sunday, 20 October 2019

Oh happy sunny day. A little chilly and breezy but so sunny!

Went for a walk on a local nature trail this afternoon. Oh the smells, the crunch of leaves under foot, pure heaven!

Nature trail, fall colours, leaves on ground, blue sky
293/365 Photo of the day, 20 October 2019, © WQuinn

Painting of the day is inspired by a small leaf I saw during my walk:

Watercolour painting coloured leaf red and yellow
293/365 Painting of the day, 20 October 2019, © WQuinn


Wednesday, 9 October 2019

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


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!