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

Cascading Depths Abstract Painting

Cascading Depths Abstract Art 40x30 inch Oil painting on Block Canvas Donna McGee
Cascading Depths 40 x 30 inches – Abstract Oil painting on Block Canvas

Busy preparing for upcoming shows and this is one of my latest creations from my “Transcendence Series” entitled Cascading Depths.

Cascading Depth 40x30 inches Oil on Block Canvas - Room View
Cascading Depths 40 x 30 inches- Oil on Block Canvas

Cascading Depths painting is from a series of abstract landscapes. Mixing my favourite colours – those earthy, autumn blends of colour that nature presents are very pleasing and offer a comforting warmth for me. I build up many layers of shapes and form with a palette knife, brushes and even my fingers can play a part in the process until I am satisfied with the final result.

Does this painting invite you in?

Is it a journey deep into the woodland

or

a cascading waterfall?

What does it say to you – I would love to hear from you.

See more of my abstract paintings here

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I will have this painting, Cascading Depths at :

Ideal Home Show

Where you can create the Home you love

Ideal Home Show

RDS Dublin

25th – 28th October 2019

Do you realise you can get free tickets to the show here

I am also preparing for

Art Source

Ireland’s premier Art Fair

Art Source

RDS Dublin

15th -17th November 2019

I will have a limited amount of free tickets available for this very popular show. Please contact me directly if you wish me to send you one.

Doolough Valley, Co. Mayo

Doolough Valley
Doolough Valley 16 x 12 inches, Oil on Canvas

On a recent visit to some of my favourite parts of the Irish countryside – Connemara and the Mayo coastline, we came upon this charming site

Doolough Valley

It is located in Co. Mayo, along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Doo Lough (in Irish meaning “Black Lake’)

Driving through the Valley is a unique experience. It is embedded in a mountainous landscape of unspoilt nature – Mweelrea Mountain and Sheeffry Hills. There are two lakes on the east-side, where the Wild Atlantic Way winds its way through.

A yearly walk is held along this route in memory of the
Doolough dead and to highlight the starvation of the world’s poor, still today.


A stone memorial cross can be found on the northern edge of the valley, dedicated to the victims of the “Doolough Tragedy” marking one of the most tragic periods in Irish history. During the Great Famine in 1849, hundreds of people made their way from Louisburgh to Delphi Lodge. Threatened by starvation, their suffering was ignored and they were turned away. Many died from malnutrition on the return journey to Louisburgh in Doolough Valley.


“How can men feel honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings?”

Mahatma Ghandi

This question of Mahatma Ghandi is engraved in the cross.

Doolough Valley Framed
Doolough Valley framed with an inner white mount and silver frame 18 x 20″ overall measurement

View the painting in a room setting

Doolough Valley Room Setting

If you would like to purchase this painting, please contact me

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

Paintings at Artloft – House Event this weekend

Donna McGee at Artloft House Event

Delighted to return to the Artloft with my latest paintings at the House Event this coming weekend.

24th – 26th May 2019

RDS Main Hall, Dublin 4

Stand L39

http://www.house-event.ie

Opening Times:

Friday 24th May 12pm – 7pm

Saturday 25th May 10am – 5pm

Sunday 26th May 10am – 5pm

Attractions

  • There will be a dedicated space for artists at the Artloft
  • Over 160 leading interior suppliers
  • Inspiration Stage
  • Wine Bar
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Design Clinic
  • Trend Talks Stage
  • Upcycling Demonstration and Showcase

If you are around Dublin this weekend – don’t miss it.

Hope to see you there!