I was in the zone today and it felt great

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

I started a new project at work yesterday. This one requires sketched concepts, which in theory is a great idea. It was something we had to do in school…start every design project with thumbnails and hand them in with the final product or be docked marks. I would often create the thumbnails after the project was completed because I found it easier to create on the computer. I still do. Some of my best designs are errors that occurred while moving things around the page or clicking the wrong colour then being fascinated by the results.

Yet, there are times when nothing is coming to me and I find myself with paper, pencil ✏️ and eraser in hand, doodling, sketching and basically having fun…and getting paid to do it…that’s the incredible part. Someone is paying me to do something I enjoy doing. Gratitude big time 🤗.

So, there I was, at the kitchen table, hunched over my paper, laptop to my right, tablet to my left, narrative in one hand, pencil in the other, sketching ideas, in my own little world.

Hours later, I’m chatting with Mom and I notice she had emptied the dishwasher. When did you do that? I asked her. She told me she had been in the kitchen while I was sketching. I had no idea, no recollection, never knew she was there. I was in the zone, completely immersed in what I was doing, unaware of life going on around me.

That doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, I’m either out of practice, not enjoying what I’m doing, or too much in my mind. Anyways, it was a good moment!

5 redpoll birds perched on a silo feeder while another redpoll flys in to join them.
Lucky shot! ©WQuinn 2021
Winter scene of a large spruce tree in the foreground covered with snow, a barn and field in the distance with cloud cover and blue sky
My view this morning. Clear skies on the way! ©WQuinn 2021
A tabby cat sits in a sunny spot on a wooden veranda
Ashes enjoying a warm spot in the sun. ©WQuinn 2021

A quiet Sunday, just as I like them

Sunday, 10 January 2021

I started my morning off feeding the cats and birds, then sat in my rocking chair, tea, muffin and camera in hand or nearby, then watched the birds. Today is day one of my two-day count. I cherish these moments. The cats usually join me, sometimes Mom does too. I sit for anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour, depends on the birds and my humour.

Today we had an influx of redpolls. I counted 25! Last week we had four. Unfortunately the goldfinch don’t stick around when the redpolls visit. I counted one this morning and he didn’t stick around for long.

Redpolls eating seed on the veranda. ©WQuinn 2021

After my bird watching I made a batch of lye soap. I’m hoping to recreate the lye soap from Nova Scotia’s Sherbrooke Village. That stuff is incredible for getting stains out of clothes. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve visited and stocked up and we recently ran out. Fingers crossed 🤞 I get it on the first batch!

Blue Jay with corn kernel in his beak is perched on veranda railing, framed my Christmas tree branches. ©WQuinn 2021

Left side view of redpoll perched on a branch. ©WQuinn 2021


Freezing rain. Most of the day. Enough said.

A quiet day, a little painting, a little napping, a little photography, a little bird watching…

watercolour painting landscape
055/365 Painting of the day
24 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn
photo of redpolls at bird feeder during freezing rain
055/365 Photo of the day
Redpolls gather at the bird feeder during ice storm
24 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn


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
046/365 Photo of the day
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.
046/365 Painting of the day
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!