Skellig Michael, Kerry

The majestic Skellig Michael lies 8 miles  off the coast of South West Kerry.

Skellig Michael 10 x 20" Oil on Board

Skellig Michael 10 x 20″ Oil on Board

Skellig Michael towers 714ft. (218 metres) above sea level.

It is a World Heritage Site and a designated Nature Reserve.

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Orchestral Skies

Orchestral Skies – my latest painting with autumn colours in mind.

Orchestral Skies 10 x 20" Oil on Board

Orchestral Skies 10 x 20″ Oil on Board

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Art for All – Merrion Square, Dublin

Merrion Square Artists Association hosted a Pop-Up Exhibition on Sunday 13th September in Merrion Square

Art for All

Celebrating 30 years of original art on Merrion Square

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Poppy Corner – The Final Touch

Poppy Corner  project

Thinking about the Dublin Canvas  project and the significance of poppy flowers and their history, I was restless to get back to Poppy Corner to complete the mission of bringing colour and creativity to everyday objects in Dublin city.

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Art for All – Merrion Square, Dublin

Merrion Square Artists Association will host a Pop-Up Exhibition

Art for All

this Sunday 13th September

12pm – 4 pm Merrion Square, Dublin

Celebrating 30 years of original art on Merrion Square

Lots of fun, with artist demonstrations and activities both inside and outside of the park.

There will be  a superb range of commemorative canvas squares (30 x 30cms) for sale at just €50 –  on a first come , first served basis.

Art for All - The Pigeon House

Art for All – The Pigeon House

If ever there was a good time to pick up some early Christmas presents, it is now.

Hope to see you there (whatever the weather)

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Poppy Corner in the Making

Dublin Canvas was set up earlier this year with a project idea to help brighten up the city of Dublin.  An idea intended to bring flashes of colour and creativity to everyday objects in the City.

“Less grey, more play”

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 Poppy Corner

Grey Poppy Corner

Grey “Poppy Corner ” adorned with Graffiti

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People’s Art – June 2015

Great weather and great fun in Dublin last weekend at

The Peoples Art June 2015 Exhibition

People's Art June 2015 Landscape Paintings Donna McGee

People’s Art June 2015 Landscape Paintings

People's Art June 2015 Seascapes Donna McGee

People’s Art June 2015 Seascape Paintings, Donna McGee

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E BOOK 2015 IMMAGINE + POESIA

Poetry and Paintings

Check out the latest E Book just published by

Immagine & Poesia

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Nepal Fundraiser – Wrapping it all up!

Nepal Fundraiser – Raffle Winner

Following on from the recent fundraising raffle, a total of €500 was raised to support Nepal and  I would like to thank everyone once again for supporting this event.

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Nepal Fundraiser Raffle – Winner Announced

Following on from the devastating aftermath of the powerful earthquake in Nepal, I created a painting of Nyatapola Temple to fundraise with a raffle.

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Nepal Fundraiser Raffle – Last Chance to Enter

Painting Raffle – Last Chance to Enter

Last Chance to Win this Painting

 Fundraising for Nepal

following the devastating aftermath of the powerful earthquake

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Nepal Emergency Appeal

Fundraising  Nepal Emergency Appeal

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Painting Raffle

Nyatapola Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal 10 x 20″ Mixed Media

Nyatapola Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal 10 x 20″ Mixed Media

This is a painting of the Nyatapola Temple erected in 1701. It is a 5-story pagoda in Bhaktapur, Nepal.  It is the temple of Siddha Laxmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity, an iconic building that has survived the recent earthquake. I view this as  a sign of strength and hope for the Nepalese people.

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Nepal Emergency Fund

Raffle for Nepal Emergency Fund

Nyatapola Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal 10 x 20″ Mixed Media

Nyatapola Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal 10 x 20″ Mixed Media

In light of the recent devastation in Nepal, that has claimed the lives of over 6,000 of its people,  I am asking that you give whatever you can afford. Your name will go into a raffle which will take place on Sunday 10th May and you could own this painting.   I will donate 100% of the proceeds to the Nepal emergency fund.

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“Jack Nicholson” – Spray Paint on Canvas by Me…

Check out this great artist’s work. Ray Ferrer – Emotion on canvas.  He is currently down on his luck – you can read his story here and wish him well!

Ray Ferrer - Emotion on Canvas

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“Jack Nicholson” – Spray Paint on Canvas by Me.
Sold / Commissioned 3ft x 2ft

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Everything in my Etsy Shop is 50% off to aid w/ our Brain Tumor battle.  Use coupon code ART50 at checkout to get 50% off listed price.  Etsy Shop –>  Ray’s Shop

**Signed / Limited Prints available here: –> “Jack Prints

Also, please have a look at the rest of my blog if you are unfamiliar with our struggle.  My biopsy of the tumor is scheduled, tentatively, for April 21st.  Enjoy the artwork 🙂

Artist Ray Ferrer – Brain Tumor

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Late Rembrandt at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Having just returned from Amsterdam and a visit to the  Rijksmuseum  I was so pleased to discover the presentation of the first major retrospective view of the late work of Rembrandt. This is  a once-in-a-lifetime event to see this  collection from the great Master of the Golden Age, Rembrandt van Rijn.

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Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Coach travel

More impressions of Nepal :  Coach travel

No matter how tired, or how long the journey was, I could not permit myself to sleep on the coach.  I would prop  myself by the window, camera at the ready and all because  – the Nepalese countryside had a hypnotic effect on me – I feared  I might miss something! Continue reading

Happy New Year

Happy New Year – 2015

Happy New Year from Donna McGee Fine Art

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Lough Currane, Waterville, Co. Kerry

Lough Currane

Lough Currane, Waterville, Kerry - Oil on block canvas 50 x 16"

Lough Currane, Waterville, Kerry – Oil on block canvas 50 x 16″

Delighted that  my latest painting of Lough Currane in Co. Kerry is off to its new home just in time for Christmas!

 

A visit from St Nicholas – Your Favourite poem

One of my all time Christmas favourites – A Visit from St. Nicholas -Doesn’t it restore that childhood magic and wonder of Christmas!

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old…

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Shopping for Art this Christmas

Shopping for art at Christmas – Dublin City

Courtesy of Daily Telegraph

The People’s Art  and Merrion Square

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Christmas Art Shopping in Dublin

Art Shopping this Christmas – Dublin City

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The People’s Art Exhibition takes place in Dublin this weekend.

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Painting the Himalayan Range. Sarangkot, Nepal

Painting the Himalayan Range Sarangkot, Nepal

Himalayan Range -Sarangkot 30 x 10" Mixed Media on Nepalese Hand Made Paper

Himalayan Range -Sarangkot 30 x 10″ Mixed Media on Nepalese Hand Made Paper

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Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Kathmandu

Art + Travel Adventure to Kathmandu

Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal - Pilgrims circulate clockwise, spinning prayer wheels

Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal – Pilgrims circulate clockwise, spinning prayer wheels

Discovering Kathmandu

Discovering the allure of the Kathmandu valley with its ancient  history is all-embracing.  It is small and compact covering an area of 220 square miles.   There are seven World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO which is a number unrivalled anywhere else in the world. Continue reading

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Bhaktapur

Art + Travel in Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur,  founded in 12th century,  is the ‘city of devotees’ and looks just like a medieval city built of brick and ornate wood carvings.  It is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu valley and is considered a cultural gem.

