Sunset In Naples, Florida- Water, Water, Everywhere!

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Draw me into your colors of bright orange and yellow. Wash away my pain and stressful life.  Soak my negative thoughts away and leave me with positive ones.  Let the music of the ocean waves lull me into peace and drown out my racing heart.

~Daphsam

 

This is for Photos Of Jez Water, Water Everywhere

Show And Tell Watercolor~ Elephant and Birds

Blue Elephant

I did this last year on my birthday! I was working with a limited color palette.

Flamingo

 

This cute pink Flamingo was inspired by my visits to Naples, Florida zoo.

 

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I took a class on Skillshare for creative whimsical bird watercolor.

Black Cap Chickadee Watercolor

A blend of pen and watercolor for this cute Black Cap Chickadee.

 

 

 

 

TikTok Art~ The Latest Rage

So my older kids are always trying to help me with ideas on promoting my art and shops! They told me to take my art to TikTok and create something fast and fun. Well, that is so not easy! It takes me days to create an image with hours of working out the colors, shadowing, highlights etc.  I had to give it a try and see if I could paint on demand.

I thought that doing a loose floral watercolor would be easy. Painting fast, here is my Hyacinths Easter Basket.

 

Getting into it, I decided to do a dog drawing with a coffee cup!

 

After spending a few hours creating some TikToks, it was fun! It made my kids happy since they want to show off my art to their friends.

 

 

“A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons”

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Getting outside this week was so needed. The days go by and it feels little very little changes from day to day,  Mother Nature is still working! the weather might be a little cold but the flowers and beginning to bloom. Here are my Daffodils and Forsythia reminding me that life is still going on.

 

This is for A Photo a Week Challenge

Stream of Consciousness Writing: Beside You

What is beside me is my chair. Because of my back problems, sitting is not an option for very long. I work on my computer that is a standing desk (VersaTables). When I need to sit because standing all day is tiring, I have my chair right next to me to rest for about 20 minutes. If I go any longer, my back hurts.

 

 

 

 

Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Swivel Ergonomic Task Office Chair with Flip-Up Arms, BIFMA Certified

 

So it’s a chair that is there for me when I need to rest.   I use to be able to stand all day but these days I am more tired:(  I do use a Coccyx pain relief pillow on top of the seat.

 

This is for Stream of Consciousness Saturday

March Photo And Colors Of The Day: Bee On The Job

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I watched this little bee travel over my Rhododendron flowers one Sprig morning last year. I am posting this for March Photo A Day- Hidden    and March Colors & Letters- Bumblebee

“Kammie’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge”~ Animal Odd Funny Photos

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Tiger getting a good scratch behind the ears!

 

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“Who is the prettiest of them all?”

 

I said Mirror Mirror

” I said, Who is the prettiest of them all?”

 

All photos were photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

 

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge

 

 

Watercolor Appreciation For Nurses

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Nurses don’t wait until October to celebrate “Make a Difference Day”. They make a difference everyday!” – Author unknown

Nurses are out there in the front lines of this Coronavirus. They are risking their health to take care of all who are sick.  I know there have been many nurses that I have had in my life that have made the difference. Their dedication, hard work, and loving care is so greatly appreciated.  I wanted to make a watercolor with the word HERO on their uniform because that is what they are to all of us.  They are Heros!

I will work on watercoloring a Doctor soon as they are Heros to during this health crisis.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds: Barred Owl

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This Barred Owl has photographed a few years ago in my backyard. This was a crazy morning, it was April 1st. It was snowing like crazy! My husband and I were in awe with the fact it was snowing in April. As we were watching the snowfall, this Owl was sitting in a tree near our house. I quickly got the camera and captured him.  Thank you to the Barred Owl for waiting for me to get my equipment ready to capture him!

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds

Jigsaw Puzzles to Help With Boredom!

Jigsaw puzzles are all the rage on Instagram! I see many people posting about their latest Jigsaw puzzle they are doing during this stay at home time.

