Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Beauty Is Varied ~ Solo Art Exhibition: Closing Reception Party


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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
Gallery 50
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!

SEE THE FULL ALBUM ON FACEBOOK - HERE


Want to see my blog post about the Installation Day? HERE

Want to see my blog post about the Opening Day? HERE




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I could not ask for more supportive parents! I love them so much!

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My poster on the very popular Queen Street West!

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My muse Marie-Claude Bedard alongside my "Cheeky Beauties" painting of her!

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A lovely little crowd. :)

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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!

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Myself with the gorgeous sisters, my muses, Danielle St Laurent (AKA Severin Stargher) and Janique St Laurent.

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Janique St Laurent and I next to my piece "The 20s Reborn" inspired by her beauty.

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I was SO happy to have the support of my friend and fellow artist Nadia Gurkova.

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So lovely to see Raymond again! He's been a fan of my work since my first Solo Show!

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Danielle St Laurent alongside my piece "True Beauty" inspired by her stunning beauty.

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One of my favourite photos of the evening, Myself with my lovely fan Emma. This piece was her favourite of the bunch. :)

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I always greatly appreciate the support of these two AMAZING people; Carlos Sa Rodrigues and Tanzina Amin, the owners of Artusiasm Gallery.

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My hunny Darren talking with Danielle St Laurent's hunny Stu Edwards.

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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. :)

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The absolutely stunning Alyestal and I next to my piece "Cheeky Beauties" 'Silly Goose' inspired by her quirky side!

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Alyestal alongside my portrait of her. She is an AMAZING poet! Check her out online.

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My family .... where would I be without them?

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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!

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Sign the guest book, please! Haha :)

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Yummy snacks and drinks (of which I could not consume, but I do hope others enjoyed it!).











Thursday, April 20, 2017

Beauty Is Varied ~ Solo Art Exhibition: Opening Day


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"Beauty Is Varied"
Malinda Prud'homme's Solo Exhibition
Gallery 50
Art & Design District, Toronto
November 16-20 2016
Opening Day: Nov 16th 2016, 1PM-5PM



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


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My piece "Mongolian Beauty" still in progress!

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A decal of my name on a Toronto Art & Design District Gallery! Pinch me. I must be dreaming!

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Beauty Is Varied ~ Solo Art Exhibition: Installation Day


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"Beauty Is Varied"
Malinda Prud'homme's Solo Exhibition
Gallery 50
Art & Design District, Toronto
November 16-20 2016
Installation Day: Nov 15th 2016



I woke up that morning filled with beans! I could not wait to see all of my work up in Gallery 50 off Queen West in the Art & Design District of Toronto! I've lived and worked in the area for the past seven years but because it's a "hot" area for the arts it took me a little while to work myself into the community as a professional artist. In my eyes, this show was a real feat for me and I planned to celebrate it with new artwork and a party! But first, the not so fun task of setting up. After packing up all of my artwork, my incredibly helpful, kind, and talented prot├Ęge Danielle and I walked it all over to the gallery and spent the afternoon installing it. Gallery 50 is truly a beautiful space and I was very thrilled with the end result of my show. :) 

Stay tuned for blog posts about the Opening Day/Live Painting as well as the Closing Reception Party! 

Continue scrolling to see photos of the exhibition during the installation day. :) 

See the full album on Facebook - HERE


Want to see my blog post about the Opening Day? HERE

Want to see my blog post about the Closing Reception Party? HERE


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Standing outside this wicked window looking into my exhibit ... wow ... crazy what a small city Sudbury gal can achieve!

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Two beautiful sisters next to each other. It is such an honour to be able to capture the beauty of these women. 

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One of my NEW pieces created specially for this exhibition entitled "The 20s Reborn"! Stay tuned for an official post coming soon.

