Kelowna woman finds silver lining in pandemic, a hidden talent for painting

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Kelowna woman discovers talent for painting
A Kelowna woman has found her silver lining in the pandemic, a hidden talent she never expressed before. Looking for a hobby, she tried her hand at painting and now she is ready to share her work with the world. – Mar 21, 2021

For Sharadie Macdonald, each brushstroke is a discovery.

When the lockdowns began, Macdonald turned to the canvas in hopes of taking up a new hobby. What she found was a hidden talent for creating abstract works of art.

“I was really sad, and feeling really isolated,” said Macdonald.

“I was feeling like I needed some outlet for the emotions I was feeling and just kind of all happened once I picked up a brush everything just felt natural.”

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Now all she has to do is follow her intuition and pull out her paints.

“I start with my colours,” said Macdonald. “I pick out the colours that I want and then I kind of just go for it.”

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Now she creates abstract artwork with skillfully placed layers and textures.

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“I just put on some classic rock and start at 12 in the afternoon and then all of the sudden realize its 2:30 in the morning and realize I painted the day away,” said MacDonald.

“When I started [painting], I ended up pulling all the paintings that I had bought off all my walls and then I just painted them and put them back up on the walls.”

The pandemic pastime is now a new career path for Macdonald as she is working on a website to showcase and sell her pieces. In the meantime, she is using her Facebook profile.

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