5 August 2019

Another splendid sunny hot day!

Although today was a holiday in most provinces, it wasn’t in Quebec-where I live and work. Luckily I was able to telework and even managed to sit outside with my laptop for a spell.

I had no idea what to paint this evening. Most days I’m inspired by something I’ve seen, like the sunrise or sunset or a flower. Other times I might see something on Pinterest or Instagram. That wasn’t the case tonight.

So I sat with my paints and blank white paper and waited. Nothing was coming to me so I asked for guidance.

Immediately I saw and sensed blue and brown. Most likely a beach or ocean scene. But not sure. I started with blue on the too. I like how it came out on the paper. I went with it, keeping it light as in brushed the paint onto the page. Green next. But I left a white space between the colours… something I’ve never done before. Instinctively I knew to add brown for a beach and, voila! I was done. I stepped back for an overview and was happy with what I saw.

Watercolour painting sky, sea, beach
217/365 Painting of the day, 5 August 2019 © WQuinn

My lesson for today (and until I really get it) :

Stop worrying, stop comparing, just let go and paint. And have fun!

For my photo… I found myself back in my butterfly-bee garden. The three monarch caterpillars are still there!

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed
217/365 Photo of the day, 5 August 2019 © WQuinn


Saturday, 3 August 2019

Another beautiful sunny hot day!

I’m going to skip right to the end of my day and tell you about my walk around the yard this evening… especially the butterfly garden.

Every day, several times throughout the day actually, I find myself looking in the garden for movement…could be butterflies, bees, dragon flies…sometimes other insects. Lately, there’s been dragon flies, tiny butterflies and a monarch here and there.

Today…well now, there was lots of activity! First off was a hummingbird moth! If you haven’t seen one of these moths before, well they’re just so neat!

Hummingbird moth
Hummingbird moth, butterfly garden, 3 August 2019 © WQuinn

Then there was the bee getting very intimate with the milkweed

Bee on milkweed
I feel the same way about chocolate! © WQuinn 2019

If it wasn’t for the bee, I would have missed this

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed
215/365 Monarch caterpillar, 3 August 2019 © WQuinn

This is the first time I have seen a monarch butterfly on the milkweed.

A bit of backstory: a few years before my dad passed away, he read about the monarch butterfly population declining and decided to do something about it. He started a milkweed garden. Years later, I moved in with Mom and also became passionate about helping the monarchs. Over the years I have added flowers and herbs, native to the area, that are butterfly and bee friendly. The garden has expanded and become an oasis, not just for butterflies and insects but birds too.

So to see a monarch caterpillar in the garden, on the milkweed, and to know that the garden is doing what it’s meant to be doing is such a joy!

On another note, I framed some of my paintings and hung them up:

Watercolour painting landscape
215/365 Painting of the day, 3 August 2019 © WQuinn

Have a good night and thanks for reading.