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

 

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.
Contact me if you would like free tickets

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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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This Is Ireland

This is Ireland – A great place to live, work and be a part of:

With this insight into a beautifully captured view of Ireland and its culture,  I think  you  will understand when I say, I paint the Irish landscape and try to capture its magic!

Then, winning the Grand Slam is just “the icing on the cake”
– it’s good to be Irish right now!

Hope you enjoy this video!

Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greeting and a very happy and peaceful Christmas

Merry Christmas from Donna McGee Fine Art