Another sunny one!

I woke up at 7 am – which is a great thing because I forgot to set my alarm! – rolled over, looked out my bedroom window at the sky…happy that it’s no longer dark at 7 in the morning, and then I saw it. Big, bright, orange-yellow, and full! The full moon setting.

Needless to say I grabbed my camera and took dozens of shots, after feeding my two starving cats of course. They think they’re starving. They act like they haven’t eaten in months. Funny felines.

photo of full moon setting at sunrise.
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Full moon setting at sunrise
19 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I had a busy day at work, followed by a pleasantly full evening. I started with a snowshoe around the property, taking pictures here and there and filling up the bird feeders. After supper, I made a few sheets of homemade seed paper, then finished my evening off with a watercolour painting.

This morning’s full moon setting was my inspiration for tonight’s painting.

watercolour painting of the full moon setting at sunrise behind trees.
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Full moon setting at sunrise
19 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I’ve packed my travel painting kit in the event I’m delayed at work again like last week! Chances of a repeat are pretty slim but better to be prepared!


It was another sunny day!

If sunny days becomes the norm then I will stop using it as my first sentence on this blog. The norm for me will be 30 days of straight sunshine!

Not as much activity at the bird feeders today. Sunday and Mondays are my bird feeder count days. I’ll chat about that in another blog.

Even though it was a sunny day, I only managed to get outdoors to fill up the bird bath and bird feeders on the veranda. I didn’t get a snowshoe in…tomorrow is another day 😉

Tonight’s painting of the day was inspired by the setting sun. The sky took on a pastel feel of light blue and pink with a hue of purple near the tree line. The trees were silhouetted. Two distinct layers of trees could be seen, the colour of the furthest set of trees, a lighter shade of blue/grey.

watercolour painting landscape, setting sun with silhouetted trees.
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Tonight’s sunset (reference image: IMG 7761 – photo of the day)
17 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

And tonight’s photo of the day (the inspiration for tonight’s painting of the day.) I like how that works out 🙂

landscape photo of sunset, light blue and pink sky with wisps of cloud, trees silhouetted in distance.
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Tonight’s sunset
17 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn


A day full of changes…weather wise that is! We went from cloudy to full on snow, to rain, to sunshine and blue skies and I have a picture for each moment. It was a challenge picking one out for photo of the day but I did and I chose the redpolls!

photo of seven common redpoll birds at a bird feeder
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Redpolls at the feeder
15 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

For the painting of the day I just went with the flow and this is where I ended:

watercolour painting of a landscape with a rainbow sky, mountains in the distance, green grass, path winding from the mountains to the forefront and a large tree at the front of the painting plus three black birds in flight.
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Watercolour landscape
15 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I had two paintings I had started a few nights ago but didn’t like where they were going or the paper was too wet and the paper was peeling. I didn’t throw them out, thinking I could use the backside as a scrap piece of paper. Mom saw them and was confused why I thought they were no good. I showed them to her, explained my reasoning but she wasn’t buying it. She thought they were fine and I was being to particular. I put them aside and thought I could work on them another day. Maybe one day instead of painting a new painting, I could work on the ones I didn’t like… Well… I was having such a great and relaxing time painting that I had a go at both and am very pleased with how they turned out! Who knew? (Apparently my Mom did!)

Oh that perfectionist…she needs to go somewhere for a very very long trip and hopefully not return.

Happy day!



Wow, can you believe how quickly January has flown by? The sun sets after 5 pm now. That’s worthy of a happy dance! Spring is not too far away. Longer, hopefully warmer, days are on the horizon.

Today was another bitterly cold one, with a smattering of snow – not as much as I thought we’d get but enough to keep things looking pretty and white. I spent a good time outside this morning cleaning off and filling up the bird feeders. Then I got to sit back with my tea and watch them flutter all around. The cats enjoy watching them too.

So, not surprising, today’s photo of the day is of the birds. We’ve had one mourning dove who hangs around, long after sunset when everyone else has left for the night, he’s still here. Last night I found him sitting on the edge of the bird bath. It took me a few to realize why he was sitting there…it’s heated! He eventually left but, first thing this morning when I opened the blinds, I saw him sitting there again. Later this afternoon, a second dove joined him. They spent the day together. I enjoyed watching them together and managed to capture a few photos. This is just one of them:

mourning doves sitting on a branch in the falling snow
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Mourning Doves
29 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

For my painting of the day, I wanted to paint a sunflower. I love sunflowers! My first painting on a large canvas (in 2007 – before that I tended to only tole paint or paint on small cards or wood) was my interpretation of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. (A little backstory: I had sketched the sunflowers as an in-class assignment in grade 7 (1991) art class and kept it all these years, as I love sunflowers. Shortly after my dad passed in 2007, I felt inspired to paint outdoors, and paint on the large canvas that came with my travel easel. That was the beginning of my adult painting journey.)

So, tonight, using the watercolour pencils, I drew a sunflower, then used a paintbrush and water to fill it in.

watercolour painting of a sunflower
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Sunflower delight
29 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn