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Dublin Art Society Event approaches!

The Dublin Art Society Event approaches!

The Exhibition opens 28th September at Dalkey Heritage Centre and runs through to 30th September

Dublin Art Society Annual Exhibition 2018

There is a terrific selection of paintings that will be in the exhibition, so it is well worth a visit.

I will have the following paintings on display:

Galway Hookers at Roundstone 24x18 inches - Oil on Canvas
Galway Hookers at Roundstone 24×18 inches – Oil on Canvas
Evening Seabreeze 24 x 12 Oil on canvas
Evening Seabreeze 24 x 12 inches – Oil on canvas
Convergence 20x16 inches Abstract Oil painting on Block Canvas
Convergence 20 x 16 inches – Oil on Canvas

 

Dublin Art Society will also raise funds for the very well deserved charity Pieta House by hosting a raffle for a magnificent painting donated by Olivia Hayes
Raffle in aid of Pieta House kindly donated by Olivia Hayes
Raffle in aid of Pieta House kindly donated by Olivia Hayes

If you are in Dublin that weekend, go check out the exhibition – it will not disappoint.

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Clifden Arts Trail

Delighted to have my work in the window of Hehirs of Clifden  at the

Clifden Arts Festival

Clifden Arts Trail

Galway Hookers at Roundstone in Hehirs of Clifden
Galway Hookers at Roundstone – at Hehirs of Clifden for Arts Trail

 

A short while ago, I had the  absolute delight to catch the Regatta in  the very charming village of   Roundstone in the heart of Connemara.  Since then,  I have gone mad painting Galway Hooker fishing boats because they are so majestic, beautiful and strong.

Roundstone is on the west coast of Connemara an area of outstanding natural beauty and inspiration for many artists with hills, valleys and beautiful coastlines.

 

A day for Fishing 16 x 12 inches - Oil on block Canvas
A day for Fishing 16 x 12 inches – Oil on block Canvas

The Galway hooker is a traditional fishing boat used in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. The hooker was developed for the strong seas there. It is identified by its sharp, clean entry, bluff bow, marked tumblehome and raked transom. Its sail plan consists of a single mast with a main sail and two foresails.

Galway Hookers at Roundstone 24x18 inches - Oil on Canvas
Galway Hookers at Roundstone 24×18 inches – Oil on Canvas

There are so many interesting  places to visit in Connemara, for example:

The Lone Rider 14 x12 Oil on canvas
The Lone Rider 14 x12 Oil on canvas

 

The rugged, glacially sculpted backdrop to Roundstone is the majestic mountain of Errisbeg, which rises to almost 1,000 feet. No visit to Connemara is ever complete without a visit to the harbour village of Roundstone. It is an ideal base from which to explore the wonderful ice-age scoured and lake-strewn Roundstone Bog. South of the village the crescent-shaped beaches of Gurteen and Dog’s Bay and their intervening tombolo draw thousands each summer. 

https://www.connemara.net

 

 

The Trio 10 x 20 inches – Oil on Board

 

 

 

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

All of these paintings are currently available for purchase.

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Dublin Art Society Original Art Event

Looking forward to

The Dublin Art Society

annual  art event

Where:  Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dublin

When:

Friday 28th September – Official opening  6.00 pm

Saturday 29th September  10.00 – 6.00 pm

Sunday 30th September 10.00 – 5.00pm

Dublin Art Society Annual Exhibition 2018

There will be a raffle of a magnificent painting kindly donated by Olivia Hayes.  This will raise much needed funds for Pieta House.
This promises to be a really nice exhibition.  I will have three paintings for sale at the exhibition. (more later)
I hope you can come along and join us and I look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

Anthology Feature

Delighted to be featured in the Summer edition of

Anthology Magazine

 

Anthology Feature Donna McGee

A collection of beautiful experiences

This is a beautifully produced magazine that  covers fashion, travel, arts and lifestyle.
I am featured on Page 88
Donna McGee Feature Anthology Magazine

Merrion Square Open Air Art Gallery 

Every Sunday from 10.00 am – 5.00pm

Each Sunday, Merrion Square, in the heart of Georgian Dublin, is transformed into a vast al fresco art gallery.  For art collectors or those seeking a cultural experience, a visit to Merrion Square Open Air Art Gallery is a great way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon.  The causal and eclectic atmosphere is hard to beat.

