August 16th, 2016
The second opening of We Paint Live's Virtual Reality Art show took place on July 28th 2016. Toronto's Mixed Media & Portrait Artist Malinda Prud'homme was given the opportunity to not only see the beautiful works of art created by Amanda Maccagnan and Vera Malitskaya, but also to try out virtual reality painting for herself! In this video you can see her entire experience which was AMAZING! But don't be fooled, this video doesn't do it justice one bit! You'll have to look out for We Paint Live's next event and try it out for yourself! :D
Malinda Prudhomme ~
We Paint Live ~
July 14th, 2016
AHHHH! I AM ECSTATIC!!!
I could not feel more honoured to be featured in Artist Unknown's "Artifact" web series! They did a fabulous job portraying my work and expressing my message. I am by no means a public speaker and yet using their magic they were able to put this together beautifully! SO grateful! I cannot wait to hear what you all think! :D
July 8th, 2016
Solo Art Exhibition
Living City Health
July 7th 2016 - August 23rd 2016
July 7th 2016
6pm to 7pm
It is such an honour to have my entire collection of artwork exhibited throughout the beautiful office of alternative medicine, Living City Health in North Toronto. When their marketing manager Anija first contacted me I thought the opportunity was too good to be true. A solo exhibition, receiving lots of traffic via patients, free of charge for TWO months?! That's unheard of! I am so grateful to be given this gift and I am thrilled to give all my local fans a chance to see my work in person. My artworks, although still beautiful in photographs, are very highly detailed and impressive when you look at them up close. Don't miss your chance to see them at this venue until August 23rd 2016.
A special thank you goes out to my supportive fiance Darren Edward who always accompanies me to my events no matter how busy he is (he has the patience of a saint). Big thanks also to Patrick Lemieux for stopping by the opening for a grand tour and Derek Macrae for playing beautiful guitar throughout the event! :)
July 6th, 2016
Do a Collaborative Artwork with Malinda Prud'homme in this COLOURING CONTEST! You have until August 13th 2016 to complete your piece and submit it here on my page wall or to Info@MalindaPrudhomme.com! Your piece will be shared in an album on my page and will include your link if you provide one! This is a great way to show off your talents and gain some new followers. BUT this contest isn’t only for artists; it’s for EVERYONE! No matter what your skill level is you still have a chance to win a great prize! :D
PRIZE #1 ~ Personal Favourite:
Last year I held my first Colouring Contest and made it so that winners were either voted in or drawn at random. This created a bit of controversy so I am trying something different this time. A lot of artists wanted me to choose the winner based on my own opinion and at that time I didn’t feel very confident doing so. BUT this year I will be a judge for the ETA Awards leading the Technical Excellence category. I still firmly believe my opinion is not the be-and-end-all but to warm up to this task (taking place in September) I thought this would be great! For the SERIOUS artists out there (whether or not you’re full-time, part-time, or hobbyist) I’ll be choosing my personal favourite based on ...
1) Clean use of materials
3) Use of Colour
The WINNER will get to choose THREE 8” x 10” Art Prints from my entire collection! They will be shipped worldwide FREE of charge! This special prize also includes a post by yours truly on my blog about the winner’s artwork/passion! I’ll promote the blog on ALL of my social media sites reaching tens of thousands of people! :)
PRIZE #2 ~ Random Draw:
I absolutely love my colouring sheet and the message of LOVE it holds. I wanted to make sure anyone of any age and any skill level would feel they could take part in the fun of this contest. Include your students/camp kids! Print some off and offer them to your clients/patients in the waiting area! Share these far and wide because there’s just something beautifully lethargic about a good ol’ colouring contest where participating is all that counts. EVERYONE who submits a colouring sheet will be included in my draw.
The WINNER will also get to choose THREE 8” x 10” Art Prints from my entire collection! They will also be shipped worldwide FREE of charge! :D
Download your full 8.5" x 11" colouring sheet!
