The one thing as an artist I’ve always wanted to do is be able to draw my beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs. My goal for the year 2021 is to be able to draw them consistently and feel comfortable coloring them in the fun iPad drawing app Procreate. I’ve been taking classes on the website Udemy and Skill Share to learn more about cartoon drawing and painting techniques. Below I would like to show you some of my creations thus far.
Once I start feeling comfortable with my Cavalier King Charles drawings I will branch out to other dogs. I’m looking forward to this year as I hope to really grow with experience using Procreate and cartoon drawing. I am going to take a break from Watercolor for the time being to see how far I can go with this new venture.
Here are my designer mittens that I created with a few of my own brushes. The mitten texture is from a photo of a quilt that I photographed. The fuzzy cuff is from a texture of a close up photograph of a dog bed.
I am having so much fun incorporating my photos into digital drawing in Procreate.
My sister and I are doing a Instagram challenge for the month of January. One of the prompts was bubble bath. Now with my new fascination on learning everything there is to drawing with the app Procreate, I decided try to draw a bubble bath in Procreate.
What I love about Procreate is I’m able to incorporate my own photography into creating brushes. I used a textured brush that I made from a pine tree photograph to accent and give texture to the plants. With the hair towel, I used a photo of a quilt that I made into a quilt texture brush . The marble floor is from a photograph of a marble floor that I made into a brush.
These are stressful times with Covid, daily life pressures, all the crap that’s happening in the political world. It’s important to take time out for yourself. Do some thing that will give you the peace and quiet that you so deserve. It’s so important to your mental and physical health. So if it’s taking a bubble bath, sitting by the fireplace and reading, going for a walk outside, whatever it may be, take your time.
For me, it’s creating art. Getting lost in my imagination and working on getting my ideas on top paper, the iPad, writing. Taking a walk with my husband and dogs.
What does me time look like for you?
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.
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
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
All of my watercolor food illustrations are on my Zazzle shops.
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.
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 Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
Where The Lost Wonder by Amy Harmon
Featured photo came from Unsplash.com￼
The lovely Zinnia for your Tuesday Flower of the Day by Cee’s Flower Of The Day
My Sister and I have started an art challenge on instagram and here!
So break out your art supplies or camera and tag #dessertsartchallenge #daphsam #xinesegalascreativearts
Here are a few trendy wine labels that I have been working on in my Zazzle shop!
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 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
Here are my latest watercolor and illustrations!
A beautiful Anise Swallowtail Butterfly is what I thought of for the word Delicate.
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
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.
Where is your fortress of fears,
Does it cradle all your tears,
Will, it hold through the years,
Don’t self-destruct in front of your peers.
This is for Cee’s On The Hunt Of Joy
Rainbow coloring on my Hydrangea.
Phalaenopsis orchids for Cee’s Flower Of The Day
Feathery and colorful,
beautifully laying there.
Flirty sensation for all that feels them.
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.
Rocky Water’s Edge in Newport, Rhode Island
This is for Water Water Everywhere Photos By Jez
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
One year my family and I went to the Cayman Islands and got the chance to swim with the Dolphins! Here are some up-close photos of this amazing experiences!
Here are some of my watercolor from this week! Desserts and drinks themed!
All of my watercolor’s were done with three brands of watercolor.
1. Windsor and Newton
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!
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
Photographed in Venice, Italy from a motorboat!
This bridge was empty for the moment but minutes before it was really busy!
This is for April Landscape Photo(s) A Day Challenge
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.
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.
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
A lovely Persian Buttercup also known as a Ranunculus. This is for Flower Of The Day~ Cee’s
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.
I highly recommend this book. It’s a perfect TIME to read it now during this uncertain time.
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.
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
Unplug unused electric appliances.
Washing your laundry in cold water.
Give away your old books, toys, clothing to the library or the VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) VVA Pickup
Plant some flowers!
Stop drinking out of plastic bottles- there are some great water bottles out there instead.
Use reusable batteries- they do work! I highly recommend Eneloop Pro Batteries
Use Energy Saver Light Bulbs, I recommend Phillips Energy Saver Light Bulbs They last much longer than a regular light bulb.
Switch to e-books~ Save the trees!
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!
I always found Positano, Italy was “Eye Candy” for the sense of seeing. Here are some of my favorite photos from my trip.
PHOTO FOR THE WEEK – 64 – CREATIVE
Here is my creative Photoshop creation of a Sunflower with butterflies flying out of the Sunflowers!
This lovely Pink Peony is a “Color Magnet” peony that has lovely pink cupped petals. This was photographed at the New York Botanical Gardens.
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!
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.
This is a Bearded Iris that I thought would be perfect for April Colors & Letters- Iris
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.
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!
You can change the inside message of this card! This Monarch Butterfly was photographed in Epcot’s International Flower Show.
Watercolor by Daphsam Photography. Change the font and message inside to personalize to your needs.
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 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 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:
They have many bakery goods gift baskets!
Other sites to look for Mother’s Day Gifts:
For the Mom who loves to learn!
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.