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.
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
Pancakes with blueberries and strawberries.
Lemon Meringue Pie
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.
Chocolate Donuts. I enjoy watercolor that shows a photorealism.
Raccoon in a Lollipop Candy store.
Salmon sashimi, this is a mix of watercolor and macron pen.
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.
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.
For over 10 years, I have had lower back pain. It wasn’t one thing that caused my lower back pain. My problem areas is herniated disc at L3 and degeneration at L4-L5.
Thought the years, I have had to apart new ways to move my body, do daily activities and manage the pain as best I can. Doing all of these with as minimal use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, physical therapist, nurse. I am just a person who has been battling with lower back pain for years. I am always looking for tips and tricks on managing back pain. I am writing this post to offer to those of you who have pain in their back looking for ways to ease it.
Here is what I have found to help me with lower back pain.
There are many different creams on the market that I have tried.
Great cream that I use at night before bed. It helps relax the muscles when I sleep. Sleeping is tough on the back so this is a big help. I have used this on a stiff neck and shoulder. Wonderful stuff!
Great for nerve pain and when the lower back is on fire.
Let’s talk pillows! I find that my problems with my spine happen a lot during sleep. I am a stomach sleeper which is awful for the lower back. Over the years, I have tried so many different pillows. Here are the ones that I find to be fantastic for the shoulder, neck, and back.
Ok, I know this might look uncomfortable. BUT, let me tell you that it’s so comfortable and fits the neck perfectly. It gives a comfortable position for the shoulder to have some support. If you have tendonitis, minor tears in the shoulder or love to sleep on your side, it takes the pressure off the shoulder. This pillow has been a game-changer for me. Slowly it has taught me to sleepless on my stomach and more on my back or side. It took about 4-6 days to learn how to sleep with it.
This is a great pillow to place between your legs for lower back support. It’s not to thin or thick. To read more about good sleep positions for your lower back pain- Slide Show: Sleep Positions Mayo Clinic
You might think, why is she bringing up fashion for lower back pain? Well, shoes and purses are something I have had to make adjustments with. High heels and low heels have put a strain on my lower back. There are many different sneakers and shoes out there that are made for comfort. Here are my top ones that take the pressure off the lower back.
The most comfortable shoe/sneaker for walking and staying on your feet all day. I find they give great support for the lower back. I have been able to do hours of walking with these runners and not had strain placed on my lower back.
The loungers and slippers are also made for comfort!
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.
After peeling and slicing the Granny Smith apples into slices, I transfer the apples into the bowl and add white sugar, Cinnamon and Nutmeg.
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.
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
Peel and slice 5-6 apples ( Granny Smith is great for pies)
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!
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.
Can you just be helpful today and not act up. I have things to do, art to create, blogs to write, dogs to care for. Stop getting so agitated with my every movement. You can be so hard to ignore when you twist me up inside. You will not get the upper hand. I will visualize a cool light blue liquid melting away your nervy attitude.