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Inspiration - A World Away

June 27th, 2022

Inspiration - A World Away

Greece - what a trip!

I recently returned from a 2 week trip to Greece...specifically the island of Limnos (Lemnos). More specifically Lychna, a small village with a population of 110 (the same as a small condo). The villages on the island of Limnos are very old and some remnants of ancient structures still exist. They have uncovered structures that date back to the Archaic period, which is the end of the 6th century BC!

The Limnos hillsides are dotted with grazing sheep and every morning we woke at 5 am, to the sounds of roosters, donkeys, sheep, and dogs, all in complete harmony. It was incredible.

My main reason for travelling to Greece was to support my awesome sister, who was visiting her late husband's family home for the first time after he passed away. They had completed a major renovation, after the earthquake in 2014 had left theirs and many villages on the island, with extensive damage and their ancestral home, unlivable. It was a huge task, with lots of loose ends to tie and finishing touches to tend to in the house. But what an amazing job they did! The reno is complete and ready for visitors! Not only is the house quaint and beautiful, the village is made up of great neighbours and one of the best restaurants on the island. Needless to say, we ate and drank like royalty.

Limnos had some of the most amazing vistas in the world (I may be bias). But really, it was one of the most inspiring trips I've taken to-date.

So, you may have already guessed that for the next little while, you'll be seeing my paintings reflect the beauty of this quaint and inspiring island of Limnos. I hope you enjoy!!

Have a wonderful, safe and adventurous summer!

:)

Sheila

painting - St. Peter's Chapel, Moudros, in watercolour

WTH is NFT

April 5th, 2022

WTH is NFT

Are we entering an age of digital art? Or have we already been there for the last few years, and I'm just late to the party? Is it a passing fad, or here to stay? Will digital art replace traditional art or will we always have both? They said the telephone was a passing fad and look at how telephones became commonplace (and continue to develop over time), as well as the radio....and the list goes on.

I've been doing a little digging trying to understand, because if NFTs are here to stay, I'm definitely jump-ing and building my wings on the way down. As an artist, wanting to find new and exciting ways to reach audiences and collectors around the world, I see it as an important part of the mix of platforms, which include both online and brick-and-mortar galleries.

So, you may already know about NFTs, which are "non-fungible tokens". When you start to learn about this type of marketplace, it's a language all it's own (I'm certain it's meant to confuse the rest of the world). You buy assets with Ether, using a Metamask, stored in a Blockchain and you pay from your wallet (now there's a word I understand)...they have a different word for everything!! lol

As overwhelming as it may appear, I will, however, be working to utilize this platform in the near future, because I believe it's part the future.

What do you think????
Are you already using this platform and do you have any advise for us newbies?

Sheila

What Next?

February 23rd, 2022

What Next?

Hello beautiful blog readers! We're into February, and the days are getting longer!

It's the small pleasures that keep us hopeful and moving forward.
A much bigger pleasure....we can actually say that we're on the flip side of Covid and start looking forward to making plans for spring and summer!!! I'm itching to walk into anywhere without a mask. Simple pleasures.
The last many months have been a combination of chasing my tail and chomping at the bit due to all the cancelations, and isolation. Plugging along but with the sense that it's all happening inside a bubble. Planning, but uncertain if these plans will come to fruition. Fingers crossed.
As a bonus for me (and I know I'm not alone in this, because I see your IG posts lol), there's been a deeper connection with nature and a desire to capture this in my art. In many ways, the life we've been experiencing goes against our natural rhythms and instincts and has held us back from being connected with our communities. BUT....has brought us back to a deeper part of our nature, which is nature itself.
We're going to get back to what we had! Or will we all go forward having changed things with a promise of something different/better?
Please send me your thoughts - I'm always happy to hear from you.

Sheila

Coming to Shore

January 2nd, 2022

Coming to Shore

Happy 2022 beautiful blog readers!

"you are the river and I am the shore" a line from one of my favourite songs by Loggins and Messina - I date myself ;)

So symbolic to me at this time as we've all been somewhat adrift for so long, but now we're coming back. Back to the people and things we enjoy. That list of most treasured things has changed (become shorter) for me. Have you reassessed priorities? Changed your direction? Maybe where you live? Many of these things in my life have changed and I love to say, it's been an invaluable and exciting adventure in many ways. Sure, I'm a little scared of what this year will look like, but I've always said (my daughter will attest)...don't let fear stop you.
This painting represents the "coming to shore" as we collectively, cautiously and gently embrace our faithful shores.... "winding and swirling and dancing along...."

