Happy Christmas everyone!

Reindeer, Rudolph stops by water, pond reflections in a snowy scene
A moment in the magic of Christmas

May the timeless message of Christmas fill your hearts and homes with joy and health and happiness throughout the coming year.

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Affordable Art Fair – Dublin Exhibition

The Christmas season is  upon us and  there is only six weeks left to the big day.

I am getting excited about the  Affordable Art Show in Dublin  where  I have taken a stand   and  here are the details of  the exhibition:

Atlantic Crash, Atlantic Ocean, at The Affordable Art Exhibition Dublin,
Atlantic Crash 23 x 15″ Oil on board © www.donnamcgee.ie

Affordable Art Show 2012

Clyde Court Hotel  (formerly Berkeley Court Hotel), Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 

Saturday 24th  Nov & Sunday 25th Nov, 2012

Opening Times:  10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Please come along and say hello.  There will be some great works of art  for sale from a variety of artists.  This is the perfect time to pick up a unique gift for Christmas and to keep within your budget.

I have been working on a number of new oil paintings  and included in this are some  framed miniature oil paintings mounted on block canvas at  very  affordable prices – the ideal gift for Christmas!

Hope you can make it and looking forward to seeing you there.

 

LST Open Art Competition Awards

Open Art Competition Award

Award winning oil painting - Donna McGee - Large poppies, orange flowers, sunlight and flowers oil painting. 4th Place Overall Category LST
Poppies – Oil on block canvas 20 x 32″ © www.donnamcgee.ie

 

4th Place Overall Category 

in the   Light Space & Time 

Open Art Competition – September 2012

and

3rd Place  in the Painting & Other Category Competition

Congratulations to all the other participants and award winners.  My  thanks to Light Space & Time   for the opportunity and  support.

The gallery received submissions from 18 different countries from around the world and they also received entries from 32 different American states. Overall, there were 654 entries from 188 different artists that were judged for this art competition.

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Abstract Art Award – This Mortal Coil

Irish Art - Award winning abstract oil painting - overall winning category and Abstract Art Award - This Mortal Coil, a journey through life of , anger, passion, fire, energy,
This Mortal Coil © www.donnamcgee.ie

“This Mortal Coil”

A journey through fire, passion, darkness and into light.

I am very pleased  that I have been chosen as the

Overall Winner

in the   Light Space & Time 

Abstracts Art Competition – June 2012

and

1st Place  in the Painting & Other Category Competition

Congratulations to all the other participants and award winners.  My  thanks to Light Space & Time   for the opportunity and  support.

Twenty one countries from around the world, including the Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and   34 different  American states participated in this competition.

Abstract Art Award – This Mortal Coil

Abstract Art Award – This Mortal Coil

This mortal coil, lifes journey, anger, passion, fire, energy,
This Mortal Coil © www.donnamcgee.ie

“This Mortal Coil”

A journey through fire, passion, darkness and into light.

I am very pleased  that I have been chosen as the overall winner in the   Light Space & Time   Abstracts Art Competition – June 2012. 

Congratulations to all the other participants and award winners.  My  thanks to Light Space & Time   for the opportunity and  support.

Twenty one countries countries from around the world, including the Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and   34 different  American states participated in this competition.

The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day Three

Instrument Art

Naming the Violin

The Musical Youth Foundation charity was established in 2009 as part of the Dublin City Soul Festival project.   At the heart of the project is a deep wish to have a long-term positive impact on the local and wider community by providing children on the Island of Ireland with access to a musical education.

As a part of their fundraising events, an instrumental art exhibition, featuring over 100 pieces of art will open on 24th May and this violin is what I have been working on:

Instrument art, oil painting on a violin, oil painting of the creation of adam
Violin 5

Thank you to those  who came up with names for this violin and the name accepted is  “Heavens Above”.  The instruments will eventually be auctioned off to raise funds for this worthy cause.