 

Recently, I have had a spike in sales in my Zazzle shops from Jigsaw Puzzle. So I would like to share some of the Jigsaw Puzzles that I am currently selling!

All Jigsaw Puzzles can be purchased with various sizes.

 

Garden Spring Gazebo In Chatham, Cape Cod MASS Jigsaw Puzzle

Garden Spring Gazebo In Chatham, Cape Cod MASS Jigsaw PuzzleSpend your time doing this lovely Garden Gazebo that was photographed in Chatham, Cape Cod.

Bubble Sunset In Cayman Islands Jigsaw Puzzle

Bubble Sunset In Cayman Islands Jigsaw Puzzle Relaxing and peaceful sunset in Cayman Islands.

Colorful Blue Exotic Bird Jigsaw Puzzle

Colorful Blue Exotic Bird Jigsaw Puzzle Colorful Blue Exotic bird that was photographed in Disney’s Animal Kindom in Florida.Electrifying Tiger In The Night Jigsaw Puzzle

Electrifying Tiger In The Night Jigsaw Puzzle This Tiger was photographed at Animal Kingdom at Disney’s Florida.

Sandpiper's Morning Walk On Beach During Sunrise Jigsaw Puzzle

 

Sandpiper’s Morning Walk On Beach During Sunrise Jigsaw Puzzle This Sandpiper took a morning walk in Naples, Florida during a sunrise.

Dramatic Pink Sunset Over Ocean In Naples, Florida Jigsaw Puzzle

Dramatic Pink Sunset Over Ocean In Naples, Florida Jigsaw Puzzle A romantic and relaxing jigsaw puzzle to fill your days and evenings with relaxing peace.

Vacation In Paradise, Mykonos, Greece Jigsaw Puzzle

 

Vacation In Paradise, Mykonos, Greece Jigsaw Puzzle Spend your days working on this relaxing jigsaw puzzle featuring a Hotel in Mykonos, Greece.

Resort Escape To Mykonos, Greece Jigsaw Puzzle

 

Resort Escape To Mykonos, Greece Jigsaw Puzzle Image being at this tropical paradise hotel in Mykonos, Greece

 

 

 

RDP Friday- Empty

 

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Empty is the promise that is not kept.

Empty is the words that are spoken with little care to follow through.

Empty is what will be left after the fire you have set to everything.

Empty is what I will feel in my heart if you don’t change.

 

RDP Friday – Empty

On The Hunt For Joy challenge~ “Create abundance out of ordinary things”

Coffeebeans

Coffee beans that fuel our mornings.

 

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Red eggs for Greek Easter that symbolize the blood of Christ.

 

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Sweet Strawberries that are a welcoming sight in the morning with my cereal.

This is for Cee’s On The Hunt For Joy

“Create abundance out of ordinary things”

Pattern Thursday~ Fun Watercolor Patterns And Fun Recommendations

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Tea Time With Daphsam

Daphsam Tea Time Menu

 

1. Lemon Grass Herbal Tea with chocolate chip scone

2. Earl Grey Tea with English Scone, clotted cream and raspberry jam

3. Green Tea with a buttery croissant

4. Chamomile tea with a fruit tart

5. English Breakfast tea with a cucumber, ham and watercress tea sandwich

 

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Daphsam’s Beauty Store

 

Favorite Beauty Store Recommendations from Daphsam

 

1. Yves Saint Laurent: Libre Eau de Parfum

2. Henry Rose by Michelle Pfeiffer

3. Jo Malone London Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne

4. Cherry Red Nail Polish

5. Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Coralium

6. OPI Nail Lacquer, All Your Dreams In Vending Machines

 

 

 

 

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Countless Branches Haiku

Ragtag Daily Prompt Thursday: Countless Branches

Maze Of Braches

Countless Branches

Twisting here and there,

Countless branches intersecting,

We are all connected.

