This series hopes to capture women in a “cheeky” moment. More often than not, women in the media are portrayed with a rather calm or sultry expression or a soft smile. It is quite rare to see a woman being a goofball but oddly enough that’s when women are truly expressing their spirit. In my mind there isn’t anything quite like a woman who, in that moment, is comfortable being her adorable quirky self. My two beauties show different sides of their cheekiness with Alyestal being a ‘Silly Goose’ and Marie-Claude channeling her ‘Old Soul’. I hope the two colourful pieces bring a smile to your face. :)
Last year Apartment 11 Productions asked me to be their portrait specialist for their TVOKids television series The Mystery Files! How crazily amazing is that? Out of all the incredible Canadian portrait artists ... they chose me. I can't even begin to describe how overwhelming and touching that is.
It was last September when out of the blue I received a call from Ariel at Apartment 11 Productions asking if I'd be interested in being in an episode. I was floored. He went on to tell me that he had searched for the right candidate online and after a short while of watching a few artists' online presence, he knew I was the perfect candidate. He saw me as a highly talented portrait artist with a good heart and a good message; a good role model for children. Still to this day those words touch me. Soon I was speaking with their writer Claire and come November we were shooting the episode right in my neighborhood at the Gladstone Hotel where I had set up a rental studio. Everything was very surreal. I still can't believe it.
I'm definitely no actor and I'm terrible at remembering details, never mind lines! But the director, Kyla (one of the stars), and the whole filming crew were beyond kind and helpful. Very patient, very easy going, and super encouraging. They made me feel like I belonged there. I will cherish those memories forever.
I've waited all this time for the episode to air and it has finally come. This is a BIG MOMENT for me! I would love to share it with as many of you as I can. Please join in the excitement and watch my episode "The Mystery Of The Way We See". Kyla and I talk about the history of portraiture while we create portraits of each other! Grab all those beautiful babies of yours, furbabies, or just your beautiful self, and tune in to TVO Kids on Monday August 28th at 6PM! Don't forget to set your PVR!
I'm nervous. I'm excited. I'm grateful. I'm in denial. I'm proud. I'm terrified. I'm happy. I'm ... I'm ... I don't know what I am! :P
Having painted and become friends with her sister, it was only natural that Janique St Laurent and I would become a part of each others online circle. What a blessing that was because she would soon post a picture that would inspire one of the most delicate, beautiful, and unique pieces I have ever created. In her photo she wore a lovely 1920s inspired headband and I couldn’t help but feel this gorgeous old soul with a passion for social justice embodied the spirit of the roaring era. With that in mind I decide to capture her beauty somewhat translucently to convey that this 20s spirit is being reborn into our modern world. A particularly special aspect of the piece is a sculpted antique frame that, like the portrait, seems solid but then becomes ghostly. Lastly the gems in the jewelry give the piece a dream-like sparkle. I’m an avid history lover, and the 1920s is one of my favourite eras, so creating this piece truly touched my soul.
Like most artists I offer a whole variety of items with my artworks on it. With the exception of my Etsy Shop, I depend on outside manufacturers to make the items for my fans to enjoy. I have a Fashion Clothing line with VIDA (currently under re-construction) and a print/everyday item shop with Pixels (also known as Fine Art America). On occasion I will purchase my own items to test out the quality of the products I'm providing. TWO years ago I purchased this beautiful "Golden Indian Bride" Tote Bag from my own print shop and was not disappointed. The image quality is gorgeous and the bag is built really sturdy. It has been my go to bag for all of my running around, including quick grocery runs, since I received it and it's still kicking! I figured since the quality and look of this bag is so great it wouldn't hurt to share my experience. You can get your own Tote Bag with any of my artworks on it at my Print Shop HERE! Happy shopping! :)
A few years ago I met a really beautiful soul here in the Toronto art community. She was determined to support emerging Toronto artists with groups and award ceremonies ON TOP of creating her own successful career as a creator of unique glitter artwork. With extreme dedication and an intense amount of work she has achieved just that ... and gained quite a few friends in the process. I'm so proud to say that I'm one of them and it fills me with so much joy to see her thriving in her element.
The oh-so-lovely Alexa Trilli gave my husband Darren and I such an incredible gift on our wedding day; our very own glitter portrait! I absolutely love her work and was over-the-moon excited about owning such a beautiful and personal piece. She captured our likeness perfectly with a gorgeous variety of glitter. It honestly amazes me.
Pictures of her work just plain ol' don't do it justice. These pieces are so sparkly it takes your breath away. And as if this piece wasn't impressive enough, her most recent pieces have an even more realistic feel to them. Recently TRILLI held her first Solo Exhibition at Super Wonder Gallery and sold many of her pieces which is an incredible achievement for any artist.
