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

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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Art Source comes to an end!

Well Art Source is over for this year and I’m happy to say that it was a great success!

Here are some random photos taken over the few days:

It was a crazy few days of high energy.

Met with so many interesting people, so many friends, fellow artists, old clients, new clients all dropped by.

So, whoever you were, thank you for visiting!

Sorry we didn’t have more time to chat.

Special thanks to those who enable me to follow my dream and make all of this possible by purchasing my paintings – your support is so much appreciated.

Thank you!

Ideal Home Show Ends – Art Source to follow

Thanks so much to all who came to visit me at Ideal Home Show this Autumn.

The show was a great success and was packed with lovely people every day.

Here is a few random photos:

If you didn’t make it, I will be taking a stand at

Art Source – Stand No. J116

RDS Dublin

15th – 17th November 2019

This is Ireland’s premier art fair

If you would like a complimentary ticket for the show, please contact me and I will get one to you.

Glowing Light at Ideal Home Show

Glowing Light 20x30 inches - oil on canvas Donna McGee abstract painting at Ideal Home Show
Glowing Light 20×30 inches – oil on canvas
Glowing Light Abstract Oil painting 20x30 inches Donna McGee at Ideal Home Show
Glowing Light Oil painting 20×30 inches

This painting can be seen first at The Ideal Home Show this coming bank holiday weekend.

You can see more of my abstract work here

I will be at Stand N40 right beside the House and Home Interiors & Design Theatre at Ideal Home Show RDS Dublin

Glowing Light at Ideal Home Show
Donna McGee at N40

New Ideas  • Expert Advice • Inspiration • Your Creativity • Your Home • More Choice

Come Join Me and see my latest work

Exhibition Count Down!

Ideal Home Show starts 25th – 28th October in the RDS Dublin – only 10 days to go…

new frames for Donna McGee
When new frames for Donna’s art are received by courier – this is a very exciting thing!

It’s always exciting to see your work in a frame as it really does set off the painting. ‘Fun trying them out for size! A bit of work to be done on them yet but ‘think that’s my evening planned!

Lots of ruling, measuring, out with the screwdriver, taping / sealing, logo stickers …..

Here’s an example of my Irish Landscape Miniatures work in progress – all 8 x 8″ Oil on canvas and will be framed in bespoke contemporary solid wooden box frames.

Here is another sample of some of my Irish Abstract work in progress miniatures – All 8 x 8″ Oil on Canvas and also to be framed in bespoke contemporary white wooden box frames.

Check out more of my abstract work here

Ideal Gifts for Christmas – just sayin….

Check out free tickets here or failing that, send me a message and I will forward some free passes to you gladly.

Remember, I will be at Stand N40 by the Home Advice Theatres just waiting to meet you.

See ya there smiley face from Donna McGee

New Art – New Show

Ideal Home Show – RDS Dublin

Slea Head Drive 60x90cms Oil on Block Canvas _ Donna McGee
Slea Head Drive 60x90cms Oil on Block Canvas
Slea Head Drive Painting in Room View
Slea Head Drive Painting in Room

New Art – New Show!

Continuing to paint like crazy for upcoming exhibitions – I love it!

This painting is from a trip to Dingle during the summer. We drove around the peninsula and each sight was more breath-taking than the next. We did boat trips to the magnificent Blasket Islands and climbed the highest mountains – more to come in another blog post. A return visit is a must!

See more of my seascapes here.

Next one up and counting is:

Ideal Home Show

Donna McGee at Ideal Home Show N40
Donna McGee at Ideal Home Show N40

So, Ideal Home Show is on again this bank holiday weekend in the RDS Dublin 25 – 28 th October

This is where you get the opportunity to

Create the home you love

. Interior design hub

. home advice theatres

.ask an expert

.eco expo

.build & extend

.grants and tax breaks

.financial services

.kitchen & bathrooms

.windows & insulation

to include Finline Furniture Showhouse designed by Helen McAlinden and Interiors & Design Theatre with Nick Knowles UK TV presenter

Ideal Home Show

I too, will be there at Stand N40 right beside the Interior & Design Theatre. I hope to see you there. You can get free admission for a limited period by registering at this link or failing that, message me and I will send you on some tickets gladly.

See you there!

See ya there smiley face from Donna McGee