Download the PDF: http://goo.gl/rcqK7A
Download the JPG: http://goo.gl/I0pLSG
You are free to change this image as you see fit however in order for it to be considered for the prizes it will have to resemble the original design in some way. Remove lines as much as you wish but the basic idea of the composition should be the same. Also, please do not remove my copyright notice from the colouring sheet. If it gets covered during the creative process please put it back on at the end. When the piece is complete please also include your copyright notice above mine so that we are both protected and are both given proper credit for the work we have done. When/If you post a picture of your completed piece online please be sure to mention that it is a collaborative piece done with Malinda Prud’homme (links would be appreciated but not required). It wouldn’t be honourable to claim full credit for something that was not done solely by yourself. I’m sure you all agree. :)
Meaning Of The Artwork:
I have spent many days on this piece and hold it very dear to my heart. It is titled “LOVE”. I was inspired by PRIDE which was recently celebrated here in Toronto. In my eyes these two beautiful women are in a loving committed relationship .... a beautiful and calming sight. I feel very connected to this idea because, although I am engaged to an incredible man, I am pansexual. If you haven’t heard the term before it means I am attracted to people based on who they are, regardless of gender or gender identity. I don’t really care about people’s bodies, they’re all beautiful, I care about people’s souls. Darren is the most beautiful soul I have ever met which is why I love him to pieces. Needless to say I feel very connected to this theme of “Love”. I’m sure everyone here believes ALL love is good love, but I do understand that not everyone can personally relate to this type of love. If you decide you’d prefer to make these two women best friends, sisters, mother & daughter, and so on I will in no way be offended or take it as a slight towards the LGBT community. You may even depict one or both of the people as men if you wish. I titled the piece “LOVE” with big capital letters because I wanted it to encompass all possibilities of love. The type of love you depict is totally up to you! Follow your hearts my dearest supporters and spread love far and wide!
June 28th, 2016
On Friday June 24th 2016 I turned 30. My life thus far has been a real mix of good and bad just like everyone else’s. :)
I had a beautiful childhood. While I didn't have the best time socially at school and my teachers were hard on me for being introverted; I had some amazing neighbourhood friends, a sister that I have many fond memories with, I had lots of fun exploring my imagination and playing outside, and I had parents who supported and loved me.
My pre-teens were the start of a rough time ahead. I didn't fit in socially and was labelled a "slut" at the age of 12 (having no sexual experience whatsoever). My teacher said I would never amount to much and that I would never be a top student. I was an odd ball but I have some great memories from that time too. That's when I really started to explore my art as a way of expressing and releasing my emotions. I got into loud music and read a lot. I had a happy home and I think that was an important key to what got me by.
I wish I could say my early teens were better but unfortunately things got worse. My reputation as a slut spread far and wide in my small town and many young men tried to take liberties with me. When I didn't go along with it I was socially tortured. I quite honestly hated the world. My daily motto was, "life's a bitch and then you die". I became a punk/goth/grunge whatever you wanna call it .... I was dark and stormy inside and out. My peers and some of my teachers took pleasure in bombarding me with their most creative insults. I’ll always remember them calling me a “cat eating dyke”. The abuse got physical when few people were around but luckily it wasn’t anything I couldn’t push past. I escaped through my fantasy novels and released my rage and sadness with my music. But some positive came of those years too ... even though I'd been out of school for two months due to illness I still received 80s in ALL of my academic level courses. I was determined to prove my middle school teacher (and now many of my high school teachers) wrong.
In my late teens things started to improve. I changed schools and with time I even had some really kind and inspiring friends. I'd changed to an art school and I was delving into my artistic abilities more and more. Also, I not only maintained my high grades but improved them and was among the top of my class. Not to mention I was taking courses meant for students older than me. On top of all of that, I met a boy who loved me and was my best friend. These years I will cherish forever.
Then came my early University years ... which weren't great. My new found friends longed for bigger cities and new horizons (like I did). They left, I didn't. I went to the local University and again had trouble socially. The two boyfriends I had during this time did some major damage to my self-esteem; being cheated on and being constantly told I was not enough. A man I thought I loved once told me I needed to loose weight while I was being intimate with him. What a winner that guy was. I was young, foolish, and insecure. I continued to do well in school but University was much more challenging, and with two part time jobs, there was no longer any time for art or reading for pleasure. These years were tough.
