Saturday, 9 November 2019

It was a busy day of getting ready and packing for our trip tomorrow.

I took some pictures of the sunrise this morning with my cell phone. A real beautiful scene!

Sunrise shine a golden hue in the fresh white snow covering the ground and trees.
313/365 Photo of the day, 9 November 2019 © WQuinn

I took a few pictures during the day with my camera of the turkeys, blue jays, Chickadees and chipmunks but the sunrise beat them all out for top spot today.

Tonight’s painting was almost forgotten completely…I was getting ready to post to Instagram and here when I realized that I hadn’t painted a painting yet! I packed my favourite brushes but thankfully have some older ones lying around.

Watercolour painting landscape mountains dark sky and a river
313/365 Painting of the day, 9 November 2019 © WQuinn

Last month I submitted a photo to the Quebecairshow calendar contest. The photos were posted to Facebook and the ones with the most votes win a spot in the calendar. I’m thrilled to say I won a spot in the calendar, December actually!


Friday, 8 November 2019

It’s official…I’m on holidays!!! I’m heading south this weekend then off to the Caribbean!

I’ll be blogging about my trip on my cruising blog if you’d like to follow along on my journey.

My knee is still on the mend which meant no outdoor excursions for photos but I was able to move the stool closer to the window so I could get some shots from inside.

Blue Jay looking at the camera
Just look at that face! © WQuinn 2019
Chipmunk on a stool full of black sunflower seeds
312/365 Photo of the day, 8 November 2019 © WQuinn

Thought I’d give drawing and painting a chickadee a try and pleasantly surprised!


Thursday, 7 November 2019

Another snowy morning! So lovely for pictures

Evergreen trees covered in snow, framing the river
311/365 Winter wonderland, Photo of the day, 7 Nov 2019 © WQuinn

Had a nice treat today as a large group of European starlings flew into my backyard this afternoon

Small tree with leaves still on it, snow covered and a dozen or so birds landing and taking off
European starlings flying in and out of the tree © WQuinn 2019
Large Group of  black birds flying in formation above a snow covered field
Starlings flying in formation © WQuinn 2019

Their chattering sounded just like spring!

For tonight’s painting, I decided to go with a night winter scene

Watercolour painting night scene with stars, evergreen trees with snow on branches.
311/365 Painting of the day, 7 November 2019, © WQuinn


Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Oh beautiful snowy landscape. It looked like a Christmas card this morning. It didn’t last though, as the sun rose it started melting.

Snow covered lawn sloping to a river with geese swimming and the sun peeks out from behind a cloud bathing the area in warm light
310/365 Photo of the day, 6 November 2019 © WQuinn

It was a challenge picking today’s photo. I wanted one that represents our first snowfall of the season and was torn between the one above and this gorgeous blue jay

Blue jay on snow covered platform feeder has seeds in his beak and snow and snow is kicked up in the air around him. The rising sun baths him and the feeder in a warm orange glow.
Blue jay at feeder © WQuinn 2019

Yesterday, I received a bunch of Christmas cards from a charity looking for a donation. As a gift, they included several cards, notepads and stickers. The cards are beautiful. One has two Cardinals and another has a chickadee. As soon as I saw the birds I said “I’m going to paint those”. Now, I say that every year and have been for years and I’ve never actually got around to painting them. But this year is different because I’m painting every day and, at many points throughout the year, I have looked for inspiration because I ran out of ideas! So tonight, I painted the cardinal. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

Watercolour painting on white paper of a sideview of a red male cardinal facing left perched on a branch with red berries and green leaves
301/365 Painting of the day, 6 November 2019 © WQuinn