Artist portrait~Randy Ryandi

Photographer Randy Ryandi recently shot my portrait for his artists series.  Using a Hasselblad & real black and white film, he graced my Bed-stuy studio with his presence.  He's a delight.  Thank you Randy, it was a pleasure.

See more of his work on his website http://randyryandi.com/.  He's not on Instagram - its too mainstream ;)

Mango! Mango! Mango!

Ode to a family recipe~

Champagne Mangoes are my favorite.  It was a delight to paint & collage these golden fruits. This family recipe was handed down from mother to daughter.  Vivid colors of India enliven ingredients to compose this mouthwatering accompaniment.  This is why I love what I do!

Wowzer! I'm in Manrepeller!

Celebrating 20+ years of waitressing! The time flew... I'm featured as one of the 5 servers in Man RepellerTelling tales from my times at Aquagrill, Diner, Il Buco, Vinegar Hill House & currently Cherry Point.  Pretty wild to reflect on all those years.

Thanks to Haley Nahman for bringing all the stories together & Man Repeller for the opportunity to tell my tales.  Big thanks to photographer Patrice Helmar for capturing me at Cherry Point.

By Their Fruits~$60K for Planned Parenthood!

WE DID IT!!! Together we raised more than $60K for Planned Parenthood. This was possible because of YOU. Thank you for donating, bidding, and sharing. This is a true representation of what we’re capable of when we come together for a common cause.

I had the pleasure to be included with a number of incredible women artists in By Their Fruits.

This auction was a nonprofit coalition of female artists in support of women’s reproductive rights. This auction featured works of electrifying talent and extraordinary creativity by the likes of Ellen von Unwerth, Pamela Hanson, Andrea Gentl, and more. Proceeds go directly to support the imperative work of Planned Parenthood.

Huzzah! A Cherry Point Restaurant Recipe Collaboration~

Illustration by: Abbie Zuidema

Hey all!
Just submitted this recipe to :They Draw & Cook
Super nice people and a very cool thing to be involved with.
Nate Padavick and Salli S. Swindell are a brother/sister design and illustration team known as Studio SSS. They have created hundreds of magazine and book illustrations, thousands of greeting card designs, and, of course, many super tasty illustrated recipes!

Here is the illustrated recipe and the description.  THIS is what I want to do.  I love food so.

Honey Crisp Apple & Dunbarton Blue Salad

Recipe by: Julian Calcott & Ed Szymanski

This recipe was inspired by Cherry Point Restaurant, a bright star in Brooklyn newcomer eateries. Dreamed up by Julian Calcott & Ed Szymanski of Cherry Point, this salad is deceivingly “simple”.  It was a delight to illustrate all the elements of taste that make up this lips smacking dish.

TDAC make books with many of the submitted illustrations, which informs the layout of the recipe.  Imagine a gutter in the middle of the page for a book.  My map of Montauk was in their book last year of maps, so I know the routine.  You can buy it on Amazon HERE. 

I am excited to make more recipe illustrations with favorite chefs!  More to come . . .

Neil Young-Flash back Friday

Back in 2005, I was asked by Williamsburg Diner regular Justin Lowe to contribute a painting to a group show at Printed Matter in Manhattan. The inspiration was Neil Young's patterned liner notes from the album "On the Beach". I took the pattern of the liner notes, and overlaid a portrait of cream being poured into the baked eggs. The "baked eggs" were a play on words and reference to the time the albums was made, 1974. It was the 70's and lots of people were getting "baked". Eggs are just plain wholesome & part of the fabric of our diet, as is the cream being poured into the dish. So it created a visual juxtapose of that moment of time in history. And I listened to a lot of Neal Young which is always good.  I still love this painting.

"Baked Eggs", 12x12", Watercolor, English Breakfast Tea, Gesso, India Ink on Fabriano Paper, 2005


Going back to Cali, to Cali, to Cali....

Eastcoast to Westcoast.  Two of my most favorite people are moving to/back to Cali with their daughter. I was asked to make an invite to commemorate this big moment. John is the proud owner of a Westfalia 1985 van. It needed to be in the painting.  A Volkswagon van, along with some psychedelic tie-dye effects was just what I was envisioning. A painting was born.

email cali or bust 2014.jpg

Pop-up @Platform in Highland Park CA!

California dreaming...

I will have work in L.A. by then end of the week!  Woo hoo! Nautical Knots & Mehndi henna hearts are en route for a pop-up in Highland Park, CA at Platform!

Platform is “a multi-purpose concept space, offering an art gallery, retail environment and studio...specializing in home staging, home styling, workshops, pop-up shops & prop rentals, platforming everything we love, create and are inspired by!”

My old friend Samuel Moyer curated my work for this summers pop-up.  Talented in his own right, he makes one-of-a-kind furniture by hand from sustainable materials, have a look for yourself ~ samuelmoyerfurniture.com

Vibrant watercolor mehndi henna prints have been specially printed & simply framed. New original works on paper have been inked & framed of nautical knots.  Inkblot sailor knots are also available as unframed works on paper at Platform. I am so pleased to be able to take part in this pop-up. 

If you are in L.A. most certainly stop in & take a look. Work is due to arrive this week.

Happy Summer!

allmybest,

AJZ

Abbie J. Zuidema

abbiejzuidema.com