Thursday, June 30, 2011

the sweets of araby reviewed in the boston globe!

delighted to see the first review of the sweets of araby in the boston globe! and especially delighted at their praise for my illustrations! "The eye-catching colors of Linda Dalal Sawaya’s charming illustrations make this book one to savor in or out of the kitchen."

here's one of my favorite illustrations from the book. as you can see i had such fun with this!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

palestinian tree of life painting

my latest painting is a commissioned piece for an international organization working for peace in palestine/israel. it is a tree of life. the birth of this illustration occurred in perfect synchronicity. a couple of months ago i came across a tree of life painting and the concept resonated. i had not painted a tree of life and it was time. one week later, a phone call came to me commissioning a tree of life painting! goose bumps and joy!

the olive tree symbolic of the struggle for peace in palestine, as well as the source of the fruit that brings sustenance, health, and vitality, was a natural choice while the olive branch has been used as a symbol of peace since ancient times.

in researching the painting, i delighted in learning about the beautiful palestine sunbird a species particular to this region of the world, in addition to the gazelle, turtle, white stork, and other species.

it has been a delight and a blessing to make this painting for a wonderful cause.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

linda dalal sawaya art website redesigned! check it out!

in anticipation of the new book i illustrated being published this month, i spent the past several weeks re-designing my website to feature my new illustration work. it is colorful and delightful, and i hope you'll visit and check out all the new work. let me know how you like the new look! and if you want to buy prints or commission illustration work, please be in touch! enjoy!

the sweets of araby cookbook published featuring linda sawaya illustrations and cover design

delighted to announce the publication of the cookbook i illustrated this past year—the sweets of araby—with twenty five interior illustrations and the cover illustration and graphic design featuring recipes based on the Tales of the 1001 Arabian Nights. a very fun project to work on with stories lending themselves to playful and colorful paintings. the book is published by countryman press, and is available from them, me, or amazon. 

in anticipation of the publication of this book, i have redesigned my art website with many of the illustrations from the book. please visit my site and make comments here letting me know how you like it all! my alice's kitchen cookbook pages are in process of being redesigned!