Bhaktapur streets

Bhaktapur streets

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Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Setting out!

Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal

Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal

A trip to Nepal in November 2014 proved to be very special and inspirational. In order to preserve these great memories, I would like to share some of these moments with you.  I also intend using my photos as inspiration to create new paintings and I hope that you will join me on this journey.   Continue reading

Shades of Diversity Art Exhibition Closes Shortly

The Shades of Diversity Art Exhibition

 Ballyroan Library, Dublin is coming to a close shortly.

Safe Haven - Oil on Canvas 20 x 30"

Safe Haven – Oil on Canvas 20 x 30″

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Shades of Diversity Art Exhibition – Opening Night

Opening night at Shades of Diversity Art Exhibition

Well, what a great night!

Thank you to everyone who attended on the night, to all the well-wishers, to all those who offered their help and support and of course, all those who bought my paintings – thank you, it was great!

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Shades of Diversity Art Exhibition – Sneak Peek!

Shades of Diversity Preview

Thought I’d take a final visit to the library today  ‘ just to be sure, to be sure’  that everything was just fine for the opening of my exhibition tomorrow. Continue reading

Busy at work with Shades of Diversity Art Exhibition

East Coast Sunset 20x30 Oil on canvas

East Coast Sunset 20×30 ” Oil on canvas

This is one of the paintings I have prepared for The Shades of Diversity Exhibition.  Time is closing in and no matter how prepared you think you are, there still seems to be lots of work to do.  Here is a quick insight into the “organised chaos”

Work in Progress - Cliffs of Moher

Work in Progress – Cliffs of Moher

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Chaos prevails!

Shades of Diversity 3

Nothing like fresh air and sunshine – the quick-dry method!

Preparation for Shades of Diversity Exhibition

Packed up and ready to go!

The exhibition takes place in Ballyroan Library, Rathfarnham Dublin on 8th October all the way through to 29th October.

I hope you can come along for a visit.

Poolnabrone Dolmen

Shades of Diversity – Art Exhibition

Shades of Diversity

 is an exhibition of  my paintings, which will be displayed in Ballyroan Library throughout the month of October and  will be for sale to the general public. Continue reading

The Intriguing Adventures of a Plein Air Painter

The Intriguing adventures of a Plein Air Painter –  Art In the Open Wexford 2014

 

The sun blistered the landscape and diamonds of light rebounded along the River Slaney, Co. Wexford.   I  took in the wonderful vista of Wexford town from across the river and decided, today was the day that I would produce a masterpiece! Continue reading

The People’s Art July 2014 Exhibition is here!

 The People’s Art July 2014

will once again take place on the Green  this coming  weekend 25th – 27th July 2014

Galway Hookers Oil painting, 20 x 30 Donna McGee

Galway Hookers

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Immagine & Poesia E Book publication

So pleased that one of my paintings

will feature alongside the poem of   Umar Timol,

  in the 1st volume of

Immagine & Poesia E Book 

 

 
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There are some great images and poetry in this book.  Check out Page 33 to see my painting, Collision with the  poem of published poet Umar Timol.
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You might  also like to see Page 19 with a poem by the Irish poet Tomás Ó Cárthaigh  ” To Walk in Nature is to Say a Prayer”
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Here is some background information:

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A call for texts and images was launched on June 2, 2014 by the International Movement IMMAGINE & POESIA via Facebook. The results are published in the attached electronic book.

Twenty-two countries are represented in English on one side and in French on the other.

Un appel à textes et images a été lancé le 2 juin 2014 par le mouvement international IMMAGINE & POESIA via Facebook. En voici le résultat sous forme de livre électronique (e-book), Vol 1. Vingt-deux (22) pays y sont représentés en anglais d’une part et d’autre part en français. On peut le télécharger ici:

http://immaginepoesia.jimdo.com/e-book/

So take some time out to enjoy this publication and share if you like it.

 

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Every day is a school day!

DSA Graduation  Web Elevate 2.0 Donna McGee

“Young” Student of the Year 2014

Friday 20th June 2014    –    What a great day!

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)   Award Ceremony.  Celebrated post grad award in Digital Media Production UX / UI  at  The Digital Skills Academy 

 

Art Award of Excellence – Gateway to Heaven

Receiving this award of excellence was heavenly:

Gateway to Heaven 16 x 12 Oil on block canvas

Gateway to Heaven
16 x 12 Oil on block canvas

Award of Excellence 

from Four Points Contemporary 3rd Biannual Competition

with my painting entitled Gateway to Heaven

This Competition was juried by Flavia Cosma, the Executive

Director Int’l Writers & Artists’ Residency Quebec, Canada.

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Art Award – Evening Catch

 

Delighted to receive an art award and the recognitionward of Excellence from Four Points Contemporary

3rd Biannual Competition

with my painting entitled Evening Catch

Evening Catch 20 x 30 Oil on canvas

Evening Catch
20 x 30 Oil on canvas

This Competition  was juried by Flavia Cosma, the Executive Director Int’l Writers & Artists’ Residency Quebec, Canada

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Art Auction with No Reserve

Art Auction Scoop 2014

Art Auction Scoop 2014

“The Filmbase, Temple Bar, are holding a no reserve art auction for the SCOOP Foundation. With over 100 pieces up for grabs, including original pieces created specifically for the event, there will be bargains a plenty to be found. The pieces will be available for viewing on Friday the 13th of June from 5pm, and the auction will be held on Saturday the 14th of June from 2pm.
There will be online and phone bidding available, so contact info@scoopfoundation.com if you wish to avail of either of these services. For further information, or to view some of the pieces available, visit 
http://scoopart.org/.

 

Raising funds to build a school in India, the SCOOP & Mealy’s Art Auction has become a much anticipated event of the summer.

I have dontated my painting “Harvest” for this worthy event

Harvest  Abstract Oil Painting 60x50cms

Harvest Abstract Oil Painting 60x50cms

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The Morning After – People’s Art – May 2014

Thank you for visiting the Open Air Art Exhibition in St. Stephens Green  last weekend  but if you didn’t make it, here is a short video of the  Exhibition  in Dublin kindly put together by artist, Pervaneh Matthews.

It is now the morning after and despite torrential rain never before seen in the lovely month of May, we managed to keep our spirits up along with the umbrellas, tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, anything and everything that gave shelter from the unrelenting Irish monsoon. 😡

 

‘Think I’ll start lining up Statues of Prague for the next exhibition on 20th -22nd June!

