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Earlier this month, Nathan Swayze and I completed the installation of my “vegetable anatomy” installation at MARKET calgary, an awesome new restaurant on 17th Ave. It was lots of work, but we received a lot of support from McKinley Burkart, Vanessa Salopek (the owner), Yvan Toulouse (the manager), and the whole kitchen staff. The chefs working there were great company and even let us sample some amazing dishes!

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photo credit: @chefbohati

Me and Nathan Swayze, who helped design and install the mural. I couldn’t have done it without his talent, hard work and construction experience. Check out his work here.

market calgary 17th ave local food chef geoff rogers dave bohati top chef canada serena malyon illustration mural vegetable anatomy

market calgary 17th ave local food chef geoff rogers dave bohati top chef canada serena malyon illustration mural vegetable anatomy

market calgary 17th ave local food chef geoff rogers dave bohati top chef canada serena malyon illustration mural vegetable anatomy

market calgary 17th ave local food chef geoff rogers dave bohati top chef canada serena malyon illustration mural vegetable anatomy

market calgary 17th ave local food chef geoff rogers dave bohati top chef canada serena malyon illustration mural vegetable anatomy

The full ceiling mural design, complete with bulkhead wrap.

market calgary 17th ave local food chef geoff rogers dave bohati top chef canada serena malyon illustration mural vegetable anatomy

Wall mural design.

Here’s the part where I gush about how awesome the food is. So apparently the executive chef Geoff Rogers is on this season of Top Chef Canada. From the few dishes I tasted, its no wonder he’s on the show, each dish is beautifully crafted by him and the other wonderful chefs. Not only is the food amazing, but they make pretty much everything IN the restaurant. They make their own cheese, soy sauce, sausage, bread, pop, butcher their own meat, grow their own herbs, etc. etc. And what’s more, its affordable gourmet food! So go check it out and support these guys, they work extremely hard for their craft.

The past few days Nathan Swayze has been helping me install some murals at MARKET, a new restaurant opening on 17th Ave. Working with the interior design firm McKinley Burkart, I designed a couple of murals for this place, all based on the concept of “vegetable anatomy”.

serena malyon illustration art mural MARKET calgary 17th ave vegetable anatomy McKinley Burkart

Painting on the ceiling presents its own challenges, such as trying to keep control of your hand when you’ve been holding it up for 12 hours. Or avoiding rolling off the scaffold when you’re lying on it.

It’s been challenging, but we’ve gotten some great feedback.

serena malyon illustration art mural MARKET Calgary 17th ave McKinley Burkart Nathan Swayze progress vegetable anaomy

One perk of being there late into the night is that we got a chance to meet the Executive Chef Geoff Rogers and the Chef de Cuisine Dave Bohati. They’re two award winning chefs who are really excited about getting to cook affordable, local, gourmet food. The more I hear about MARKET, the more intrigued I become. Check it out on their Facebook, they explain it much better than I do.

Recently I was approached by the interior design firm McKinley Burkart to do a mural for a new restaurant called MARKET. From what I’ve seen the food is going to be amazing, and it’s all locally sourced.

So for the past few weeks I’ve been researching and drawing “vegetable anatomy”. Here’s a little taste:

serena malyon illustration market calgary 17th ave restaurant mural cross section onion seed slice

I’ll write a little more when Nathan and I start painting.

serena malyon illustration art canadian indigenous shorts Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers film festival poster imaginative

This illustration is for a poster for the CSIF’s Canadian Indigenous Shorts event. They’re showing some great independent films, check it out on October 19th at the CSIF.

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So here’s the finished version of this. It’s taken me a few weeks to complete due to other projects I’m working on simultaneously and the detailed nature of the painting. It was pretty interesting to work on, as I don’t often do perspective-heavy works. Anyways, read into it what you will, I’m just glad its finished!

15″x20″

serena malyon illustration art game of thrones a song of ice and fire brandon stark bran dream three eyed crow jaime lannister starks winterfell kings landing the wall jon snow the hound arya westeros sansa ned robert baratheon watercolour

So here’s the goliath painting I’ve been working on for a while now. I recently read A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (which I’m sure everyone knows is amazing), and I found it absolutely inspiring. I’m a fan of the show, but one chapter that was omitted/changed was Bran Stark’s dream. In the book it was described beautifully, and I wanted to try my hand at painting quite an abstract scene. Hardcore book fans will spot everything I left out, I just wanted to capture the essence of the dream.

serena malyon illustration art game of thrones a song of ice and fire brandon stark bran dream three eyed crow jaime lannister starks winterfell kings landing the wall jon snow the hound arya robb stark westeros sansa ned robert baratheon watercolour  serena malyon illustration art game of thrones a song of ice and fire brandon stark bran dream three eyed crow jaime lannister starks winterfell kings landing the wall jon snow the hound arya westeros sansa catelyn ned robert baratheon watercolour  serena malyon illustration art game of thrones a song of ice and fire brandon stark bran dream three eyed crow jaime lannister starks winterfell kings landing the wall jon snow the hound arya westeros sansa ned robert baratheon watercolour sandor clegane

Watercolour and gouache, touched up in Photoshop.

(Contact me if you want a print, its around 15″x27″)


serena malyon illustration art portfolio book cover judith and holofernes the bible delft blue plate domestic woman watercolour pen and ink

Today I got a bit restless and decided to finish a sketch I did last night. Its inspired by the tale of Judith beheading Holofernes (and the dozens and dozens of paintings on the subject). It was fun to work on a personal project, but it’ll be a long time before I attempt to paint another delft plate.

serena malyon illustration art spring summer fall winter ecosystem flora fauna alberta rocky mountain foothills montane

serena malyon illustration art spring summer fall winter ecosystem flora fauna alberta rocky mountain foothills montane

serena malyon illustration art spring summer fall winter ecosystem flora fauna alberta rocky mountain foothills montane

serena malyon illustration art spring summer fall winter ecosystem flora fauna alberta rocky mountain foothills montane

serena malyon illustration art foothills montane ecosystem

This (very large) illustration was done for the Inglewood Bird Santuary. They wanted illustrations to decorate the sides of large planters, to be filled with plants from different zones around Alberta. I was tasked with illustrating the foothills montane region, a region full of life. The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary has a lot of classes that visit, so I wanted to create something eye catching and fun for the kids, something that promotes a love of nature and a healthy lifestyle.


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Some spot illustrations for an article about homemade soup. Some of my most provocative work, I think!

serena malyon illustration art promotional mailer

serena malyon illustration art self promotion mailer

serena malyon illustration art promotional mailer

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