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Featured Artist at ABI (Arts Business Institute)

Donna McGee – Featured Artist

   ABI (Arts Business Institute)

Delighted to get the opportunity to appear as a featured artist at ABI – Arts Business Institute

Here is a transcript of the feature and I hope you will enjoy the read:

 

Painter Donna McGee shares her impressive portfolio, and shares her story of inspiration and life as a working artist.

Nature Trail 10 x 12" Oil on Canvas
Nature Trail 10 x 12″ Oil on Canvas

ABI:  You bill yourself as an “Irish Landscape Artist” – what does this encompass?

DG:  Growing up in Ireland, I have been constantly moved by our rich heritage in the arts. Whether literature or poetry, music or dance, our enduring culture has always gripped me. Never more so than the rich tapestry that painting brings to my life, and the sense of capturing the beauty that surrounds us.

The Dawning Oil Painting
The Dawning – Oil on Canvas 20 x 30″

Ireland has a coastline of almost 3,000 km. Its changeable oceanic climate provides a spectacular landscape. The mountains, low plains, rivers and lush forests provide constant inspiration.

Donna McGee Studio Shot
Donna McGee Studio Shot

Magnificent sunsets, stormy skies contrast against the rhythmic force of the ocean. The ever-changing light in this natural landscape draws an emotional response and a spiritual connection with nature. All of this natural beauty features strongly in my work.

Atlantic Force - Oil on Canvas 20 x 30"
Atlantic Force – Oil on Canvas 20 x 30″

When the weather is not so inclement, I take myself off to the surrounding countryside and enjoy plein air painting. I also participate in the annual international event in the South East of Ireland Art in the Open.

My preferred medium is oils.

Between Earth and Sky Seascape - Oil Painting on Canvas 20 x 30" reflective clouds on beach by Donna McGee
Between Earth and Sky – Oil on Canvas 50 x 70 cms

ABI: What has inspired you most as a painter?

DG:  The restless elemental forces of this great landscape compel me to capture its magic and celebrate its timeless beauty. It is my drive and hope to stir this emotional connection in the eyes of the viewer.

As evening falls in Dun Laoghaire 50x70cms Oil on block Canvas
As evening falls in Dun Laoghaire 50x70cms Oil on block Canvas

I am very fortunate to live at the foothills of the Dublin mountains and I can reach the ocean within a half hour from my home.

I have always enjoyed the creativity that painting unlocks in me. When my children were young, I seized every opportunity to devote myself to the arts, working in a home environment. In recent years, I enjoy the absolute pleasure of having a custom-built studio in my garden. There is nowhere better!

Calling from the West Coast - Fanore beach is a scenic spot in Co. Clare, Ireland.
Calling from the West Coast 24 x 12 inches – Oil on block canvas

ABI:  How do you exhibit and sell your work?

DG:  I exhibit my work through various channels and continuously explore new opportunities as they arise.

My website and an active social media footprint has also proven successful for me to exhibit and sell my work. I am considering putting a shop on my website but have not as yet taken that plunge.

Breaking Dawn - Oil on Canvas 50 x 70 cms
Breaking Dawn – Oil on Canvas 50 x 70 cms

I also participate in many group exhibitions and galleries throughout Ireland.

You can find me weekly at Merrion Square Open-Air Art Gallery  usually on a Sunday in beautiful Georgian Dublin and also at the Peoples Art in the centre of Dublin city at regular intervals throughout the year. This provides a great opportunity for visitors to view the paintings but also to meet me in person and discuss the work.

Galway Hooker Boats 16x12 inches - Oil on Block Canvas - Donna McGee Art
Galway Hooker Boats 16×12 inches – Oil on Block Canvas

I am  busy at the moment preparing for two large national shows happening this Spring time: The Ideal Homes Exhibition and House 2018 an event dedicated to high-end interior design.

 

 

Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greeting and a very happy and peaceful Christmas

Merry Christmas from Donna McGee Fine Art

 

Into the Ether

Into the Ether Series
Into the Ether Series diptych

Another painting – diptych from the Into the Ether series.

I hope you like it.

Happy Halloween – Be Careful out there!

Happy Halloween

to all the ghosts, ghouls, gory goblins, bats, bloodcurdling witches on broomsticks with mobile cauldrons flying over cemeteries cackling to the creepy, eerie, frightening and bloody Grim Reaper and all lost souls.

Know that, Halloween is here!

Halloween

 

Happy Halloween from Donna McGee Fine Art

 

 

 

Dublin Art Society Annual Exhibition 2017

The Dublin Art Society

proudly present their

Annual Art Exhibition 2017

Opening Friday 20th October at 6.30 at Dalkey Town Hall
Dublin Art Society Annual Exhibition 2017There will be a great variety of work available to purchase.
A special theme, titled “Childhood” will run through selected works.
I will be exhibiting some of my collage and abstract work.
Drop by if you are in the area.

 

Dublin Art Society Annual Exhibition 2017

The Lure of India – Sikh Temple

The Lure of India

 Sikh Temple

On this trip to India, we visited many temples and forts.
One clearly remains uppermost on my mind, that  is of course, the visit to a  Sikh Temple.

 

Throughout India’s history, religion has been an important part of the country’s culture.  The main religions are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

The most dominant religion is Hinduism.  This  accounts for about 80% of the population.

About 2% of India’s population are Sikhs.

