Goodbye Breaking Dawn

Say Goodbye to – Breaking Dawn 


Breaking Dawn

And so, Breaking Dawn Oil Seascape Painting has gone off to a lovely new home.

It is always a source of great pleasure to me when I see my paintings hanging in someone’s home or business place.



It was good fun  moving the painting around trying to find the best position for hanging it.  Before I knew it,  I had the shoes  off while I climbed the chair with hammer and picture hooks at the ready.

A  nice glass of  Graham Norton’s  rose  wine helped to achieve the perfect hanging position!Breaking Dawn

…   Is it crooked?

…   Right a bit?

…   Left a bit?

…   Down a bit?

… No, up a bit?

The painting had to be positioned so that when looking at it, you could almost walk into that water and bathe your feet – that was the intention anyway!

Between us, I think we got it right and had a good ole laugh in the process!

See more of my seascapes here



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!

The Lure of India – Taj Mahal

 The Lure of India and the magical presence of the

Taj Mahal

 We are all so familiar with the iconic Taj Mahal, but did you know that it means,  Crown of the Palace.  It is an ivory-white marble mausoleum and has to be witnessed  in person to be fully appreciated.
The Lure of India and Taj Mahal
The Lure of India and Taj Mahal

It is situated on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra.  It is a World Heritage Site and has been declared a winner of the new Seven Wonders of the World (2000 – 2007 initiative)

Taj Mahal and the Yamuna River
Taj Mahal and the Yamuna River


It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his (favourite wife !) Mumtaz Mahal   a Persian princess.  Her name means “Jewel of the Palace” or “Chosen One of the Palace”.  She  died having given birth to their 14th child.  The princess expressed her wish to be remembered in a formal manner.

The Taj Mahal took approximately 20 years to build and 20,000 workers to complete.  This surely was a true declaration of his undying love for this lady.

The tomb lies in the centre of the  complex,  and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.


The lure of India and Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

We arrived at 5.00 am to catch the sunrise.

As you approach the Taj Mahal – its breath-taking beauty steals your heart.  We were in awe and a quiet, respectful hush prevailed.

Once you reach the white marble steps, you can no longer take photographs (sorry about that).  Also, you must wear special socks to enter the mausoleum as if you were entering a pharmaceutical plant or operating theatre!  This is where you will witness the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal.

The emperor’s tomb was later added to the mausoleum so that he could be beside his loved one.

Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as

“the tear-drop on the cheek of time”


One of the so-called guest houses at the Taj Mahal
One of the so-called guest houses at the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal attracts about 8 million visitors a year.


As the morning light began to change, all of a sudden we could see the reflection of the Taj Mahal in full splendour.

It was a special time!

The quiet hush subsided as people became giddy with excitement and cameras clicked and the reality  of selfies were in full flow.


Princess Diana  once visited the Taj Mahal and people flocked to get photos taken in the same spot where she had sat.


The Taj Mahal in all its splendour
The Taj Mahal in all its splendour


Taj Mahal Reflections
Taj Mahal Reflections
Visiting the Taj Mahal has to be one of the main highlights of my visit to India.
Already, my thoughts linger on the Taj Mahal and it will to be the first painting I will do from India.



In my next post, I will tell you about a very interesting visit to a Sikh Temple – this was no ordinary temple and no doubt, you will enjoy this story!
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People’s Art Exhibition Dublin

The Fall 30 x 40 inches - Abstract Oil on Canvas
The Fall 30 x 40 inches – Abstract Oil on Canvas

The People’s Art takes place once again this weekend in Dublin

Where:  St. Stephen’s Green, in the heart of Dublin

When:  Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September 2016 all day, every day

Why:  Because we have a great selection of original art at affordable prices from over 150 very talented artists.

I will be bringing some abstract work with me including The Fall above.

Drop by if you’re in town – I will be located near the Shelbourne Hotel.
I look forward to seeing you

Evening Glow

Evening Glow Oil Painting

burning light of the setting sun re-ignites the dormant marshlands oil painting
Evening Glow – Oil based mixed media on block canvas 24 x 36″ ©

The burning light of the setting sun seeps through the woodland.  Languidly, it   re-ignites the dormant marshlands

An evening glow ensues!


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A New Discovery

A New Discovery - Weird Artist Discovery

courtesy of : Ilene Ordes Van Gossen FB