A cloudy start to the day!

Fresh snow overnight made for a beautiful winter wonderland landscape but also made for a longer commute into town. A little for an hour… enough said on that topic!

Had a lovely supper with family, followed by a few errands and, on the drive home, very close to home, we hit a pot hole…deep and hard. A faint whistling sound, followed by the low tire pressure light illuminating on the dashboard and, before we knew it, we had a flat. Now, if it was just me, I would have driven the 1.5 km home…probably wrecking my rim in the process. Mom preferred not to do that, so we turned the car around, drove to the gas station 20 meters away and debated what to do. We decided on calling my cousin and, thanks be to god, he was home and available to help us out. He had the tire changed in no time flat (pun intended!) I’m grateful to him, I’m grateful we weren’t hurt or stranded somewhere!

I’m also grateful I painted my painting of the day at work this afternoon! And took my photo of the day.

Today’s painting just emerged from one tree, into another, and another and another…

watercolour painting of deciduous and evergreen trees
052/365 Painting of the day
Deciduous and Evergreen trees
21 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I looked up from my desk this afternoon and was delighted to see blue sky. Of course, I had to capture it and make it today’s photo of the day!

photo of blue sky, white clouds and a city street and parking lot
052/365 Photo of the day
View from my office, Hull, QC
21 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

Tomorrow is a new day, full of hope and dreams realized!



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.
050/365 Photo of the day
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.
050/365 Painting of the day
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.
048/365 Painting of the day
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.
048/365 Photo of the day
Tonight’s sunset
17 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn


A lovely day today. It was cold. The sidwalks were ice and snow covered and difficult to navigate through, but all in all, it was a lovely day. I enjoyed the fresh air. I found it a little tough walking, but once I pulled my iPhone out and started to take photos, all thought of the conditions of the sidewalks slipped away and I just enjoyed the moment, the scenery and the fresh air.

It’s funny how the simple act of taking a picture changes your frame of mind, how you look at the world, at the space you’re in. For me, I see the beauty, the unique, the object standing out, screaming “capture me! capture me!”

This is what I captured:

photo of street light and sign for rue Vaudreuil in Hull, QC
037/365 Photo of the day
rue Vaudreuil, Hull QC
6 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I was in a spongy mood tonight:

Watercolour painting with a sponge, maybe, blue, green and beige
037/365 Painting of the day, 06 Feb 2019 CWQuinn