Tuesday, 11 February 2020

The view outside my window this morning was one of my favourites…Blue-grey sky, white snow, green trees, and an old fence. I took a few pictures, knowing I’d paint it later, and here it is.

42/366 Painting of the day, 11 Feb 2020 © WQuinn
The inspiration for today’s painting © WQuinn 2020

And today’s photo is of tonight’s glorious sunset that completely surprised me. After a mostly overcast day, I resigned myself to the fact I wouldn’t be seeing a sunset tonight. This was a happy surprise!

42/366 Photo of the day, 11 Feb 2020 © WQuinn
Another picture of tonight’s sunset © WQuinn 2020


Saturday, 25 May 2019

What a perfect Saturday spring morning! I woke to a blue sky and singing birds.

I spent the day with in the city with family and enjoyed a mani pedi. It’s not something I do very often…only my second time ever. But I’m going to a special party tomorrow and thought it would be nice.

I had a hard time with my painting tonight. No ideas were coming to me. I tried painting forget-me-nots (practiced for 30 mins, filling up two sheets) but didn’t like how they turned out. So I painted a sky with big white clouds. But I needed to add something more. So I added tree tops. Then a bird, like I did yesterday. But the looked weird. I wiped it off, leaving a light brown smudge. I added orange and red highlights to create a sunset feeling. Then added in grass which make my tree tops into full trees. A couple of mountains and a little water and three birds. Not my best but I’m happy with how it turned out especially after all of the “oops'”.

Watercolour painting landscape
145/365 Painting of the day, 25 May 2019, ©WQuinn

The photo was a little easier. I had a few good bird photos from this morning but then I stopped to take pictures of the Lièvre river which is still high. A beautiful site.

Rushing river water
145/365 Photo of the day, 25 May 2019, ©WQuinn


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!