Safe Haven

Safe_Haven_ Cave Oil on canvas 20 x 30" © Donna McGee
Safe Haven – Oil Painting on Canvas 20 x 30″

Inspiration from a trip to the west coast of Ireland and in particular to the dramatic cliff walks in Kilkee, Loop Head and boat trips from Carrigaholt, I tried to capture the memory of this  special place.   

The painting, Safe Haven  began  to evolve and become an immersive virtual environment of sedimentary rock formation that could give shelter from the elemental forces of nature.

 “The spectacular scenery at the Mouth of the Shannon ranges from pastoral slopes and sand dunes to very dramatic cliffs with exposed layers of sand & mud sedimentary rock dating back 350 million years.

The ledges create ideal nesting areas for thousands of sea birds every year, including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars.

Cliffs, coastal caves, sea stacks, rock folds and historic maritime features all contribute to this wealth of natural beauty to be seen from the water”.  Dolphin Watch Carrigaholt

– could this be a safe haven for the weary boatman to shelter from the stormy seas?

or

– a safe haven for  wildlife such as the  grey seals that also populate this area?

Either way, it is a place to explore!

Make hay while the sun shines

Miniature Oil paintings

Having just come back from a trip to the west coast of Ireland and in particular the very beautiful  Co. Clare,  my mind was racing with images and photographs of subject matter for painting.

The Loop Head Peninsula is where the River Shannon opens out to the Atlantic Ocean.  Next stop – America!

Magnificent architectural  rock formations of the peninsula trace the evolution of a large scale river delta during the Upper Carboniferous Period about 320 million years ago.

Despite images flooding my mind of the untamed waters of Kilkee, Loop Head and the majestic  Cliffs of Moher, my thoughts were of rock formations, flora and fauna and the onset of Autumn colour  – I found myself painting  abstracts in  oil.

“Making hay while the sun shines” or in other words, taking full advantage of the extended period of sunshine, now that Autumn has arrived.  Painting, varnishing, framing – multi-tasking en plein air and sunshine in the comfort of my garden – bliss!

These are some of the miniature 5 x 5″ oil paintings showcased in white frames that I have worked on and I hope you like them.

I look forward to more painting in my garden while this borrowed sunshine lingers and hope to post the results of my work  here shortly.

 

Where in the World is Hannah?

Irish Art - Young girl, Hannah on the beach with dog, west coast of Ireland, Spanish Point

Hannah strolls the beach with  Muffy.  The evening light casts long shadows and reflections while a pink and purple hue invades the landscape.  The world is at her feet,  full of hopes, dreams and possibilities!

My inspiration for this painting happened when earlier in the year we visited Spanish Point.

Spanish Point is located on the west coast of county Clare Ireland.  It takes it’s name  from the unfortunate Spanish who died  in 1588, when many ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked during stormy weather.   It is more renowned today as being one of the best surfing sites on the west coast of Ireland.

I used handmade paper from South India 320 gsm with watercolour and ink.