Cute Spooky Halloween Short Stories

The Screaming Pumpkin Patch

One Halloween night, these two friendly Ghost went for a walk in an abandoned pumpkin patch. They had finished early with their trick and treating so they decided to find a quiet place to share their candy. As they were wandering around looking for a place to settle, a spider landed on the head of the little Ghost. Well, that was too much for the little Ghost. He began to scream! This only freaked out his friend, who also began to scream! Their screaming echoed into the night frightening others who were nearby. The old abandoned pumpkin patch is known for injecting fear to those who enter it’s patch.

Farewell Broomstick

There once was a witch name Miranda who riding on loved her broom stick during the cold autumn nights. One night as she was getting ready for her ride, she found her broomstick broken in two! Poor Miranda was so brokenhearted she just had to give her broomstick a proper burial. Every night Miranda would take her self to the graveyard and visit her broomsticks burial site. She never knew she was being watched by spooky little friends.

It was Miranda’s cat who went into a jealous rage one evening and had broken her broomstick. For he never liked when she spent so much time with her beloved broomstick. No, Miranda never figured out that it was her cat who had done the deed.

All artwork and story was created by Daphsam

Watercolor Food Illustration

Food illustration has become my passion these days. There is something about spending my time looking at food and trying to capture the exact look of the food or drinks. Here are my latest watercolor of food and drinks!

 

All of my watercolor is on Arches Cold Press 300 g/m

My watercolor paint that I am using is Windsor and Newton tubes and Sennelier L’Aquarelle Watercolor pan set

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Pancakes with blueberries and strawberries. 

lemon meringue

Lemon Meringue Pie

Strawberrychoccake

Chocolate Strawberry Cake. I find it hard to get the plate down correctly. I am more comfortable with just the food illustration. I need to continue to work on pushing myself out of my comfort zone with watercoloring the plate.

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Chocolate Donuts. I enjoy watercolor that shows a photorealism.

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Raccoon in a Lollipop Candy store. 

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Salmon sashimi, this is a mix of watercolor and macron pen.

Spaghetti

Spaghetti with tomatoe sauce. This was a first for me to draw and watercolor a fork. Again this is a mix for watercolor and macron pen.

Orange Vokha drink

Sunset Vodka Drink with Strawberry. Another challenge for me is getting the ice cubes and glass rim perfect and less sloppy.

All of my watercolor food illustrations are on my Zazzle shops.

Zazzle Daphsamsart

Zazzle.com daphsam greeting card

Watercolor Eiffel Tower

Paris Effiel Tower

As a watercolor artist and I am still a beginner, this was a dream for me to watercolor! I really wanted to do this one. I did this with pen, watercolor and finished the Eiffel Tower in Gold Acrylic.

 

I plan on putting this on some postcards, greeting cards, tissue paper at my Zazzle.com/daphsam shop.

Latest Book Review~ Highly Recommend!

The past month I have listened to many books. Here are some of my favorites from the past month!

 

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

 

The Invention of Wings

Goodreads~ The Invention Of Wings

 

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

The Henna Artist

Goodreads~ Henna Artist Description

Where The Lost Wonder by Amy Harmon

Where the Lost Wander

Goodreads~ Where The Lost Wander

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Goodreads~ Jane Eyre

 

 Featured photo came from Unsplash.com

 

DaphXine’s Art Challenge Desserts Art Challenge~ Week 1 Cookies or Biscuits

My Sister and I have started an art challenge on instagram and here!

Check out more at my sistter’s site: Desserts Art Challenge: DaphXine’s Art

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So break out your art supplies or camera and tag #dessertsartchallenge #daphsam #xinesegalascreativearts

 

Fun, Trendy Wine Labels

Here are a few trendy wine labels that I have been working on in my Zazzle shop!

Watercolor Lemons Congratulations On New Home Wine Label

Watercolor Lemons Congratulations On New Home Wine Label A lovely wine label with Lemons watercolor for a Housewarming gift!Watercolor Congratulations Graduate "Kind Of" Wine Label

 

Watercolor Congratulations Graduate “Kind Of” Wine Label Watercolor Graduation Wine Stickers that can be personalized.Pink Peonies Watercolor Bridesmaid Wine Label

 

Pink Peonies Watercolor Bridesmaid Wine Label This is a watercolor pink peonies pattern as a wine label. You can change the message to make it work for you!

