After the Rain ©John O’Grady 2015
Oil on deep edged canvas 12″ x 12″ x 1.75″ /30.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 4.7 cm
It does not require framing and is ready to hang.


The trials and tribulations of a painting!

Normally I try to post on a Wednesday but this latest painting gave me a whole lot of grief. Now each one I make always involves a battle to the finish and that is the way it should be, as hopefully things move forward.

This particular piece had, I thought, been resolved yesterday. Photographs were taken and were ready to post.

But at the last minute, something didn’t feel right. It lacked something of a connection, a feeling …

The reason I mention this is, often the day after, I look afresh at a piece and usually something clicks and gives me an opening.

After refraining from posting yesterday, I thought this would be the case but the struggle continued.

This has happened once or twice before so I’ve left the painting aside for a couple of weeks and this strategy has worked but today, being really cheesed off with this painting (sounds crazy I know), I persevered.

I scraped off the lower two thirds, added more paint and repeated this process several times until I decided the piece was finished.

I am mentioning this because I learned something: being like a terrier with a bone and never giving up can pay dividends not necessarily in terms of how the painting looks at the end but sometimes it gives your self belief a boost to push through to the end.

Has anyone else found this the case with their work?

Here is a detail of the sunrise in the finished painting.