Summer update from donna mcgee

Summer Update

Summer Update with lots of good times

shards of light solo exhibition gallery view

Times were quiet for such a long time with each day governed by a walk or a cycle within the confines of 5k  –  all to feel somewhat normal in this pandemic.  Then as normality peeped through slowly, along came the opportunity to exhibit my work at the local Ballyroan library with their state of the art exhibition space.  It ran for nearly a month and was such a positive experience.  It was time to meet people again and talk to them, laugh with them, be with them, albeit masked up – it was super!

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Donna McGee at Shards of Light Solo Art Exhibition, Dublin
my beautiful grandchild

family time

Our first grandchild, born in Germany, was now almost 9 months old and we still hadn’t  met her.  Covid restrictions prevented travel either way and we could not wait a second longer to meet  this precious child.

What a joy to finally meet her!

This little lady had a very important role to play on her first visit to Ireland.  She was to be flower girl at her upcoming aunts wedding.

Baby Hayden grandchild

Wedding Bells were ringing

Caoimhe WEdding memories

Uncertainty continued for all concerned!

Could there be 20 guests or 50 allowed for the wedding? Simple tasks like buying wedding outfits became next to impossible – that is if you were averse to buying online and studying return policies (the trying-on first, is just so important).

Could we all remain safe from the ravages of Covid.  Had everyone been vaccinated? A million unanswered questions – there were some last minute close contact absenses that made room for others to attend the wedding but on the whole, we remained safe.

And so, 50 guests assembled in the delightful grounds of Rathsallagh House in Wicklow for the weekend.  A  beautiful ceremony followed by a lavish banquet – life was good!

bere island, west cork irish landscape

Bere Island & the Dingle Peninsula

Well I guess we feared that after all the excitement of family get-togethers, weddings, grandchildren, meeting up with old friends, we would hit rock-bottom when it was all over.  And so we decided to take a trip instead.  We  travelled to Bere Island immersing ourselves in the beautiful countryside and learning all about its rich history.  Then on to the Dingle Peninsula where the sun shone the entire time we were there –  We travellled the length and breadth of the peninsula and toured the Blasket Islands – heaven!

Bere Island irish landscape
view of the blasket islands co. kerry irish landscape
Blasket islands kerry
view of blaskets, dingle co. kerry
Inch beach kerry Ireland

And so, it is back to reality and back to work.  I have really missed the joy of painting and it feels good to have the brushes back in my hand.

It all works so well when the sun continues to shine as I can still paint plein air, albeit in my back garden.  I am well equipped from my travels with lots of inspiration and I will sift through my photos and unleash my memories on canvas. 

I am working on some commissions and have other exciting news – all of which are soon to be revealed. What a busy, happy summer update.

Stay tuned and watch out for updates in seascape galleries

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