 

Watercolor Luggage New Home Wine Label

Watercolor Luggage New Home Wine Label Watercolor of cute luggage with a tag that says “New Home” and an Orchid plant!Congrats From Graduating Vet School CKCS Wine LabelCongrats From Graduating Vet School CKCS Wine Label

Congrats From Graduating Vet School CKCS Wine Label

 

Congrats From Graduating Vet School CKCS Wine Label A sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Wine label as a Congrats On Graduating From Vet School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Show And Tell

Here are my latest watercolor and illustrations!

For a Beach challenge I had to watercolor a pool float! So I wanted to create some thing that was a little bit more exciting than just a pool floats without a background. So I did this fun water pattern with my float.
This is for a flower watercolor challenge, dahlias. I decide to do painterly Dahlias.
For another flower art challenge, this is a realistic Peony to the best of my ability!
For the beach challenge, I had to watercolor a sun hat. So this gave me a great opportunity to practice my female profile illustrations.
Again for the beach challenge, I had to watercolor a fish. So I decided to work on my watercolor background and draw my beta fish in ink.
This was for a doodle wash challenge, I had to create a raspberry tart. This was a lot of fun to work on as I love to illustrate food.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Sense Of Taste ~ Berry Tart

berry tart

Boy, I can’t wait for Le Pain Quotidien to open up! I miss their fruit tarts:(

 

This is for Cee’s Fun Foto ~ Sense of Taste

Happy Mother’s Day With Black Cap Chickadee

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You are the rock that we all lean on.

The flower that brings beauty into our life.

You are the sand that flows and molds to

whatever challenges that present each day.

~Daphsam

Happy May A Day Late! Duke My Labradoodle

Duke with flowers Hydragngeas

 

Duke is the love of my life. At a young age of 4 years old, he has many health issues that we need to stay on top of. The past few days have been difficult as we received some news that his liver is not doing so well. He was diagnosed with IBS when he was a puppy. So, unfortunately, he has had to live on steroids to keep the IBS under control. He also has a special diet as well.  Next Monday, he will have a liver panel blood test to see how his liver is work. Then we will come up with a plan under the Vet’s guidance on how to keep his liver healthy and strong.  Please keep him our thoughts and prayers. This is a very difficult time for us.

Photo A Day~ Goodbye April Mushrooms

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I thought this was a great photo to say goodbye to April. Two sweet mushrooms together with a heart shape on the larger mushroom. It was quite a find for me!

 

This is for Photo A Day~ Goodbye April

Show And Tell Watercolor

Shortbread Cookie with Hershey Kiss

Here are some of my watercolor from this week! Desserts and drinks themed!

Margarita
Fruit Cocktail
Mojito
Ice Coffee in mason jar
Cream Puff
Ice Latte

All of my watercolor’s were done with three brands of watercolor.

1. Windsor and Newton

2. Reeves

3. Holbein

I only used two watercolor brushes, Silver Brush Black Velvet sizes 6 and 4.

The paper that I only use is Arches cold pressed rough.

I love taking pictures of flowers that has been always as a photographer my favorite thing to do. But with watercolor, I find that the food illustration seems to fascinate me!

April Landscape Photo(s) A Day Challenge~ Amalfi Coast

colorful Amalif Coast

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For today’s April Landscape Photos A Day Challange, I am to pick colorful landscape photos. Well, my thoughts went to Positano, Italy! My most colorful landscape dreamy photos!  Enjoy! April Landscape Photos Challenge

April Landscape Photo Challenge~ Bridges

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Photographed in Venice, Italy from a motorboat!

 

bridge in Burano

This bridge was empty for the moment but minutes before it was really busy!

This is for April Landscape Photo(s) A Day Challenge

Copying The Masters~ Matisse And His Wife At Collioure

Here is the original which was done by Andre Derain, summer 1905. The picture is of Mattisse and his wife.  It was done on ink on paper.

To learn more Andre Derain, Matisse And His Wife At Collioure

When I was in art school learning about ink drawing, I chose this picture to work on learning about how the strokes where made. Below is my attempt to copying this picture. I saw that proportion is an area that needs work.

Masterpeice Picasso

 

This was a great exercise of learning how to draw with ink and drawing. It was not that easy but I am willing to try this again with other master artists.

 

Cee’s Flower Of the Day~ Allium Purple Sensation

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Surprisingly,  these beautiful purple flowers are known as the Flowering Onion, I photographed these Colorado.

