Skyscape over the Irish Midlands #162

Skyscape over the Irish midlands
Skyscape over the Irish Midlands, ©John O’Grady, 2013
Oil on Panel, 16″x 16″

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This is a detail of my latest painting showing the wide open spaces of
the Midlands where turf cutting is mechanised to a high degree.

The bog has been altered beyond recognition, leaving large areas of flatland
stretching out onto the horizon.

The landscape has been scarred and made uniform but it’s made room for the big sky
above to show off an incredible forever changing spectacle.

This reminds me of the Dutch master painters of the 17th century and of Constable, the 18th century Suffolk painter who closely studied cloud formations.

Both the Dutch painters and Constable were masters at capturing the ephemeral quality of cloud movement.

How can such fleeting apparitions be conveyed in a two dimensional static surface?

That’s what I set out to achieve in this painting.


  1. Eoin Mac Lochlainn 24/11/2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Well, I think that you’re making a very good fist of it John, the ephemeral quality of clouds. That’s a beautiful painting and i see that it’s larger than previous ones – 16″ x 16″ Well done again, eoin

    • John O'Grady 24/11/2013 at 7:40 pm #

      Thanks very much Eoin. It must be living up here with the gods has me seeing clouds day and night

  2. Chris Hay 24/11/2013 at 8:55 pm #

    How can movement be conveyed on a flat surface? With great technical skill and imagination. This is a wonderful sky but as always I like the shining glimpses of light on the watery land.

    • John O'Grady 24/11/2013 at 8:59 pm #

      Thanks very much Chris for your comment. The little flecks of reflective light were the final touch

  3. Terry Pitts 24/11/2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Very beautifully done, John. Love it. Would love to have many of your works!!! Whatever this is called, I like the style and the way it captures feelings!! Thanks for sharing.

    • John O'Grady 24/11/2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Hello Terry, I’m not to sure what it’s called either in terms of style, but it means a lot to me that it connected with you and it “captured feelings”
      thank you so much