Soft Rain on the Sugar Loaf, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged Beech Panel, 15 cm x 15 cm x 3.7cm deep
(approx. 6″ x 6″, no need to frame and ready to hang)
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I remember driving along this minor road in County Wicklow.
The Sugar loaf is on my right, Powerscourt Waterfall on my left.
The morning light was milky blue/green with flecks of weak yellow light just breaking through the curtains of soft rain falling upon the land.
As the mountain was emerging slowly into daylight, the mist covering it gave it a ghostly feel.
What struck me and sticks in my mind was the quality of light casting a particular atmosphere over the boggy scrub.
In sunlight, this land has a reddish green tinge but at that time, it had turned a copper and bronze colour while the Mountain changed from a light grey colour to a pinkish glow.
I don’t know if I captured that particular light here but it served as a starting point to creating this piece.
I would love to hear what you think.
Avenue of Trees in the Mist, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged Beech Panel, 20.3 cm x 15 cm x 3.7cm deep (approx. 8″ x 6″, no need to frame and ready to hang)
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Tree lined avenues are a common site in France. They have a symmetrical sculptural quality.
This painting started life more as an arrangement of colour than as a particular subject matter as I had the colours on my palette from the previous day’s work.
From there, an image emerged slowly as if from the mist.
This muted understated piece was the result, a morning with trees silhouetted against an autumnal mist and the dawn light of morning breaking through slowly.
I would love to hear what you feel about this piece.
Perfume of the Night II, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged Beech Panel, 15 cm x 15 cm x 3.7cm deep (approx. 6″ x 6″, no need to frame and ready to hang)
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In an overgrown field of diaphanous grasses, old ignored vines were barely peeking through. In the corner, an abandoned cabanon lay. In years past it gave land workers a welcome respite from the searing sun of Provence and a shelter for their tools but it now stood alone and neglected at the foot of the mighty Mont Ventoux, no longer thought to have any purpose.
The night is still warm as the season gently begins to edge towards autumn.
There is very little light pollution. As soon as you go for a few miles into the countryside, on a clear night, you can raise your head and enjoy the stars-filled sky and start noticing the blueish swathe of the Milky Way. It is a sight to behold and I wanted to transfer that emotion to the painting.
Do you get that feeling?
Morning Across the Boyne, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged Beech Panel, 20.4 cm x 15 cm x 3.7cm deep (approx. 8″ x 6″, no need to frame and ready to hang)
The river Boyne rises in County Kildare, weaves its way through the rolling hills of Co Meath and flows into the Irish sea. It travels through some of the most historic sites in Ireland.
One such place is Newgrange featured in this painting. It’s an ancient megalithic passage tomb dated to circa 3200 BC and aligned to let the sun rays light the chambers on the winter solstice.
On the morning I visited there, the day started off with a blueish autumnal mist hanging over the river. I could imagine the people who had built Newgrange fishing the same stretch of river 5000 years ago on such a cool morning.
I would love to hear what you think.
Moonlight on Water, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged stretched canvas, 80 cm x 80 cm x 5 cm deep (approx. 31.5″x31.5″x1.97″, no need to frame and ready to hang)
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To face out onto the Atlantic on the West coast can be an unforgettable and elemental experience.
Knowing that there is no landfall for about 2000 miles can be humbling when the mighty waves in winter crash onto the rocks. But even this heaving ocean has times of calm. The water settles. The surface reflects all the nuances of light falling upon it.
In this painting, I wanted to depict the sea mist that comes in waves and can still let light create a shy rainbow of colours falling onto the smooth, dark oil-like surface of the sea.
I’d love to hear what you think.