My Mother, They Draw and Cook and My Illustration of an Egg-cellent African Recipe

I am so egg-cited. My illustration and my mother’s delicious African Egg Stew recipe are now featured on the extraordinary website They Draw and Cook. I can vouch for its deliciousness. It’s the grub I grew up on. My comfort food.

 

It’s one of the recipes to be featured on the web series, “Lena Nozizwe presents Alice Princess is Fresh!”

I love They Draw and Cook. So many different kind of styles–and they produce books and sell the art work of the illustrators. A teacher from one of my online classes schooled me about it.I get drawn in (okay another pun) every time I visit. If you like my illustration-please click on the heart button and I just may make you a pot of African Egg Stew, especially if you can say Ndiwo Za Mandanda. A cinch.

 

 

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In part, my constant reporting about what is going on in the world inspires my art. The other part of my inspiration is optimism.

Beyond my childhood Picassos, the first time I really remember painting I was a tween. I would purloin my writer mother’s typing paper and her folders in order to make paper dolls.
They were the most beautiful dolls I had ever seen. They wore the most beautiful dresses, all painted by me of course. I went on to take art classes in high school. Somehow I even made it into the gifted classes. There were more art classes in junior college and university, but I never felt that I could make it a career. So instead I veered toward photography and eventually majored in journalism, with a passel of literature classes thrown in just for fun.

And then during a rough week of a rough month of a very rough year I picked up my old brushes and an old tin of watercolors and I started painting again last yar. My first work is posted below. It made me smile. And Lord knows I needed to smile.

 

So there you have it. That’s the reason behind my artistic rebirth. Although I will say the art thing has always been a program
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