Reflections on Wise Words

Create something that will last

The idea is not to live forever but to create something that will!

Andy Warhol

What a nice thought!

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Having recently exhibited my paintings at some big shows in Dublin, Ideal Home Show and the House Event, my mind filled with thoughts of some of the great people I met at these shows, fellow artists and of course, those who bought or showed interest in my paintings.

It is such a hectic time in the lead-up to these shows, with so much planning, preparation and things to do – the lists become endless. Then self-doubt sneaks in and creates panic!

  • are the paintings good enough?
  • do they sit well together?
  • have I enough to fill the space?
  • is there an evident theme?
  • will the framer have the frames ready in time?
  • have I thought of all the small things that make the presentation complete – business cards/name tags/ flowers ….???
  • oh! and what about….

It always works out in the end and the shows are so interesting and exciting to be a part of. It is the greatest honour when someone purchases a painting and I find myself wondering:

  • Perhaps the purchase is a gift for a special person or occasion
  • Will it hang in a home or an office
  • Maybe it will travel to some foreign country and reside there
  • Hopefully the painting will be treasured by families and friends over future generations
  • Some people request a commission to paint their favourite spot
  • Others want to purchase limited edition prints
  • How probable is it that my paintings will outlive me!

Create something that will last

So Andy Warhol’s saying seemed very poignant!

The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will

Andy Warhol

…….so many musings ……. so appreciative to be an artist.

Conclusion:

I love my job!

Create something that will last

Here are some random photos taken over the time

– I hope you like them

You can see more seascapes here, landscapes or abstract paintings

Contact me if you wish to enquire about any of the paintings here

Dublin Art Society Event approaches!

The Dublin Art Society Event approaches!

The Exhibition opens 28th September at Dalkey Heritage Centre and runs through to 30th September

Dublin Art Society Annual Exhibition 2018

There is a terrific selection of paintings that will be in the exhibition, so it is well worth a visit.

I will have the following paintings on display:

Galway Hookers at Roundstone 24x18 inches - Oil on Canvas
Galway Hookers at Roundstone 24×18 inches – Oil on Canvas
Evening Seabreeze 24 x 12 Oil on canvas
Evening Seabreeze 24 x 12 inches – Oil on canvas
Convergence 20x16 inches Abstract Oil painting on Block Canvas
Convergence 20 x 16 inches – Oil on Canvas
 
Dublin Art Society will also raise funds for the very well deserved charity Pieta House by hosting a raffle for a magnificent painting donated by Olivia Hayes
Raffle in aid of Pieta House kindly donated by Olivia Hayes
Raffle in aid of Pieta House kindly donated by Olivia Hayes

If you are in Dublin that weekend, go check out the exhibition – it will not disappoint.

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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

All of these paintings are currently available for purchase.

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Dublin Art Society Original Art Event

Looking forward to

The Dublin Art Society

annual  art event

Where:  Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dublin

When:

Friday 28th September – Official opening  6.00 pm

Saturday 29th September  10.00 – 6.00 pm

Sunday 30th September 10.00 – 5.00pm

Dublin Art Society Annual Exhibition 2018

There will be a raffle of a magnificent painting kindly donated by Olivia Hayes.  This will raise much needed funds for Pieta House.
This promises to be a really nice exhibition.  I will have three paintings for sale at the exhibition. (more later)
I hope you can come along and join us and I look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

House Event Continues – Last Day


House Art Loft

The House Event continues for one more day

Join me at Stand L39 in the Art Loft

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!

House Event Continues - Last Day

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.

Transform Your Space With Irish Art

 

House Art Loft

Atlantic Breeze 30 x 40 inches - Oil on Canvas
Atlantic Breeze 30 x 40 inches – Oil on Canvas

House Art Loft

Ireland’s new Interior Design Event

25 – 27 May 2018

RDS Main Hall,  Dublin 4

 

Opening Times : 

Friday 25th May : 12pm – 7pm

Saturday 26th May: 10am- 5pm

Sunday 27th May: 10am – 5pm

Come and join me at House  Art Loft – Stand No. L39 and see my latest works of art.

House Art Loft L39 Donna McGee

Maybe even treat yourself to a new unique piece of art that you can enjoy every day forever more in your home!

I will also have selected giclée prints and greeting cards available to purchase.

Please send me a direct message if you would like complimentary tickets to this event and I will be happy to send them out to you.

This event will be a great day out and among some of the attractions are:

  • over 160 leading interior suppliers
  • inspiration stage
  • wine bar
  •  afternoon tea
  • design clinic
  • trend talks stage
  • upcycling demonstration and showcase

lots of personalities including Dermot Bannon from our favourite TV show Room to Improve

House Art Loft L39 Donna McGee

Hope to see you there!     

House – making stylish possibilities a reality!

Featured Artist at ABI (Arts Business Institute)

Donna McGee – Featured Artist

   ABI (Arts Business Institute)

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.

Nature Trail 10 x 12" Oil on Canvas
Nature Trail 10 x 12″ Oil on Canvas

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.

The Dawning Oil Painting
The Dawning – Oil on Canvas 20 x 30″

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.

Donna McGee Studio Shot
Donna McGee Studio Shot

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.

Atlantic Force - Oil on Canvas 20 x 30"
Atlantic Force – Oil on Canvas 20 x 30″

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.

Between Earth and Sky Seascape - Oil Painting on Canvas 20 x 30" reflective clouds on beach by Donna McGee
Between Earth and Sky – Oil on Canvas 50 x 70 cms

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.

As evening falls in Dun Laoghaire 50x70cms Oil on block Canvas
As evening falls in Dun Laoghaire 50x70cms Oil on block Canvas

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!

Calling from the West Coast - Fanore beach is a scenic spot in Co. Clare, Ireland.
Calling from the West Coast 24 x 12 inches – Oil on block canvas

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.

Breaking Dawn - Oil on Canvas 50 x 70 cms
Breaking Dawn – Oil on Canvas 50 x 70 cms

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.

Galway Hooker Boats 16x12 inches - Oil on Block Canvas - Donna McGee Art
Galway Hooker Boats 16×12 inches – Oil on Block Canvas

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.

 

 

Dublin Art Society Annual Exhibition 2017

The Dublin Art Society

proudly present their

Annual Art Exhibition 2017

Opening Friday 20th October at 6.30 at Dalkey Town Hall
Dublin Art Society Annual Exhibition 2017There will be a great variety of work available to purchase.
A special theme, titled “Childhood” will run through selected works.
I will be exhibiting some of my collage and abstract work.
Drop by if you are in the area.

 

Dublin Art Society Annual Exhibition 2017

People’s Art Exhibition – June 2017

Hi there,

If you are in Dublin over the weekend, be sure to check out the People’s Art Exhibition on St. Stephens Green, Dublin

Nature Trail 10 x 12" Oil on Canvas
Nature Trail 10 x 12″ Oil on Canvas

Lots of artists with lots of original paintings for sale at superb prices.

Come and meet the artists – I’ll be there!

 

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Immagine & Poesia 2017 Poetry on Line

I am very pleased to participate for the 3rd year to the online poetry anthology:

Immagine & Poesia E Book 2017

Immagine & Poesia 2017

Here is my entry with painting and short poem:

Immagine and Poesia - Breaking Dawn

 

 

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.
 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

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