~Daphsam

Iguana Hanging Out With Acrostic Poem

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Photographed in the Cayman Islands

Acrostic Poem~ On My Own

In the depths of isolation.

Glued to the TV for the latest news.

Usually tired from my inactivity.

Annoyed that every day feels like the same.

No one said this will be easy.

Another day shut away from the world.

                                                            ~Daphsam

Watercolor Birthday Cake & Decorations

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Needing to have something fun to look at all day because the news is too depressing. I love vibrant colors and pink is my favorite. So I decided to work on this pink layer birthday cake.  To increase my concentration efforts, I created the floral icing for the top part of the cake.

After working on this piece of cake, I was sad to see it finished. I wanted to keep going with this celebration of birth! So hopping online to Pinterest and did some digital window shopping.

 

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Here are some of the fun pink birthday decorations I would love to have at a party! I am hoping to work on creating a pattern with these items for some birthday tissue paper or wrapping paper!

It was a  relaxing way to escape from everything that is going around. I might have to watercolor more birthday cakes since it was so much fun!

Motivational Monday Quote Favorite Place~ Mental Break

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My favorite place in the whole world is Positano, Italy. This is a picture from inside my hotel room in Positano. When things get rough, I close my eyes and take a mental vacation. I lay down on my heating pad, listen to one of the “insight timer” music or guided meditations.

I work on making my meditation area as peaceful as possible.  Sometimes I spray the room with a Lavender spray or coconut room spray. I know Amazon has wonderful options.  I also use an eye mask to make sure that it’s very dark to help me relax even farther.

Also, I use other images from my Pinterest board that I have collected that make me feel very relaxed before going into mediation.

To check out my board~ Pinterest – Peaceful Images

Here are a few of my own photographic images that I hope can create a mental vacation break for you.

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View from my hotel in Positano, Italy
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So as we approach another week of “Stay Safe and Stay Inside”, use images and videos to help you mentally escape and have a little vacation.

Favorite YouTube Relaxing Escape Videos!

Another fun way to relax and get away at home is to use youtube videos that are peaceful and relaxing.

This is my own youtube video of Venice, Italy.

RDP Sunday- Hang On To That Toy

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My Isabella, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,  who lived 15 wonderful years. She always fell asleep hanging on to her favorite pink purse toy.

This is for:

RDP Sunday- Hang On

 

 

Saturday Morning Baking~ Apple Pie

Apple Pie is one of my family’s favorites!  So this morning I decided to bake one. I use parts of the “Joy Of Cooking” cookbook by Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. Here and there I tweak the recipe.

After gathering all the ingredients, I put the oven on to pre-heat at 450.

The recipes calls for cornstarch but I find that my pie always lands up runny. I find that Minute Tapioca does a better job of firming up the pie.

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After peeling and slicing the Granny Smith apples into slices, I transfer the apples into the bowl and add white sugar, Cinnamon and Nutmeg.

 

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For 6 cups of sliced apples, I use 2 tbsp of Tapioca.

I stir the apples to make sure all the slices are covered with the sugar, Tapioca cinnamon mixture.

 

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The first 10 minutes of baking is at 450, then it’s dropped down to 350 for 35-45 minutes.

 

 

Apple Pie Recipe from “Joy of Cooking”  recipe book~ minor Daphsam changes

For a 9 inch Double-Crust Pie

  1.   Peel and slice 5-6 apples ( Granny Smith is great for pies)

  2. Combine apples in a large bowl and add:

              * 1/2 to 2/3 cup white sugar

             * 1/8 salt

             * 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon this is my idea, recipe book ask for 1/4 teaspoon

             * Sprinkle Nutmeg, recipe book ask for 1/8 teaspoon

             * 2 Tablespoons Tapioca, recipe book ask for  1 to 1 1/2 cornstarch

3. After giving a good stir so that apples get nicely covered with the sweet stuff, pour the apples into the pie crust pan that you are using.

~ I have always used Oronoque 9″ Deep Dish Pie Crust.

