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.