If you are in Dublin on Sunday, why not drop by!

Goodbye Breaking Dawn

Say Goodbye to – Breaking Dawn 

 

Breaking Dawn

And so, Breaking Dawn Oil Seascape Painting has gone off to a lovely new home.

It is always a source of great pleasure to me when I see my paintings hanging in someone’s home or business place.

 

 

It was good fun  moving the painting around trying to find the best position for hanging it.  Before I knew it,  I had the shoes  off while I climbed the chair with hammer and picture hooks at the ready.

A  nice glass of  Graham Norton’s  rose  wine helped to achieve the perfect hanging position!Breaking Dawn

…   Is it crooked?

…   Right a bit?

…   Left a bit?

…   Down a bit?

… No, up a bit?

The painting had to be positioned so that when looking at it, you could almost walk into that water and bathe your feet – that was the intention anyway!

Between us, I think we got it right and had a good ole laugh in the process!

See more of my seascapes here

 

 

Galway Hookers at Roundstone

Galway Hookers and Currachs in Roundstone, Co. Galway – Yay!

Clifden

Having spent a fabulous week in Co. Mayo, I headed on up to Clifden in Galway ( the capital of Connemara!)

Aw! the west coast of Ireland, such raw beauty – I feel so happy and energised every time I head for the west and the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

  • You can drive the scenic route around the Sky Loop Road which offers spectacular views of the coastline (unfortunately, this time round, the mist came down like a thick blanket ghosting over the landscape and denied me that beauty I’d witnessed just weeks before).
  • This is  where John Alcock and Arthur Brown landed following their historic cross-Atlantic flight back in 1919.

Roundstone

And so, naturally, I felt the lure of a quick trip to Roundstone – just down the road, so to speak! (about 20 Klms)

I would have the joy of visiting along the way:

  Dogs Bay

Gurteen

Manin Bay

Delightful unspoilt beaches of golden sand!

And then, finally, I reach Roundstone.

Roundstone is a charming little harbour village.  I see signs along the way announcing the  regatta    from Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd July – Yay!

This festival is over 200 years old.

I have always, always, wanted to see a regatta with those beautiful red sails of the Galway Hookers up close.

The Galway hooker is a traditional fishing boat used in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland.  The hooker was developed for the strong seas that exist along the coast.  It is identified by its sharp, clean entry, bluff bow, marked tumblehome and raked transom. Wikipedia

I just couldn’t believe my luck to happen upon such a wondrous event!

I have painted the Hookers so many times.   My children  had attended Irish college in the Gaeltacht areas (Irish tradition), they too  sent me photos, knowing  my love of the boats and that my paint brushes would always be at the ready.

 

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

 

Galway Hookers 2 Oil on canvas 14x10"
Galway Hookers 2 Oil on canvas 14×10″ – Sold
Galway Hookers 4 Oil on canvas 14x10"
Galway Hookers 3 Oil on canvas 14×10″ Sold

 

The Currachs also featured in this regatta.

A currach (Irish: curach, Irish pronunciation: [ˈkʊɾˠax]) is a type of Irish boat with a wooden frame.  They are smaller rowing boats and do not need to be anchored.  They have a peculiar shape with a deep hull.

Let the Regatta begin:

I found me a “little spot” where I could watch the whole event with a full view of the bay.

I was the child in the candy shop.

Perched on a grassy bank and  nibbling some snacks, I noticed through the corner of my eye, a little four legged creature passing by.  It began with R and ended in T).    Normally, I would get over-excited by such events,  I might even scream.  But this time, I picked myself up and headed for a large rock where I could see all around me and my little four legged creature went off about his business – perfect!