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Super excited about these two NEW portraits that were also created specially for this exhibition. They are entitled "Cheeky Beauties" 'Old Soul' and 'Silly Goose' and are meant to celebrate the quirky sides of female beauty. An official post will be coming soon! 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Something Simple Has Helped My Disease: Apple Cider Vinegar W/ The Mother


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I've been sick for quite a few years now. It started about 4 years ago, or at least that's when it was becoming unbearable and my doctor could no longer chalk it up to bad posture or a physically challenging career, but I wasn't very vocal about it until about a year ago when I FINALLY received a diagnosis. I didn't want to burden anyone with my negativity, and for me the "unknown" was too terrifying for "think positive" to work, especially after so many years. As soon as I got my answer my whole life began to shift and I've been slowly getting back to myself ever since. Like I said, it's been about a year now that I've known I have a rare-ish Autoimmune Disease called Axial Spondyloarthropathy. Basically, my body is attacking itself, just like any other autoimmune disease, but the attack in my case is being focused heavily on my hips and spine and I already have permanent damage that isn't usual for my age. It's also attacking my digestive system, my lungs, my skull, and likely other spots, only time will tell. The thing is, "it is what it is". I know that gets overused a lot but in this case it's the truth. I can only take care of myself to the best of my ability and then the rest is out of my hands. Does this run in my family? Everyone asks. No. I could sit and think of all the reasons why; the air, the food, the chemicals, the pollution, and on, and on, and on ... but it won't serve me in a positive way so I just don't. It is what it is. 

The hardest challenge for me was trying to cope and keep up with my work as an artist. Some may not realize that painting highly detailed work is incredibly hard on your neck, spine, and shoulders. I certainly don't blame my doctor for thinking that was the issue because it is common for artists to be stiff and sore. So just imagine throwing my bone/inflammatory disease into the mix. It's insane. I have experienced pain that made me want to curl up into a ball and cease to exist. It sounds dramatic because it is. I love life and I am truly blessed but sometimes certain amounts of pain can just push you beyond your mental limits. But I digress, because you know what, I have "OK" days too. And lately I've been having "I feel like a normal sore person" days and that's beyond exciting! How did this improvement happen? 

I do a lot of things to maintain my disease as best I can. It's not as simple as drinking apple cider vinegar. 

~ I Stretch CONSTANTLY. People always said "do yoga", and I get it, but I needed certain specific stretches for my body, and now that I've found the most effective ones, I've got a great routine going and it works for me. I love my stretches so much, and I truly believe they would help any artist or person with a similar affliction to mine, I plan to someday make a video to share them with everyone. 

~ I also cut many things out of my Diet and that had a tremendous effect. These foods are not poison to everyone. If you're not sick and it somehow offends you that I can't eat things; check yourself. Some people CAN'T eat the things you can. If you suffer and you want to try cutting some things out of your diet I suggest: 1. Dairy 2. Refined Sugar 3. Wheat 4. Eggs 5. Citrus Fruit 6. All Starch. Start with just one at a time, at least two week intervals, and see for yourself what things make you inflamed or give you digestive issues and sinus issues. Dairy absolutely is poison for me. The others I can tolerate (not be instantly sick) but only in small amounts and at spread out intervals. 

~ Another part of my regime is Acupuncture and Chiropractics. When I first started going I could barely rotate my neck or hips. I was stuck. My bones very rarely adjusted at all until I started doing Acupuncture before my Chiro adjustments. I really believe Acu allowed the Chiro to actually work. It's been almost two years and many of my bones crack on their own or when I stretch. It's not all that's needed but man it feels so good. I can pretty much fully rotate my head from side to side now which is amazing. I used to have a hard time bathing myself .... now I can kneel down and paint in all sorts of positions. It's amazing. :) 

~  A VERY important thing I did was see a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I feel absolutely no shame at all when I say I needed help coping with my new life with this disease. This was the second time a therapist would change my life for the better. I won't rant too much about mental health but I will say that if you have a physical disease your thoughts and feelings will impact that disease intensely. It's common knowledge, or at least it should be, that the mind effects the body and likewise. So if you believe you're struggling with anything at all mentally you should consider talking to a professional and work through anything you've got weighing on you. It's fueling your physical disease. I am by no means saying if you fix your mental struggles you'll be cured. All I'm saying is that relieving your mind of things that don't serve you will help you better cope with your physical disease and may even lessen the severity of some of your symptoms ... maybe even take some away! For example, I have lung issues and digestive issues which are part of my disease. When I'm stressed or depressed those issues are magnified. When I'm feeling content I rarely notice those symptoms. I only ask that you consider it because if you give it all you've got it could change your life forever. 