My later University years are a mixed bag but I feel the good outweighs the bad. I'd decided to volunteer in Ecuador for a month and this had a huge impact on my life. I decided to end my relationship, to gain back my confidence, give up materialism, and find the right man for me. I wasn't looking for the most handsome man (although the one I found was very handsome), or the most exciting challenge; I was looking for someone who shared my interests and wanted the same things in life. It didn't take long before I found him (Darren Edward). What a blessing that was because I'd soon be hitting some turbulence. I was diagnosed with a small brain tumor. There were worrisome options but in the end I decided to live with it. At the time I was very sick and my professors, knowing the situation, understood if I was late, if I missed classes, if I had to go to the hospital, or if I had to leave to go to emerge ... but I suspect my peers couldn't see past the seemingly unfair treatment and (without asking me what was up) they'd begun to shun me. But things would soon look up! One of my most supportive professors suggested I go back to University (I'd already been there for a 5 year - two degree honours program) to get my Visual Arts teaching qualification. This advice also changed my life. I went to a new University, excelled beyond my wildest imaginings, continued to thrive in my relationship, and made many like-minded friends.
My first years in Toronto were pretty amazing! I had a good job working for Mitchell Sandham Insurance Brokers as the receptionist. I will always be grateful for that job since it got me here to Toronto, my beloved home. I loved working there and truly felt like the staff were a part of my family. I eventually left to teach at a private school. I absolutely LOVED my students and had so much fun teaching them. At this time I'd been struggling with body shame for a few years. Due to my medical problems and a bit of lifestyle change I had gained over 40 pounds. I hated my body. I felt like I wasn't good enough to feel beautiful. I tried so many things .... my weight went up and down ... but one thing didn't change. I hated myself EVERY. DAMN. DAY. When I began teaching and hearing my young female students talk about themselves in such a negative way I was shocked and determined to change myself first so I could inspire change in others. This led me down my path of truly loving myself and being able to see TRUE BEAUTY outside the limits and rules of our society.
This thought fueled me especially in my art career which was at this time part-time while teaching. Soon enough though my portraiture was gaining recognition and custom requests began to come in more steadily. I made the jump into a full time career and never looked back. This is where life really impressed me. I looked back at that poor teen I used to be ... the one who thought life was shit ... and felt so glad that I was never tempted to resort to suicide like so many other teens have. Because life changes in the biggest and most beautiful ways. I've traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world. I've become a successful full time artist working in one of the biggest and most popular cities in the world. More importantly I've found a person who I love more than anything. He's my best friend and the first and only person to love me truly for the cuckoo person I actually am.
But hey, life's not perfect! I got really sick for a while and it took years to find out I have some sort of rare auto-immune disease. An auto-immune disease and a brain tumor ... I felt like life just wasn’t fair. Some days were and still are hell. But I've come to accept that life isn't "all good, all the time" for anyone. We ALL have ups and downs, big things or small things, it's all relative to the individual. I think it's plain to see that I definitely have some negative shit I could think of and focus on and battle with in my mind every day if I wanted to. I have just as much right to the ol' "woe is me" mentality as anyone does but I don't let myself go there. I fight it. Sometimes it's a tough fight and I'll admit sometime I loose. But I do everything I can to focus on all the GOOD because it's also plain to see that I've been blessed too. Life throws a variety of things at all of us; it's the way we handle them and think of them that matters.
On my 30th Birthday I looked back on all of it and thought about how connected all of my "bad" things were to my "good" things. How if certain bad things didn't happen the good things may not have followed. SO in the end I'm thankful for ALL of my life and wouldn't change a thing. Everything led up to the incredible life I have now and the person I have become. I could not be more grateful. <3
June 14th, 2016
"Family Is A Beautiful Thing"
Acrylic & Oil Paint on Canvas
8" x 10" / each
I am absolutely thrilled to share my newest commissioned project "Family Is A Beautiful Thing" with all of you! When Brian first contacted me to paint a family portrait for his wife I was incredibly honoured. He told me how much they both admire my work and how impressed his beautiful wife Deb is every time I post a new completed commissioned piece. This only further fueled my excitement for the project. In the end we decided on five individual 8" x 10" portraits with soft metallic washed backgrounds. I can't explain how fulfilling it was to finish each piece. The entire process took well over two months so I was quite pleased while putting the finishing touches on the last portrait of their son Sean. I recently heard from the happy couple and it seems Deb really loved her surprise! It is so nice to know that five of my artworks will be bringing this family joy for years to come.
