Embrace the Autumn Season with Golden Moments

golden moments woodland scene oil painting
Golden Moments Oil Painting in a Room Setting for illustrative purposes

Embracing the Autumn Season with golden moments

The weather is turning, the temperature is getting colder, leaves are sailing through the sky until the wind lets them fall to the ground. We see the countryside awash with colour of golden hues. Strolling through the woodlands, we watch the children kick the dried-out leaves into oblivion.

Schools are re-opening and there is a sense of relief as a normality unravels in these times of uncertainty.

Shhhh! Don’t mention the dreaded “C” word.

There is also a feeling of melancholy as the days get shorter. Autumn days, golden sunsets, golden moments all leave behind a haunting beauty in our minds.

Winter is an etching

Spring a watercolour

Summer an oil painting

and autumn a mosaic of them all!

Edgar Alan Poe

How do you feel about the seasons?

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Can you feel the Heat! – Scorching Embers

Scorching embers abstract oil painting
Scorching Embers 10 x 8 inches oil on canvas
scorching embers abstract oil painting in room setting
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scorching embers abstract oil painting in bespoke white frame
See how this painting is framed – scorching embers in white bespoke frame

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Experience the Wild Atlantic Way in your home – Atlantic Call

Atlantic Call in room view setting
Atlantic Call 150 x 120 cms – Oil on Canvas

In this time of staycations, this is the perfect image for your walls.

If you can’t be there, you can certainly dream of being there. The wild Atlantic way, Ireland’s spectacular coastlines – the home of inspiration and discovery.

Let your mind drift to walking the water’s edge

Feel the wind on your face

Taste the salt in the air, and

Listen to the rhythm of the waves

Atlantic Call 150 x 120 cms large oil painting on canvas
Atlantic Call 150 x 120 cms – Oil on canvas

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Being a FutureShaper – Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

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Following the completion of a course in:

Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

I was pleased to be invited by Aideen Glass  who is the Marketing & Communications Manager (Interim)

Tangent | Trinity’s Ideas Workspace

to participate in a social media campaign to meet the  #futureshapers series.

The story so far:

I started the course in January of this year and it was good to be a student again. I was to delve into interesting subjects like Critical Thinking and Growth Mindsets, Journey Mapping and lots more. In no time at all, Covid 19 had struck and Trinity College dealt swiftly with getting the course up online. As a result, no time was lost in proceeding with the learning discovery.

It was such an enjoyable experience to meet other creatives from actors; writers; potters; photographers; story-tellers; designers, artists like myself and the list went on. What an inspiring bunch of people, thrown together, unleashing their creativity. Coming up with all kinds of great ideas through project collaborations and workshops.

I believe, when in challenging times, real determination and resilience emerges. People look for creative ways to make things work. We communicated through the college system Blackboard, regular Zoom meetings, WhatsApp messages / calls – every communication method available was explored. We managed to have fun too, along the way.

The tutors were generous with their time and efforts in delivering such a fun way of learning. Each tutor had great contributions to make in their specialised fields of knowledge. Special thanks go out to Karl Thomas PhD and Gillian Roddie and many more.

Here is a link to the conversation

This course is highly recommended. As Peter Drucker, Management Consultant, Educator and Author says:

“The best way to predict your future, is to create it”

This course can be a life changing experience, that is, if you allow it to be – open your mind to the possibilities, have fun and let your creativity flow.

So, let the fun begin continue!

Surviving Art, Study & Covid-19

As Covid-19 takes a strong grip on our lives and alters our world forever, it is so timely that I am studying a Post-Graduate course in Trinity College. This is something to get my teeth into and divert my mind away from the dreaded ” C “word.

Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

The course is aimed at graduates in creative and cultural fields. It will equip them with relevant skills and knowledge for self-employment. It is also intended to pioneer innovation and enterprise for the organisations in which they work.

The Learning Curve

The course began back in January and we set about exploring all kinds of interesting areas of Innovation & Creativity – Critical Thinking, Growth Mindsets and the list goes on ….

