A day full of changes…weather wise that is! We went from cloudy to full on snow, to rain, to sunshine and blue skies and I have a picture for each moment. It was a challenge picking one out for photo of the day but I did and I chose the redpolls!

photo of seven common redpoll birds at a bird feeder
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Redpolls at the feeder
15 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

For the painting of the day I just went with the flow and this is where I ended:

watercolour painting of a landscape with a rainbow sky, mountains in the distance, green grass, path winding from the mountains to the forefront and a large tree at the front of the painting plus three black birds in flight.
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Watercolour landscape
15 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I had two paintings I had started a few nights ago but didn’t like where they were going or the paper was too wet and the paper was peeling. I didn’t throw them out, thinking I could use the backside as a scrap piece of paper. Mom saw them and was confused why I thought they were no good. I showed them to her, explained my reasoning but she wasn’t buying it. She thought they were fine and I was being to particular. I put them aside and thought I could work on them another day. Maybe one day instead of painting a new painting, I could work on the ones I didn’t like… Well… I was having such a great and relaxing time painting that I had a go at both and am very pleased with how they turned out! Who knew? (Apparently my Mom did!)

Oh that perfectionist…she needs to go somewhere for a very very long trip and hopefully not return.

Happy day!



Tonight’s painting of the day was very challenging. I attempted two paintings before this last one. Nothing seemed to work. My vision for the first was scattered and not taking shape. The second…the paper became over saturated and looked weird, in that the paper was shredding or piling? Not the effect I was looking for.

As I write about it, a reflection of sorts, two things pop out at me. First is I’ve been watching watercolour artist videos on YouTube, taking in all their suggestions, instructions, ideas, etc. For some reason their ideas just don’t mesh with me. Maybe I need to just do my own thing? Keep following my guidance, my intuition. Hmmm.

Second, I may be PMSing. Just saying. Hormones could possibly have an effect on the creative mind. This is something I need to keep an eye on. Would be interesting to know if it really does impact creativity.

watercolour painting landscape of blue and pink sky with two large white clouds and green blue sea or grass.
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Watercolour Landscape
11 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

We went into town this afternoon to pick up a few essentials, especially with the big snow storm on it’s way. Mom was driving so I asked if we could take a scenic way home so I could capture a photo for today. I was thinking country, snow, old barns or fences… On a whim, she turned down Main Street towards the old CIP paper mill. I haven’t been down that way in years (like 25 or 30!) The old restaurant is still there! We drove around the area for a bit, then headed down to the river and back up around Notre Dame Street. I was flooded with old memories: the old Bata shoe store, Renaud’s Smoke shop, the old sewing shop where we got supplies for grade 7 home-ec class.

photo of restaurant bar Le moulin et Depanneur le moulin in Gatineau, QC. 11 Feb 2019.
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Restaurant Bar le Moulin et Depanneur le Moulin, Gatineau, QC
11 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn


Wow, can you believe how quickly January has flown by? The sun sets after 5 pm now. That’s worthy of a happy dance! Spring is not too far away. Longer, hopefully warmer, days are on the horizon.

Today was another bitterly cold one, with a smattering of snow – not as much as I thought we’d get but enough to keep things looking pretty and white. I spent a good time outside this morning cleaning off and filling up the bird feeders. Then I got to sit back with my tea and watch them flutter all around. The cats enjoy watching them too.

So, not surprising, today’s photo of the day is of the birds. We’ve had one mourning dove who hangs around, long after sunset when everyone else has left for the night, he’s still here. Last night I found him sitting on the edge of the bird bath. It took me a few to realize why he was sitting there…it’s heated! He eventually left but, first thing this morning when I opened the blinds, I saw him sitting there again. Later this afternoon, a second dove joined him. They spent the day together. I enjoyed watching them together and managed to capture a few photos. This is just one of them:

mourning doves sitting on a branch in the falling snow
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Mourning Doves
29 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

For my painting of the day, I wanted to paint a sunflower. I love sunflowers! My first painting on a large canvas (in 2007 – before that I tended to only tole paint or paint on small cards or wood) was my interpretation of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. (A little backstory: I had sketched the sunflowers as an in-class assignment in grade 7 (1991) art class and kept it all these years, as I love sunflowers. Shortly after my dad passed in 2007, I felt inspired to paint outdoors, and paint on the large canvas that came with my travel easel. That was the beginning of my adult painting journey.)

So, tonight, using the watercolour pencils, I drew a sunflower, then used a paintbrush and water to fill it in.

watercolour painting of a sunflower
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Sunflower delight
29 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn


Woke up with a headache this morning and didn’t feel like doing much. I went out to feed the birds and was surprised at how windy it was, nearly blew me over! Wind gusts must have been about 80 km. Blowing snow creating whiteout conditions. A real treat trying to photograph!

Crazy weather seems to bring more birds to the feeders. Today we had three blue jays, four evening grosbeaks, twenty something red polls, a few yellow finch, two red squirrels, a dark-eyed junco (snowbird), a mourning dove and a cardinal. Oh ya, several wild turkeys and a black squirrel.

I spent a good part of the afternoon making homemade paper. I’ll have pics of that later on.

Here’s today’s painting of the day:

watercolour painting, landscape: boat on shore with tree. cabin across the river.
Watercolour. 27 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

Today’s picture of the day was a tough one to choose. I got a good one of Mr. Cardinal and a cute one of the mourning dove. I also had a few of the snow squalls. It was tough to decided, yet it wasn’t really.

photograph of male cardinal
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Mr. Cardinal
27 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

Mr. Cardinal is a hard guy to get a pic of, so anytime I’m able to get close and a clear shot, then it has to be featured. The colours around the edge of the photo are Christmas window decals on the patio window. We haven’t taken them down yet, as they act as a deterrent for birds who fly into the window. Looks kind of funky in this shot though!