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