Friday, August 30, 2013



My Fiend Linda Snider Ward and I will be offering some art workshops in Union Parish. Go to Union Parish Arts Council for more info.  See schedule below.  I will be announcing soon a workshop in West Monroe.

Donna McGee

September 21 & 28 - Oil Painting Basics Workshop for adults September 21 & 28, $50 per day or $125 for 3 sessions (with Plein Air). 9:00am-4:00pm
October 5 - Plein Air Workshop, $50/day or 3-day session including Sept 21 & 28 for $125. 9:00am-4:00pm
November 16 - Work in Your Own Medium & receive instructions from Donna, $50. 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
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Chenier Lake Fall, Oil  on canvas, 8x10 inches
Palette Knife Painting

 Morning on River Jubilee Farms, Oil on Canvas Panel, 9x12 inches
Plein air painting in Snoqualmie Valley Washington

Iris from My Garden, Oil on Canvas Panel, 11x14 inches

Linda Snider Ward

September 7, 2013 - Drawing Basics for adults (9:00-11:30am) $25 & for children 1:30-3:30pm, $15. location TBA
October 19, 2013 - Drawing Basics for adults (9:00-11:30am) $25 & for children 1:30-3:30pm, $15. location TBA
November 2, 2013 - Watercolor Basics for adults (9:00-11:30am) $30 & for children 1:30-3:30pm $20. location TBA
December 7, 2013 - Watercolor Basics for adults (9:00-11:30am) $30 & for children 1:30-3:30pm $20. location TBA
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catsPatterns  Cat Patterns (mixed media) by Linda Snider Ward

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Red Sky Morning

Red Sky Morning, Acrylic: Mixed Media
Accepted into the Mississippi Watercolor Society's Grand National Exhibition
To see more of Donna's artwork, visit her website.
This painting was inspired by the descriptive writing of Louisiana novelist, James Lee Burke.  I enjoy reading, poetry and descriptive novels.  Sad to say not many writers today can give the reader a sense of place and how the environment affects the characters. Burke makes me see the south Louisiana coastal swamp with it changing moods. This painting depicts a view of the landscape with almost serene elements, but the colors warm and cold in conflict give the true feeling that something ominous approaches.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My painting table

Sometimes I have more paint on me and the floor than on the paper.  In the beginning I am just choosing colors and waiting to see what they will become.  Pictured Spring Wind (working title) in progress.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

From Vision Manifest series

Summer Visitor
Recently, I have been working in various water soluble media: acrylic, watercolor, dry pigment and others on gessoed WC paper.  Each painting begins as an abstract and sometimes they remain that way.  The background is very loose and free, a spiritual birth of color and textures.  Feature elements, which are a little more controlled, are derived from my sketchbook and photos. This method gives expression to both aspects of my personality the loose, free adventurer and  the controlled got to live in the real world and keep stuff straight me. 
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Nature always with me

 Oglesby Pond ( on Camp Road), oil on canvas panel
Morning Reflections, Williams Creek, oil on canvas panel
I also like working directly from nature, plein air.  When I am there with the sound of water or buzzing of bees, I become a part of the place and nature accepts me.  Once a deer almost ran over me while I was painting and wild turkeys, some of the wariest of creatures, have walked within a few feet of me. I have learned so much from these experiences and these paintings are the kind of deep study that often finds its way into my more creative work. I have come to know trees and rocks and they are always with me waiting to be a part of the worlds I create from my inner vision.
A Chill Wind That Blows No Good, Water media
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Friday, August 2, 2013

Great time with friends and fellow artists at art crawl last night.  Misty, Rebecca, Katherine, Emilia,  (not pictured) Catherine and Natalie  joined me Ouachita River Art Gallery.  I enjoyed showing you my work and introducing you to my other art friends. Hope we can do it again some time.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tranquility Found

Tranquility Found, mixed media, 28" x 21". To see more of Donna's artwork, visit her website.

This painting was inspired by the fish in my backyard pond.  I love their colors and enjoy watching them. The pond is beside the walk that leads from my house to my studio and is a place to stop for a few minutes of tranquility between the demands of the real world and the creative place in my mind.