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
See Scorching Embers in Room Setting for illustrative purposes
scorching embers abstract oil painting in bespoke white frame
See how this painting is framed – scorching embers in white bespoke frame

See more of my abstract work here

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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 https://www.tcd.ie/tangent/about/future-shapers/donna/

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!

Reflections on Wise Words

Create something that will last

The idea is not to live forever but to create something that will!

Andy Warhol

What a nice thought!

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Having recently exhibited my paintings at some big shows in Dublin, Ideal Home Show and the House Event, my mind filled with thoughts of some of the great people I met at these shows, fellow artists and of course, those who bought or showed interest in my paintings.

It is such a hectic time in the lead-up to these shows, with so much planning, preparation and things to do – the lists become endless. Then self-doubt sneaks in and creates panic!

  • are the paintings good enough?
  • do they sit well together?
  • have I enough to fill the space?
  • is there an evident theme?
  • will the framer have the frames ready in time?
  • have I thought of all the small things that make the presentation complete – business cards/name tags/ flowers ….???
  • oh! and what about….

It always works out in the end and the shows are so interesting and exciting to be a part of. It is the greatest honour when someone purchases a painting and I find myself wondering:

  • Perhaps the purchase is a gift for a special person or occasion
  • Will it hang in a home or an office
  • Maybe it will travel to some foreign country and reside there
  • Hopefully the painting will be treasured by families and friends over future generations
  • Some people request a commission to paint their favourite spot
  • Others want to purchase limited edition prints
  • How probable is it that my paintings will outlive me!
Create something that will last

So Andy Warhol’s saying seemed very poignant!

The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will

Andy Warhol

…….so many musings ……. so appreciative to be an artist.

Conclusion:

I love my job!

Create something that will last

Here are some random photos taken over the time

– I hope you like them

You can see more seascapes here, landscapes or abstract paintings

Contact me if you wish to enquire about any of the paintings here

My Meraki Painting

I came across the Greek word “Meraki” and its meaning caught my attention.  For me, all I could think of was that it had to apply to a painting.  This is the nearest English translation:

“Meraki” to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work

meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective) of Greek origin

Sunlight through the trees
Meraki 10 x 14″ Oil on Canvas

And so, this is my Meraki painting!  It has been sitting on my easel for quite a while now – nameless, so I am happy to have found a title to compliment it.  These are the kind of scenes I like to paint because they are the places my mind often visits and lingers for a while.

I hope you like it.