It's only been a few days since Painting The Nation announced their Big Picture competition, and the response has already been phenomenal, with entries flooding in.

PTN is asking amateur painters from across the country to share their own artworks of beautiful places around Ireland, and to tell us why that place is special to them. Why not have a bash yourself? Find out more here. While we're at it, watch this quick composition masterclass from judge Gabhann Dunne.

In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you a selection of our favourite entries. To get the ball rolling, enjoy these splendid views of Donegal, Clare and the Aran Islands from a trio of talented amateurs:

1. 'My name is Mark Rooney, I'm 43, an amateur painter. This is my painting of 'Landing on Aran', based on a family photo of me, my dad, uncle and cousins arriving on Inishmore, the Aran Islands for a family weekend holiday, happy times and happy memories.'

2. 'I'm Veronica Maguire from Ballybofey, Co Donegal, age 53, my oil paintings are of Trusk Lough near to where I live, a very beautiful place to visit - the stillness and calming affect is idyllic.'

3. My name is Elaine Gavin. I'm from County Clare. I only recently began painting for myself and love particularly to paint Irish landscapes. Here is a painting I did of Poulnabrone dolmen, the most iconic and beautiful landmark in Clare. Its beauty has survived and endured the elements for over 7000 years and is a symbol of strength and durability to me. 

Painting The Nation, RTÉ One, Sunday, 7.30pm