Have you ever had that moment where something catches your eye and you try to capture it but it just doesn’t match what caught you in the first place.

Standing in the kitchen this morning, I looked out the window and something caught my eye. I’m not sure if it was the colour of the sky, the way the trees were highlighted against the colour. The shapes, shades, hues…a combination or the whole scene. There was just something so beautiful about what I was looking at. I grabbed my camera, stepped onto the veranda and took half a dozen shots, playing with the iso.

Landscape photo of sky and tees in winter
6 April 2019 ©WQuinn

Didn’t quite capture the essence of the moment and it didn’t help that I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what I was so taken with in that moment.

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It was a lovely sunny day and a beautiful sunset tonight. Not too many birds around though…might be heading north as spring is in the air. We’re expecting 10-15 cm of snow tomorrow so that might bring a few back to the feeders. Here’s hoping because I sure miss hearing and seeing them.

As the sun was going down I headed outside to fill up the feeders and take a few pics. Tonight’s photo of the day is the branches of our Manitoba maple tree against the blue sky with a sliver of the moon 🌙. It’s also tonight’s painting of the day.

Watercolour painting of branches against a blue sky
068/365 Painting of the day 9 Mar 2019

Photo of branches against the blue sky

068/365 Photo of the day 9 Mar 2019

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It’s funny. I’m sitting here staring at a white page. A blank white page. Wondering what to write. Trying a couple of sentences here and there but nothing is right. Of the three creative projects I was to complete today, this is the toughest. Rarely am I without a word to say. Yet, for some reason, tonight I am blank. No inspiration.

I say that but have just completed a paragraph. Plus a sentence. So, I’m not as blank as I thought I was. Just writing in circles. Some days I feel like I’m running in circles. This merry-go-round of life, goes around and around and around and some days, I’d prefer to jump off and go at my own speed and in my own direction.

I’m referring to the ole 9-5 workday. I’m blessed beyond measure to have a full-time job. A good paying, government job. A job where I can use my creative talents as a graphic designer. And allows me the flexibility to telework and to work in a creative and free environment. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy to have this job. I’m grateful I’m able to go to work everyday and be creative and make a difference. I’m proud of my work and what we’ve accomplished.

But sometimes, especially after I’ve had a vacation, I find it hard to get back into the daily grind. After a day of freedom, real freedom, to go back to semi-freedom, or perhaps work disguised as freedom? Maybe it’s the February blues. No, I think it’s more likely my night away, spoiling myself with a night at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Walking around Ottawa for nearly 2 1/2 hours, enjoying a beautiful night taking photos. All of that followed by a leisurely morning of painting, photography and writing, all finished before noon! Now that’s a productive morning!

So, today was a good day, although I felt tired for a good part of it. Feeling kind of like I was coming down with something. Later in the day, the sun came out (first time in several days). It wasn’t long after that I noticed I was feeling better. More energy and more uplifted. Maybe there is something to be said for February blues?

I watched the sunset from my chair in the living room, marveling at how red the sky got. There’s a large Manitoba maple tree just outside the window with branches all over the place. It’s a great place, during the day, to watch the birds and squirrels coming and going. Also a great place to watch the sunset behind all those branches. As I watched the sun go down, and the red fade to lighter hues, I knew I would paint that sunset with the branches in front. And so I did…

watercolour of red sunset with tree branches in front filling the page.
036/365 Painting of the day
05 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

Photo of the day

Shortly after the sun made an appearance, the wild turkeys dropped by. As they walked by, the sun shone on their feathers, highlighting a wide range of beautiful colours.

photo of a wild turkey, the sun shining on it, highlighting the colours of it's feathers, browns, oranges, greens and blues.
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Wild turkey in sunlight
05 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

Today was a good day. And will you look at that…I had something to say and the page is no longer blank!

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We’ve received the snowfall I’ve been dreaming of since December…about 9″ by 2:30 pm. It’s so white, and light and really does look like a winter wonderland. Well, minus the cold, blowing wind that’s creating knee deep drifts. And the fact the tips of my fingers froze in five minutes.

This morning, I ventured out to clear the snow off the bird feeders and replenish a couple of them. Then I had the joy of sitting back, watching the flutter of activity – one of my favourite pastimes!

We had lots of golden finch and common redpolls, a couple of chickadees, one snowbird (dark eyed junco) who hasn’t been around much this winter, the evening grosbeaks were back (4 of the group of 12 showed up), a blue jay, a male cardinal and the red squirrel. The feeders were a busy spot!

I took lots of shots of the snowy landscape and the birds, but it’s the birds who will make it into the photo of the day category. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning towards the cardinal, as he’s so elusive, I’m really lucky to have gotten a close-up shot. Unfortunately, it’s not as clear as I’d like it to be because I took it through a dirty window. But…I’m happy with it, so I guess that’s all that really matters eh? 🙂

For the painting of the day, I felt like pink today. Pink and a sponge. This is what came from that:

pink watercolour painting, sponge technique.
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Pink Delight
20 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn