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