 

 

The People’s Art – May 2014

 

The People’s Art  May 2014  Festival Weekend

Skellig Michael 18 x 6" Oil Painting

Skellig Michael 18 x 6″ Oil Painting

The open air art festival takes place this weekend 9th -11th May  in the centre of Dublin city at St. Stephens Green.

This event is brought together by a voluntary, non profit making group, and Dublin City Council  to promote the visual arts to the public in general.   Donations are also made to local charities.

Exhibitions will take place as follows:

  • 09th – 11th May
  • 20th – 22nd June
  • 25th – 27th July
  • 22nd – 24th August
  • 19th – 21 September
  • 05th – 07th December

This promises to be a great event and is not to be missed.

I will be located on the north side,  near Dawson Street. so if you are in the area, please drop by and say hello.

I wish I was a Gannet!

 

I wish I was a gannet (well…. maybe for  just for a little while! )

From our boat trip along the shores of Carrigaholt and  around Loop Head, we were mesmerized by the gannets as they dive-bombed into the sea from up to 40 metres and hit the water with a streamlined elegance that Tom Daley and his Olympic buddies could only attempt to emulate.

Gannets are the most  amazing seafaring birds to watch.   They are the largest of Ireland’s sea birds and with a wingspan of just under 2m.   They have snow-white plumage,  are tipped with black on the wings and are crowned with a buttery almond glow.

The Gannet Watch 24 x 16 Oil on Canvas

The Gannet Watch 24 x 16 Oil on Canvas

As the boat swayed to and fro, I gazed up into the morning light and thought about my best efforts at a pencil dive, then as I watched another rapid dive,  I thought …… no more cooking….. no more cleaning up…… sushi for every meal – how wonderful and simple life could be!  I wish I was a gannet!

Shortly thereafter, we arrived back to shore!

What would you like to be?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish culture throughout the world, so whoever you are or wherever you are in the world, have a happy time and celebrate with us.

Happy St. Patrick’s weekend!

Please take a moment to watch this short video which will give you a taste of Ireland today and if you like it,  please share. 🙂

The Pigeon House, Dublin

Pigeon House Dublin 14 x 12" Oil on canvas Oil Painting Donna McGee

Pigeon House Dublin 14 x 12″ Oil on canvas

About The Pigeon House

The Pigeon House, also referred to as The Poolbeg Generating Station is situated on the River Liffey in Ringsend Dublin.  The iconic chimneys are so-called, because of their caretaker John Pidgeon. The story began with the shipping difficulties encountered in navigating  Dublin bay around the time of the late 1700’s.  Construction work began to make the channel deeper and The Great South Wall, the longest of its kind in Europe was constructed.

A more permanent fort  built shortly afterwards,  remained in operation until 1897, when the building was sold to Dublin Corporation.  They wished to build a power station to supply energy to the fast-growing city.  The power station, initially coal-fired, began operation in 1903.

View of The Pigeon House in the distrance from Dalkey © Donna McGee

Distant view of The Pigeon House from Dalkey © Donna McGee

It was finally decommissioned in 1976.  Its massive chimneys became a famous Dublin landmark and have become a favorite with many artistic interpretations.

Take a flight inside the Poolbeg Chimneys

Charting the Contours of a Controversial Poet

The subject of this portrait is the face of Ezra Pound (1885 – 1972) a complicated man with a formidable reputation and known for his virulent anti-semitic outbursts.

Ezra Pound sketch © donna mcgee

Ezra Pound
Charcoal drawing 12×8″

This angular and introspective looking face, lined with the contours of a life of controversy was mesmerizing to me and prompted this charcoal sketch.  [credit: Irish Times]

He made a great contribution to literature and is considered the poet most responsible for defining and promoting a modernist aesthetic in poetry. He advanced the work of such major contemporaries as W. B. YeatsRobert FrostWilliam Carlos WilliamsMarianne MooreH. D., James JoyceErnest Hemingway T. S. Eliot.

His best-known works include Ripostes (1912), Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920) and his unfinished 120-section epic, The Cantos (1917–69).

International Art Award – Atlantic Crash

Four Points Contemporary

2nd Bi-Annual Juried International Art Competition

2nd Place Award

Absolutely delighted  that I was selected  for an award in 2nd place with my painting Atlantic Crash

Award Winning Oil Painting Atlantic Crash, Atlantic Ocean, Waves Crashing against Rocks, stormy seas, west coast of Ireland, stormy skies, © www.donnamcgee.ie

Atlantic Crash 23 x 15″ Oil on board

Juried by Reginald Charles Adams, C0-founder of Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston

Many congratulations to all the other participants.  You can find details of the winning entries here

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Happy New Year 2014 and may all of your dreams come true…

Happy New Year – courtesy of Mark Waples

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Christmas Angel signifying peace sitting at the stairway to heaven

Peace at Christmas

LST On-Line Art Competition

I am very pleased that my painting The Wicklow Way has been selected

3rd place  in the Overall Winning Category,

and

2nd place in the Painting and Other Category

Light Space & Time Online Gallery 3rd Annual Countryside Art Competition.

Award Winning Oil Painting Wicklow Way 10 x 12" Oil on Canvas Donna McGee

Wicklow Way 10 x 12″ Oil on Canvas

The gallery received 343 entries from 14 different countries from around the world and from 26 different American States.

Please take a few moments to look at the videos, where you will see some great paintings from around the world, accompanied by lovely soothing music.  Now, all you have to do is sit back,  relax and  enjoy!

New Irish Art Update

Fuschia Sunset 20 x 30" Oil on canvas © donna mcgee

Fuschia Sunset 20 x 30″ Oil on canvas

I have updated my art on the New Irish Art Website.

New Irish Art Update

I invite you to   browse around the site and see the huge selection of amazing and diverse work from over 500 artists.

Enjoy – you might even find that perfect and unique Christmas gift 😉

Safe Haven

Safe_Haven_  Cave Oil on canvas 20 x 30" © Donna McGee

Safe Haven – Oil Painting on Canvas 20 x 30″

Inspiration from a trip to the west coast of Ireland and in particular to the dramatic cliff walks in Kilkee, Loop Head and boat trips from Carrigaholt, I tried to capture the memory of this  special place.   

The painting, Safe Haven  began  to evolve and become an immersive virtual environment of sedimentary rock formation that could give shelter from the elemental forces of nature.

 “The spectacular scenery at the Mouth of the Shannon ranges from pastoral slopes and sand dunes to very dramatic cliffs with exposed layers of sand & mud sedimentary rock dating back 350 million years.

The ledges create ideal nesting areas for thousands of sea birds every year, including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars.

Cliffs, coastal caves, sea stacks, rock folds and historic maritime features all contribute to this wealth of natural beauty to be seen from the water”.  Dolphin Watch Carrigaholt

– could this be a safe haven for the weary boatman to shelter from the stormy seas?

or

– a safe haven for  wildlife such as the  grey seals that also populate this area?