June 14th, 2016
Solo Art Exhibition
The Kingston Social
June 1st - 27th 2016
June 3rd 2016
7pm to 10pm
On Friday June 3rd 2016 I opened my Solo Art Exhibition at The Kingston Social in East Toronto/Scarborough. There is absolutely nothing like seeing a gallery filled with my artwork. The night was truly magical thanks to those who came to show their support. A big THANK YOU to Val Peter of Artist Unknown for some of the beautiful photos included in this post as well as the "Artifact" feature coming soon! Filming was a tad nerve racking but also very exciting. I cannot wait to see the final result! On top of this coverage, a couple of beautiful ladies came all the way from Peterborough I believe (how cool is that?). Also two very talented artist friends of mine Alexandria Karakis and Amanda Maccagnan came to show their support. And lastly, the owners of the gallery invited some really lovely friends who were all incredibly kind and supportive. I am so grateful to everyone for making it a night to remember! If you missed the opening stop by the gallery until June 27th 2016! :)
May 31st, 2016
Custom Half Sleeve Tattoo Design
Pen and Pencil on Stonehenge Paper
10" x 13"
Last year an old friend from primary school and secondary school contacted me to create a personal half sleeve tattoo design. He'd been supporting me online for years and wanted me to put together all of his ideas. I was so honoured that he'd want my creation on his body for life ... what's an intense thought! He had an existing tattoo on his arm honouring a friend so I had to incorporate that into the design along with a family motto and a compass. In order to tie everything together I used a background texture he mentioned he liked and included two of his favourite quotes. In the center, also tying all of the personal elements together, is a map of the Netherlands and two sets of numbers. The clients ancestry is partially from that part of the world and the numbers have personal relevance as well. We discussed the project on and off for over a year and after two basic sketches this final design was created using black pen and pencil. I am thrilled with the results and so is my friend! I cannot wait to see what it looks like on his skin! :)
May 10th, 2016
Everything happens for a reason ...
Though I'm definitely feeling better than I was last summer I knew I wouldn't have the energy needed for my usual Outdoor Exhibition schedule. That plus an abundance of commissions and a September wedding to plan meant it absolutely would not happen this summer. I was a bit bummed. It's a ton of work doing outdoor shows but it's so nice to hear people speak about my work in person. Submission deadline after submission deadline passed. I would briefly consider
them and eventually realize, nope, not gonna happen.
But it was all meant to be! Over the past week I've been contacted by multiple different venues offering me FREE Solo Shows in their establishments. So on top of my 2nd Solo Gallery Exhibition (Gallery 50 - November 2016) and my 3rd Solo Gallery Exhibition (Ben Navaee Gallery - March 2017), my ENTIRE SUMMER is booked with two Solo Shows; one at The Kingston Social (ALL OF JUNE) and the other at Living City Health (ALL OF JULY & AUGUST)! I am so excited to fill these awesome venues with my artwork!
Here's the dates to mark down in your calendars ...
1) Solo Exhibition @ The Kingston Social
June 1st - 27th 2016
OPENING Reception - Most Likely Friday June 3rd 2016
2) Solo Exhibition @ Living City Health
July 1st - August 26th 2016
OPENING Reception - July 7th 2016
3) SOLO Gallery Exhibition @ Gallery 50
November 16th - 20th 2016
OPENING Reception - Saturday November 19th 2016
4) SOLO Gallery Exhibition @ Ben Navaee Gallery
March 17th - 23rd 2017
OPENING Reception - Saturday March 18th 2017
May 9th, 2016
Super Wonder Gallery
Portrait & Figurative Show
April 28th to May 2nd 2016
Opening Reception April 29th 2016
I absolutely LOVE the REversion exhibitions at Super Wonder Gallery curated by the very talented Daniel Anaka. The large gallery is a great venue for such an incredible collection of talented portrait and figurative artists. This was my second time taking part and I could not wait to see the inevitable collection of fabulous artworks in person. The Friday night Opening Reception was such a blast and the work was so impressive, just spectacular! To top off an amazing exhibition, on the last day my "Golden Indian Bride" sold. Though I have to wait five weeks for the payment to come in I am over-the-moon thrilled to have sold my most expensive piece yet. This piece was truly one my all-time favourite paintings I've created to date so I am ecstatic that someone would love her as much as I do. I cannot wait to take part in another exhibition at the Super Wonder Gallery.