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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


Welcome New Year 2019 – Glendalough

What a lovely way to welcome in the New Year other than a walk in the countryside of beautiful Glendalough.

Skimming stones in Glendalough.jpg
At the upper Lake in Glendalough Co. Wicklow, people have fun skimming stones and to see how many times they hopSkimming stones in Glendalough at the Upper Lake.jpg

About Glendalough

Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains and has many attractions to enthral visitors, from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower   dating back to the 6th century, its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way.

Glendalough has a mystique and sense of majesty about it.

I have painted Glendalough, both the Upper Lake and Lower Lake so many times and yet, I never tire doing so.

Serenity at its best – Upper Lake Glendalough


For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.

St. Kevins Tower Glendalough peers out above the landscape
St. Kevins Round Tower, Glendalough peers out above the landscape

Step into the deep woodlands in Glendalough
Step into the deep woodlands in Glendalough

 

The Climb

We took the “blue” route which was considered to be the most difficult. Huh! no bother to me,  I can easily do that, I thought! Big wooden, studded boulders led the way on into the mountain – on and on – up and up! It was relentless. Feeling like a pressure cooker  about to blow a gasket  and forced to stop! Gasp! 

Heading along the blue route by the Upper Lake in Glendalough
Heading along the blue route by the Upper Lake in Glendalough

 Attempting to look suitably cool, cheeks glowing, we drew in big gulps of air. New year resolutions uppermost in our minds, we vowed we would get fit, exercise more, make a new start. Gathering ourselves, we took regular stops and reassured ourselves that the mountain wasn’t going anywhere! So, in effect, we had permission to slow down and enjoy the experience.

The view from on high at Glendalough
The view from on high at Glendalough

Having reached the top, the landmass somewhat levelled out
(phew!). The magnificent scenery unfolded and stole our breath away.

On top of the World

On top of the world in Glendalough Co. Wicklow
On top of the world in Glendalough Co. Wicklow

The climb continued around the mountain but seeing the car in the distance prompted a descent.

A glimpse of my car, so very far away in the car park at Glendalough
A glimpse of my car, so very far away in the car park at Glendalough

 

The Descent

Heading down was easier – sure-footed and slow. Feeling somewhat amused at others passing us by skipping and hopping like, mountain goats!

Poulanass Waterfall
Poulanass Waterfall

Along the way, we hear the roar of Poulanass Waterfall.  It marks a sudden drop where a hanging valley meets the main Glendalough valley.

It is thought that during the last Ice Age, a glacier flowing down this small valley was cut off when a larger glacier carved a deeper channel down the Glendalough valley. At the end of the last Ice Age, Glendalough only had one lake, where two now lie.

Descending down the steep hill in Glendalough
Descending down the steep hill in Glendalough

The day began to draw to a close and the landscape was cloaked with a dusky haze.

Short winter days, steal away the time from us and brings the day to an early close as the darkness falls.

Even though the mountains were silent and serene, the people would go home and leave this heavenly place to rest for another day.

I pondered about another whole life experience waiting to happen!

Deer, Rabbits, Foxes, Squirrels and all the other wildlife waiting on night to descend. A whole new experience would unfold in these awesome mountains – foraging and going about their way – investigating the discards of the day from the tourists.

One last visit to the Upper Lake – it’s time for home

“Good Evening and thank you for a lovely day Glendalough”

Wishing you a Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas to one and all !

Peace, joy and good health


A big thank you to all my friends and supporters and may the magic of Christmas be yours throughout the year.


The light of the Christmas star to you
The warmth of a home and hearth to you
The cheer and good will of friends to you
The hope of a childlike heart to you
The joy of a thousand angels to you
The love of the Son and
God’s peace to you


–  An old Irish blessing

Read about some Irish Christmas traditions here

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Donna McGee

  Happy Thanksgiving Day

To all my family, friends and supporters,

 

Whatever is beautiful, Whatever is meaningful, Whatever brings you happiness… May it be yours this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year!

Wishing you the gift of faith and the blessing of hope this thanksgiving day!

 

Christmas P-ART-Y in Merrion Square Dublin

P-ART-Y   Exhibition On!

 

Christmas Party in Merrion Square

Yes, we on Merrion Square Art are getting in the festive mood and having an art party or rather a P-art-y!