Either way, it is a place to explore!

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.

Banksy appears at Christchurch

Banksy makes a grand appearance at Christchurch

Banksy street art

“There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge.”

One of the largest collections of street art by UK artist Banksy will adorn the walls of the Canterbury Museum and will form part of the Oi YOU! RISE festival.

See details here …………..   Banksy bonanza

Banksy is well-known for his dark humour,  politically-charged, satirical street art.

His work is featured on walls, streets and buildings in some of the world’s most famous cities – now it is Christchurch’s turn.

His work always brings a smile to my face and these are some of my favourites – does his work make you smile (or frown) ?

Banksy street art

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Banksy street art

Make hay while the sun shines

Having just come back from a trip to the west coast of Ireland and in particular the very beautiful  Co. Clare,  my mind was racing with images and photographs of subject matter for painting.

The Loop Head Peninsula is where the River Shannon opens out to the Atlantic Ocean.  Next stop – America!

Magnificent architectural  rock formations of the peninsula trace the evolution of a large scale river delta during the Upper Carboniferous Period about 320 million years ago.

Despite images flooding my mind of the untamed waters of Kilkee, Loop Head and the majestic  Cliffs of Moher, my thoughts were of rock formations, flora and fauna and the onset of Autumn colour  – I found myself painting  abstracts in  oil.

“Making hay while the sun shines” or in other words, taking full advantage of the extended period of sunshine, now that Autumn has arrived.  Painting, varnishing, framing – multi-tasking en plein air and sunshine in the comfort of my garden – bliss!

These are some of the miniature 5 x 5″ oil paintings showcased in white frames that I have worked on and I hope you like them.

I look forward to more painting in my garden while this borrowed sunshine lingers and hope to post the results of my work  here shortly.

 

The Secret of the Sea

“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.” 

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The Secret of the Sea 20×30″ Oil on Canvas © http://www.donnamcgee.ie

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Evening Glow

burning light of the setting sun re-ignites the dormant marshlands oil painting

Evening Glow – Oil based mixed media on block canvas 24 x 36″ © http://www.donnamcgee.ie

The burning light of the setting sun re-ignites the dormant marshlands.

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Please stop by for a Moment of Pure Enjoyment!

Happy Easter to one and all

Inspiration Import

Inspiration comes at the right times. Everything happens for a reason. The reason for watching these 5 minutes is, to me …. JOY! This is a treat.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate renewal in all forms.

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Connemara Views

A recent trip from Galway city to Clifden  and on to Cleggan left me feeling much inspired.

It was a cold and wet day  but the constant changing light danced around the rugged  landscape,  shifting its mood and tone as it contrasted  with the Twelve Bens   mountain range to the north. Sheep grazed in the surrounding  bog-lands that were illuminated by shades of gold as time stood still.

This painting reflects my memory of the trip.

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Connemara View 10 x 12 Oil painting on block canvas © http://www.donnamcgee.ie

While I am speaking about the glories of Ireland and its rich countryside, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Painting and Poetry – The Perfect Compliment

Painting and Poetry – The Perfect Compliment
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A New Discovery

A New Discovery

courtesy of : Ilene Ordes Van Gossen FB

Happy Christmas everyone!

Reindeer, Rudolph stops by water, pond reflections in a snowy scene

A moment in the magic of Christmas

May the timeless message of Christmas fill your hearts and homes with joy and health and happiness throughout the coming year.

With thanks to https://www.facebook.com/wildforWildlifeandNature

Affordable Art Show Invitation

Donna McGee invites you to the   Affordable Art Show Dublin

Just print off the invitation  and I hope to see you there!

Donna McGee invite to Affordable Art Show

Donna McGee invite to Affordable Art Show – Complimentary Pass

Affordable Art Fair – Dublin Exhibition

The Christmas season is  upon us and  there is only six weeks left to the big day.

I am getting excited about the  Affordable Art Show in Dublin  where  I have taken a stand   and  here are the details of  the exhibition:

Atlantic Crash, Atlantic Ocean, Waves Crashing against Rocks, stormy seas, west coast of Ireland, stormy skies,

Atlantic Crash 23 x 15″ Oil on board © http://www.donnamcgee.ie

Affordable Art Show 2012

Clyde Court Hotel  (formerly Berkeley Court Hotel), Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 

Saturday 24th  Nov & Sunday 25th Nov, 2012

Opening Times:  10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Please come along and say hello.  There will be some great works of art  for sale from a variety of artists.  This is the perfect time to pick up a unique gift for Christmas and to keep within your budget.

I have been working on a number of new oil paintings  and included in this are some  framed miniature oil paintings mounted on block canvas at  very  affordable prices – the ideal gift for Christmas!

Hope you can make it and looking forward to seeing you there.

 

LST Open Art Competition Awards

Open Art Competition Award

Award winning oil painting - Donna McGee - Large poppies, orange flowers, sunlight and flowers oil painting

Poppies – Oil on block canvas 20 x 32″ © http://www.donnamcgee.ie

 

4th Place Overall Category 

in the   Light Space & Time 

Open Art Competition – September 2012

and

3rd Place  in the Painting & Other Category Competition

Congratulations to all the other participants and award winners.  My  thanks to Light Space & Time   for the opportunity and  support.

The gallery received submissions from 18 different countries from around the world and they also received entries from 32 different American states. Overall, there were 654 entries from 188 different artists that were judged for this art competition.

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Stairway to Heaven and Angkor Wat

Stairway to Heaven and Angkor Wat, Cambodia

I can’t believe it is nearly a year since our exciting trip to Cambodia and Vietnam.  We flew into Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor –  the land of  the awesome Angkor Wat temples.

When I think of Angkor Wat, I think of the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese and Khmer people, the loss of so many lives, the suffering and the lost culture.  I think of  the enormity of the many temples, their sacred stature, the reverential monks and the common people who continue to pray in them, their grand  architecture – their destruction and their saviour.

In 1901 the École Française d’Extrême Orient (EFEO) provided funding and took responsibility for clearing and restoring the Angkor and the ruins were rediscovered.  Angkor has since been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

Stairway to heaven - Angkor Watt - the temple steps lead the way to a higher existence, to the Gods, to Buddha, a place of prayer in a sacred temple

Stairway to heaven – Angkor Watt – 40 x 50 cms Oil on block canvas © http://www.donnamcgee.ie

I tried to encapsulate these thoughts in a painting.  The predominant feature to the temples were steps – steps to a higher existence.  This painting evolved – the atmosphere was enough to portray my inner thoughts.

Angkor Wat (Wat temple) is the central feature of the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site containing the magnificent remains of the Khmer civilization. Angkor Wat's rising series of five towers culminates in an impressive central tower that symbolizes mythical Mount Meru. Thousands of feet of wall space are covered with intricate carving depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.

View of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor means city or capital – it was once the ancient capital of Cambodia and the centre of the Khmer empire.   The empire built many temples all over Cambodia. These temples were in honour of the Hindu gods – Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma.

