Gloria Bog, ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 10″x 10″
I have been reading a lot of John McGahern‘s work of late. His writing is at one moment harrowing and in the next exquisite. Descriptions of the rolling hills and overgrown boreens of Leitrim transport you there.
At times it can be almost unbearable to read as each crafted sentence unfolds an atmosphere and mood of understated intensity.
Gloria Bog features greatly in John’s novels. His immortalising of nature and its seasons is beyond compare. I have never seen Gloria Bog but the power and beauty of his writing brought it to life: I close my eyes and can see it but more importantly I feel it.
I’d love to hear what you think.
Morning Mist and Bog Heather II, ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 8″x 8″
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This is morning looking across the bog when light is diffused and shapes like the distant tree line are shrouded in mist and have a milky white quality.
Evening at Notre-Dame d’Aubune, ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 8″x 10″
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This is a painting of the beautiful provençal chapel called Notre-Dame d’Aubune situated just outside the town of Beaumes de Venise known for its exquisite muscat dessert wines.
I painted this from the memory of a walk I did last autumn. I remember distinctly walking through the grasses glowing in the evening light and the blue black shadows of the trees surrounding the cream pinks of the church.
This chapel dating back to the XI or XII century is the one part of the painting that I couldn’t recall so I used a photograph to capture the architecture.
Do leave a comment, I’d love to read what you have to say about this painting.
L’Aube dans la Garrigue. ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 6″x 6″
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On the plateau of Clansayes in the south of the department of La Drôme, the Mediterranean brush is dense with small oak trees, boxwood and wild aromatic plants like lavender, thyme and rosemary. This is called “La Garrigue” in French. The plateau is criss-crossed with narrow dusty ancient roads and paths used by hunters and farmers and it is easy to get lost if you are not local as landmarks are hard to find.
It is also so very still. You can hear the occasional bird call and the sound of the wind in the vegetation when it gets up.
The muted violets, blues and pinks convey this feeling of solitude when the sun rises. This is “Dawn in the Garrigue”.
I hope you enjoy it. I’d love to read what you think.
Clouds in the River Rhône, ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 10″x 10″
A few months ago I visited Avignon, “La Cité des Papes” where the popes once resided. The road into Avignon runs alongside the mighty river Rhône. On a fresh December day, I managed to park up and climb down to the bank of the river.
From this viewpoint the Rhône stretched out before me towards the city, the perfect canvas to show off the quality of the clouds reflecting in the still water. It was magical.
This is a painting from memory of that special morning when the clouds were in the River Rhone.
I hope you enjoy this painting. I would love to hear your opinion.
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