Winter on Mount Kippure #237

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Winter on Mount Kippure, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged Panel, 9.5″ x 7″ x 1.5″
(approx 24.5 cm x 18 cm x 4 cm, no need to frame and ready to hang)




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This is the second painting of Mount Kippure high in the Wicklow Mountains. The first one was of Autumn.

Clearly this is Winter when a dusting of snow has covered the bog and more is expected as the clouds in the distance suggest another front is moving in.

In winter 2010, the temperature dropped to -15 degree centigrades which is unheard of in Ireland. I wanted to get that bitterly cold feeling in the painting. I remember the skies heavy with snow that had a bruised foreboding colour and of course, the Wicklow mountains and particularly Sally Gap were impassable.

I’d love to hear what you think.

I Stood on the White Strand #236

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I Stood on the White Strand, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged canvas, 12″ x 24″ x 1.75″
(approx 30.7 cm x 61.5 cm x 4.5 cm, no need to frame and ready to hang)

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All along the West coast of Ireland there are beaches called ‘White Strand’.

You can wander along and not meet another soul, particularly on a wet and windy day.

The sand can be really white and stands in stark contrast to the deep browns, greens and purples of the land that surrounds it.

I wanted to capture the feeling of standing alone on the empty strand with the power of nature sweeping over as the tide comes in.

The starting point for the painting came from one of my favourite songs by an Irish band called Planxty that were around in the 70s. The song is called ‘The West Coast of Clare’. It’s hauntingly beautiful and evokes times gone by.

The use of colour captures a little bit of that melancholy.

I would love to hear what you think.

Here are the lyrics and a video of Planxty’s performance.

The West Coast Of Clare
Written and composed by Andy Irvine

Sorrow and sadness, bitterness, grief
Memories I have of you, won’t leave me in peace
My mind is running back, to the west coast of Clare
Thinking of you, the times we had there

I walked to Spanish Point, I knew I’d find you there
I stood on the white strand, and you were everywhere
Vivid memories fade, but the mood still remains
I wish I could go back, and be with you again

In Miltown there’s a pub, its there that I sat down
I see you everywhere, your face is all around
The search for times past, contain such sweet pain
I banish lonesome thoughts, but they return again

I walk along the shore, the rain in my face
My mind is numb with grief, of you there is no trace
I’ll think of this again, when far off lands I roam
Walking with you, by this cold Atlantic foam

Sorrow and sadness, bitterness, grief
Memories I have of you, won’t leave me in peace
My mind is running back, to the west coast of Clare
Thinking of you, and the times we had there.

Moonrise over the Field #235

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



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The moon is rising slowly into the sky and the mist forming on the hills is catching the last rays of sunlight as the day comes to an end.

Twilight has the feeling of being on the cusp of something  but for a brief moment a magical thin veil is suspended between both worlds.

I am drawn to these uncertain moments and transient atmospheres.

Do you feel twilight is a special time?

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Clearing in the Wood II #234

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



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This painting has an otherworldly quality that harks back to the original ‘Clearing in the Wood’ completed in 2012.

It just seemed to come out of the ether and has a different palette from the last few paintings with flatter colours that give it a more abstract feel.

The colour arrangement has resulted in something that has a magical quality as the yellow light-filled clearing is surrounded by purple coloured trees with a milky turquoise light filtering through them.

What we could meet in the open space? There is a sense of expectation lurking…

I would love to hear what you think.

Take Me to the Island VIII #233

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Take Me to the Island VIII, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged canvas 12″ x 12″ x 1.75″
It does not require framing and is ready to hang



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This is No. 8 in the series in what is turning into quite a rich vein of work.

This painting has more movement and turbulence, altogether a more energetic feel to it. It’s quite a typical winter’s day one might see off the West Coast of Ireland when the coast is battered by south westerly weather fronts moving in off the Atlantic.

I had an interesting time finding my island in this piece.

It drifted in and out of view on several occasions: I painted it out, then painted it in again until I found the shape, tone and colours I was happy with, but also and more importantly, the atmosphere and feel you get when the distant land is drifting in and out of view in clouds and mist.

I’d love to hear what you think of it.