The gateway to Angkor Watt

The gateway to Angkor Watt

So many magnificent temples we visited and each had their own story to tell.   There were many levels in the temples separated by a series of steep steps and a matching social hierarchical structure.

Buddha in temple at Angkor Watt

Buddha in temple at Angkor Watt

 If you reached the top of the temple, the Buddha statue,  adorned with lotus flowers,  and incense would be there to greet you.  There you would rest from the intense heat and pray   (I prayed that I could get back down without killing myself!)

Steps at Angkor Watt - Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. In the city, there are traditional Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake.

The dizzy heights of Angkor Wat and a seldom seen modern stairwell assists your descent.

The temples were crowded with tourists and one of the token attractions was that Angkor Wat was used as a background shot for Angelina Jolie as she paddled her boat across the moat that surrounds the temple in the film Tomb Raider.

The scene for Tomb Raider with a constant flow of tourists in Angkor Wat, angelina jolie

The scene for Tomb Raider with a constant flow of tourists in Angkor Wat

Note the roots on the trees that seem to strangle the temple.  This was a common sight but the reality is that the roots of the trees had ‘knit’  the temple together over time and there is now a reluctance to interfere with this natural evolution.

The view from one of the levels of Angkor Wat

The view from one of the levels of Angkor Wat

Travelling by the sacred cow in Cambodian village

Travelling by the sacred cow in Cambodian village

 

Buddhist monks stroll through the temple

Buddhist monks stroll through the temple

 

 

 

 

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The People’s Art on the Green – Sep 2012

The People’s Art on the Green Sep 2012

The People’s Art will take place  this weekend from Friday 21st September to Sunday 23rd September around  St. Stephens Green, Dublin.

This art exhibition is  organised by Dublin City Council, the Office of Public Works (OPW)  and a voluntary group of organisers.

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This  is always a super and colourful event and creates a great buzz in the heart of the city . 

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The dates for the exhibitions this year are:

  • 6th to 8th May 2012

  • 22nd – 24th June 2012

  • 17th – 18th August 2012

  •  21st – 23rd  September 2012

  • 30th Nov – 2nd December 2012

     

I will be located on the East side of the Green and I hope to see you there this weekend.  Otherwise, see you in Merrion Square every other Sunday.

Sunshine in my Heart

Sunshine on Magheramore Beach, Wicklow

Maghermore Beach, Co. Wicklow, east coast of ireland, sandy beach, rock pools, cliffs, water reflections

Maghermore Beach, Co. Wicklow – 8×10″ Oil on Canvas © http://www.donnamcgee.ie

The long bank holiday weekend in August – already thinking about school uniforms, book lists …. and all the routine “duty” that is so much a part of this time of year.

But hey, I’m still waiting for the summer to come! What is happening  to our planet? Is it Global Warming?  Global Freezing?

The rains came and made our gardens grow,  the  grass grew greener, then more rain came and flooded our fields and gave headaches to  the farmers.

Quietly, I wait for the sun to announce summertime.

Well,  last weekend the sun came!  We made it to one of my favourite places – Magheramore Beach in County Wicklow.  This small little secluded beach embraced children playing, families picnicking, people swimming,  dogs prancing with delight and we even saw a seal proudly perch its head above the waves as if to say “Hi – let’s play”.

My camera phone and my sketch pad kept me  peacefully engaged in quiet absorption as I stole away some time to record the scene.  The sun shone and the undulating waves rippled a slow mesmerizing imprint on the shoreline.

I transferred my sketch to canvas as soon as I returned  –   hoping that somehow I could hold this sunshine in my heart just a bit longer.

Abstract Art Award

Abstract Art Award – This Mortal Coil

Award winning abstract  oil painting, Donna McGee -This mortal coil, lifes journey, anger, passion, fire, energy,

This Mortal Coil © http://www.donnamcgee.ie

“This Mortal Coil”

A journey through fire, passion, darkness and into light.

I am very pleased  that I have been chosen as the

Overall Winner

in the   Light Space & Time 

Abstracts Art Competition – June 2012

and

1st Place  in the Painting & Other Category Competition

Congratulations to all the other participants and award winners.  My  thanks to Light Space & Time   for the opportunity and  support.

Twenty one countries from around the world, including the Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and   34 different  American states participated in this competition.

Abstract Art Award

Abstract Art Award – This Mortal Coil

This mortal coil, lifes journey, anger, passion, fire, energy,

This Mortal Coil © http://www.donnamcgee.ie

“This Mortal Coil”

A journey through fire, passion, darkness and into light.

I am very pleased  that I have been chosen as the overall winner in the   Light Space & Time   Abstracts Art Competition – June 2012. 

Congratulations to all the other participants and award winners.  My  thanks to Light Space & Time   for the opportunity and  support.

Twenty one countries countries from around the world, including the Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and   34 different  American states participated in this competition.

Instrumental Art Exhibition Dublin gets extended run

Instrument art, oil painting on a violin, oil painting of the creation of adam, musical youth foundation, soul picnic

Instrumental Art Exhibition

will remain open in time to welcome it’s 10,000 visitor next week before closing on Sunday July 8th at 6pm.

The exhibition can be seen at St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre Dublin.  It has attracted locals and tourists in their droves to the top floor of the shopping centre to view over 100 amazing pieces of Instrumental Art.

Don’t miss it!

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The People’s Art on the Green

The People’s Art on the Green

The People’s Art takes place  once again this weekend from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June  around  St. Stephens Green, Dublin.

This exhibition is  organised by Dublin City Council, the Office of Public Works (OPW)  and a voluntary group of organisers.

It is a chance to see some really great paintings from a wide variety of artists and provides a colourful, festive ambiance in the heart of Dublin city.

The dates for the exhibitions this year are:

  •  6th  –  8th May 2012

  • 22nd – 24th June 2012

  • 17th – 19th August 2012

  • 21st – 23rd September 2012

Hope to see you there this weekend, otherwise in Merrion Square every other Sunday.

The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day Four

Instrumental Art  Exhibition Opening in Dublin

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  • May 25th – June 24th.  2012
  • Exhibition Space, Top Floor, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
  • Opening Times Mon-Sat 11am-7pm.Thurs 11am-9pm. Sun 11am-6pm
    Free Admission

Instrument art, oil painting on a violin, oil painting of the creation of adam, musical youth foundation, soul picnic

Heaven’s Above by Donna McGee – Instrumental Art Dublin

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this exhibition, the world’s first Instrumental Art Exhibition featuring over 100 unique pieces.  It is truly amazing to witness the diversity  in creativity across this talented group of artists :  (from violins converted to medicine cabinets and a “well heeled guitar” literally  perched on high heels!)

