Light on Water II #194


Light on Water II, ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 10″x 8″

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One of the things that make Ireland so beautiful is how the successive weather fronts move in fast. The clouds skittering across the sky allow a play of light on water and land. It’s nature’s free spectacle.

I wanted to achieve that feeling of movement above and below the horizon line by placing lights next to darks while retaining the feeling of distance that make us reflect when looking out to sea.

I’d love to hear what you think.

On the Trail at Dawn III #193 On the Trail at Dawn III

On the Trail at Dawn III, ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 12″x 8″

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With this piece, I was recalling the first light as it rises above the hills and brings to life nature’s vivid colours.

This painting differs from the other two with a more abstract composition and a richer palette ranging from oranges to violets that reflects my feelings of this time.

Here is the link to the previous work in this series.

What do you think? I welcome your comment.

Spring Grass II #192 Spring grass II

Spring Grass II, ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 8″x 8″

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The seasons’ ebb and flow is something we are all imperceptibly receptive to.

The air warming, the brightening days and the sun shining seem to influence my work and palette choice.

Once I completed this painting, I gave it a name to express its feel and then thought the title sounded familiar.

I looked back on my previous work and found a painting with the same title and theme completed at this time last year. It had the same strong directional movement as in this piece, with clouds skittering across the spring sky though with this piece, suitably called Spring Grass II, I don’t have a building that provides an obvious focal point.

In today’s painting, the changing light falls upon the land and illuminates the grass in a highly saturated yellow to create drama while the surrounding colours add touches of subtleties.

Maybe this reflects a seasonal continuity with a subtle balance between figuration and abstraction.

I’d love to hear what do you think.


Morning Shadows II #191 Morning Shadows II

Morning Shadows II, ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 10″x 10″

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When out walking at the start of day, the air is crisp, the light hazy. You have to wait for the sun to rise in the sky to make everything sharper and brighter.

In this painting, I sought to capture that diffused sensation before the sun brings focus. It’s also a study in light bouncing around the picture.

I wanted the light of an Irish morning to fill the painting.

The shadows create an abstract pattern that act as a counterpoint to the white light.

I’d love to read your comments.

Approaching Rain, Provence #190 Approaching Rain Provence
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Approaching Rain, Provence. ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 16″x 16″

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Yes there are moments when the deep blue sky of Provence becomes angry and threatens rain and even hail, particularly in March. This painting includes two loves of mine, grasses and dramatic skies.

At the moment, the grasses growing wild in the abandoned-looking fields have a beautiful diaphanous quality and a gorgeous bronze colour that catches the light. These contrast with the rounded forms of the heavy rain clouds that play centre stage in this piece.

I learnt a good deal about myself with this painting.

Struggling to capture the cloud movements, for days I battled, almost there, almost there, bit by bit, forever fiddling until I eventually caught myself being precious.

That’s when the big brush and rag came out and it came right, all within 10 minutes.

As they say, it’s a funny old game.

I look forward to reading what you think.