Friday, 13 December 2019

And just like that it’s a new day and I didn’t post my blog. I was working on my family tree book, lost all track of time and when I do glance at the clock, thinking it must be about 9 pm, it’s actually 12:03 am…the next day?

I’ve been hoping, trying, to get the book completed and off to print before the new year because my yearly InDesign subscription renews in early January and I want to cancel it…for so many reasons. The only reason I want to keep it is because I love the software. It’s easy to use. I’ve been using it since it’s inception. But the price… Anyways.

I keep allowing myself to become distracted while working on the book. I’m in the editing stage, making the edits, noticing a fact that doesn’t have a source…where’s the source…back on Ancestry.ca or my family tree software to search for the source. Or I decide to add a photo…it’s never ending!

Earlier in the day, I was watching a woodpecker at the feeder and taking his picture when a blue jay flew in and tried to displace him. Woodpecker was having none of that nonsense and the blue jay backed off. Very happy to have been able to capture the moment!

Blue jay landing on side of feeder, woodpecker has feathers famned
347/365 Photo of the day, 13 December 2019 © WQuinn

A little wet-on-wet watercolour tonight. I love this technique as you never know quite how it’s going to work out. I like the mood of this one and thought the trees added to it.

Watercolour painting landscape with a tree on each side
347/365 Painting of the day, 13 December 2019 © WQuinn


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.