To coincide with the return of RTÉ One's Painting the Nation, for the month of October, RTÉ is asking amateur painters from across the country to share their paintings of beautiful places around Ireland with us - and tell us exactly why that place is special to you. 

We're delighted to present a selection of our favourite entries to date.

Each Sunday in October, the viewer Painting of the Week will feature in the main Sunday night RTÉ weather forecast, just before Painting the Nation airs at 6.30pm. 

Just email a picture of your painting to thenationpaints@rte.ie, with your name, your age and where you’re from, and tell us why you painted this particular place - what makes it special to you?

As well as featuring the best painting each week on the Sunday night weather forecast, we'll also be running a gallery of the best #thenationpaints entries here on RTÉ Culture and will publish our favourites on RTE's social media accounts. And one talented painter will win a €250 one for all voucher to use towards your art supplies!

Find out more about The Nation Paints (including terms & conditions) here, and catch up with Painting The Nation via RTÉ Player here