~ All of these four things greatly improved my life and my condition but I was still in a terrible amount of pain and was filled with inflammation. I reached out to my sister who is more into science and medicine than me and she sent me this ARTICLE about a woman who was treating her disease, the same as mine, with Apple Cider Vinegar

"It seems vinegar was suggested by Margaret Hills, back in the 1950s, in her book about inflammatory arthritis. From her nursing training, she understood that inflammation is a build up of acid. It’s the acid that gradually damages our joints if we don’t get rid of the inflammation. She also knew that when you consume [apple cider] vinegar, it becomes alkaline in the body. So her theory was that the alkaline vinegar would neutralize the acidic inflammation. Lots of people with all kinds of inflammatory arthritis have found relief this way, thanks to her book on the topic."

It seems too good to be true ... but It Freaking Works, guys! I'm not a doctor or a scientist but I can say without a doubt that it really works for me. I started with the Reinhart's doing 2 table spoons in a cup of room temp water 4-6 times a day until that bottle was gone. Then I purchased the Bragg brand as I'd heard it was created for medical reasons. Before I was done this bottle I was down to 1 table spoon in room temp water 3-4 times a day and I was feeling much less pain. I will warn that although some people experience relief within days, it took me about 3-4 weeks. So be patient. After not much time at all, a few days maybe, I did notice that my digestive system was working properly again and I felt much less bloated and irregular. I should also mention that I sip it through a straw so that my teeth don't get damaged or stained. It's worth a try just for the digestive benefits alone! I've also tried the Omega Nutrition brand and it seemed to have similar effects but was much more sour and a little harder on my stomach. My preferred brand is Bragg and I will attest to the fact that "with the Mother" is a very important quality. I notice much more pain relief when the vinegar comes "with the Mother". I was determined to feel better so I started with a large amount. If you're feeling unsure try starting small and working your way up to a dose that keeps you at a tolerable amount of pain. 

When I first started feeling the effects of the Apple Cider Vinegar I wanted to shout it from the rooftop but I told myself I better wait to be SURE of it's personal benefits to me and my disease. It's been SIX MONTHS and the pain relief is even more effective than ever before. Am I pain free? No, never. I still feel pain. Some days I still feel a lot of pain. I still have week long or sometimes two week long episodes but they are few and far between now. On average, when all six months are weighed in the balance, I have much much less pain and that's worth celebrating. Before November, when I started using the Apple Cider Vinegar, I literally could not remember what it was like to live a day without major pain. Now I feel I have days when I'm just a normal person with a sore back or shoulders from working hard. People who don't suffer may not understand, but that's seriously amazing to me. 

If you have an arthritic or inflammatory disease you may want to consider the idea. If you do happen to give it a try, or have tried it in the past, feel free to comment and let me know how it goes/went! I wish you all nothing but good health, happiness, success, and love in your life. :)






Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Introducing Our Furbaby Boy TYRION! :D


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Darren and I are very excited to introduce our new #Furbaby boy, TYRION!