Before we knew it, the threat of Covid-19 loomed. In response, the college very quickly re-adjusted and re-organized the course. We could now pursue it online. It was strange to no longer have the need to race into town getting to college on time. I missed hanging out with a great bunch of creative people, collaborating and exchanging viewpoints.

Part of the course involved breakaway groups identifying entrepreneurial opportunities. We were tasked with coming up with an idea and the formation of a company to reflect the learning to date. This meant writing up an essay and pitching the idea to an audience.

Student Entrepreneur Awards 2020

Our group went on to create a not-for-profit recruitment agency – Críonna. This would take the shape of a holistic, community centred approach to the employment services industry. Making a positive contribution to helping older people living in rural Ireland find employment. Furthermore, it would offer employers access to staff with emotional intelligence along with many other skills.

Student Entrepreneur Awards – Turning Ideas into Business

Student Entrepreneur Awards 2020 Cert of Recognition Donna McGee

We did the assignment and made the pitch. Nervous tension filled the room as the adjudicators, tutors and students listened in.

We got great feedback and went on to enter the Student Entrepreneur Awards.

While our idea did not progress any further for now, we were absolutely delighted to receive a Certificate of Recognition for our involvement in the Student Entrepreneur Awards 2020 – Trinity College.

We have already started the next module and it truly is great to be a student again. It is such a shame that we have to work from home instead of attending college. Closure of all schools and colleges was imposed because of the need for social distancing.

I am looking forward to the rest of the course. I will take great pleasure applying the skills that I am learning to improve and grow my artistic practice.

As the seanfhocail says, “Tús maith leath na h-oibre! (a good start is half the work)

I will then have to get back to producing great original artwork creating style and ambience for your home or office.

Thank you to all the great tutors in Trinity College for guiding us along the way and making this course so enjoyable.

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Happy and Safe Easter to All

This seascape painting – The World at Peace – is a reflective painting. Take a walk along the waters edge and breathe in that salty sea breeze!

World at Peace, calm view of evening beach, rolling waves Virtual escape from Covid-19 walk the waters edge and breathe the salty sea air
World at Peace 20 x 30 inches Oil on Canvas

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Easter at this strange and unusual time of Covid-19 across the world.

World at Peace - Oil painting of calm seascape in a room setting Blog Post Happy and Safe Easter to all 12Apr20

It is so lovely when the nation pulls together and shows solidarity in such testing times. We adapt to new situations laid down by our leaders and follow the guidelines laid down by The HSE all to keep us safe.

– wash your hands, regularly.

– observe social distancing by staying 2 m apart

– follow the social etiquette when coughing and sneezing.

– stay home or within a 2 km radius from home

– show consideration and respect to those around you.

There have been many expressions of solidarity – honouring our heroes and those in the front line. We meet with neighbours while observing social distance and light candles in windows and applaud on the street as a show of support.

Parcels are quietly left at doorsteps for those who are cocooning from the virus.

We walk around our locality trying to keep up some level of fitness, always mindful of the 2 km radius that has been imposed upon us. We greet the people we meet along the way – a smile, a wave, an acknowledgement – we are all in this together.

Standing in line at the supermarket – the ground marked with 2 m distance signs. Some take advantage of the time to have a chat while in the queue, some wearing masks and gloves!

So many re-assuring, inspiring, oftentimes hilarious messages across social media keeping us all united in this strange and eerie World of Covid-19.

One of the more poignant messages for me from DigitalPhablet encapsulated it all with 15 random observations learned during Covid 19

1. China won the War 3 without firing a missile

2. Europeans are not educated as they appear (concerned more so with their own nationality rather than European unity)

3. Rich people are no less immune than the poor

4. No priest, Pandit, Utadh or Astrologer could save any patient

5. Health professionals worth more than a football legend

6. Oil is worthless in the society without consumption

7. Animals most likely feel the same in the zoo, as we do while being quarantined

8. The planet regenerates quickly without human interference

9. The majority of people can easily work from home

10. Everyone can survive without junk food

11. Living a hygienic life is not difficult

12. Men can cook too

13. Media is full of nonsense

14. Actors are just entertainers, they’re not heroes

15. Life is so fragile, handle with care!

Another day passes, more statistics revealing the number of cases infected, the number of those who sadly didn’t make it. There is always hope that this virus, this great leveller in society will finally abate.

