Monday, July 2, 2012

They Draw and Cook - what an honor!! On the jumbotron this week! : )

I woke up this morning to such a wonderful email...it was from Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, the inspiring and creative brother-sister duo who are the co-creators of the wonderful site: TheyDrawandCook.com, which celebrates food and art and showcases illustrated recipes from all over the world!

For 7 days, my recipes will appear on their main "jumbotron" as a collection of my work and I am SO incredibly humbled and honored to say the least. Submitting my illustrated recipes and entering contests at TDAC have been such a personally rewarding experience.  I remember preparing my first illustration for them, "Salmon Rillettes", and trying to come up with something that told a story..it was the start of really thinking about story-telling in my artwork, and to have it appear on their site was just amazing. I went on to paint, "Chocolate Dipped Anything" which was such a fun project in itself, but having it appear on the Food Network's blog was more than I had dreamed of. "Croque Monsieur" was one of the most fun personal pieces I've ever worked on and I owe so much to Nate and Salli for the opportunity to do so and to publicly share my work with others through their generous site.

As a huge fan of Nate and Salli, I encourage you to visit them at their blog, www.studiosss.com for they create such amazing work themselves for so many products and areas of industry. Both are amazingly creative, yes, and on top of that they are two genuinely hardworking, sincere and generous souls who love creativity and support those of us in this field. A heartfelt thanks to you both for this wonderful honor!

21 comments:

  1. What wonderful news Shirley but not surprising to me....I would have your art there ALL the time ;0)
    Many congratulations and I hope you are having a great summer my friend,
    Jane x

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  2. Shirley you so deserve this! I saw them publishing 'Shirley Ng-Benitez TDAC's favourite' yesterday and was really excited to see ur entire collection on their jumbothrone! Well done! :) And Nate & Salli are truly awesome people/artists and wonderful support to so many. Btw-thank you as well for making my day with your visit and supportive comments about my 2pieces for the Grimm exhibition! The exhibition is on till 6th July, hope I'll have some pics soon to share with everyone....it was on our national TV as well-that was awesome to see :)) xoxoxoxox to you!!!!

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  3. Congratulations!! And well deserved!

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  4. Very cool, indeed! Congratulations! Love their site and will head over there now..............

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  5. Congratulations!! You deserve recognition. Enjoy it :)

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  6. Just beautiful, Shirley! I remember the first time I saw this one. It's the most adorable little scene, happy and sweet and so much fun. Congratulations! Of course all the others are wonderful as well. Wow! The colors on the Blue Fig Crostini one!

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  7. YAY
    Congratulations to YOU!
    xo

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  8. It is so well deserved. Congratulations, again, my sweet and talented friend. It has been so exciting to watch your star take off on it's meteoric rise.

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  9. Wow, very cool! Congrats, Shirley! And i love the piece they used for the main banner of the article/highlight. Perfect way to start off a weird mid-week holiday (at least here in the states) :)

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  10. WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!! YAY YAY YAY!!! YOU GO, GIRL! ROCK IT!!!!! WAHAHAHA!!!! Happy dance. :D

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  11. I'm dancing with Bella ;) Congrats Shirley! All of your recipes are super cute.

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  12. Congratulations Shirley!!!
    I'm not surprised, you know that your drawing style and your way of coloring, I love!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Karen is an EXCELLENT dancer, by the way.

    Oh, Shirley, I forgot! Thank you so much for voting for Bjornik. He won! He's gonna be shoved off to Mongolia. Thanks for your help! :)

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  14. Shirley, this is so beautiful. Congratulations. When I read this I thought maybe I will draw some recipes and I had this idea of drawing dour people who eat peanut butter and bologna sandwiches and then I read the instructions, they have to be in color. Phooey. I will try to see if I can draw a series of dour people eating lousy and boring food, anyway! Hahaha! Tsup!

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  15. How wonderful, Shirley! This is really fabulous news - and so well-deserved! :)

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  16. YIPPEEE :) ripper love!! Whoop Whhopp (I know I can't out do Bella's whhopering :) ) Well let me say that your work rocks Shirley and they draw and cook should be honoured to have your work on their site. beautiful and full of joy as always. Funnily enough I was having a joke about Croque Monsiuer last night, how an old guy orders in and is informed by the waiter that he already is a 'crock'. It wasn't very funny though :) :)

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  17. Happy Independence Day!!!
    (ours is on July 9) :)))))))))

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  18. Congratulations!! What a precious scene! Well deserved to be showcased! I discovered that website a couple of months ago, & just loved seeing how artists worked their magic on recipes! I really want to give it a try.

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  19. Congratulations! That illustration deserves to be on the jumbotron! Your illustrations are always so beautifully drawn and painted, and have such amazing details!

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