Author: Eamon Donovan

Landscape Artist of the Year

I had the adventure of a lifetime yesterday up in Castle Ward in Northern Ireland where I competed as a wildcard contestant in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the year. The competition was whittled down from over 10,000 entries right down to 348. There were 50 wildcards and 8 contestants competing in this heat. This was heat number 5. There were already 2 heats in Royal Ascot and two in Blackpool in the UK. The last heat is today the 23rd of June again in Castle Ward.

It all started at 6.45 in the morning where everyone had to register. We were all greeted by Skys production team who were very helpful and encouraging. Everything was explained properly as we were led to the destination. We were told we may see the Judges and presenters fleetingly and as it turned out they were all out in force and happy to chat to everyone. I was itching to get my photo taken with them all but nobody else seemed to so I left it so. We were all positioned by the Loch with the Castle behind us. We were all told to have a good look and see what jumped out at us. I had a good look around and settled on trees across the Loch. It was a really dull day so the Loch itself didn’t appeal to me. Turns out that was a mistake because one of the Judges Tai-Shan Schierenberg asked me why I hadn’t painted the Loch as that was the star attraction. I ploughed on with my painting but knew at that point the Judges were looking for paintings of the Loch. Ces’t la vie.

The winner was called out about 3.30. It was a painting of the Loch with the town in the distance. It was a very worthy winner. Overall it was an amazing experience. The atmosphere was brilliant and all the artists were popping around to each other. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I was super proud to get that far. I’ll be bringing my completed painting from the Competition to the Abbeyleix House Fun Day on Saturday. You can buy the piece here.

I’ll be painting and selling my wares at the Abbeyleix House Fun Day this Saturday 25th June from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. Hopefully, see some of you there.

My New (ECommerce) Website

Woohoo! My new website,, is now live. It looks quite like the old site, but there are two major differences:

  1.  You can join my mailing list to keep up with all the latest developments, events, and special offers. You can unsubscribe at any time.  I promise I won’t bombard you.
  2.  You can buy my art online directly from with your credit/debit card Google Pay/Apple Pay. You can still meet me in person and pay via Revolut or PayPal or even cash. But, it’s so easy to buy online. And it avoids the messy situation where several people want the same piece. Now it’s first come first served. If you want a piece, get in quick. There won’t be any copies/reinterpretations. Every piece is unique.

Free delivery by FastWay Couriers for deliveries in Ireland and UK.

Rest of World can contact me for prices as most of my pieces are drawn with a glue gun on so don’t easily roll into a cardboard tube for cheap delivery.

Thanks so much to Laois LEO for the Trading Online Voucher and Modus IT Ltd. for all their hard work on the site.

Abbeyleix House

Abbeyleix House Fun Day

I’m very excited to be painting and selling my wares at the Abbeyleix House Fun Day on Saturday, June 25th from 12.30 p.m. – 5 p.m. The family fun day is in aid of St. Lazerians St. Vincent De Paul Conference, My Lovely Horse Rescue, and the Abbeyleix and District Lions Club. There will be local crafts and cuisine, food trucks, face painters, games, and an aeroplane display. And the rare chance to check out the De Vesci Estate.

Visit to buy tickets.

Hope to see you there.


Abbeyleix Pop-Up Shop Sale Now On

I have decided to extend my stay in the Art Gallery Shop at the Gallic Kitchen in Bramleys, Abbeyleix, until the 9th of January. Starting tomorrow , Tuesday, at 9.30am, I will have a sale on selected items with up to 20% off In Store. I’ve really enjoyed the experience and met so many really wonderful, supportive people. Thank you to everyone that has come through the door. I particularly enjoyed the Christmas Day messages from people who received one of my paintings as a Christmas gift. It’s very encouraging. Thank you all very much and I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hope to see you in person in Abbeyleix.

Aileen Donovan Pop-Up Shop at the Gallic Kitchen, Abbeyleix

Pop-Up Shop at The Gallic Kitchen, Abbeyleix

I have opened the Pop Up Art Gallery Shop from Thursday 18th of November through to Christmas Eve from Thursday to Sunday every week.  Its at the Gallic Kitchen, 10 Main Street, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, R32 D8C0.  If you’re in Abbeyleix and have the urge to view some original art and maybe indulge in some fantastic lunch options please call in.  I hope to be there on both the Thursday and Friday mornings up to lunchtime and lunchtime until early afternoon Saturday and Sunday.  If anyone wants to view the Gallery outside these times please contact me and I’ll make myself available.  This is such a fantastic premises and a lovely town to visit.  Hope to see you in the coming weeks.

Mountain View Markets Kilkenny

Mountain View Markets

I am taking part in Mountain View Markets – The first time a pop-up art gallery has been organised by the market. There are thirty local artists taking part and this unique event is scheduled to take place on the 24th of October, from 11AM to 4PM. There will be complimentary wines and canapés available on the day. Eircode R95 NH31

Aileen Donovan at Grá, Naas

PopUpArt Newbridge – Art Exhibition in Grá Gallery, Naas

August 1 – 31 st August 2021

GRÁ GALLERY – 28 North Main Street, Naas East, Naas, Co. Kildare W19 DW6E.

I am one of 10 artists currently exhibiting in Gra Gallery for the month of August as part of Pop Up Art Newbridge.  I have 4 paintings Bittersweet Symphony, There is a Light that never goes out, Togher Wood and Melancholy Sky on display.  Please feel free to pop in if you are in the Kildare/Naas area.

Classes at Dunamaise Arts Centre

Seniors and Special Needs Childrens Arts Classes at Dunamaise Arts Centre

I will be running 2 Mixed Media art classes in August.  One class is for Special Needs Children and a parent/guardian and the other is for a group of Senior Citizens.  I propose using various household items such as sponges, Q tips, an ornate table mat, old toothbrushes, modelling paste (not so much household!), plastic knives and acrylic paint.  I will supply a 60 x 60cm canvas and by the time everyone finishes the class the plan is they will have a new canvas fit to display in their home.  It will be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone.

The first class is on the 20th of August from 2 to 4. This is for Special Needs Children accompanied by a parent/guardian age 8 years plus. As a mother of special needs children, I know only too well our special children don’t get asked to much and that’s why I really wanted to do this class.

The second class is on the 21st of August from 11 to 1. This is for older people who have felt lonely and isolated over the past year and 4 months. I just ask that everyone wears old clothes, bring an apron and perhaps plastic gloves because you will get your hands dirty!

Both classes are in Dunamaise Arts Centre subject to Government advice.

Any queries please contact me at 0872428889 or
Booking is essential through Dunamaise Arts Centre (05786 63355).

Book now at

The Laois Arthouse Collective “Collective Thoughts” Exhibition takes place from the 12th of July until the 28th of August. There will be various workshops run in conjunction with the Exhibition both In House and online.



Abbeyleix Library by Magalie Lalor

Abbeyleix Library Exhibition

I will be exhibiting 47 paintings in the lovely Abbeyleix Library for the entire month of June. Let me know if you’re planning to visit and I’ll meet you there and talk you through the various paintings.

Market House,
Market Square,
Co. Laois,
R32 CY65.

Tel: 057 87 30020

Closed Monday and Wednesday. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 5pm, with late opening Thursday to 7.30pm.

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