Thursday, 30 May 2019

150 days of painting and photography. Wowzers!

Today was one of those days I imagine when I think of living in the country (more country than where I am now 😉). Perfect mix of sunshine and warmth. Birds chirping, squirrels chattering, sheets flapping on the line.

Bed linen on clothes line

I was working at the kitchen table with the door open, enjoying the warmth and the robin singing. I took advantage of a sunny windy day by hanging my freshly laundered bed clothes on the line. They were dry in no time at all.

I wasn’t sure what to paint today. Looked at the blank page for a few minutes then saw a green vine. This grew from that image:

Watercolour painting vine with red flowers
150/365 Painting of the day, 30 May 2019, ©WQuinn

Tonight’s photo came about as I was heading out the door to painting class. I saw a tractor in the field, I’m presuming sowing?

Tractor sowing field
150/365 Photo of the day, 30 May 2019, ©WQuinn

Tonight was week six of my oil painting class. It’s coming along but I’m still not loving the medium or the process. A friend said I was learning to be disciplined. I realized I don’t want to be disciplined…I prefer to be a free spirit 😉

Oil painting of cherries
Oil painting class. Week 6/10 ©WQuinn

As I’m writing this, the rain in gently falling, peepers and tree toads can be heard (when there’s a break in traffic, that is). I just love a rainy night!


10 May 2019 Happy birthday Nanie!

What a splendidly rainy day! Downpour type rain. A perfect day to wear my cheery yellow rain coat! This coat makes me smile. Actually a woman approached me today to say how beautiful and cheery my coat is!

I tried hard to stay cheery while sitting in traffic on my way home this afternoon. 49 minutes to move a distance that would normally take 1 minute! Needless to say, after an hour, I had enough! I turned around, headed back into town, found a nice restaurant and had a nice, quiet, and long dinner, stretching it as long as I could to avoid more traffic. It worked as I got home in under an hour!

This tree caught my eye.

130/365 Photo of the day 10 May 2019 ©WQuinn

You know that voice in your head that whispers you’re not good enough or it’s too difficult…don’t bother. Well that voice, who has been winning of late, was eradicated this evening. I’ve been wanting to paint pansies but believed they’d be too hard so why even try. Well, tonight I decided to try and if it worked, well great and if not…practice can only help!

Watercolour painting pansies
130/365 Painting of the day 10 May 2019 ©WQuinn

I’m very happy with how they turned out!


9 May 2019 (Happy Birthday Jamie!) Cloudy one today with lots of rain in the late afternoon.

Watercolour painting three daisies
129/365 Painting of the day 9 May 2019 ©WQuinn

I was in the mood for daisies today, something light and fun!

This little fella – purple finch -popped by today for a visit and made photo of the day!

Purple finch at feeder
129/365 Photo of the day 9 May 2019 ©WQuinn

Today is Thursday which means oil painting class. Here’s a sample of the painting I’m working onOil painting in progress. Cherries


8 May 2019 – Another sunny day albeit cooler.

Archie…huh…enough said.

Eureka for park and ride this morning! A smooth ride into work taking only 24 mins. Not a fan of the early departure time but it’s certainly better than an hour and half sitting in traffic.

I painted a cute sunflower and Black-eyed Susans during my lunch break today.

Watercolour painting sunflower and Black-eyed Susans

128/365 Painting of the day 8 May 2019 ©WQuinn

Photo of…almost of the day

I had time on my hands while I waited at the park and ride for my Mom’s bus…which should have been 15 mins after mine but à grace de la circulation sur le Pont Portage she was an hour later. I took advantage of this time to catch up on some emails, reading newsletters and to write this blog. I wasn’t feeling very inspired, glanced around the parking lot…not much to photograph, especially with an iPhone. So I took a picture of the bus shelter.

Photo of bus shelter
Almost photo of the day

I was just writing the photo caption when I noticed Mom walking towards me. I didn’t have time to upload the post.


After dinner, I toured my laneway with my new bike, practicing my turns – it’s amazing how quickly it all comes back! – watching the sky. Interesting clouds had formed and took on unusual colours as the sun began its descent. My photographer eye kept an eye on what was going on, waiting for the moment to grab my camera to capture it. Sun dogs appeared. Two of them. One on each side of the setting sun.

I put my bike away, grabbed my camera and got to work. As I was snapping away, the geese appeared. A nightly ritual. At least a hundred, maybe two, come in every night at sunset and leave at sunrise.

Geese flying at sunset in front of setting sun
128/365 Photo of the day 8 May 2019 ©WQuinn

Leave it to Mother Nature to come through for me…to inspire me…to get a beautiful picture of the day!