Pink Moon is on Its Way #186 Pink Moon is on its Way

Pink Moon is on Its Way, ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 8″x 10″


It might be wishful thinking on my part but summer is coming. This painting with an arrangement of violets evokes I think the warmth of a summer evening that you might see here in Provence, when the heat haze rising from the ground diffuses objects in the distance.

The painting developed out of colours that came off my palette at the end of a day’s painting on another piece. It then dried for a few days and came together today.

I am pleased with this piece as the colours are vibrant but at the same time bear a subtle relationship to each other to give an overall calm mood.

I’d love to hear what you think.


  1. Terry Pitts 11/03/2014 at 8:31 pm #

    Very nice, John. We are loving your “grasses” and the pink hue does, indeed, put one in mind of the coming summer. Here in central CA, we are told that our weekend is heading for 80 degree temps!!! Ugh…summer too soon!!! This painting would fit right into our coming weekend!! LOL!!!

    • John O'Grady 11/03/2014 at 8:38 pm #

      Wow, summer too soon is right 80f! I hear snow is due on the east coast, such extremes. I hope that drought comes to an end soon. I seem to be drawn to grasses alright Terry, Thank you

  2. Maureen McCarrick 11/03/2014 at 8:38 pm #

    Brilliant painting John,

    ** there is a lovely quiet warmth about Pink Moon and for some reason it stirs up childhood memories , when I had a secret to share, wonderful feeling ! Stunning painting John 🙂

    • John O'Grady 11/03/2014 at 8:41 pm #

      Ah! hello Maureen, it’s lovely to see you here, thank you for your comment, childhood memories are so powerful, all we need to do is close our eyes

  3. JR 11/03/2014 at 10:40 pm #

    Your fields of grass are always so beautiful — apparently in motion and reflecting the available light. The path to that distant space between the trees is very inviting. Another lovely, atmospheric piece, John.

    • John O'Grady 11/03/2014 at 10:50 pm #

      I do seem to have a thing for painting grasses at the moment Josephine, glad you enjoyed the piece and the atmosphere, thank you for your comment.

      • JR 12/03/2014 at 12:26 am #

        Great title, too. (Could be the name of a children’s book, or a song.) Creates a sense of anticipation.

        • John O'Grady 12/03/2014 at 8:27 am #

          I thought the title was fitting Josephine, it’s a line from Nick Drake’s beautiful and haunting song “Pink Moon” from the album of the same title.

          Here’s a link. I think people have different readings of the song. For myself, it certainly has a feeling of melancholy with things passing.

          • JR 12/03/2014 at 5:22 pm #

            I should have recognized it. Have you seen “A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake”?

            And yes, the song is quite reflective, though I also sense acceptance. Maybe because it’s in a major key.

          • John O'Grady 12/03/2014 at 5:42 pm #

            No I haven’t I didn’t even know a documentary had been made. It is available on you tube so I will take a look, thank you.

  4. Fionnuala 12/03/2014 at 6:36 pm #

    I think your work is fabulous. Some pieces remind me of German expressionist Emile Nolde. Do you often do a piece of work from a description in a book? I also find the concept of working from memory, visualizing, using your imagination and feeling your colours to create your magical landscapes really amazing. How I would love to be talented enough to do this. I think your work is extraordinary. I want to step into these landscapes that you create.

    • John O'Grady 12/03/2014 at 6:51 pm #

      Hello Fionnuala, that’s really kind of you to say. I am fond of Nolde’s work and the other expressionists too. I am glad the paintings make you want to step into them. I don’t tend to work literally from books but the memories of poems or books I have read tend to percolate somehow after weeks or months and emerge onto the paint surface. It seems to have more emotional connection for me that way Fionnuala.
      Kind regards, John.
      You are very welcome to subscribe to my blog to get painting updates