This sweet little #Cat stole Darren's heart when he went to pick up some food for our big ball-of-love Maverick this past Sunday. He texted me first with a picture of his name thinking it was adorable! If you don't know, Tyrion Lanister is a dwarf with an incredible wit and personality from the novel/TV series "Game of Thrones". It just happens to be one of Darren and I's favourites ... and Tyrion just happens to be one of our favourite characters. After receiving the text I felt I could picture him and almost had a feeling "he's ours". I asked Darren for a picture of him and bam, he was exactly the cat I had imagined. Perfect little fluff bean! I immediately went to the store to meet him and, after seeing how talkative and cuddly and playful and sweet he was, we quickly returned home to apply for our interview. They told us many people loved Tyrion and were considering him for their family so we were a bit on edge. The Toronto Cat Rescue called us within hours and after a lovely and cheerful interview we were given the go-ahead to pick up our sweet baby boy.

Here's what we know about Tyrion. He was rescued from a hoarding situation so we are hopeful he will grow to love Maverick. Because he had to fight for food his whole life, he is very teeny tiny. When he was originally seized they thought he was only 1 because he is so small ... little bird bones (sad but so cute too) ... but after the vet neutered him he figured he is more like 3 years old. Our big boy Maverick is about 8 years old, so Tyrion will be the new baby of the house.

We bathed him when we brought him home, you can see him drying in the picture, but usually his fur is very fluffy (he's a long haired domestic) and disheveled looking which is so adorable. He's smart, but such a goof when he plays. I think his most charming characteristic is his "singing" or "chit chatting" he does non-stop. A very talkative and cuddly little boy.

Tyrion's been with us for 2 days so far and we've already made great strides when it comes to his and Mavericks relationship. Maverick is a big time doufy douf so he just wanted to be friends and play right away. Tyrion was very nervous and there was definitely hissing and "twacking". Maverick's expression was sad but hilarious too. "Parents, why doesn't it like me? Doesn't it see I just want to play? I'm being so gentle and submissive." LOL Maverick is a very good boy. He shows his dominance sometimes by using his size to corner Tyrion. But he just keeps eye contact, he doesn't do anything physical. It's a conversation they're having with their eyes and it seems very intense but we are seeing improvements fast. We keep Tyrion in the bathroom at night for now (so they both feel safe and have a good rest) and Maverick will "sing the song of his people" to him starting at 5am or so. Eventually Tyrion began talking back and it seemed like a good happy conversation. Yesterday was a bit hit-and-miss but this morning they played together and ate together and seem to be doing really well. They are currently both sleeping on the couch beside me, Tyrion on the seat and Maverick on the head rest. Super super cute and such a relief to see.

We're very happy and excited to grow our family! I've been feeling a bit better lately, hopefully it lasts, but this is definitely a good time to introduce a new life into our home. We love him so much already and we know that love will only continue to grow as we get to know him better. Here's hoping Maverick will love him too!




Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Indian Portrait TIME Breakdown!


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Hey Folks! Sometimes it’s hard to grasp how much TIME goes into an #Artwork just by looking at it. I thought it might be interesting to break down my latest #IndianBride #Portrait #Painting. For me, time is based on size, but more importantly, amount of detail. Every artist has a different style and method so times, and therefore prices, can vary greatly from person to person. This is just a taste of what I’ve got going on. :)

I would consider this piece to be an easier LESS TIME consuming #Indian #Bride portrait and here’s why:
1) It’s only 8” x 10”
2)The eyes are closed
3)The mouth is closed
4)Very little hair is showing (hair is super time consuming)
5)Very little blending needed on clothing

TIMELINE:
- Drawing - 3hrs
- Acrylic layers (Background, clothing, beginning of metallics) - 8hrs
- Finish acrylic metallics - 3hrs
- First layer on flesh tones (oil paint begins) - 1hr
- Second layer on flesh tones - 3hrs
- Creating gold oil paint - 1hr
- Outlining veil, starting the hair, starting outline of matha patti and tikka (head jewelry) - 8hrs
- Finish outlining matha patti and tikka, eyebrows, start eyes, continue hair - 10hrs
- Complete most of the eyes - 8hrs
- Finish eyes, nose, nath (nose ring), shoulder, and left earring - 10hrs
- Finish lips, right earring, necklace, and veil - 8hrs
- Detail on veil and clothing, sorting and placing gems, start gem adhering - 8hrs
- Finish adhering the gems - 8hrs
- Paint the sides of the canvas - 1hr
TOTAL = 80 HOURS