I'm also lucky enough to have this early piece in my collection. A couple of years ago I held a Colouring Contest and Trilli took part with this piece and was among the finalists. While it doesn't represent the quality of her recent work; it is still one of my favourites and I am so thrilled to have it in my home. I just love it! :)
Check her out for yourself! She's got videos that help show off the glitter and much more! :)
Myself with the beautiful Marie-Claude Bedard along with my piece
inspired by her quirky side "Cheeky Beauties" 'Old Soul'
"Beauty Is Varied"
Malinda Prud'homme's Solo Exhibition
Art & Design District, Toronto
November 16-20 2016
Closing Party: Nov 19th 2016, 7PM-10PM
After a quiet Opening Day I was really looking forward to my Closing Party to celebrate my hard work with some family, friends, fans, and my muses for my new artworks. I was not disappointed! Almost everyone who planned to come was able to make it, despite the terrible weather we had that evening, including all of my muses and even some muses from past shows/artworks. Gallery 50 was a beautiful venue for this type of event and everyone was welcome to enjoy snacks and wine while taking their time looking at my artwork up close and personal. I even had the chance to talk to almost all of my guests, what a joy!
That evening the father of one of my muses and long time supporter, Danielle St Laurent, decided to buy one of my pieces for her as a surprise Christmas gift. I was floored! There's nothing more special than one of my pieces going to someone who truly appreciates it and connects with it; and apparently she had loved this piece (created in 2012) for many years. You can imagine the complete range of emotions that set in when I arrived to uninstall my exhibition the next day, only to find that the piece was gone. Turns out the owner, not knowing I had sold it, sold it to a guest staying in her B&B. That very lovely guest was kind enough to wait for me to arrive at the gallery thinking he would be giving me some really amazing news. It was but it wasn't! LOL I was so touched that he liked my work and felt it was the perfect gift for his Niece on her wedding day, but I was so disappointed that my lack of communication led to my dear Danielle not being able to receive her Christmas gift. Thankfully, everything turned out well, actually it all worked out for the better! After speaking with Danielle's parents (who were very kind and understanding) I decided to create a similar piece in a new updated style with Danielle and her beautiful spirit in mind. The piece was a hit! Thanks to her lovely family I was able to see her Christmas day reaction to her gift (what a gift that was for me ... I definitely shed happy tears!). I absolutely love the new piece and look forward to sharing it with you soon!
As for all those who took the time to attend my Closing Reception Party for my "Beauty Is Varied" exhibition, I want to say THANK YOU! I put so much of myself and SO much work into it, all I wanted in return was for people to come and enjoy it. You made that wish come true! Your continued support and encouragement is beyond appreciated. Well wishes and love to you always!
Want to see my blog post about the Installation Day? HERE
Want to see my blog post about the Opening Day? HERE
I could not ask for more supportive parents! I love them so much!
My poster on the very popular Queen Street West!
My muse Marie-Claude Bedard alongside my "Cheeky Beauties" painting of her!
A lovely little crowd. :)
Fellow Toronto Artist, and fiance of Danielle St-Laurent, Stu Edwards, with his inlaws. I've been lucky enough to capture the beauty of two of their daughters!
Myself with the gorgeous sisters, my muses, Danielle St Laurent (AKA Severin Stargher) and Janique St Laurent.
Janique St Laurent and I next to my piece "The 20s Reborn" inspired by her beauty.
I was SO happy to have the support of my friend and fellow artist Nadia Gurkova.
So lovely to see Raymond again! He's been a fan of my work since my first Solo Show!
Danielle St Laurent alongside my piece "True Beauty" inspired by her stunning beauty.
One of my favourite photos of the evening, Myself with my lovely fan Emma. This piece was her favourite of the bunch. :)
I always greatly appreciate the support of these two AMAZING people; Carlos Sa Rodrigues and Tanzina Amin, the owners of Artusiasm Gallery.
My hunny Darren talking with Danielle St Laurent's hunny Stu Edwards.
These two beautiful people, Adam and Andrea Rivard, have been so incredibly supportive of me. They started out as Darren's friends (Darren and Adam go way back) but I'm lucky to call them friends now too. It always means the world to me when they come out to my events. :)
The absolutely stunning Alyestal and I next to my piece "Cheeky Beauties" 'Silly Goose' inspired by her quirky side!
Alyestal alongside my portrait of her. She is an AMAZING poet! Check her out online.
My family .... where would I be without them?
I am super blessed to call this lovely lady my friend. Alexa Trilli is a glitter artist, curator, and owner/operator of the Emerging Toronto Artist Awards. I have seen her blossom into the most kick ass female ever!
Sign the guest book, please! Haha :)
Yummy snacks and drinks (of which I could not consume, but I do hope others enjoyed it!).
It was nothing but crickets at the Opening of my Solo Exhibition "Beauty Is Varied" at Gallery 50 in Toronto, but I still enjoyed myself. I wasn't expecting anything different, since the show opened on a Wednesday during the day, but I thought it would be a good time to do some Live Painting and enjoy the exhibition. I had a chance to work on my piece that is still in progress all these month later entitled "Mongolian Beauty". It was peaceful and inspiring to be working in a Toronto gallery (in the Art & Design district no less) filled with my artwork. :)
Want to see my blog post about the Installation Day? HERE
Want to see my blog post about the Closing Reception Party? HERE
My piece "Mongolian Beauty" still in progress!
A decal of my name on a Toronto Art & Design District Gallery! Pinch me. I must be dreaming!