LST On-Line Art Competition

I am very pleased that my painting The Wicklow Way has been selected

3rd place  in the Overall Winning Category,

and

2nd place in the Painting and Other Category

Light Space & Time Online Gallery 3rd Annual Countryside Art Competition.

Award Winning Oil Painting Wicklow Way 10 x 12" Oil on Canvas Donna McGee
Wicklow Way 10 x 12″ Oil on Canvas

The gallery received 343 entries from 14 different countries from around the world and from 26 different American States.

Please take a few moments to look at the videos, where you will see some great paintings from around the world, accompanied by lovely soothing music.  Now, all you have to do is sit back,  relax and  enjoy!

New Irish Art Update

Fuschia Sunset 20 x 30" Oil on canvas © donna mcgee
Fuschia Sunset 20 x 30″ Oil on canvas

I have updated my art on the New Irish Art Website.

New Irish Art Update

I invite you to   browse around the site and see the huge selection of amazing and diverse work from over 500 artists.

Enjoy – you might even find that perfect and unique Christmas gift 😉

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.

 

The Secret of the Sea

“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.” 

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The_Secret_of_the_sea_oil_painting_donna_mcgee
The Secret of the Sea 20×30″ Oil on Canvas © www.donnamcgee.ie

Please  share  if you like this painting –  thanks!

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.

With thanks to https://www.facebook.com/wildforWildlifeandNature

Titanic – Heart of the Ocean

Heart of the Ocean

Depicted in the fictionalised epic romance film, The Titanic of 1997,  the necklace,  so-called “the heart of the ocean” drifts to the sea floor.

This symbolises the  1,517  lives lost on the sinking of the ocean liner,  RMS Titanic  in 1912, amidst all their valued possessions as their journey comes to an end.

Irish Art- Heart of the Ocean Necklace from The Titanic Oil based Mixed Media Painting
Heart of the Ocean – 27 x 20″ Mixed Media

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Making plans !

January Blue or not so Blue

A Bright New Start

A veil of silence permeates through the house   –   no sounds of I-phones, I-pads, headphones or telephones, radio nor TV ;   just me and the occasional creak and gurgle echoes throughout  the house as the shrill winds outside knock on every window and bang on every door,  looking for entry.

Christmas has passed along with the ringing in of 2012.  Parties attended, old friends reunited, waistlines expanded, all now absorbed in one big fading but happy memory.

And so it is Monday morning!  My family are housed where they are destined to be – work, college or school.  And then, there’s me here in my studio, filled with these passing thoughts; one hundred paintings in my head and several hundred reference photos begging to be explored.

How exciting and daunting all at the same time!   Here goes!

Happy New Year everyone!

Seasons Greetings !

Seasons Greetings
Seasons Greetings

The Silent Journey

Upper Lake, Glendalough Co. WicklowIrish Art - Upper Lake Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
Upper Lake Glendalough, Co. Wicklow