Outside the Sikh Temple - People came to bathe and to wash their feet
Outside the Sikh Temple – People came to bathe and to wash their feet

 

Bathing at the Sikh Temple
Bathing at the Sikh Temple

What I particularly like about Sikhism is that everyone has equal rights.  This is irrespective of caste, creed, colour, race, sex or religion.

They have placed an emphasis on community services and helping the needy.  They work towards universal, selfless love.

Everyone in the community is looked after and receive food daily.

Nobody is asked any questions. Nobody is  judged.

 

 

The creators of Sikhism tried (unsuccessfully) to abolish some of the old Indian customs such as the caste system.

 

Sikhs at rest in the Temple
Sikhs at rest in the Temple

Every Sikh is expected to voluntarily contribute to their community by preparing free meals in the  kitchen.  The common kitchen is called Langar.  In every place of worship, (Gurdwara)  there is a Langar.

 

Sikh temple - waiting patiently
Sikh temple – waiting patiently

 

The meals are served to all and are eaten sitting on the floor.

This is to emphasise the point that all are equal.

Sikh Temple - Food Preparation where sacks of grain are emptied
Sikh Temple – Food Preparation where sacks of grain are emptied

 

Sikh Temple - Food Preparation
Sikh Temple – Food Preparation

 

Sikh Temple - Food Preparation
Sikh Temple – Food Preparation

 

Sikh Temple -stirring the pots filled with dahl, biryani and all sorts!
Sikh Temple -stirring the pots filled with dahl, biryani and all sorts!

 

Sikh Temple - Pitta breads
Sikh Temple – Pitta breads

 

Sikh temple - busy at work
Sikh temple – busy at work where everyone is welcome to help out!

 

Sikh temple - and the work goes on
Sikh temple – and the work goes on

 

Sikh temple - Supervising or maybe just taking a break!
Sikh temple – Supervising or maybe just taking a break!

 

Sikh temple - peeling the veg
Sikh temple – peeling the veg

 

Sikh Temple - Food is nearly ready
Sikh Temple – Food is nearly ready

 

Sikhism does not believe in fasting.  They see the body as God’s gift to the human race.

Therefore, people must foster, maintain and preserve the body in good, sound condition.

 

Sikh Temple - Food at last
Sikh Temple – Food at last

 

I must admit it was a very humbling experience to be a part of this event.  It was also a privilege to be invited to participate in the preparation of the food.

What a wonderful way to treat your people in you community.

I am so glad to have these memories of my trip to India

 

Sikh Turban Creation
We had the joy of watching a Sikh Turban demonstration

The Sikhs are recognised by five signs.  These signs are, uncut hair; comb; sword or dagger; bracelet on the right wrist and shorts.

The religious Sikhs dress,  carry a sword.  Most of the Sikhs, even today, have uncut hair and gather it in a turban.

I hope you enjoyed this visit to the Sikh Temple. 
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The Lure of India – Taj Mahal

 The Lure of India and the magical presence of the

Taj Mahal

 We are all so familiar with the iconic Taj Mahal, but did you know that it means,  Crown of the Palace.  It is an ivory-white marble mausoleum and has to be witnessed  in person to be fully appreciated.
The Lure of India and Taj Mahal
The Lure of India and Taj Mahal

It is situated on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra.  It is a World Heritage Site and has been declared a winner of the new Seven Wonders of the World (2000 – 2007 initiative)

Taj Mahal and the Yamuna River
Taj Mahal and the Yamuna River

 

It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his (favourite wife !) Mumtaz Mahal   a Persian princess.  Her name means “Jewel of the Palace” or “Chosen One of the Palace”.  She  died having given birth to their 14th child.  The princess expressed her wish to be remembered in a formal manner.

The Taj Mahal took approximately 20 years to build and 20,000 workers to complete.  This surely was a true declaration of his undying love for this lady.

The tomb lies in the centre of the  complex,  and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.

 

The lure of India and Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

We arrived at 5.00 am to catch the sunrise.

As you approach the Taj Mahal – its breath-taking beauty steals your heart.  We were in awe and a quiet, respectful hush prevailed.

Once you reach the white marble steps, you can no longer take photographs (sorry about that).  Also, you must wear special socks to enter the mausoleum as if you were entering a pharmaceutical plant or operating theatre!  This is where you will witness the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal.

The emperor’s tomb was later added to the mausoleum so that he could be beside his loved one.

Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as

“the tear-drop on the cheek of time”

 

One of the so-called guest houses at the Taj Mahal
One of the so-called guest houses at the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal attracts about 8 million visitors a year.

 

As the morning light began to change, all of a sudden we could see the reflection of the Taj Mahal in full splendour.

It was a special time!

The quiet hush subsided as people became giddy with excitement and cameras clicked and the reality  of selfies were in full flow.

 

Princess Diana  once visited the Taj Mahal and people flocked to get photos taken in the same spot where she had sat.

 

The Taj Mahal in all its splendour
The Taj Mahal in all its splendour

 

Taj Mahal Reflections
Taj Mahal Reflections
Visiting the Taj Mahal has to be one of the main highlights of my visit to India.
Already, my thoughts linger on the Taj Mahal and it will to be the first painting I will do from India.

 

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In my next post, I will tell you about a very interesting visit to a Sikh Temple – this was no ordinary temple and no doubt, you will enjoy this story!
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