The day went on and more and more people assembled with cameras and binoculars.  There was  great excitement and delight.  We could just about hear the muffled announcements over the loudspeakers coming from the harbour.

The currachs took off in races one after the other around the buoys.  The Hookers cruised around in the background and then it was their turn to sail.  I watched them dissapear off into the horizon!

Conclusion

So …………… all I want to do now, is to get painting.  I want to remember this day through paint and try to recreate and capture that magic.

Lots of boats coming up so watch this space!

Oh what a day – I loved it!

<3 <3 <3

 

Immagine & Poesia E book addition

Delighted to be included again in this lovely Image and Poetry Book – 5th Edition. My painting “Scamaill” which appears on page 48 was paired with a poem by Yuan Changming from Canada/China.

Poets and Artists from 41 Countries of the 5 Continents meet in a project for Peace –

Download here https://immaginepoesia.jimdo.com/e-book-2018/

Scamaill oil painting

 

Poets and Artists from 41 Countries of the 5 Continents meet in a project for Peace

 

IMMAGINE&POESIA is the artistic literary movement, founded in Torino (Italy) in 2007 with the Patronage of AERONWY THOMAS, Dylan Thomas’ daughter.
“ART and POETRY lead to moments of CROSS-FERTILIZATION”

https://immaginepoesia.jimdo.com/ebook-2018/
https://immaginepoesia.webnode.it/e-books/a2018-edition/

House Event Continues – Last Day


House Art Loft

The House Event continues for one more day

Join me at Stand L39 in the Art Loft

Here are some photos taken over the last day or so

 

Day One and all the fuss and excitement of setting up.  What to bring, checklists that itemise drills, screws, labels, ladders …. and the list goes on and on. Starting with a clean canvas (pardon the pun) and within no time at all, the empty shell is filled with lots of paintings and hey presto – we’re ready!

House Event Continues - Last Day

Pleased to take part in the panel discussion and to talk about painting!

 

Some of the lovely visitors that came to my stand  and some paintings on their journey to their new homes.

Tomorrow is the last day so I do hope you will come along and visit if you are in the area.

Transform Your Space With Irish Art

 

House Event

Delighted to be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the  #House Event,  #TrendTalk stage  on Friday 25th May from 14.00 – 15.00 #ArtLoft

Two big paintings for exhibition at House just back from the framer!
Two big paintings just back from the framer!

House

RDS, Main Hall, Dublin 4

25th – 27th May 2018

Opening Times: Friday 12pm-7pm,   Sat & Sun 10.00am – 5.00pm

Transform your space with Irish Art from over 40 artists

Make stylish possibilities a reality

  • Leading Interior Suppliers
  • Inspiration Stage
  • Wine Bar
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Design Clinic
  • Trend Talks Stage
  • Upcycling Demonstration & Showcase

Don’t miss it!

House Art Loft

Atlantic Breeze 30 x 40 inches - Oil on Canvas
Atlantic Breeze 30 x 40 inches – Oil on Canvas

House Art Loft

Ireland’s new Interior Design Event

25 – 27 May 2018

RDS Main Hall,  Dublin 4

 

Opening Times : 

Friday 25th May : 12pm – 7pm

Saturday 26th May: 10am- 5pm

Sunday 27th May: 10am – 5pm

Come and join me at House  Art Loft – Stand No. L39 and see my latest works of art.

House Art Loft L39 Donna McGee

Maybe even treat yourself to a new unique piece of art that you can enjoy every day forever more in your home!

I will also have selected giclée prints and greeting cards available to purchase.

Please send me a direct message if you would like complimentary tickets to this event and I will be happy to send them out to you.

This event will be a great day out and among some of the attractions are:

  • over 160 leading interior suppliers
  • inspiration stage
  • wine bar
  •  afternoon tea
  • design clinic
  • trend talks stage
  • upcycling demonstration and showcase

lots of personalities including Dermot Bannon from our favourite TV show Room to Improve

House Art Loft L39 Donna McGee

Hope to see you there!     

House – making stylish possibilities a reality!