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!

Eternal Light

Eternal LIght 20x30 inches Oil on Canvas
Eternal LIght 20×30 inches Oil on Canvas


Eternal LIght 20x30 inches Oil on Canvas Room View
Eternal LIght 20×30 inches Oil on Canvas Room View
Eternal LIght 20x30 inches Oil on Canvas Studio View
Eternal LIght 20×30 inches Oil on Canvas Studio View

He wishes for the cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths

Enwrought with golden and silver light

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and the half-light

I would spread the cloths under your feet

But I, being poor, have only my dreams

I have spread my dreams under your feet

Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams!

W B Yeats

You can see similar paintings here :http://Www.donnamcgee.ie/seascapes

Contact me here should you wish to purchase this painting.

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from Donna McGee
Happy Easter filled with peace, joy and love with lots of sunshine too!

Sneak Preview – Ideal Home Show

Sneak Preview Ideal Home Show N40
Sneak Preview Ideal Home Show N40

Hi there everyone!

Well the day has finally arrived to set up for The Ideal Home Show.

It certainly is a work day! The RDS Hall where the show takes place turns into a building site. Everyone has a job to do and every tool is put to full use. Within the space of a few hours, chaos turns into a certain type of order.

Just a few finishing touches for tomorrow.

The lighting will be on.

Lights at Ideal Home Show Donna McGee

There will be a place for everything with everything in its place!

Sneak preview to Ideal Home Show, Donna McGee - Ta dah!

We slip out quietly carrying our quota of tools – drills and ladders and God knows what else!

We have a nice presentation (I hope) on our Stand N40.

This stand is right beside all the talks on interior design etc.

Tomorrow I shall enjoy listening to all those tips. See more here

The Work Zone at Ideal Home Show
The Work Zone

Come along over the weekend and see / hear what the Ideal Home Show can offer you and be sure to drop by my stand at N40 and say hello.

You just might find that perfect piece of art to make your home the Ideal Home.

Galway Hookers at Ideal Home Show

Galway Hookers en Route 40 x 80 cms - Oil on Canvas
Galway Hookers en Route 40 x 80 cms – Oil on Canvas

This painting can be see first

Galway Hookers en Route

at the Ideal Home Show, Dublin 12- 14th April 2019

The painting is framed in a white contemporary style box frame and is ready to hang.

The image below helps you visualise how it would look on your wall.

Galway Hookers en Route along the Wild Atlantic Way 40 x 80 cms - Oil on Canvas
Galway Hookers en Route along the Wild Atlantic Way 40 x 80 cms – Oil on Canvas


Yes! The Spring has finally arrived and that means it’s time for Ireland’s biggest and best loved home show.


The permanent tsb Ideal Home Show – full of ideas, advice and inspiration with amazing new home products from the largest selection of suppliers of any event in Ireland – over 220 Exhibitorssee list

Ideal Home Show

If you have not yet gotten your tickets for the Ideal Home Show,

please check out the following link

https://idealhome.ie/free-ticket-registration

Hurry, this free offer is about to close. If you’ve missed out on the offer, be sure to contact me and I will arrange to get some invites to you directly.

So, the countdown is on – still lots to do but I’m looking forward to meeting you all.

Hope to see you there.

Skellig Michael at Ideal Homes

Skellig Michael 60 x 90 cms - Oil on Canvas
Skellig Michael 60 x 90 cms – Oil on Canvas

Looking forward to a return visit to:

Permanent TSB Ideal Home Show

12 th- 14 th April 2019 – RDS Dublin

Sharing the beauty of the Irish landscape through my paintings.

To avail of free tickets check out the following link: https://idealhome.ie/free-ticket-registration

Skellig Michael 60 x 90 cms Oil on Canvas
Skellig Michael 60 x 90 cms Oil on Canvas

I will bring Skellig Michael to the exhibition at the Ideal Homes.

Why not check out some of my other seascapes here.

Stay in touch and don’t miss out on the latest news here

Hope to see you there!

Ideal Inspiration for Ideal Home Show

Gurteen Bay.jpg golden beaches of Connemara along the wild atlantic way
Gurteen Bay.jpg

Permanent TSB Ideal Home Show is coming around 12th – 14th April 2019 RDS Dublin.

Returning to my stand N40 once again to exhibit my paintings, feels good as it is right beside the Interiors and Design Theatre.

I love this spot because I get to listen to all the interesting talks on home design ….. and I’ve a birds eye view of everything going on all around me.

Advice, Ideas and inspiration for every home.


Ideal Homes

Inspiration

Never short on inspiration to paint, I was slightly troubled as to what I might exhibit this time.

After some consideration, I decided to settle on what I love to do best –

Seascapes

As luck would have it, we got a very nice gift voucher for a two night stay in Westport, West of Ireland – along the beautiful Mayo coastline.

Discovering new places

So much to see and do in this magic spot. Croagh Patrick, was all pervasive and we reminisced about the difficult climb that we had done the year before on this pilgrimage site. This was certainly not to be repeated at this windy and cold time of year. So, we were just as pleased to admire its majestic qualities from a distance (phew!)

Carrowmore Beach Co. Mayo
Carrowmore Beach Co. Mayo

We drove around the coastline and discovered a beach that surprisingly enough, I had not been to before – Carrowmore Beach.

Carrowmore Strand is a Blue Flag Beach and it is one of the rarest wildlife habitats in Europe and in Ireland. It commands spectacular views of Clare Island, Achill Island

Right beside that beach we came upon Bertra Beach

Jumping for joy
Jumping for joy

Bertra Beach was equally charming and we discovered that this is great surfing area that stretches into Clew Bay.

Catching the Waves
Surfing in Carrowmore
Surfing in Carrowmore

We continued to explore the area and came upon such lovely scenes. No matter what time of year you travel around Ireland, each season has a superb offering of colour, vibrancy, wildlife wonder winding its path along The Wild Atlantic Way.

.Just another lovely west of Ireland road!

And so, after my very nice adventure to Co. Mayo – I came home and began a new painting of Gurteen Bay. Gurteen is just outside Roundstone, Connemara and not too far from where we had visited. Gurteen Bay is yet another well frequented and favourite of mine. It has a unique horseshoe shape alongside Dogs Bay. The wild headland stretches out into the Atlantic between the two beaches.

Gurteen Bay, Connemara - Wild Atlantic Way 20x30 inches - Oil on Canvas
Gurteen Bay, Connemara 20 x 30 inches – Oil on Canvas

So, I hope you like it. I will have it with me at the Ideal Home Show for purchase.

Here’s hoping that you will join me there over the weekend of 12th to 14th April. For extra encouragement, here is the link to avail of free tickets for admission to the show.

I will have lots of new work with me.

I think I can say truthfully that I sure did get:

Ideal Inspiration for the Ideal Home Show.

Hoping to see you there!

Moonlight Glow

Moonlight Glow 20x16 inches Oil on Canvas (506x640)
Moonlight Glow – 20 x 16 ” – Oil on Canvas

I have always been drawn to water and its calming effects. 

Do you ever think about where is it rushing off to in such a hurry, busily working its ways through all obstacles on its course? Creating bursts of brilliant white as it hits against the rocks then back to its translucent self, back to a calm, slow trickle.

I thought you might enjoy this quote from Leonardo da Vinci

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

Leonardo da Vinci