Opening Night at Instrumental Art Exhibition, Donna McGee, Rod Coyne, artists

Opening Night at Instrumental Art Exhibition

Instrumental Art Dublin - Saoirse Meehan and Donna McGee

Instrumental Art Dublin – Saoirse Meehan and Donna McGee

Derek Lyons - Instrument Art Dublin

Derek Lyons – Instrument Art Dublin

Paul Flynn - Instrument Art Dublin

Paul Flynn – Instrument Art Dublin

Instrumenl Art Dublin, Soul Picnic, Musical Youth Foundation

Instrumenl Art Dublin

Staple Art - Instrumental Art Dublin, Soul Picnic, Musical Youth Foundation

Staple Art – Instrumental Art Dublin

This event has been organised by Soul Picnic in association with Dublin City Council and Failte Ireland.  On 26th – 27th  May, the 6th annual   ‘Dublin City Soul Festival  will take place live from the beautiful surroundings of Merrion Square Park.

The event  will raise much needed funds for  ‘Musical Youth Foundation’ (MYF) which provides children with access to a musical education.

You can make a donation directly to The Musical Youth Foundation  and at the Soul Picnic festival, or go along to the exhibition and purchase a truly unique musical instrument.

In addition, Merrion Square Art will continue, as always,  around the railings on the Square.  So feast your eyes and ears on great music and an excellent, broad  range of original paintings.

p.s. Sunshine has also been arranged.

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The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day Three

Instrument Art

Naming the Violin

The Musical Youth Foundation charity was established in 2009 as part of the Dublin City Soul Festival project.   At the heart of the project is a deep wish to have a long-term positive impact on the local and wider community by providing children on the Island of Ireland with access to a musical education.

As a part of their fundraising events, an instrumental art exhibition, featuring over 100 pieces of art will open on 24th May and this violin is what I have been working on:

Instrument art, oil painting on a violin, oil painting of the creation of adam

Violin 5

Thank you to those  who came up with names for this violin and the name accepted is  “Heavens Above”.  The instruments will eventually be auctioned off to raise funds for this worthy cause.

Stay tuned or subscribe to continue the journey of Heavens Above

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Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day One

Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day Two

The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day Two

Instrument Art on a Violin

Background:

The Musical Youth Foundation, a children’s charity,  sent me an invitation to paint a musical instrument.  They wished to create a greater awareness of the value of music education through their campaign:

 “Music Changed My Life”

My Inspiration

I  have always loved Michelangelo’s fresco, The Creation of Adam.  It reminds me of my teenage years backpacking around Europe and more recently by a visit with my family  to Rome and the wonders of the Vatican city. Wandering  the long corridors to the Sistine Chapel, revelling in the sculptors and magnificent wall hangings,   gazing in awe at the nine scenes from the Book of Genesis and singling out The Creation of Adam.   I could not get this image out of my mind.

Creation of Adam, Michaelangelo, Cistine Chapel, Rome, Fresco

The Creation of Adam

With the idea of painting the violin, the thoughts that arose were:

  • Parent and child – outstretched arms to impart love and care

  • Teacher and pupil – reaching out the hand of instruction and help

  • Giving and Receiving

It seemed a “must” to use this imagery as my theme.

My Design Strategy

I decided that I would use oils because  they would be  best suited to the  wood finish on the face of the violin.   They are also wonderful to work with and  are very forgiving,   should I need to make any adjustments.

My Working Process

Instrument art on a violin, the creation of adam, pencil sketch

Violin Art 1

I drew the first sketch in graphite pencil. 

Violin Art , oil painting on a violin, the creation of adam

Violin Art 2

I then mixed varying shades in a palette combining of  Pithalo Blue,  Cerulean Blue, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre and Titanium White.

Violin Art, oil painting on a violin, the creation of adam

Violin Art 3

I blocked in colour roughly and tried to be mindful of  tonal values and muscle tone.

I introduced more light into the main body of the violin and placed some highlights on the hands to create a better contrast between light and dark.

Violin art, oil painting on a violin, the creation of adam

Violin Art 4

In keeping with the Musical Youth Foundation, I  wrote in the top left  corner

Music Changed my Life

To create   balance in the painting, and to compliment the mood, I used a quote from Shakespeare,  for the base of the violin:

“If music be the food of love,  play on …..”

In the final orchestration of the painting, I added a few ivy leaves to create added interest and made some subtle  tonal changes.

Instrument art, oil painting on a violin, oil painting of the creation of adam

Violin 5

Would love to hear from you if you have an idea what to name this instrument.

Stay tuned or  sign up,  to find out  the next part of the  journey of this ornate violin.

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Instrument Art on a Violin – Day One 

The People’s Art on the Green

The People’s Art on the Green

The People’s Art will take place  this weekend from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May  around  St. Stephens Green, Dublin.

This exhibition,  organised by Dublin City Council, the Office of Public Works (OPW)  and a voluntary group of organisers.

I  always enjoy this event because it is an opportunity  to meet  with the public and  have some fun interacting.   Also it is  good to meet other artists that come from all corners of  the country.

It is a super event and creates a festive  ambiance in the city.

The dates for the exhibitions this year are:

  •  6th  –  8th May 2012

  • 22nd – 24th June 2012

  • 17th – 19th August 2012

  • 21st – 23rd September 2012

Hope to see you there this weekend, otherwise in Merrion Square every other Sunday.

The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day One


Instrument Art on a Violin

The Musical Youth Foundation,   a children’s charity that aims to provide every child on the island of Ireland with musical education sent me an invitation.   They wished to create a greater awareness of the value of music education and its life changing benefits through their campaign:

“Music Changed My Life”

My challenge was to use the body of an instrument as a canvas, to create a “masterpiece” entirely of my own design.

My chosen instrument was a violin

Artistic Journey of the Violin 1, instrument art, fund-raising event, musical art,

Artistic Journey of the Violin 1 – the planning stage

Seeking Inspiration

Inspiration flowed from thoughts of music,  love and nature.  I photographed the violin in situ around my garden. There seemed to be a symmetry between the child learning the musical instrument , contrasted with the efforts of the spring flowers presenting themselves in their glory, despite the ever changing weather conditions.

Artistic Journey of the Violin 2,My Garden Violin, Instrument Art

Artistic Journey of the Violin Day One – The Planning Stage

Lots of ideas crowded my thoughts – it had to be something noble enough to suit this beautiful  instrument.

I decided to wait a while and let the thoughts settle.

What would I paint?  What medium, design, colour?  Should I make it abstract?

Any ideas?

I invite you to come with me and see the journey of this violin and how it develops|

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RMS Titanic – 100 years on.

Commemorating the loss of  RMS Titanic on 15th April 1912

One hundred years on,  at a depth of 12,600 feet in the realm below the surface of the sea,  RMS Titanic shipwreck rests   on the sea floor. Continue reading

Titanic – Heart of the Ocean

Heart of the Ocean

Depicted in the fictionalised epic romance film, The Titanic of 1997,  the necklace,  so-called “the heart of the ocean” drifts to the sea floor.