4.  After the apples are arranged in the pie crust, dot with 3-4 small dots of butter.

5. If your Apples are bland tasting, then you can add some lemon juice or lemon rind.

6.  Cover your pie with the other side of the pie crust and use a fork to make some air holes.

7. Bake on 450 for 10 minutes.

8. Then turn it down to 350 and bake for another 35-45 minutes depending on your oven. I always check after 35 minutes to see how it looks.

9.  When you see a nice golden brown, take it out and let it cool.

10. We always serve our apple pie with some Vanilla ice cream!

 

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Photo A Day~ Cheerful Duke

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Cheerful Duke my Labradoodle when he was a puppy! Duke always greets me with a smile and smirk. He bounces in the air as if we have been separated for years. It’s the most cheerful greeting anyone could ask for.

Photo A Day

 

Provence, France Pen & Ink Drawing

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I took a pen and ink drawing class for 3 weeks. This drawing was created with a traditional crow quill pen, Indian ink, and a few wood sticks.

Also, a flat brush was used for the washes on Bristol paper.

Here is the reference photo that I used. My father took this picture on one of his travels.

 

Photo A Day Challenge Cloudless Sky

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Photography by Daphsam

Get lost in the vast blue sky.

Clean, fresh and free.

 Feel that freedom like the Eagle flying through the air.

The vast blue sky pure as a lover’s kiss.

Nothing to fog its beauty.

Let me get lost in the blue sky.

Breathe in the pure blue and cleanse my soul. 

Kissing Camels

Kissing Camels, Colorado

 

 

Photography and writing by Daphsam

 

This is for Photo Of A Day Challenge

 

Quarantine Questions For A Calm Mind

Every day, more news comes out and you wonder, “When will it get better?”

We have hard times ahead and it can get very overwhelming.  Here are a few Quarantine Questions for you to ask yourself in the days, weeks, hopefully not months ahead.

 

1. What am I grateful for today?

 

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Photography by Daphsam

2. How will I move my body today?

 

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Duke, Daphsam’s Labradoodle

3. Who can I check in with today, facetime, call, text, make a connection?

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Illustration by Daphsam

4. What can I unplug from for a couple of hours and how will that benefit me?

 

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Procreate digital design by Daphsam

5. Have I meditated today for just a couple of minutes?

 

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Photo from Pixabay

6.  What can I draw, cook, write, sing to make me feel good today?

 

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Watercolor by Daphsam

9. Have I done my stretches today?

 

Yoga, Calm, Release, Stretching, Golden Hour, Nature

From Pixabay 

 

10. Have I said my positive affirmations today?

 

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Photography by Daphsam

The Little Rowboat

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Photography in Amalfi Coast outside of the Grotta dello Smeraldo

Alone and forgotten. For how long, I do not know. The crystal blue waters beating against my sides before continuing on to crash against the rocky mountain.

Where did everyone go?

Have I truly been abandoned?

For many years, the waters around me were bustling with fishermen, sailors, and tourists. My livelihood was taking daily rides into the Emerald Cave. The dark, damp cave holds awe and wonders for all. The echos of excitement on seeing the green light inside the cave are now a distant memory. An eery quiet blankets me and the ocean.

My days are passing with riding out the waves that come my way. The world has fallen silent. Will eager faces of tourists ride my boat again?

Is this the new normal?

So I wait, side by side with my rocky mountain and waves jostling me. When my people are ready to come back to me. I will be here, a quiet sentinel watching over my cave.

 

~Daphsam

 

 

FOTD~ Elegant Amaryllis

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This lovely Amaryllis was given to me as a birthday gift.  I wanted to do it justice by photographing it. To create the elegant and classic beauty, I put it in front of a black background to create a dramatic contrast.

 

This is for Cee Photography Flower Of The Day

Color Pencil Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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After 4 months, I have finished my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sadie.  Using many different Color Pencils and hours of work, I think I got her likeness.

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