Light on Water III #194


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


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.


  1. DomiLou 20/04/2014 at 8:39 pm #

    Oh, John ! toujours aussi superbe !
    Quel oeil, quelle âme…
    Et votre façon de décrire votre peinture….
    Amazed again !

    • John O'Grady 20/04/2014 at 8:43 pm #

      Merci bien Dominique, j’apprécie beaucoup votre commentaire.

  2. rory 20/04/2014 at 8:59 pm #

    A perfect scene, I love way the clouds create both shadow and light patches 🙂

    • John O'Grady 20/04/2014 at 9:16 pm #

      Thanks very much Rory, much appreciated

  3. Terry Pitts 20/04/2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Love that…I believe you captured it well…love the contrast of the light of the sky and sea and the dark of the land…well done, John…!!!

    • John O'Grady 20/04/2014 at 9:21 pm #

      Hello Terry, thank you for your comment, I think the contrasts worked out well 🙂

  4. Sandra Pitts 20/04/2014 at 9:09 pm #

    I agree with DomiLou..c’est magnifique!

  5. Elles 21/04/2014 at 1:50 pm #

    John, so well captured, a beauty…

    • John O'Grady 21/04/2014 at 1:57 pm #

      Hello Elles, thank you very much for your comment

  6. Chris Hay 21/04/2014 at 11:08 pm #

    ‘Nature’s free spectacle’ – I love that phrase and so true. Your reflected light on water are always special John. In this one I think the sense of distance works very well with the merging sky and sea. I am not sure why but the little suggestion of the Irish patchwork fields made me smile.

    • John O'Grady 22/04/2014 at 10:21 am #

      Hello Chris, I certainly do seem to have an interest in that reflective light of water. The free spectacle of nature, can be endlessly fascinating even when recalled from way back when. Thank you for your comment