This symbolises the  1,517  lives lost on the sinking of the ocean liner,  RMS Titanic  in 1912, amidst all their valued possessions as their journey comes to an end.

The Heart of the Ocean Necklace from The Titanic Oil  based Mixed Media Painting

Heart of the Ocean - 27 x 20" Mixed Media

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Lost Love on the Titanic – Carpé Diem

Carpé Diem on the Titanic

Carpé Diem - Oil on board 16 x 24"

Lost Love on the Titanic

The sinking of the ocean liner,  RMS Titanic  in 1912 was brought to life once again by the fictionalised epic romance film, “ Titanic” in 1997 with Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson and  Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater.

With this in mind, I wanted to portray an image of a handsome couple swearing undying love for each other.  The scene was set against the backdrop of a threatening skyline and contrasted against the heavy, sturdy bow of the ship as it sailed on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

The sinking of the Titanic caused the deaths of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters  in history.

For me, this prompts an emotional response and acknowledges  the frailty of the human condition and our unknown destiny.  Hence, Carpe Diem!

Woodland Fall

Massy's Wood, Dublin Mountain Trail, woodland winter scene

Woodland Fall - Massy's Wood 10x12" Oil on board

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

The winds will blow their own freshness into you,

and the storms their energy,

while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

John Muir (1838 – 1914), Scotland / USA

The first walk of the new year through  Massy’s Wood, a recreation site,  along the Dublin Mountain Trail.  The ground was soft and the air was fresh.  I photographed this  scene with my  mobile  phone,  did some quick sketches, then launched myself into the painting.

When Donna met Donna

Two artistic worlds unite!

When Donna McGee the artist  met  Donna McGee the artistWhen Donna met Donna

In my usual routine, I opened my mail  inbox and there staring at me was an announcement that  – Donna McGee  – was coming to town.  Slightly bewildered,  I thought, but that’s me!

I read on,  and lo and behold there was another Donna McGee from Washington DC .  She too was an artist and loves to paint abstract,  just as I do.   She is a very accomplished artist, see her profile here http://www.foundrygallery.org/artist-list/item/3-donna-k-mcgee.html

Excitement grew and we decided we would meet for coffee in a restaurant in town.  Fortunately, I was able to look up Donna on the web and not only could I see her magnificent paintings, I also could see her photo, so I knew who to look for.  We had great fun exchanging stories of our familiar worlds.

It was even more fun when I explained to my children, that I was  meeting “someone I met over the internet”  in town.  All was well however when they heard the full story.

Have you had a similar experience?

Making plans !

January Blue or not so Blue

A Bright New Start

A veil of silence permeates through the house   –   no sounds of I-phones, I-pads, headphones or telephones, radio nor TV ;   just me and the occasional creak and gurgle echoes throughout  the house as the shrill winds outside knock on every window and bang on every door,  looking for entry.

Christmas has passed along with the ringing in of 2012.  Parties attended, old friends reunited, waistlines expanded, all now absorbed in one big fading but happy memory.

And so it is Monday morning!  My family are housed where they are destined to be – work, college or school.  And then, there’s me here in my studio, filled with these passing thoughts; one hundred paintings in my head and several hundred reference photos begging to be explored.

How exciting and daunting all at the same time!   Here goes!

Happy New Year everyone!

Seasons Greetings !

Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings

Making it all affordable!

Tired of listening to all this talk of recession and budget restraints:

Here is what I have been doing:

Wicklow hills

Miniature Landscape Series 1

Wicklow hills

Miniature Landscape Series 2

Wicklow hills

Miniature Landscape Series 3

Wicklow hills

Miniature Landscape Series 4

 purple seascape

Miniature Landscape Series 5

Wicklow hills

Miniature Landscape Series 6

The above are a selection of some of the  miniature paintings  I have been working on, all  inspired  from regular walks through  the Dublin and Wicklow mountain ranges, which are in easy reach of where I live.

They are all oil paintings  on canvas and range in price from €75 – €100 which I think makes buying original art affordable!

What do you think?

The Fruit Seller and Cambodian Culinary Delights

Having just returned from a truly amazing trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, I would like to invite you to share with me some of the magic that we encountered along the way.

We arrived In Siem Reap, Cambodia which is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.  We then travelled a five-hour journey by road  to Cambodia’s capital,  Phnom Penh.    Along the way, we saw countless paddy fields, water buffalo, cows and houses built on stilts to protect the homes in the rainy season.

Phnom Penh is said to be undergoing a modern renaissance and it was a  stark contrast to the quiet country life we encountered along the road.   Steeped in charm, beauty and a rich culture of ancient Khmer history,  its  people smile with a gentleness that appears unbowed  by the  wars,  genocide and  poverty that has besieged their country.

The Cambodian Fruit Seller

The Cambodian Fruit Seller - Oil on board 18 x 24"

This is my first painting reflecting my travels.

It is so commonplace to see the street traders selling their wares, hoping to catch your eye, hoping to engage   –   a sale, a dollar!

Fruit and Vegetable vendors on the streets of Cambodia

Going to Market

In Phnom Penh, we came upon many food markets.  These were a feast for my eyes with a humming energy ever-present. The colours, the textures, the smells of fish, fruit and fowl all mingled together to create a pungent aroma. Chickens squawked, frogs leapt and fish squirmed while underfed cats came to see what  offerings could be had.

Cooked Snakes on Skewers to eat

Crispy Snake for Sale

All kinds of food was on offer with fruits I’d never seen nor heard of before.  My imagination was rather more stretched when I saw such things as spiders being served as a delicacy.  Tourists gathered round and dared each other to taste the culinary delights.  I played my role through “observation” only!

Spiders to eat in a Cambodian Market

Spiders - Roasted n Toasted!

Crickets for sale in a Cambodian food market

Crickets 'n all !

Suckling Pig

Suckling Pig

Crystallsing the palm sugar
Crystallsing the palm sugar

The palm tree is very interesting because of how useful it is.  Every part of the tree  has a purpose,  even the roots of the tree play their part.  In this photograph, the girl is cooking the sap from the palm tree and stirring it until it crystallizes.  It is then wrapped in palm leaves and sold for cooking purposes.  This is a high quality 100% natural food product.

We also tasted some palm sugar wine and needless to say, it was delicious.

Check back soon to see my next posting on Asian charm and my next painting.

Market Day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Market Day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Where in the World is Hannah?

Young girl, Hannah on the beach with dog, west coast of Ireland, Spanish Point

Where in the World is Hannah?

Hannah strolls the beach with  Muffy.  The evening light casts long shadows and reflections while a pink and purple hue invades the landscape.  The world is at her feet,  full of hopes, dreams and possibilities!

My inspiration for this painting happened when earlier in the year we visited Spanish Point.

Spanish Point is located on the west coast of county Clare Ireland.  It takes it’s name  from the unfortunate Spanish who died  in 1588, when many ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked during stormy weather.   It is more renowned today as being one of the best surfing sites on the west coast of Ireland.

