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.
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.
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!
The sun came out!!! Blue skies were visible. Big fluffy white clouds too. The birds were active around the feeder. I stood outside on the veranda taking pictures of the sky and sun and the birds. I even took a video of the birds chirping. It was 5 degrees C. Downright balmy and a hint of what’s to come. I headed out to fill one of the bird feeders – the one furthest from the house – and almost flew away to Buckingham! Wow, the wind was strong.
By the time I got back to the house, less than ten minutes had passed. The sun was gone. So was the blue sky and fluffy white clouds. In it’s place was the same old dreary grey sky we’ve seen almost every day since winter began.
As I stood outside taking pictures of the sun, a redpoll landed close by and stayed, allowing me to get a few great shots. He even appeared to be posing for me.
Several times during the day I wondered what I would paint tonight. Nothing came to mind. I started looking through Instagram for inspiration, then, remembering an album I have on Pinterest of images I would like to paint one day, I had a look through and found one I wanted to try. It turned out great!
Have you ever had one of those days where things just seem to go your way?
Take my photo of the day, for instance. I was walking by the patio door and happened to notice a downy woodpecker on the veranda, eating the suet. I turned to get my camera but, just as I was zooming in, he flew away. BUT, he flew right back and landed closer and I was able to get a shot of him looking at the camera, which is pretty cool!
It was a freezing drizzle kind of day, so I opted to stay home and telework (so blessed I can do this). I finished my day at 3:30 pm and thought it would be a good time to paint. Mom was also teleworking today and wasn’t finished her day, so I joined her at the kitchen table, she on one side typing away and I on the other side painting away.
My inspiration for tonight’s painting came shortly after finishing work. I happened to walk by the living room window and noticed the colours – which often happens…it’s the colours I notice, not the scene before me but the colours…and I just have to record them in some way. It used to be via a camera, but these days it seems to be with paint. There wasn’t a place for me to set up in front of the window, like I did for my painting of parliament hill, so I took a picture, then opened the photo on my laptop, using it as a guide.
This painting came so easily and I enjoyed painting it so much. It’s one of my favourites and just might make it to the calendar for February.
At the end of my work day, I jumped in the car to head into town. It was really cold and I decided to leave my camera home. I figured I wouldn’t take it into any of the stores with me and didn’t want it sitting in my car…I also figured I could use my iPhone to capture anything that caught my eye.
And catch my eye, something did. Waiting in traffic at St. Rene Blvd, right next to the Ste. Rose church, what do I see but a crane, arm extended to the bell tower. Awesome picture. I reach for my iPhone, only to find it dead. What the….? The battery was low when I left home (about 25-30%) but I figured it would be enough. I guess the cold was too much for it. A missed opportunity for sure. After spending 20 minutes in Rona, the iPhone warmed up and turned on. Just a little too late.
So, no picture of the day. At least not yet 😉
For my painting of the day, I was in the basement putting away some of the new supplies I purchased for paper-making, when I noticed my watercolour pencils. I have two sets. One set I’ve had since…well, I was still working at Algonquin College, so must have been 2006 when I purchased them! And the other set, I picked up when I was at the Lee Valley store in Almonte several years ago.
I’d say it’s about time I get them out and try them out!
I remember trying the pencils once before and couldn’t get the hang of them. But this time, since I’ve been working with watercolour paints for 27 days, I found them much easier to use and really enjoyed the process. They would be great for painting on the go, especially travelling. All you need are your pencils, paper, one brush, and a tiny jar of water.
While painting, I thought I would take a picture of the paper I made last night. So, when I finished, I set up an impromptu photo studio and took some shots of the paper. Ashes, my female cat, was hovering. I turned to find her sitting on the edge of a chair, posing so beautifully. I asked her if she would like to be my photo of the day and I swear, she tilted her head, posing for me. I took half a dozen shots of her and found a few that turned out beautifully (and don’t need any adjustments.) So, tonight, I have two photos of the day!