Always for the First Time, ©John O’Grady 2015
Oil on deep edged canvas 12″ x 12″ x 1.75″
It does not require framing and is ready to hang
Recently, I came across a poem by André Breton, the founder of Surrealism titled ‘Always for the First Time’. The title struck me instantly even though the poem itself did not resonate so much.
The title made me think about how each day is so often fleeting and seemingly follows the same routine and yet, it is so different. We get up, probably go about our lives in the usual way, even though, we are imperceptibly changed, each moment is nuanced and filtered through our sensibilities, our moods, what we have experienced and learnt.
Each day has its own subtle beginning. The light spreads across the land; the colours that bleed in the sky have their own beautiful arrangement laid out before us.
This is how this understated painting looking across the bog and the distant hills began its life as a new day…
I would love to hear what you think.
I follow your posting to see how your getting on. But to be honest I often stumble
Across the written word I like. You sure have a way with words.keep it up.
Good to hear from you and glad to know you are still following my writing progress 🙂
lovely light in the sky John
I loved putting that blue against the violet, pure pleasure, thanks very much
Magic, I especially like the morning glow in the foreground.
I think alot about the same things you wrote- about each day being a gift, and even though it seems like we’re just repeating routine, we are subtly changed by just partaking in that particular new day.
I try to be aware of the unique opportunity every day offers, and constantly give thanks to be around for it.
and thank you for your thoughts on the painting. I agree with all you have said about partaking in a new day. Like you I try to be aware, perhaps this little painting was some form of aide memoire to myself.
Hello John, your introduction made me think about how new dawns and new beginnings are distilled in the title of your painting. You have captured that feeling of being present at the start of something by the magical light that is emerging from behind the mountains and in the way it brings the bog to life through colour.
Thank you for your comment and beautiful reading of the painting. Yes the light you described was almost bringing the foreground bog to life in some way, balanced above and below the horizon line with a glow.