We are humbled by those in the front line – putting their own lives at risk while taking care of us so well. We recognise, respect and honour those leading our country through these testing times – they have proved so worthy – they are an inspiration to us all – thank you!

It is a time to reflect.

Together, we will get through this! Meanwhile take a virtual tour of that beach and escape this quarantine for just a wee while.

Happy and safe Easter to all.

Home Improvement Show, Kilkenny

Home Improvement Show Notice in The Hub Kilkenny 7th and 8th March where Donna McGee will take a stand D1 to exhibit her paintings

Looking forward to exhibiting my paintings at The Home Improvement Show, Kilkenny 7th-8th March 2020

I will be exhibiting my latest paintings along with all the other great exhibitors at The Hub, Kilkenny next weekend.

This is where you will find everything you need to turn your house into a home

Home Improvement Show Ireland

So come along and check it out. This will be my first time to exhibit with the Home Improvement Show and I’m excited to be a part of this event.

There will be other shows later on in the year which I hope to participate in too, so I’m going to be a very busy painter.

Make a diary note:

– Castlebar – 4th and 5th April

– Galway – 17th and 18th October

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Donna McGee Fine Art.  The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.  New start - New Results

Happy New Year to one and all!

It has been a very active year with lots of exhibitions, lots of sales and lots of new friends.

Thank you for all the support throughout the year and for purchasing my paintings and bringing them into your home – feeling blessed!

Hope the year ahead is filled with good health and happiness and packed with inspiration for all.

It’s feeling a lot like Christmas

It’s feeling a lot like Christmas!

Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas

Here is the last painting of 2019. This has already been delivered and I’m happy to say – was received with great delight!

gulls landing painting
Gulls Landing along the Dingle peninsula
gulls landing oil painting - dingle peninsula - donna mcgee
gulls landing oil painting - dingle peninsula - donna mcgee

This is the Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry and is about a 30 kilometre drive. It is one of the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way and is the most western point in Ireland. It is most picturesque covering an ancient landscape of prehistoric ring forts, beehive huts, early Christian chapels, crosses and holy wells, hamlets and abandoned villages. It has a breath-taking, majestic coastline where you can take a boat ride from the famous Dunquin harbour to the Blasket Islands.

On this particular day, there were lots of tourists about. There were also lots of seagulls about – big seagulls, hungry scavengers! They swooped down in quest of any scraps of food they could find while scaring the life out of everyone, hence, the name Gulls Landing.

An old Dublin saying

“they’d take the eye out of your head and come back for the eyelashes”

gulls landing
A “drunk” seagull as reported by the New York Post

Seagulls have become quite a nuisance because they can dive on people and pets. Came across this drunken seagull discovered by the New York Post which I thought you might enjoy. However, they’re not all bad – I like to paint them and they add extra life to a painting. View my other seascape paintings

I enjoyed doing this painting so thinking about doing a larger version when all this Christmas fun is done.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Warm Wishes to all for a Happy Thanksgiving

Warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family and particularly to those living abroad and in the U.S.

Thanksgiving, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by federal legislation in 1941, has been an annual tradition in the United States by presidential proclamation since 1863 and by state legislation since the Founding Fathers of the United States. Historically, Thanksgiving has traditionally been a celebration of the blessings of the year, including the harvest. What Americans call the “Holiday Season” generally begins with Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is celebrated both with family and in public places with parades such as Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City, ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth, Massachusetts, McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, and Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Parade in New Orleans. This first day after Thanksgiving Day—Black Friday—marks the start of the Christmas shopping season

Wikipedia but are in our thoughts.

For me, Thanksgiving is a special day to give thanks and remember those no longer with us or those who live someplace else but are always in our thoughts.

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