This is for Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge

Cee’s Flower Of The Day~Japanese Quince

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I received these beautiful white Japanese Quince is a vase once for my wedding anniversary.  They were so lovely that I had to take the time and work on capturing their beauty.  I used French Kiss Textures for the background. In Photoshop I used the Masking tool to painted out the texture to get some of the flowers but kept some of the painted look.

 

Thursday Doors~ Venice, Italy

For today’s Thursday Doors, we take a trip to Venice, Italy. Doors are so symbolic, open a door to a future, close a door to a past. Sometimes there is something behind the door that we are hiding.  Currently having a door closed to the outside world will protect you from the Coronavirus.

In Venice, Italy, the doors open to a world of historic beauty.  Enjoy these doors from Venice and let your imagination run with what is behind these doors.

court door

goldballdoor

Churchdoor

FOWC~ A Nice Steak ~ Dinner

For today’s word on FOWC with Fandango it is dinner!

So I decided to use my watercolor and pen drawings to give you a lovely dinner!

 

Deviled eggs

First, let’s start with some appetizers.  Here are some Deviled Eggs with cucumbers and smoked salmon bites.

steak with potatoes

For the main course, some steak with thyme, roasted potatoes, and broccoli.

choose of desserts

You get a choice of two desserts. The first is a delicious chocolate cupcake and then next is homemade Apple pie!

Enjoy my interpretation of the word dinner. FOWC- Dinner

 

Cee’s Flower Of The Day~ Spotlight On The Daffodils

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These are Wild Daffodils from my yard. Cee’s Flower Of The Day

Happy Earth Day! 2020

It’s Earth Day!

Earth Day is an annual celebration of an environmental movement. Recently, I have been hearing how the Pandemic has really gone to reducing pollution since people are staying indoors. With next to little to no use of cars, trains, airplanes, factories, pollution has shown signs of reducing.  Even though this not a feasible way to help protect the environment, this might help Environmentalist to create a plan for the future on our fight to protect Mother Earth.

To read more about this topic check out NBC: Coronavirus lockdowns have sent pollution plummeting. Environmentalists worry about what comes next.

Here are a few of my favorite photos to celebrate Earth Day, Mother Earth!

 

Ways to Celebrate Earth day

  1. Unplug unused electric appliances.

  2. Washing your laundry in cold water.

  3. Give away your old books, toys, clothing  to the library or the  VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) VVA Pickup

  4. Plant some flowers!

  5. Stop drinking out of plastic bottles- there are some great water bottles out there instead.

  6. Use reusable batteries- they do work! I highly recommend Eneloop Pro Batteries

  7. Recycle!

  8.  Use Energy Saver Light Bulbs, I recommend Phillips Energy Saver Light Bulbs They last much longer than a regular light bulb.

  9. Switch to e-books~ Save the trees!

  10. Use reusable grocery bags Zazzle~ Daphsam’s Reusable Grocery Bags

If you haven’t seen Moving Art on Netflix, here is a trailer of season 2 that will captivate you! There are 3 seasons of this beautiful cinematography with outstanding music. A great TV show to watch on Earth Day!

 

Happy Earth Day!

PFTW~ 64~ Sunflower Butterfly

PHOTO FOR THE WEEK – 64 – CREATIVE

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Here is my creative Photoshop creation of a Sunflower with butterflies flying out of the Sunflowers!

Brashley Photography Creative week 64

Pink Peony “Color Magnet”~ Cee’s Flower Of The Day

Color Magnet Peony

This lovely Pink Peony is a “Color Magnet” peony that has lovely pink cupped petals. This was photographed at the New York Botanical Gardens.

 

Cee’s Flower Of The Day

Show And Tell~ State Flower Magnets

I have many different flowers that I have photographed and I thought it would be fun to make some magnets that match my flowers to the states! Currently here are the ones that I have in my Zazzle shop!

ColoradoBeauty From Colorado Rocky Mountain Columbine Magnet

Beauty From Colorado Rocky Mountain Columbine Magnet A lovely rocky Mountain Columbine which is the state flower of Colorado.

Mountain Laurel Connecticut State Flower Magnet

 

Mountain Laurel Connecticut State Flower Magnet The state flower for Connecticut is the Mountain Laurel. It is also known as the Spoonwood flower. It is a very popular flower in the gardens of the Northeast.

