Evening in the West #232

Evening-in-the-West-JohnOGrady-www.johnogradypaintings.com Evening in the West II, ©John O’Grady 2014 Oil on deep edged panel 24.4 cm x 18 cm x 3.7 cm deep (approx 9.5″ x 7″ x 1.5″, no need to frame and ready to hang)

$227 (approx 180 Euros, £145 with free shipping)

This painting is a continuation on the theme of ‘Mountains’.

The composition is similar to the previous painting on this blog though this one is warmer and the light is different.

When the sun is setting across the bog in the autumn, it fills you with awe as bog and mountain glow with a reddish gold colour. It is warm and rich and beautifully contrasts with the blue of the sky which has a tinge of green in it.

The air is fresh and clean for the day might have held rain.

I hope you enjoy the painting and I’d love to hear what you think.

The Journey of a Painting #231

The Glowing Bog II, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged panel 15 cm x 15 cm x 3.2 cm deep
(approx 6″x 6″ x 1.1/4″, no need to frame and ready to hang)

$127 (approx 101 Euros, £81 with free shipping)

Some paintings flow smoothly from start to finish.

This painting had quite a journey to get to a completed stage.

On reflection, at each stage I was looking for a way into the painting, an emotional connection that would allow me to charge the painting with a part of me.

After laying down an initial wash, I started documenting the stages. This proved to be an interesting exercise as when I work on a piece it is normally not so full of twists and turns.

You can discover them below from the beginning to the end. Continue reading »

The Fallow Field #230

The Fallow Field, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on Panel 5″x 7″


We are deeply drawn to the land.

It nourishes us throughout our lives and welcomes us back unto itself at the end of our days. But us, being humans, have this innate yearning to strive, which is positive, but with the striving comes a need to acquire, to own, to fence things in a bit like in my painting.

We claim ownership of something that is so deep and profound, bigger than us, that really, we can never ever truly own it.

Take Me to the Island VII #229

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Take Me to the Island VII, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on Panel 30.3cm x 12cm approx 12″x 4.75″


This is number 7 in the ‘Take me to the Island’ series.

This painting is all together quieter in tone and colour range but has a strong sensory aspect and sense of place, even though the place is once again dredged from my mind and is non-specific.

It has, I feel, a particularly Irish light and atmosphere.

Please let me know what you think.


On the Trail at Dawn IV #228

On the Trail at Dawn IV, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged panel 15 cm x 15 cm x 3.2 cm deep, approx 6″x 6″ x 1.1/4
(no need to frame and ready to hang)



How to capture the atmosphere of an early Irish morning.

The dampness you feel on your skin, the rich smell of the earth sodden by overnight rain, the soft sound of dew drip-dripping off trees and bushes, the first sight of the sun rising through a fine mist on the horizon, the taste of moisture as you breathe in…

Now clearly painting is a visual thing and my eyes help me make decisions about colour choice and composition while you, the viewer, also use your eyes first to respond to the image of the painting.

But I think there is something else going on with landscape painting that can resonate even deeper than the visual and that is trying to bring to the fore the senses.

This is a painting from a memory of walking in just such an early morning atmosphere.

Increasingly, I realise that to evoke a memory on a paint surface I have to dig deep to capture what I physically felt on such a morning.

Memory can be pretty fugitive and experiences are mixed with lots of other things, but I have to say when I finished this piece it felt like I was there not because it looked like a place but rather, it felt like one to me and this helps bring a deeper experience that you might feel too.

Have you ever had that when you dream and you waken suddenly; you are physically awake but you are still in the dream? It’s powerful isn’t it?

When in the process of painting, It’s a bit like that I think.

Have you have experienced something like that, i’d love to hear about it.