Wednesday, April 21, 2010

They Draw and Cook

Nana and I are up on "They Draw and Cook"





This is a very clever new art blog started by Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell. "They Draw and Cook" Visual artists do like to express themselves in many ways. Sometimes- after a huge deadly deadline it's a good idea to put down the pencil and do something else to express yourself. Cooking is a very meditative, soothing way to do it!- and You get to eat the results- Bristol board never tasted this good!;)

I do prefer baking to cooking a nightly meal- unless I have a whole day to think about the dinner- and that only happens at Christmas. But baking! It is so unnecessary and indulgent and comforting and usually- I bake from recipes handed down from other great bakers. My Mom - Queen of cookies. My Great Grandmother on my father's side was Italian. I have yet to summon the courage for some of those recipes. I do have a recipe for peanut butter chocolate chips that I guard with my life that came from my Mom's grandmother.

This came from Nana. She is my husband's Grandmother. She welcomed this Shiksa with open arms from day one. She lives in Florida in a nursing home now. We haven't seen her in two years. We call on the phone but sometimes she drops hers in the toilet so- you can't always reach her!
She is a treasure from a disappearing generation of Brooklyn women. Yiddish flows and so does guilt but all gets washed away by love. Everything about her is larger than life- her voice, her jewelry and her boobs. Here's to you Nana! You're turning 89! Happy Birthday!

9 comments:

FRANK M HANSEN said...

Very nice work. Love the design and expression on the woman, plus the colors of the background and character. This looks like a fun project/idea.

Melinda Stanley said...

Yay! What a wonderful post! Happy Birthday to Nana!

Love love your submission for "They Draw and Cook". I discovered this a—along with all of the fantastic artists—a few weeks ago. Great site!

Lisa Graves said...

love your style mama. As they say here in Taxachusetts... its wicked pissah. You rock.

Kelly Light said...

Frank- if you like to cook-I'd like to see you do one!

Hey Melinda!Thanks!-it was a great idea they came up with!

Lisa- Ha! I just got a second home in MA- will need a linguistics coach obviously.!

Gina Perry said...

Well Happy Birthday to your Nana! She will be so honored, I'm sure. This is so cool to look at, but even better to read. Cut me a sliver - ahhh haha. Great work Kelly. You know, you're getting a pretty signature palette too.

Kelly Light said...

Thanks Gina!- I realized when I posted here- the banner colors were similar- hmmm. Wasn't planned but I see it too!

Valerie Krist said...

A wonderful tribute to your Nana. She looks and sounds like quite a character. A great illo and I can't wait to try this recipe, yummmm!

Christina Rodriguez said...

THIS IS AWESOME! Thanks for linking to that awesome new site. I love to cook as well and this gives me some great ideas for recipe cards.

Beth said...

saw your recipe via the TheyDrawandCook site, and I LOVE it!! you've got a stellar style, and I'm left with ridiculous desire to go make apple cake RIGHT NOW. thanks for sharing!