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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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

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People’s Art Exhibition this weekend May 2017

The People’s Art – this Weekend – May 2017

People's Art May 2017
Lots of Preparation for The People’s Art in the sunshine!
People's Art May 2017
Packed up and ready to go for the Peoples Art
People's Art May 2017
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 May 2017 is on this weekend.

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. 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.

Hope to see you there some time soon!

The People’s Art Exhibition Dublin

The People’s Art Exhibition this weekend in Dublin

The weather is good and the outdoor art exhibition around St. Stephens Green, Dublin this weekend promises to be great.

I have been busy preparing for this exhibition and took full advantage of the sunshine in the garden today.

No matter how much room I thought I had, it was never enough! Frames, paint, brushes, hanging cords, screws, screwdrivers, tape, wrapping …. the list just goes on.  A busy day, a fun day and everything all packed up for the morning.

If you’re in Dublin this weekend, be sure to drop by.  There will be over a hundred artists exhibiting around St. Stephens Green with  super original and unique paintings to suit everyone’s taste.

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.

 

A Taste of Ireland

A Taste of Ireland and its Magic!

You may have heard me rave about   Ireland and its beautiful, unique qualities – the spectacular landscape  –  a  source of inspiration to me and many others.

Check out this video put together by Sonder Ireland .  It will take you on a visual journey.  It offers its own magical view of our culture and scenery – the things that make us Irish and all the wonderful things that people love about Ireland

A true Taste of Ireland

Fáilte go hÉireann

 

Please enjoy and share

 

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Chitwan and the Rhino encounter

Chitwan and the Rhino Encounter

 

Continuing our travel adventures in Nepal, we took a boat ride along the Rapti River, followed by a jeep safari.

Anthills in the jungle
Anthills in the jungle

Driving along, we spot lots of deer (the Bambi type) so sweet!

Monkeys jumped through the trees and I imagined I could hear David Attenborough whispering tales of this meandering secretive and somewhat threatening jungle. Continue reading “Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Chitwan and the Rhino encounter”

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Setting out!

Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal
Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal

A trip to Nepal in November 2014 proved to be very special and inspirational. In order to preserve these great memories, I would like to share some of these moments with you.  I also intend using my photos as inspiration to create new paintings and I hope that you will join me on this journey.   Continue reading “Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Setting out!”

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Coach travel

More impressions of Nepal :  Coach travel

No matter how tired, or how long the journey was, I could not permit myself to sleep on the coach.  I would prop  myself by the window, camera at the ready and all because  – the Nepalese countryside had a hypnotic effect on me – I feared  I might miss something!

Coach Travel Adventure – Nepal

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Every day is a school day!

Graduation Day in Digital Media Production UX / UI Level 8

Graduation Day in Digital Media Production UX / UI
“Young” Student of the Year 2014

Friday 20th June 2014    –    What a great day!

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)   Digital Media Award Ceremony.

 Celebrated post grad award in Digital Media Production UX / UI  at  The Digital Skills Academy .

This was indeed a challenging but rewarding course.

I specialised in  Advanced Web Graphics & Animation which included –

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • After Effects
  • Flash

Other interesting areas included:

  • Digital Industry & Career Development
  • Entrepreneurship Creativity & Innovation
  • Graphics & Content Management Systems – CSS, HTML5, WordPress
  • Digital Marketing
  • Industry Placement
  • Web Communications

 

Big celebrations are well deserved as I breathe a sigh of relief to receive this Digital Media award on graduation day.

Everyday is a school day!

 

Art + Travel Adventure Nepal – Chitwan National Park – Day 1

Continuing on with my tale of beautiful Nepal, we set off for Chitwan National Park, where we would spend the next three days.

Chitwan National  Park – Day One

Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal  and was  granted the status of World Heritage Site  in 1984.

The journey would take us 6 hours along the main route from  Tibet and Kathmandu.

Glued to the window of the bus, I found myself day-dreaming of the disparate lives of the Nepalese.  Trucks,  lorries, school buses, goats strapped to the roofs of moving vehicles, stray animals wandering down the main street, we see it all!

Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1 scenes from the road
Scenes from the road to Chitwan National Park
Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1- Roadside goats on the way to Chitwan National Park
Roadside goats on the way to Chitwan National Park
Scenes from the Road Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1
Scenes from the road and the Nepalese landscape

We arrive at the Jungle Safari Resort.  A quick refresh, no time to waste, then off for a ride on two oxen along the lumpy, bumpy tracks.

Oxen Carts Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1
Oxen Carts

Local villagers look on with an air of curiosity – how different our lives are!

Ox carts
Ox carts

We come upon the elephant breeding centre.  This rural atmosphere seemed absolutely charming.

Elephant Reserve - Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1
Elephant Reserve –

Elephant Reserve - Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1 Elephant Reserve - Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1

Next morning, at 5.45 am we find ourselves canoeing on the Rapti River. There was low visibility and the air was cloaked with a mysterious, haunting, grey mist.

The canoes crept along sleekly through the waters  and led by officials from the National Park. We spot crocodiles along the bank – in the same water as us! – only a boat between us and them!

 

Crocodiles in the water
Crocodiles basking along the bank and in the water alongside us!!!

As we dismount from the canoes on the far bank the Guide points out the footprint of  the  Royal Bengal Tiger.  It was an old footprint but enough to scare us all that we were now sharing the same land as these wild endangered species.

We go for a long walk, carefully picking each step along the way.  We study  this terrain for signs of animal life.  We stumble upon reindeer, monkeys and magnificent bird life.

The Guide shares his binoculars with us as we pick out magnificent birds in flight and nesting along the banks of the river.

Herding Buffalo
Herding Buffalo

We watch an old man with a herd  of water buffalo pick a path across the river.  You can tell, this is a man of nature, a man of much knowledge!

We go on a jeep safari and encounter a rhino up close and personal but that’s another story!

We visit Gharial Hatchery Farm where crocodiles  are raised before being released into the wild.

Later, we dine alfresco  in the grounds of the hotel on a balmy evening. We enjoy the  local dance with superb and graceful movement.  The music sways us in unison with the brilliance of their striking and vivid costume.

Life is good!