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People’s Art Exhibition – June 2017

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If you are in Dublin over the weekend, be sure to check out the People’s Art Exhibition on St. Stephens Green, Dublin

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

Lots of artists with lots of original paintings for sale at superb prices.

Come and meet the artists – I’ll be there!

 

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Lucan Art Fair

Lucan Art Fair

In preparation for this art exhibition, lots of artists (including me) have been busy today hanging paintings in this lovely venue Divine Mercy SNS Lucan, Co. Dublin. 

It promises to be a great event full of creativity and good value guaranteed.

Come along to Lucan Art Fair opening if you can tomorrow night.

Don’t miss it.

Immagine & Poesia 2017 Poetry on Line

I am very pleased to participate for the 3rd year to the online poetry anthology:

Immagine & Poesia E Book 2017

Immagine & Poesia 2017

Here is my entry with painting and short poem:

Immagine and Poesia - Breaking Dawn

 

 

What ‘s better than Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s words to introduce the 2017 edition of Immagine & Poesia E Book ?

In the words bearers of light we see every and each one of you Poets and Artists, you who have sent your contributions from different geographical areas and different cultural backgrounds, showing that Art and Poetry can open a way to Beauty and to Peace.
 Let’s see this beautiful anthology as a little step towards mutual understanding and sincere friendship.
Once again special thanks to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet-icon of the Beat Generation and to Agneta Falk Hirschman who have joined us.

Poets and artists around the world unite through art, beauty and peace

A special thanks  also to Lidia Chiarelli and Huguette Bertrand

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People’s Art Exhibition this weekend!

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Lots of Preparation for The People’s Art in the sunshine!
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Packed up and ready to go for the Peoples Art
The Skelligs - Work in Progress
The Skelligs – Work in Progress – not going to make it this time!

Yes, it’s that time of year again …

The summer has arrived,  sun is shining,  garden is blooming,  birds and bees buzzing around!  Barbeques and garden furniture get a facelift  in preparation for  garden parties with friends and family.

Oh, the joy of long summer evenings!

To make you feel even better, the People’s Art Dublin is on this weekend and so I have been busy painting, varnishing and framing my paintings in readiness for the busy season ahead.  This weekend marks the first of the outdoor exhibitions in St. Stephens Green, Dublin City Centre where there will be hundreds of original paintings for sale and great value to be had.

Come along and meet the artists this weekend in Dublin.

Dates for your diary  : 2017 People’s Art Exhibitions 

5 6 7 May 2017   |   23 24 25 June 2017   |   21 22 23 July 2017   |   18 19 20 August 2017   |   22 23 24 September 2017  |   1 2 3 December 2017.

People’s Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non profit making group, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. Each year after expenses are paid, donations are made to various charities

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Don’t forget that there is also an exhibition of original art in

Merrion Square

every weekend throughout the year  so you can enjoy original art all year round.  Drop by soon!

Suaimhneas – Happy Easter

Suaimhneas 24 x 20" - Oil on Block Canvas Donna McGee Art
Suaimhneas 24 x 20″ – Oil on Block Canvas

Happy Easter

“Suaimhneas”  an enchanting  word from the Irish language denoting

  • peace

  • relaxation

  • calm

  • serenity

  • tranquillity

    Suaimhneas 24 x 20" - Oil on Block Canvas Donna McGee ArtI wish you all a very happy Easter!

 

 

Dark Hedges

The Mystifying Dark Hedges that lured Games of Thrones to make a scene!

We toured the magnificent Causeway Coast & Glens, Antrim, Northern Ireland recently.  Before we set out, we compiled a list of “things to do”. 

Top of this list was to pay a visit to:

The Giants Causeway

and then

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

 

We were also mystified by the stunning natural landmark and eerie

Dark Hedges 

of Ballymoney in Northern Ireland.

Dark Hedges - 60 x 60 cms Oil on block canvas
Dark Hedges – 60 x 60 cms Oil on block canvas

This beautiful avenue of beech trees with their intertwining branches were planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century.   The family planted an avenue of over 150 beech trees along the entrance to their Georgian estate. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached their home, Gracehill House.

Today this unique, tranquil and spellbinding tunnel of ancient beech trees stretches along the Bregagh Road, intertwining and entangling to create a spectacular fusion of light and shadow.

 

The Dark Hedges are  the most photographed location in Northern Ireland.   So much so, that even the  popular Game of Thrones  filmed a scene at this enchanting  road.

This has clearly put the Dark Hedges on the map.

I thought you might like to see a clip of the top five Game of Thrones locations in Northern Ireland:

Depending on the time of year that you visit, there is no doubt that you will capture compelling images with your camera. The  combination of  shadows between morning  and evening light, the seasons, snow, mist or haze – it’s a photographers heaven!

It is particularly eerie as the evening draws to a close and the light fades.

Dark Hedges Donna McGee

Originally, there were about 150 trees, but time has taken its toll along with storm damage and we were told that tour buses were causing difficulty too.  Sadly, only about 90 of the trees remain today.

Dark Hedges Donna McGee

An old legend tells us of a “Grey Lady” that silently glides along the avenue.  She then quietly vanishes into the ether.  But when Halloween arrives, she re-emerges accompanied on her walk by tormented souls of those who were buried beside her!

With the help of Heritage Lottery Funding The Dark Hedges Preservation Trust project has four aims – to conserve and enhance The Dark Hedges, utilise the hedges as a learning tool and improve and develop interpretation around the hedges. The Dark Hedges Preservation Trust is working in partnership with the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust to deliver the project.

 

Let’s hope the Dark Hedges survive well into the future and if you are in Northern Ireland, take the time to check them out – well worth a visit!

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Here are some other paintings from my trip to the magnificent Causeway Coast & Glens, Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The Giants Causeway - Oil on Board 10x12" Donna McGee
The Giants Causeway
Oil on Board 10×12″

Read the blog post here

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge 10 x 8 inches Oil on Canvas
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge 10 x 8 inches Oil on Canvas
I hope that you have enjoyed this journey to The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland.
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Two of the beech trees are pictures collapsed across the road

 

 


Upper Lake Glendalough

Upper Lake Glendalough - 40 x 30 inches - Oil on block canvas
Upper Lake Glendalough – 40 x 30 inches – Oil on block canvas

 

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow is one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations.

It is  a popular visitor attraction and has always been a favourite among artists to interpret.

“Glendalough will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul!”

Glendalough (gets its name from the Irish language Gleann Dá Loch, “Valley of the Two Lakes”)  It is noted for its magnificent scenery, rich history, archaeology, flora and fauna, abundant wildlife  and mining history.

A view of Upper Lake Glendalough
A view of Upper Lake Glendalough

Glendalough is also one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.  Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries.

The Round Tower at :Glendalough,
The Round Tower at :Glendalough,
St. Kevins Monastery at Glendalough,
St. Kevins Monastery at Glendalough,

 

There are many walking trails of varying difficulty around Glendalough.  I have added some photographs which I took  from my phone while on a recent visit with my family.  We took the “high road” (one of the difficult routes) and the mountain climb ensured a great workout!  Thankfully,  we were well rewarded with magnificent views over the valley when we got to the top.

 

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