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.
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.
There are so many interesting places to visit in Connemara, for example:
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.
All of these paintings are currently available for purchase.
Please contact me, if you have an interest in pursuing further.
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!
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.
Delighted to get the opportunity to appear as a featured artist at ABI – Arts Business Institute
Here is a transcript of the feature and I hope you will enjoy the read:
Painter Donna McGee shares her impressive portfolio, and shares her story of inspiration and life as a working artist.
ABI: You bill yourself as an “Irish Landscape Artist” – what does this encompass?
DG:Growing up in Ireland, I have been constantly moved by our rich heritage in the arts. Whether literature or poetry, music or dance, our enduring culture has always gripped me. Never more so than the rich tapestry that painting brings to my life, and the sense of capturing the beauty that surrounds us.
Ireland has a coastline of almost 3,000 km. Its changeable oceanic climate provides a spectacular landscape. The mountains, low plains, rivers and lush forests provide constant inspiration.
Magnificent sunsets, stormy skies contrast against the rhythmic force of the ocean. The ever-changing light in this natural landscape draws an emotional response and a spiritual connection with nature. All of this natural beauty features strongly in my work.
When the weather is not so inclement, I take myself off to the surrounding countryside and enjoy plein air painting. I also participate in the annual international event in the South East of Ireland Art in the Open.
My preferred medium is oils.
ABI: What has inspired you most as a painter?
DG: The restless elemental forces of this great landscape compel me to capture its magic and celebrate its timeless beauty. It is my drive and hope to stir this emotional connection in the eyes of the viewer.
I am very fortunate to live at the foothills of the Dublin mountains and I can reach the ocean within a half hour from my home.
I have always enjoyed the creativity that painting unlocks in me. When my children were young, I seized every opportunity to devote myself to the arts, working in a home environment. In recent years, I enjoy the absolute pleasure of having a custom-built studio in my garden. There is nowhere better!
ABI: How do you exhibit and sell your work?
DG: I exhibit my work through various channels and continuously explore new opportunities as they arise.
My website and an active social media footprint has also proven successful for me to exhibit and sell my work. I am considering putting a shop on my website but have not as yet taken that plunge.
I also participate in many group exhibitions and galleries throughout Ireland.
You can find me weekly at Merrion Square Open-Air Art Gallery usually on a Sunday in beautiful Georgian Dublin and also at the Peoples Art in the centre of Dublin city at regular intervals throughout the year. This provides a great opportunity for visitors to view the paintings but also to meet me in person and discuss the work.
I am busy at the moment preparing for two large national shows happening this Spring time: The Ideal Homes Exhibition and House 2018 an event dedicated to high-end interior design.
What ‘s better than Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s words to introduce the 2017 edition of Immagine & Poesia E Book ?
In the words bearers of light we see every and each one of you Poets and Artists, you who have sent your contributions from different geographical areas and different cultural backgrounds, showing that Art and Poetry can open a way to Beauty and to Peace.
Â Let’s see this beautiful anthology as a little step towards mutual understanding and sincere friendship.
Once again special thanks to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet-icon of the Beat Generation and to Agneta Falk Hirschman who have joined us.
Poets and artists around the world unite through art, beauty and peace
A special thanks also to Lidia Chiarelli and Huguette Bertrand
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
Don’t forget that there is also an exhibition of original art in