When: 

  • Friday 14th December

  • Saturday 15th December

  • Sunday 16th December

Bargains Galore!

With over 50 paintings selling at  #Black Friday prices of just €50 each – can you believe it!


gift wrapping by donna McGee

So come along and join in the fun – bag a bargain and check out some of the fabulous original artwork available – ideal Christmas presents.
Meet the Artists
See some Demonstrations
Have Fun with this eclectic atmosphere in Georgian Dublin

 

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Merry Christmas from Donna McGee Fine Art

 

Happy to Meet – Sorry to Part!

Happy to Meet – Sorry to Part!

Well,  the Ideal Home Show is over till next year.   I’m feeling nicely tired after the four days of chatting to so many visitors,  but  fondly looking back with some very nice memories.

Thank you to all the lovely people who visited my stand over the weekend.  I met all kinds of interesting people and had lots of fun.

A big thank you to Dublin Beds who were located beside me.  Following a “mishap” with my car, they very kindly made a delivery for me  and kept my customers very happy, along with their own.  How kind was that!

I enjoyed the craic too!

So now, I will retreat for a while and find a place for everything with everything in its place!

Hope to see you again at The Ideal Home Show next Spring.

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Only Three Days- Ideal Home Show

Only three days to Ideal Home Show launch!

 

Undying Love - Oil/Mixed Media on Block Canvas 36 x 12 inches
Undying Love – Oil based Mixed Media on Block Canvas 36 x 12 inches

I’m continuing to work away towards the launch of the Ideal Home Show this coming Friday.

Hectic but happy,  I thought I’d take some time out (by way of a little diversion) to tell you about the painting

“Undying Love”

Undying love side view Oil Painting Donna McGee

I have created many of these canvas flower paintings in the past.  So much so, that I have  similar paintings in my home as they hold  enchantment or magnetism that I am drawn to.

I had been commissioned to create some pieces for a business a long time ago.  Recently, I had the pleasure to see my paintings “in situ”

ourple flowers donna mcgeepurple flowers mixed media donna mcgee

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was so pleasing to me to discover that the owner still loved the paintings all these years later.  They had taken on a life of their own and  become conversation pieces.

As an artist, there is nothing nicer than to get some positive feedback on where your paintings have travelled to and become a part of a new home or  business place.

It’s a   g-o-o-d   feeling!

I will have a selection of these paintings available at Ideal Home Show.

If you are in Dublin, come take a look and stop and chat for a while.

I’d love to see you.

(Just a few tickets left –  Contact me if you would like free tickets)

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Into the Light

Into the light 30 x 40 inches - oil on block canvas
Into the light 30 x 40 inches – oil on block canvas

Into the Light 

See it first at The Ideal Home Show

Why not brighten up your home with a well earned gift to yourself?
Sit and lose yourself in this abstract landscape painting.

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This painting will be with me at the Ideal Home Show next week at RDS Dublin 26th – 29th October at Stand N40
This is where you will find expert advice and inspiration for your home
Hope you can come.
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Ideal Home Show – Working Away

 Working away for The Ideal Home Show

 

Still lots of finishing touches  to be done, not to mention  planning and organising but it’s all very exciting stuff.

The only thing to do :

Create a checklist!

  • How is the framer getting on with all the new work I gave him?
  • Check with printer – enough business cards? greeting cards?
  • Labels / name tags / prices ….
  • Layout – now that’s a big one to decide – what goes where and which paintings sit best together?
  • Will everything be ready on time ?

and on it goes …..

I am excited about the collection I will have at my Stand N40.

It will be an eclectic mix of paintings that I think you will like.

There will certainly be something for everyone.

Into the light 30 x 40 inches - oil on block canvas
Into the light 30 x 40 inches – oil on block canvas

This really is a great opportunity to get ahead of the posse as regards  Christmas  – shhhhh!  (I am whispering here),   but this   IS   the place to go to make your design changes for your home,  or  to get that  unique gift for Christmas before all the madness starts.

So do stop by my stand and take time for a chat.

Remember, the show runs for four days, so  come and say hello – and if you’ve missed the deadline to download free tickets, send me a message, and I will be happy to send some on to you.

See you then!