Tuesday, 12 November 2019

I was giving myself a hard time this evening as I walked towards the most amazing sky. I was at Fort Lauderdale Beach as the sun set. The sky over the Atlantic was blue and pink. Add in the colour of the ocean with the brown of the beach and I was in Artist’s heaven! Oh, and the palm trees…


The reason I was giving myself a hard time – something I do a lot, unfortunately – was because I brought my heavy DSLR with me and it had the long lens on it. It was no good for this type of shooting. I should have had the smaller lens. Funny enough, yesterday I chose the smaller lens and was wishing I had the longer one. Sigh. So I was giving myself a hard time because I should have just left the camera and relied on my phone camera instead, which takes amazing photos.

A short while later, we’re walking along the rode and I gasp! Oh my goodness, a sight I have never seen before. The full moon rising out of the Atlantic ocean. So gorgeous. I was so grateful to have my long lens on my DSLR, let me tell you! So, that voice I listened to as I was grabbing my camera and thinking of leaving it behind, the one that whispered…take the long lens…knew what was coming. Glad I listened.

316/365 Full moon rising over the Atlantic ocean in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 12 Nov 2019 ©WQuinn

Tonight’s painting is inspired by silhouetted palm trees at sunset.

316/365 Painting of the Day, 12 Nov 2019 ©WQuinn


Friday, 12 July 2019

A beautiful Friday. Went for a walk this evening and passed by my cousins’ old farm. They both have since passed on. Funny enough, today is Gerry’s birthday…the day after my Dad’s. He used to tease her that he would go out of his way to step on spiders on his birthday so it would rain on the Orange men’s parade (also her bday).

Here are some shots from tonight’s walk including their old barn.

Barn at sunset
Barn at sunset ©️ WQuinn 2019
Barn at sunset
Old Murphy homestead ©️ WQuinn 2019
Weeds in sun
©️ WQuinn 2019

On our way back, Mom noticed four birds sitting in two tall trees at the edge of the road. They were so quiet as if watching us. I was amazed they didn’t fly away when they heard us coming. We watched for a bit, I tried to get a close up photo to try and identify them but only had my phone camera with me.

Birds in a tree
©️ WQuinn 2019

We watched them fly away and I had the feeling we just had a visit from my cousins, Dad and Nanie!

Then I saw the most beautiful sight and though I’d died and gone to Heaven…

Bunch of daisies
193/365 Photo of the day, 12 July 2019 ©️ WQuinn

I LOVE daisies!!!!

I also love wild flowers and milkweed and thistles and meadows and running water and fields that go on.

Field of hay at  sunset
Field of hay at sunset ©️ WQuinn 2019
Field of hay at sunset
Another shot of the field at sunset ©️ WQuinn 2019

I did manage to get a walk in, even with all the stopping to admire and photograph all the flowers!

Tonight’s painting is inspired by the wildflowers in the field:

Watercolor painting landscape of wildflowers in field
193/365 Painting of the day, 12 July 2019, ©️ WQuinn


Thursday, 6 June 2019

Oh, what a marvellous day! Sunny and warm. A real beautiful June day. I had a tight deadline so wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. But I did manage to get outside during my lunch break, do a few chores and take some pictures.

I was thrilled to see one of the perennials I planted last weekend is blooming! Aren’t Columbines gorgeous?

Columbine flowers
157/365 Photo of the day, 6 June 2019, ©WQuinn

I left my painting to the absolute last minute, 10 minutes before I was to head out the door to my oil painting class! I wasn’t sure what to paint but knew I wanted a blue sky. I’m very happy with this sky and how the entire painting turned out.

Watercolour painting landscape
157/365 Painting of the day, 6 June 2019, ©WQuinn

Tonight was my seventh oil painting class. My painting is coming along. I worked on the background, blending in the colours.

Oil painting in progress


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Large white cloud system with funnel forming
153/365 Photo of the day, 2 June 2019, ©WQuinn

I think this is the cloud system that produced the tornado in Orleans. If you zoom in on the bottom right you can see a funnel forming.

We were at DQ in Gatineau when hail and heavy rain started. During our drive home I was fascinated by this very large cloud system. I have never seen anything quite like it. It was close to the ground and seemed to be moving and growing at the same time.

We stopped at the Labrosse Park and ride to watch it and take photos. Very strange. Then on our way home I took this shot that is looking east. Gatineau airport is on the left. Orleans is on the right.

We had just pulled into the driveway when our phones rang out with the emergency notification that a tornado was spotted. So unnerving!

Glad no one was hurt!

Watercolour landscape
153/365 Painting of the day, 2 June 2019, ©WQuinn

Tonight’s painting is another monotone. I like the mood of monotone paintings!

I learned today that the Ottawa Heart Institute is looking for artists to paint peaceful scenes on ceiling tiles. Tomorrow is the application deadline. They want a brief bio and up to three samples.

I wrote a brief bio and will look for three samples tomorrow. So cool!