GUEST DOODLEWASH: Food Painting Lover

Doodlewash by YuLing Yiu Various Lunch SandwichesMy name is YuLing Liu and I was born and live in Taiwan (follow me on Instagram and Facebook!). When I was little, we had some storybooks and the beautiful pictures inside of the books intrigued me. I wondered how those amazing pictures were drawn. With curiosity and interest, I started to trace the outlines. This is the very beginning of my painting journey.

Doodlewash by YuLing Yiu food illustrations with key limeAt that time, my best friend went to art class and we’d draw together. Wanting to be trained, I asked my parents if I could study in an art school when it came time to graduate from junior high school. They refused. However, this didn’t stop me from drawing. I’d draw after school or even in class. 

Doodlewash by YuLing Yiu Taiwainese FoodMy major in college wasn’t related to painting, but I took a course in basic sketching and the correct sketching technique led me into art. Then I began to sketch with pencil, color pencils and ballpoint pens. While working as a teacher, the time I spent on painting decreased. But I still kept it as a relaxing hobby. 

Doodlewash by YuLing Yiu Sandwiches with TomatoA few years ago, when seeing some artists’ excellent works, I was fascinated by the elegance of watercolor. I wanted to paint like that eagerly. After considering, I transferred to a part-time teaching position so that I had more time to practice painting. I taught myself watercolor painting through books and online. At first, I’d pick one thing from everyday life to paint as practicing. Among all the objects, I gained the greatest amount of joy when painting food. Therefore I have been focusing on food painting since then.  

The paint I’m using currently is Winsor & Newton Cotman and the brush is Edinburgh Realism (M1. M3 and M4). Before starting a picture, I’ll observe the object carefully and think what colors I may try. Then sketching the outline roughly with 2B pencil and marking the blank. I usually add thicker paint into the former color when it’s still wet and blend the colors gently with wet brush. This creates graceful layered colors.

Doodlewash by YuLing Yiu Various Matcha recipes

As a self-taught watercolor painter, I had some hard time. With the idea of encouraging people to paint, but I’ve been doing some painting procedure sharing on my Facebook page. Now I am still trying and enjoy painting.

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57 Comments
  1. mfearing 1 year ago

    I hope its OK with my doctor for me to at least LOOK at these dessert drawings. He wouldn’t be thrilled if I was eating them, that I know!

  2. OMG! Your paintings of desserts are more appealing than the real stuff! Even better, they are just for looks. Very nice

  3. Moon in Capricorn 1 year ago

    Very lovely!

  4. littlecorals 1 year ago

    So incredible. You’re amazing!!! 🙂

  5. Catherine Johnson 1 year ago

    Wonderful doodlewashes of food! Jama Rattigan would love to have you on her blog too. Alphabet Soup. Thanks, Charlie!

  6. Catherine Johnson 1 year ago

    Wonderful doodlewashes of food! Jama Rattigan would love to have you on her blog too. Alphabet Soup. Thanks, Charlie!

  7. memadtwo 1 year ago

    I’ll have to show my daughter, the queen of putting matcha in anything, your green page…she will swoon. Seriously, everything looks almost too beautiful to eat! Luckily for my day’s calorie count, it’s only on the page to see. (K)

    • Author

      Best thing about food doodlewashes is their calorie free nature!! Cool your daughters a matcha fan! Glad you liked YuLing’s work, Kerfe! 😃

      • yuling liu 1 year ago

        Thank you. Hope your daughter enjoy the picture. 🙂

  8. Phil Cooper 1 year ago

    Oh my gosh, all those amazing cakes, I’m going to be the size of a house! Wonderful paintings yuLing, and my favourite subject 😊

    • Author

      Thanks Phil!! Aren’t these great?! So glad you liked them! Yay! 😃

      • yuling liu 1 year ago

        Thank you Mr. Cooper. glad you like it. 🙂

  9. Dale 1 year ago

    Where is the “LOVE” button? Oh my goodness these are amazing! I am a cook so seeing food done in paint is a double bonus. I love art and I love food…. Gorgeous YuLing!

    • Author

      Aren’t they awesome?! So happy you liked YuLing’s feature, Dale! 😃

      • Dale 1 year ago

        Very much so, Charlie!!

    • yuling liu 1 year ago

      thank you so much for the words. 🙂

  10. Snehal Kank 1 year ago

    Oh My! so tempting illustrations 😋Very Nice!

  11. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Wow! YuLing way to go! <3 Those are beautiful food watercolors! I love the perfection and combinations of colors and elements that make your food so appealing and precious! I like the elegance of each page in your sketchbook the theme with multiple drawings I also love the way you add the writings very beautiful work! <3 Thank you Charlie this is the perfect doodlewash guest for this month since we all are attempting to the doodlewash dinner we can all learn more and be inspired by Yu Ling lovely work! <3 😉 Carolina

    • Author

      Thanks Carolina!! I thought YuLing would be a wonderful inspiration this month! So glad you agree!! 😃

      • YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

        Oh yes a great inspiration her food watercolors are beautiful!

    • yuling liu 1 year ago

      wow! So happy you viewed the picture in a careful way. I really appreciate it.:)

      • YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

        Hi Yuling you’re welcome your food watercolors are such a delight! 🙂

  12. memadtwo 1 year ago

    These are really fantastic. Such delicacy and the love of the product really comes through. Looks good enough to eat!!!N.

  13. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    YuLing, what scrumptious art. Your detail is amazing. Thank you do much for sharing. Thank you Charlie.

  14. Curious to the Max 1 year ago

    It’s a good thing you didn’t go to art school because you are a fabulous teacher and have a student who learned to paint beautifully!

    • Author

      Lovely way to say it, Judy! Glad you liked YuLing’s work! 😃

    • yuling liu 1 year ago

      I really like your saying. Maybe it also makes me paint more freely. Thank you! : )

  15. Teri C 1 year ago

    Beautiful paintings! Really beautiful!

  16. j2015hall 1 year ago

    Love your art and admire your determination to learn and practice.

  17. This is too realistic for me to look at. Honestly, drool-worthy! Totally amazing!

    • Author

      Hehe…isn’t it?! YuLing’s work is so good! Glad you agree, Laura! 😃

    • yuling liu 1 year ago

      thank you, Laura. Glad you like it. 🙂

  18. Cathe 1 year ago

    Wow such beautiful renderings of so many delicious treats. I love how each page of YuLing’s illustrations has a color story. Absolutely delightful!

  19. anniedrawsthings 1 year ago

    So beautiful, and very fitting for our #doodlewashdinner festivities! Love these food illustrations!

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