Sneak Preview – Ideal Home Show

Sneak Preview Ideal Home Show N40
Sneak Preview Ideal Home Show N40

Hi there everyone!

Well the day has finally arrived to set up for The Ideal Home Show.

It certainly is a work day! The RDS Hall where the show takes place turns into a building site. Everyone has a job to do and every tool is put to full use. Within the space of a few hours, chaos turns into a certain type of order.

Just a few finishing touches for tomorrow.

The lighting will be on.

Lights at Ideal Home Show Donna McGee

There will be a place for everything with everything in its place!

Sneak preview to Ideal Home Show, Donna McGee - Ta dah!

We slip out quietly carrying our quota of tools – drills and ladders and God knows what else!

We have a nice presentation (I hope) on our Stand N40.

This stand is right beside all the talks on interior design etc.

Tomorrow I shall enjoy listening to all those tips. See more here

The Work Zone at Ideal Home Show
The Work Zone

Come along over the weekend and see / hear what the Ideal Home Show can offer you and be sure to drop by my stand at N40 and say hello.

You just might find that perfect piece of art to make your home the Ideal Home.

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

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.

Moonlight Glow

Moonlight Glow 20x16 inches Oil on Canvas (506x640)
Moonlight Glow – 20 x 16 ” – Oil on Canvas

I have always been drawn to water and its calming effects. 

Do you ever think about where is it rushing off to in such a hurry, busily working its ways through all obstacles on its course? Creating bursts of brilliant white as it hits against the rocks then back to its translucent self, back to a calm, slow trickle.

I thought you might enjoy this quote from Leonardo da Vinci

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

Leonardo da Vinci

Welcome New Year 2019 – Glendalough

What a lovely way to welcome in the New Year other than a walk in the countryside of beautiful Glendalough.

Skimming stones in Glendalough.jpg
At the upper Lake in Glendalough Co. Wicklow, people have fun skimming stones and to see how many times they hopSkimming stones in Glendalough at the Upper Lake.jpg

About Glendalough

Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains and has many attractions to enthral visitors, from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower   dating back to the 6th century, its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way.

Glendalough has a mystique and sense of majesty about it.

I have painted Glendalough, both the Upper Lake and Lower Lake so many times and yet, I never tire doing so.

Serenity at its best – Upper Lake Glendalough

For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.

St. Kevins Tower Glendalough peers out above the landscape
St. Kevins Round Tower, Glendalough peers out above the landscape

Step into the deep woodlands in Glendalough
Step into the deep woodlands in Glendalough


The Climb

We took the “blue” route which was considered to be the most difficult. Huh! no bother to me,  I can easily do that, I thought! Big wooden, studded boulders led the way on into the mountain – on and on – up and up! It was relentless. Feeling like a pressure cooker  about to blow a gasket  and forced to stop! Gasp! 

Heading along the blue route by the Upper Lake in Glendalough
Heading along the blue route by the Upper Lake in Glendalough

 Attempting to look suitably cool, cheeks glowing, we drew in big gulps of air. New year resolutions uppermost in our minds, we vowed we would get fit, exercise more, make a new start. Gathering ourselves, we took regular stops and reassured ourselves that the mountain wasn’t going anywhere! So, in effect, we had permission to slow down and enjoy the experience.

The view from on high at Glendalough
The view from on high at Glendalough

Having reached the top, the landmass somewhat levelled out
(phew!). The magnificent scenery unfolded and stole our breath away.

On top of the World

On top of the world in Glendalough Co. Wicklow
On top of the world in Glendalough Co. Wicklow

The climb continued around the mountain but seeing the car in the distance prompted a descent.

A glimpse of my car, so very far away in the car park at Glendalough
A glimpse of my car, so very far away in the car park at Glendalough


The Descent

Heading down was easier – sure-footed and slow. Feeling somewhat amused at others passing us by skipping and hopping like, mountain goats!

Poulanass Waterfall
Poulanass Waterfall

Along the way, we hear the roar of Poulanass Waterfall.  It marks a sudden drop where a hanging valley meets the main Glendalough valley.

It is thought that during the last Ice Age, a glacier flowing down this small valley was cut off when a larger glacier carved a deeper channel down the Glendalough valley. At the end of the last Ice Age, Glendalough only had one lake, where two now lie.

Descending down the steep hill in Glendalough
Descending down the steep hill in Glendalough

The day began to draw to a close and the landscape was cloaked with a dusky haze.

Short winter days, steal away the time from us and brings the day to an early close as the darkness falls.

Even though the mountains were silent and serene, the people would go home and leave this heavenly place to rest for another day.

I pondered about another whole life experience waiting to happen!

Deer, Rabbits, Foxes, Squirrels and all the other wildlife waiting on night to descend. A whole new experience would unfold in these awesome mountains – foraging and going about their way – investigating the discards of the day from the tourists.

One last visit to the Upper Lake – it’s time for home

“Good Evening and thank you for a lovely day Glendalough”

Ideal Home Show – Working Away

 Working away for The Ideal Home Show


Still lots of finishing touches  to be done, not to mention  planning and organising but it’s all very exciting stuff.

The only thing to do :

Create a checklist!

  • How is the framer getting on with all the new work I gave him?
  • Check with printer – enough business cards? greeting cards?
  • Labels / name tags / prices ….
  • Layout – now that’s a big one to decide – what goes where and which paintings sit best together?
  • Will everything be ready on time ?

and on it goes …..

I am excited about the collection I will have at my Stand N40.

It will be an eclectic mix of paintings that I think you will like.

There will certainly be something for everyone.

Into the light 30 x 40 inches - oil on block canvas
Into the light 30 x 40 inches – oil on block canvas

This really is a great opportunity to get ahead of the posse as regards  Christmas  – shhhhh!  (I am whispering here),   but this   IS   the place to go to make your design changes for your home,  or  to get that  unique gift for Christmas before all the madness starts.

So do stop by my stand and take time for a chat.

Remember, the show runs for four days, so  come and say hello – and if you’ve missed the deadline to download free tickets, send me a message, and I will be happy to send some on to you.

See you then!

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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Dublin Art Society Original Art Event

Looking forward to

The Dublin Art Society

annual  art event

Where:  Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dublin


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.




Anthology Feature

Delighted to be featured in the Summer edition of

Anthology Magazine


Anthology Feature Donna McGee

A collection of beautiful experiences

This is a beautifully produced magazine that  covers fashion, travel, arts and lifestyle.
I am featured on Page 88

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Merrion Square Open Air Art Gallery 

Every Sunday from 10.00 am – 5.00pm

Each Sunday, Merrion Square, in the heart of Georgian Dublin, is transformed into a vast al fresco art gallery.  For art collectors or those seeking a cultural experience, a visit to Merrion Square Open Air Art Gallery is a great way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon.  The causal and eclectic atmosphere is hard to beat.

If you are in Dublin on Sunday, why not drop by!

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 Event

Delighted to be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the  #House Event,  #TrendTalk stage  on Friday 25th May from 14.00 – 15.00 #ArtLoft

Two big paintings for exhibition at House just back from the framer!
Two big paintings just back from the framer!


RDS, Main Hall, Dublin 4

25th – 27th May 2018

Opening Times: Friday 12pm-7pm,   Sat & Sun 10.00am – 5.00pm

Transform your space with Irish Art from over 40 artists

Make stylish possibilities a reality

  • Leading Interior Suppliers
  • Inspiration Stage
  • Wine Bar
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Design Clinic
  • Trend Talks Stage
  • Upcycling Demonstration & Showcase

Don’t miss it!