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. 

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Lemon Meringue Pie

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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.

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Watercolor Eiffel Tower

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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.

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

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Vibrant Colors~ A Photo A Day

Chronic Lower Back Pain~ Learning To Adapt

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.

 

Here are my top picks-

VAL Lombardi Magnesium Cream

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!

HEMPACTIVE HEMP CREAM

This is great for all kinds of muscle pain. If I am having nerve pain in my back, it will not touch it but it’s good for mild back and shoulder pain.

Boiron Arnicare Cream

For me, this is good for very mild daily pain and stiffness.

Biotech CBD Cream 1000 MG

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.

 

 

Cervical Pillow Contour Pillow for Neck and Shoulder Pain, Coisum Orthopedic Memory Foam Pillow Ergonomic Bed Pillow for Side Sleepers Back Sleepers, Neck Support Pillow with Hypoallergenic Pillowcase

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.

 

 

KUNPENG Shredded Memory Foam Pillows for Sleeping – Cooling Bed Pillow Hypoallergenic with Premium Washable Cover for Back Stomach Side Sleepers Firm Soft Adjustable – CertiPUR-US – King Size

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

 

 

The Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll by OPTP – Low Back Support for Office Chairs and Car Seats

This is a much needed lumbar pillow for your driving and sitting needs! Very easy to travel (when you travel again). It gives wonderful lumbar support.

 

Office Needs

For those who need to work on a computer and have trouble sitting for long periods for time.

 

 

 

Standing Desk: VersaTables

 

Extremely helpful for your back, hip pain-needs.  It gives you options for your pain level needs.

 

Exercise

 

Exercise has been a struggle for me throughout the years. My back spasms very easily and nerve pain follows.   Here is the exercise that has helped me keep moving and not get so stuff.

Scott Cole has such a great way of teaching gentle movements.

Scott Cole- Tai Chi

Gentle Yoga: 7 Beginning Yoga Practices for Mid-life (40's - 70's) including AM Energy, PM Relaxation, Improving Balance, Relief from Desk Work, Core Strength, and more.

Gentle Yoga: 7 Beginning Yoga Practices for Mid-life (40’s – 70’s) including AM Energy, PM Relaxation, Improving Balance, Relief from Desk Work, Core Strength, and more.

 

Again, very gentle and you can choose how much you want to do.

 

Pain Management

Acupuncture has been very helpful for managing my back pain and anxiety with daily pain. Here are some good articles about how it can help explain how it helps.

Acupuncture for back pain?

 

Healthline: Acupuncture For Back Pain:

 

Fashion

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.

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All Birds

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!

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New Balance 990v5

These sneakers were the ones that I wore for my Italy trips. They are super comfortable and great support.

 

Purses

 

I have noticed that when in the past I use larger purses, then I have the habit of putting too many things in the purse. That puts too much pressure on my shoulder, throwing off my alignment.

Now with the use of a smaller purse, I put fewer items in there, keeping my alignment in check!

 

Again, I am not a doctor, this is just my advice for managing back pain.

 

I am some of my ideas are helpful to anyone who is suffering from chronic back pain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Color-Code ~ Soap Bars For All

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Soaps, soaps, glorious soaps, take your pick from your favorite color.

Let the fragrance overwhelm your senses and spend more time washing your hands with lovely SOAP!

This is for On the Hunt for Joy

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

 

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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?

 

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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

 

 

A Letter To My Lower Back Pain: With Writing Prompt Words

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Dear Lower Back,

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.

With much love,

The one you keep controlling

 

This is for the following word prompts.

Helpful:

Word Of the Day Challenge

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When Boredom Strikes!

 BOREDOM!

 

Why is it that I go through days where I find there are not enough hours for me to get things done.

 Then there are other days when boredom strikes out of nowhere. I find that on days where it’s raining; the weather is gloomy, boredom rears its ugly head.

 

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Here are a few of my ideas when boredom strikes you!

 

Television

I love TV, and there are some great streaming shows on currently that I’d like to share with you.

Amazon Prime

Downton Abbey

Poldark

Jack Ryan

Victoria

Durrells In Corfu

Tiny House

Netflix

Virginia River

Annie with an E

Grace and Frankie

The Crown

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Audibles

If you’re not into watching television, Audibles.com is an excellent site hooked up with Amazon that you can download a book and listen to it. I have listened to my audiobook doing some activities, such as:

1. Cleaning the house

2. Doing laundry

3. Taking a walk

4. Do some watercolor or drawing

5. Preparing dinner

For The Gamer

I have two iPad apps that I highly recommend.

Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw puzzle, which gives you a chance to pick many different puzzle designs and you can choose the number of pieces you would like to accomplish up to 400 pieces.

 

Ticket To Ride

Ticket To Ride is a fun family board game that I turned into an iPad app. You can play on your own with computer characters or online with people around the world.

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Take Up A Hobby

Taking an online class can be a lot of fun. Many are self-pace, very engaging and you can learn many things! I have taken classes at:

  1. Skillshare.com

  2.  Udemy.com

  3. Mybluprint.com

Mindfulness

Maybe now is the time to sit down with a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate and explore how you are feeling at the moment.

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Here are some journal prompts:

 Take a look around your surroundings, when your eyes catch something of interest, start to free write. Don’t think about it. Just begin writing for 5 minutes.

2. Write about a moment you had in the past few days that you would like a “do-over.”

3. Create your wish list of all the things you would like to happen. It’s for your eyes only; have fun with it.

4. Write about someone you admire.

5. Write a letter to the 16-year-old you.

Another way to deal with boredom is to do some meditation. I highly recommend the Insight Timer app this app has many easy ways to take some time for yourself.

Get out and take a walk! Being with nature will bring fresh air to your lungs, clear your head and get you out of your boredom funk.

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 Turn your boredom around with these helpful tips!