Dear Art Friend,

Today I’d like to show you three recently completed paintings.

The first two explore the richness of patterns in nature and how we perceive them.

I came across this quote that seems apt:

“What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy.”

Alan Watts

Decorative River Painting

Painting of patterns in the River Rhône along the tree line

Patterns in the River Rhone

150 cm x 100 cm x 3.5 cm acrylic on canvas.

This painting is sent safely rolled in a tube and will require to be taken to a framer to be stretched.

I was standing by the edge of the river Rhone on a warm spring day.

In the breeze, the water swirled while lapping against the bank and the trees swayed and filtered the light to create beautiful shapes.

The painting captures that moment.

Below is a detail of the swirls with an abstract quality:

Detail2 of Patterns in the River Rhone by John O'Grady


Moonlit Dreamscape with Shadows

Dreamlike painting of winter tree and its shadow created by the moon called 'Magic Tree' by John O'Grady

The Magic Tree

60 cm x 60 cm x 3.8 cm acrylic on canvas, ready to hang.

The Magic Tree continues the theme of patterns in nature.

The interlacing of sky, stars and sculptural tree branches lit by the moon create a wonderful decorative pattern like stained-glass in the night sky. 

Atmospheric Irish Landscape

Painting of a stormy evening 'The Fairy Rath VI' by John O'Grady

The Fairy Rath VI

30 cm x 30 cm x 1.7 cm acrylic on canvas, ready to hang

This third painting revisits a theme I am fond, the enigmatic Fairy Rath.

The Fairy Rath VI is a moment frozen in time.

Lightning strikes for a second and the grass glows in the darkness beneath the thunderclouds…

I’d love to hear what you think about any of these paintings.