I used handmade paper from South India 320 gsm with watercolour and ink.

The People’s Art Exhibition, Dublin

The People’s Art on the Green

The People’s Art will take place once again this weekend from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August  around  St. Stephens Green, Dublin.

This exhibition is  organised by Dublin City Council, the Office of Public Works (OPW)  and a voluntary group of organisers.  This is a super event and really adds to the ambiance of the city, so why not drop by, see some wonderful paintings and maybe purchase a truly unique gift for a special occasion or that someone special.

The dates for this years exhibitions are:

  •  6th – 8th May 2011
  • 24th – 26th June 2011
  • 19th – 21st August 2011
  • 23rd – 25th September 2011
I will be located on the north side ( opposite Dawson Street )  and I  hope you can make it.
Otherwise, see you in Merrion Square on Sundays.


My Plein Air Dingle Trip

On a sunny Sunday morning in May, I embarked on my journey from Dublin to Dingle, Co. Kerry.   A week of painting outdoors, or otherwise known as En Plein Air.  The car was laden down with field easels,  oil paints, turps, linseed oil,  stretched canvas of all shapes and sizes, clothes to paint in, clothes for warm weather, clothes for cold weather, raingear and the list goes on….   I arrived in Dingle a couple of hours later and was greeted by a number of other like-minded artists who had also packed the so-called ‘kitchen sink’ in preparation for our week of painting.

Dingle (Irish: An Daingean / Daingean Uí Chúis, meaning “Ó Cúis’ fort”) is the only town on the Dingle Peninsula, and sits on the Atlantic coast.   It is also the place where the Academy Award winning Ryan’s Daughter was filmed back in the ‘70’s. The town was developed as a port following the Norman invasion of Ireland and has a population of just over 1900. The western end of the peninsula is a Gaeltacht  (Irish-speaking area). This is the most western part of Ireland, and the village of Dún Chaoin is often jokingly referred to as “the next parish to America”.  It has stunning scenery and the Blasket Islands lie off the west coast of the peninsula.  It was the perfect place for landscape and seascape painting.

Blasket Islands, Irish skyline, Kerry, west coast of Ireland

Blasket Islands Oil Painting 20 x 30 on canvas

We travelled high and low, through the narrow roads of Conor Pass, on to Inch Strand, Slea HeadBallyferriter and sometimes we just had to curb our enthusiasm and wait until the traffic cleared:

cows crossing the road blocking the traffic, dingle, kerry countryside

Traffic Calming Measures in Dingle

We set out one day and arrived at a place  called Duineen with a magnificent  mountain range and a river system sometimes referred to as  the Three Sisters.  We started the day with the sun shining as the waves danced and glimmered against the rocks.  Seconds later, dark skies and hailstones, came from God knows where. The waves kicked up a storm and sprayed us with a cool mist while we tried in vain to protect the paintings and the easels from blowing away…. 

Peaked mountain range oftentimes referred to as the Three Sisters, with sea crashing against the rocks, Dingle peninsula, Atlantic coast

Another glorious day, the sun beat down on us and I imagined myself in far off sunny climes.  All the superfluous layers of clothing were abandoned as we squinted away from the glare of the sun and topped up our delicate features regularly with sun cream.

Sea beating against the rocks on Dingle Peninsula, Atlantic rugged coastline

Clogher Beach, Dingle

Next day, we decided to go inland and pulled off to the side of the road.  Came upon this amazing place called Kilmalkedar, an early medieval ecclesiastical site with a church dating back to the 12th century.   This was a fine example of Irish Romanesque architecture when Ireland was trying to bring itself more into line with the rest of Europe.  There was a sundial, a large cross and an ogham stone (Celtic alphabet).   Inside the church was a 6th century stone carved with the letters DNI representing Domini.  Many tourist buses came and went while we painted, but I found it charming when the school children arrived and all spoke fluent Irish as their Múinteoir (teacher) educated them on the enormous historical value of the site.

Ancient ecclesiastical church dating back to 12th century, historical site

Kilmalkedar

Atlantic coastline, view of Dingle peninsula, many shades of green, sheep grazing

View from Kilmalkedar – Oil on board 14×18″

The days went by quickly.  Dedicated painting throughout the day, then lots of chat and laughter as we exchanged our stories and discussed the day’s events over a nice meal. Friendships blossomed and many beautiful paintings were created in oils, acrylics and watercolours, each and every one unique.  I look back now with fond memories of my plein air painting experience in Dingle.

Exhibition Invitations

The People’s Art on the Green

The People’s Art will take place once again on Friday 6th to Sunday 8th May around  St. Stephens Green, Dublin.

This exhibition is  organised by Dublin City Council, the Office of Public Works (OPW)  and a voluntary group of organisers.

The dates for this years exhibitions are:

  •  6th – 8th May 2011
  • 24th – 26th June 2011
  • 19th – 21st August 2011
  • 23rd – 25th September 2011
This is always a very colourful event and should not be missed.

I will be located on the east side and look forward to meeting you there.

Hope you can make it!

Terenure College Art Exhibition & Sale

Official opening on Friday 6th May 2011 at 7.30pm

The dates for this years exhibition are:

  • Friday, 6th May           7.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Saturday, 7th May      10.00am –  6.00pm
  • Sunday, 8th May         10.00am – 6.00pm
Hope to see you there!

Let the Performance Begin!

dancing girls, lady in red, stage performance, the ballet

The audience wait in hushed  anticipation.  The theatre retreats into darkness.  The stage lights herald the arrival of the dancers …

Let the performance begin !


Lately I have immersed myself in the wonderful world of dance and all that  it  entails.

Got to Dance, dance competition and reality show on TV with Ashley BanjoKimberly Wyatt, and Adam Garcia serving as judges.  It is a display of  unbridled talent waiting to burst forth in celebrating life itself!

Black Swan the American psychological thriller film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie PortmanVincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis.  Its plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky‘s Swan Lake ballet.  Natalie Portman brilliantly plays the role  of a ballerina as both the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan.

Finally,  saving the best till last, I  had the absolute pleasure of attending Tchaikovsky’s first ballet,  Swan Lake,   with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra held in the wonderful surroundings of The Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin.    The formation of The Russian State Ballet in 1979 brought stars from the famous Bolshoi, Kirov and Stanislavski ensembles together to bring Soviet ballet to the rest of the world.  Odette/Odile was performed  by Anna Scherbakova whose command of the stage and lightness of foot resembled a butterfly set free in a field of wild flowers, one more sweet  and alluring than the next.

Swan Lake, is considered to be the greatest classical ballet of all time. Its romance and beauty has mesmerised audiences for more than 100 years.  For me, it was a truly captivating experience.

Ballet, dancing girls, ladies in red, dancing performance, dancing on stage

With all of this in mind, I thought I would show you the paintings that  I have worked  on which are in keeping with this wonderful world of mystique and charm – the life of a dancer!