Keeping in mind that these times only reflect the work physically done on the piece and not the many hours that go into sharing progress photos, promoting the piece, photographing the piece and editing the photos, posting listings, posting it on my website, creating a blog post, and on and on. :)

Is this what you were expecting? Does it shock anyone? Does this help better grasp why my prices still need to go up? I’d love to know if anyone found this interesting or insightful. :)



Monday, January 09, 2017

DIY Art Print Painting!


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We decided to make our wedding a little different and instead of the usual flowers and arch, we decorated with our most precious belongings and roman columns to represent our love for travel (some of our favourite places being Italy and Greece). We had items that represented pretty much all of the things we love together except our cozy little home in Toronto with a view we absolutely adore. So I decided to make a little half art print / half painting of our view to include on one of our wedding ceremony columns. I could have painted it from scratch but I was really pressed for time so I thought I'd try a print technique I learned long ago but had never attempted. :)

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1) Print out your to-scale picture using regular printer paper. Make sure your printer is set to "Best".
2) It's best if you make your image slightly larger than the canvas size so it isn't as hard to get in the right place. Once your picture is printed DO NOT trim the whites off. 
3) Apply a healthy portion of Gel Medium all over the canvas as evenly as possible. I used a big brush to apply mine. 
4) Now place the image on the canvas. Starting from the middle, press firmly all along the picture, making sure there are no air bubbles or folds. Also try not to move the picture around. 
5) Allow to dry overnight.
6) Make sure the gel medium is fully dry. Rip the excess paper off and peel whatever comes off without picking. 
7) Using soaking wet paper towels, drench the paper and rub it off gently. 
8) Once it's all off let it dry completely and you may notice some more paper spots. Wet and remove again.
9) Some people are truly skilled at this and have a perfect print of their picture at this point. I'm not that good so the image was pretty wrecked. BUT I could still make out the basics.
10) I took acrylic paint and matched the colours and details where I could make them out and covered the entire canvas. 

Why not give it a try with your favourite pictures? :D 

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Pieces Of Our Journey ~ A Couple's Painting


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"Pieces Of Our Journey"
August 2016
Mixed Media on Canvas
36" x 48"


When Darren Edward and I first moved in together back in 2010 life was pretty blissful. Even though Darren didn't have much experience with art previous to our relationship, we would often find ourselves making small pieces just for fun. But we had yet to create something together! I had made this large scale canvas for a client but it was obvious to me that it wouldn't stand the test of time. That being the case, Darren and I decided to create something on it instead. We started off with a fun flowing "do whatever comes to mind" type abstract using acrylic paints. Then we drew on the patterns and the window. These have special meaning to us because we used photos from our travels as references. The complicated pattern was inspired by a design decal that was in our hotel room in Istanbul. We were in awe of the intricate beauty in Turkey. The less detailed pattern was inspired by some gorgeous floor tiles we admired in the Vatican City. Still to this day Italy is one of our favourite places to travel and we'll likely be going there for our honeymoon this spring. Lastly, the window is inspired by a stunning window on the Dublin Castle. Dublin was the first place we traveled together and it really solidified to us that we were the perfect travel partners. The unfinished piece hung in our room for many years and, as predicted, it warped atrociously. With our wedding coming up we decided to re-stretch it onto a solid frame and complete it so that it could be the center piece of our tent. We filled in the patterns with acrylic markers, I built up the crackle paste side frames and painted them a vintage gold. And lastly, I filled in the beautiful window with thin layers of acrylic washes and acrylic markers. It was done just in the nick of time and looked gorgeous up at our wedding. To make the piece even more special we decided to sign and date it right after our wedding ceremony. It now sits above our bed in our cozy little dungeon and we'll surely treasure it for the rest of our lives. :) 


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