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.

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Hope to see you there!

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

 

Suaimhneas – Happy Easter

Suaimhneas 24 x 20" - Oil on Block Canvas Donna McGee Art
Suaimhneas 24 x 20″ – Oil on Block Canvas

Happy Easter

“Suaimhneas”

an enchanting  word from the Irish language denoting

  • peace

  • relaxation

  • calm

  • serenity

  • tranquillity

    Suaimhneas 24 x 20" - Oil on Block Canvas Donna McGee ArtI wish you all a very happy Easter!

 

 

Art Source Final Preparations

Into the Ether Collage
Into the Ether Collage

Art Source

and the final preparations

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This is the most exciting art event of the year

I am  putting the finishing touches on my work

Scrutinising Fine Art with fine detail …

Labels for typing …

Catalogues for printing …

and excitement building!

Come, join me at Art Source, RDS, Dublin 11th – 13th November 2016

where over 120 contemporary artists and 22 Irish and international galleries gather together to showcase Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Illustration, Prints, Ceramic and Glass Art.

 

Art Source - Donna McGee

 

Between Earth and Sky

The Space between Earth & Sky

Between Earth  and Sky - Oil on Canvas 50 x 70 cms
Between Earth and Sky – Oil on Canvas 50 x 70 cms

I would like to paint as a bird sings – Claude Monet

I would like to Paint like a bird sings

Claude Monet

Orchestral Skies – Irish Seascape Painting

Orchestral Skies

This  is my latest  seascape painting – an orchestra at play!

Orchestral-Skies 10 x 20" Oil on Board
Orchestral-Skies 10 x 20″ Oil on Board

Inspired by the brilliance of colour that autumn presents – autumn leaves, pumpkins, fiery reds, yellow ochre, crimsons – the prolific deciduous climber:

Continue reading “Orchestral Skies – Irish Seascape Painting”

Lough Currane, Waterville, Co. Kerry

Lough Currane

Lough Currane, Waterville, Kerry - Oil on block canvas 50 x 16"
Lough Currane, Waterville, Kerry – Oil on block canvas 50 x 16″

Delighted that  my latest painting of Lough Currane in Co. Kerry is off to its new home just in time for Christmas!