Stay tuned or subscribe to continue the journey of Heavens Above

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Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day One

Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day Two

The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day Two

Instrument Art on a Violin

Background:

The Musical Youth Foundation, a children’s charity,  sent me an invitation to paint a musical instrument.  They wished to create a greater awareness of the value of music education through their campaign:

 “Music Changed My Life”

 

The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day Two

I  have always loved Michelangelo’s fresco, The Creation of Adam.  It reminds me of my teenage years backpacking around Europe and more recently by a visit with my family  to Rome and the wonders of the Vatican city. Wandering  the long corridors to the Sistine Chapel, revelling in the sculptors and magnificent wall hangings,   gazing in awe at the nine scenes from the Book of Genesis and singling out The Creation of Adam.   I could not get this image out of my mind.

Creation of Adam, Michaelangelo, Cistine Chapel, Rome, Fresco
The Creation of Adam

With the idea of painting the violin, the thoughts that arose were:

  • Parent and child – outstretched arms to impart love and care

  • Teacher and pupil – reaching out the hand of instruction and help

  • Giving and Receiving

It seemed a “must” to use this imagery as my theme.

 

My Design Strategy

I decided that I would use oils because  they would be  best suited to the  wood finish on the face of the violin.   They are also wonderful to work with and  are very forgiving,   should I need to make any adjustments.

My Working Process

Instrument art on a violin, the creation of adam, pencil sketch
Violin Art 1

I drew the first sketch in graphite pencil. 

Violin Art , oil painting on a violin, the creation of adam
Violin Art 2

I then mixed varying shades in a palette combining of  Pithalo Blue,  Cerulean Blue, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre and Titanium White.

Violin Art, oil painting on a violin, the creation of adam
Violin Art 3

I blocked in colour roughly and tried to be mindful of  tonal values and muscle tone.

I introduced more light into the main body of the violin and placed some highlights on the hands to create a better contrast between light and dark.

Violin art, oil painting on a violin, the creation of adam
Violin Art 4

In keeping with the Musical Youth Foundation, I  wrote in the top left  corner

Music Changed my Life

To create   balance in the painting, and to compliment the mood, I used a quote from Shakespeare,  for the base of the violin:

“If music be the food of love,  play on …..”

In the final orchestration of the painting, I added a few ivy leaves to create added interest and made some subtle  tonal changes.

Instrument art, oil painting on a violin, oil painting of the creation of adam
Violin 5

Would love to hear from you if you have an idea what to name this instrument.

Stay tuned or  sign up,  to find out  the next part of the  journey of this ornate violin.

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Instrument Art on a Violin – Day One 

The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day One


Instrument Art and an artistic journey of a Violin

The Musical Youth Foundation, is  a children’s charity.  They  aim to provide every child on the island of Ireland with a musical education.

They  sent me an invitation!  It was their wish to create a greater awareness of the value of music education and its life changing benefits through their campaign.  Needless to say, I got drawn in on

the Artistic Journey of the Violin

“Music Changed My Life”

My challenge was to use the body of an instrument as a canvas, to create a “masterpiece” entirely of my own design.

My chosen instrument was a violin

I have come across this recently updated and comprehensive guide to buying a violin which I think might interest you:

https://www.jenreviews.com/violin

Artistic Journey of the Violin 1, instrument art, fund-raising event, musical art,
Artistic Journey of the Violin 1 – the planning stage

Seeking Inspiration

Inspiration flowed from thoughts of music,  love and nature.  I photographed the violin in situ around my garden. There seemed to be a symmetry between the child learning the musical instrument , contrasted with the efforts of the spring flowers presenting themselves in their glory, despite the ever changing weather conditions.

Artistic Journey of the Violin 2,My Garden Violin, Instrument Art
Artistic Journey of the Violin Day One – The Planning Stage

Lots of ideas crowded my thoughts – it had to be something noble enough to suit this beautiful  instrument.

 

 

I decided to wait a while and let the thoughts settle.

What would I paint?  What medium, design, colour?  Should I make it abstract?

Any ideas?

I invite you to come with me and see the journey of this violin and how it develops|

Continue reading “The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day One”

Cruagh Wood, Dublin Mountains

Irish Art- Cruagh Wood - dublin mountains

Cruagh Wood, Dublin Mountains

 

High up in the Dublin mountains, pockets of snow littered the landscape as the Spring sunshine and shrill winds competed with one another.  The harsh winter had been left behind and the only evidence remaining was the rush of  Spring water beating a track through the moss coated rocks, deep into the forest.