Paintings at Artloft – House Event this weekend

Donna McGee at Artloft House Event

Delighted to return to the Artloft with my latest paintings at the House Event this coming weekend.

24th – 26th May 2019

RDS Main Hall, Dublin 4

Stand L39

http://www.house-event.ie

Opening Times:

Friday 24th May 12pm – 7pm

Saturday 25th May 10am – 5pm

Sunday 26th May 10am – 5pm

Attractions

  • There will be a dedicated space for artists at the Artloft

  • Over 160 leading interior suppliers

  • Inspiration Stage

  • Wine Bar

  • Afternoon Tea

  • Design Clinic

  • Trend Talks Stage

  • Upcycling Demonstration and Showcase

If you are around Dublin this weekend – don’t miss it.

Hope to see you there!

Eternal Light

Eternal LIght 20x30 inches Oil on Canvas
Eternal LIght 20×30 inches Oil on Canvas


Eternal LIght 20x30 inches Oil on Canvas Room View
Eternal LIght 20×30 inches Oil on Canvas Room View
Eternal LIght 20x30 inches Oil on Canvas Studio View
Eternal LIght 20×30 inches Oil on Canvas Studio View

He wishes for the cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths

Enwrought with golden and silver light

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and the half-light

I would spread the cloths under your feet

But I, being poor, have only my dreams

I have spread my dreams under your feet

Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams!

W B Yeats

You can see similar paintings here :http://Www.donnamcgee.ie/seascapes

Contact me here should you wish to purchase this painting.

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from Donna McGee
Happy Easter filled with peace, joy and love with lots of sunshine too!

Sneak Preview – Ideal Home Show

Sneak Preview Ideal Home Show N40
Sneak Preview Ideal Home Show N40

Hi there everyone!

Well the day has finally arrived to set up for The Ideal Home Show.

It certainly is a work day! The RDS Hall where the show takes place turns into a building site. Everyone has a job to do and every tool is put to full use. Within the space of a few hours, chaos turns into a certain type of order.

Just a few finishing touches for tomorrow.

The lighting will be on.

Lights at Ideal Home Show Donna McGee

There will be a place for everything with everything in its place!

Sneak preview to Ideal Home Show, Donna McGee - Ta dah!

We slip out quietly carrying our quota of tools – drills and ladders and God knows what else!

We have a nice presentation (I hope) on our Stand N40.

This stand is right beside all the talks on interior design etc.

Tomorrow I shall enjoy listening to all those tips. See more here

The Work Zone at Ideal Home Show
The Work Zone

Come along over the weekend and see / hear what the Ideal Home Show can offer you and be sure to drop by my stand at N40 and say hello.

You just might find that perfect piece of art to make your home the Ideal Home.

Galway Hookers at Ideal Home Show

Galway Hookers en Route 40 x 80 cms - Oil on Canvas
Galway Hookers en Route 40 x 80 cms – Oil on Canvas

This painting can be see first

Galway Hookers en Route

at the Ideal Home Show, Dublin 12- 14th April 2019

The painting is framed in a white contemporary style box frame and is ready to hang.

The image below helps you visualise how it would look on your wall.

Galway Hookers en Route along the Wild Atlantic Way 40 x 80 cms - Oil on Canvas
Galway Hookers en Route along the Wild Atlantic Way 40 x 80 cms – Oil on Canvas


Yes! The Spring has finally arrived and that means it’s time for Ireland’s biggest and best loved home show.


The permanent tsb Ideal Home Show – full of ideas, advice and inspiration with amazing new home products from the largest selection of suppliers of any event in Ireland – over 220 Exhibitorssee list

Ideal Home Show

If you have not yet gotten your tickets for the Ideal Home Show,

please check out the following link

https://idealhome.ie/free-ticket-registration

Hurry, this free offer is about to close. If you’ve missed out on the offer, be sure to contact me and I will arrange to get some invites to you directly.

So, the countdown is on – still lots to do but I’m looking forward to meeting you all.

Hope to see you there.

Skellig Michael at Ideal Homes

Skellig Michael 60 x 90 cms - Oil on Canvas
Skellig Michael 60 x 90 cms – Oil on Canvas

Looking forward to a return visit to:

Permanent TSB Ideal Home Show

12 th- 14 th April 2019 – RDS Dublin

Sharing the beauty of the Irish landscape through my paintings.

To avail of free tickets check out the following link: https://idealhome.ie/free-ticket-registration

Skellig Michael 60 x 90 cms Oil on Canvas
Skellig Michael 60 x 90 cms Oil on Canvas

I will bring Skellig Michael to the exhibition at the Ideal Homes.

Why not check out some of my other seascapes here.

Stay in touch and don’t miss out on the latest news here

Hope to see you there!

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