Christmas Greetings

December 15th, 2021

Christmas Greetings

From my family to yours, wishing you a warm and joyful Holiday Season, with lots of hugs, chatter, tears, laughs and delicious food (ie. chocolate, wine, chocolate BTW - wine and chocolate are delicious together ;) )

I hope 2022 will kick 2021's ass and boldly take back everything we've lost, and that you get caught up in the knockdown.

BTW - Our art exhibit that was cancelled in May of 2020, is now being prepared for May 2022 - IN PERSON. Please watch for more info to come.

Thank you so, so much for all of your loves and I hope you continue to enjoy my journal of inspiration.


Have a very Merry Christmas and a Bold & Happy New Year!!! πŸŽ„πŸ’–

Putting FUN in Fundraising

November 1st, 2021

Putting FUN in Fundraising

Art is fun! Supporting the local arts and donating money for an incredible cause helps to lift our spirits and hearts. Food Banks Canada has been doing amazing work for the growing number of people who have found themselves in need of their service during the pandemic. I hope 2022 will be better for everyone, but until then my goal is to help make a difference during the Holiday Season and invite you to join me.

Throughout the month of November, I'll be creating a unique series of floral paintings and taking up the challenge of a painting-a-day for 30 days. Each painting is a 6" x 8" ink and watercolour and will be ready to frame (standard size). I'll be providing a Certificate of Authenticity for each painting.

Price per painting is $75.
***includes HST and shipping within Canada
***$25. from the sale of each painting will be donated to Food Banks Canada
You don't have to buy a painting to make a difference - make a donation directly to FBC, or share my daily posts with your friends. This is an awesome gift idea and can arrive in time for Christmas. ***another great option if you'd like to
purchase as a gift , I'll ship directly to them and include a personalized notecard.
DM me for more info

Follow me on Instagram @sheilaromard to see daily posts and leave me your welcomed comments!

Mothers Inspire

May 7th, 2021

Mothers Inspire

Hello beautiful blog readers!
This is the weekend - Mother's Day is here!
My circle of support is small and it's always been that way. In the centre of that circle has always been my mom. She is a joyful, loving and supportive woman of 6 amazing children (yes, that includes yours truly). We all have a passion for living and we all keep things close to home. Family is everything. I look at my daughter and see that I have been able to raise her with these same values. I watch her as she takes steps into adulthood (although will always be my baby ;)) and I'm so proud to see she has the same sense of family and keeps things close to home.
All the change we want to happen in the world, begins at home.
To my mom and all the moms - Happy Mother's Day πŸ’–πŸŒΉ

Hakuna Matata

March 13th, 2021

Hakuna Matata

Hello lovely blog readers!
You'd likely agree that "Hakuna Matata" is NOT the general sentiment reflected in 2020/2021. Too much loss, worry, fear. However, desperation can often crack open a light to reveal new possibilities and ways to reinvent ourselves. I feel grateful to have had the time and space to explore and grow as an artist. It's been incredibly inspiring to witness those who have immersed themselves into what brings some joy and follow their dreams. In that, there really is a sense of NO WORRIES.
I see it in this way....if we can make it through a pandemic, fear of creating art seems quite insignificant, and surmountable.. Wouldn't you agree?

GO BRAVE!


Watching the River Run

March 1st, 2021

Watching the River Run

Hello beautiful blog readers!

I was recently listening to one of my favourite musical duos - Loggins and Messina (am I dating myself??) and specifically the song "Watching the River Run". The lyrics really resonate with me and maybe you can also relate, especially during this time of isolation. They sing "when we're together, than you've got a lot, 'cause I am the river and you are the shore". So beautiful! I thought of all the challenges we face and how we're all "winding and swirling and dancing around", but still connected to the shore or those we love, on our collective journey forward. Following our passions while taking notice when we "pass by the old willow tree". Maybe another way of saying "smell the roses along the way".

Happy March! Stay well πŸ’–πŸŒΉ

Art in Isolation

January 26th, 2021

Art in Isolation

Happy New Year!
(I think that sentiment is good 'til the end of January, so I'm just under the wire :) )
Reflecting over the last year, most of which we've been in some form of isolation or another, I've come to like hanging out with me. My hair colour has grown in completely natural and I like it. I've kept my sense of humour (many would beg to differ). And I've created so much more than ever before. My family make me happy and knowing we've all taken care to stay safe gives me hope that we'll experience so much joy, when we can all be together without fear.
Now more than ever I also find myself thinking about people who are trapped at "home" without any sort of outlet, maybe without a loved one or friends. Those in abusive relationships. How helpless they must feel. My heart goes out to you and the piece shown here is representative of those reflections.

Stay well and DANCE (Motown is my personal fave and Earth Wind & Fire, which are their own genre) πŸŽΆπŸ’•πŸŽΆ

 

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