Delaware Peach Blossoms First State Magnet

Delaware Peach Blossoms First State Magnet Delaware’s state flower is the Peach Blossoms. Delaware is also known as the first state to sign the United States constitution.

Florida State Tickweed Coreopsis Magnet

Florida State Tickweed Coreopsis Magnet Florida has two state flowers, this one is a Tickweed (Coreopsis) wildflower.Beautiful Georgia Azalea Magnet

 

Beautiful Georgia Azalea Magnet Azalea is Georgia’s state flower.

Aloha Hawaii Peach Color Hibiscus Magnet

 

Aloha Hawaii Peach Color Hibiscus Magnet The Hibiscus is the Hawaiian State Flower.

Passionflower Tennessee State Flower Magnet

 

Passionflower Tennessee State Flower Magnet The state flower of Tennessee is the Passion Flower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo A Day And April Colors~ Fresh With the Letter L

Fresh Lemons

Photographed in Positano, Italy. I thought this was perfect for Fresh, Start With Letter L.

Photo A Day

April Colors And Letter

Mother’s Day Greeting Cards & Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is a few weeks away and now is the time to think about what to buy for Mom! Especially during this time when we are not able to celebrate in person with our Moms.

Mommy Thank You Card Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

 

Mommy Thank You Card Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

My Mother’s Cavalier, Princess Fiona, loves her Mommy very much. Little Princess Fiona has been sick but has recovered very well from a long illness. It was my own Mother’s love and devotion to Princess Fiona that has kept Princess Fiona going. I know that if Princess Fiona could talk, she would be saying these special words to my Mother. This can be personalized!Happy Mother's Day Monarch Butterfly Card

Happy Mother’s Day Monarch Butterfly Card

You can change the inside message of this card! This Monarch Butterfly was photographed in Epcot’s International Flower Show.

Happy Mother's Day Watercolor floral Boarder Holiday Card

 

Happy Mother’s Day Watercolor floral Border Holiday Card

Watercolor by Daphsam Photography. Change the font and message inside to personalize to your needs.

 

Happy Mother's Day Footprints In Sand Card

Happy Mother’s Day Footprints In Sand CardTeddy Bear Mommy Happy Mother's Day Greeting Card

Teddy Bear Mommy Happy Mother’s Day Greeting CardHappy Mother's Day Dahlia And Zen Rocks Cards

 

Happy Mother’s Day Dahlia And Zen Rocks Cards A beautiful peaceful card for that Zen/Mediation Mother in your life!

Happy Mother's Day New Mommy Puppy Card

 

Happy Mother’s Day New Mommy Puppy Card This is a great card that can be for a new puppy or new baby that has arrived into the house.

Happy Mother's Day Blue Jay Greeting Card

Happy Mother’s Day Blue Jay Greeting CardHappy Mother's Day Robin In Wisteria Tree Card

Happy Mother’s Day Robin In Wisteria Tree Card A lovely Mother’s Day card featuring an American Robin in a Wisteria Tree. This is a watercolor and ink painting.

Some great websites for Mother’s Day gift ideas are:

 

Harry & David’s does flowers, food and fruit baskets.

Mother’s Day Gift Baskets From Harry And David’s

Mothers Day Butterfly Kisses

1-800-Flowers

Mother39s Day Gift Tower

They have many bakery goods gift baskets!

Wolferman’s Mother’s Day Gifts

Other sites to look for Mother’s Day Gifts:

Gifty Baskets

Esty

Uncommon Goods

Lemon Drop Gifts

For the Mom who loves to learn!

MasterClass~ Gift Card

Skillshare~ Gift Cards

Undemy~ Gift Cards

The Great Courses

Support your local florist and see if they are open to deliver flowers.

 

There are so many options online to make Mother’s Day special during this Coroanvirus time.   We just have to think out of the box right now.

 

 

 

Queen’s Wreath Lilac~ April Colors And Photo A Day

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This is Queen’s Wreath that is a perennial vine that is found to grow well in Florida, Mexico, and parts of South America.  Photographed at the Naples Botanical Garden.

 

This is for 2 challenges by Citysonnet

Lilac-April colors and letters

Vibrant Colors~ A Photo A Day

Birds From Colorado!

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This duckling was swimming with his family in a lake in Colorado.

Duck with ducklings

Here is the rest of his family.Bird in feed house

This cute bird was checking me out from his birdhouse!

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Now he has decided to fly right out of his home to get some food!