As Far as the Eye Can See ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on deep edged panel, 23″ x 23″ x 1.5″
I’m currently painting on larger formats and this piece is one I have been working on and off over the last few weeks.
As you know, I love a big sky and with this larger size, I took on the challenge of capturing an open vista viewed from a high viewpoint to give it distance. The drifting clouds provide a delicate and colourful play of light on the landscape bathed in the evening shadows.
The evening sun gives a burnt orange glow to the bog grasses that completes the overall feeling of warmth running through this work.
My studio is on the fourth floor with views over rooftops and hills in the background. The frequent mistral wind offers a perpetually moving sky so even though this painting is of Ireland, I wonder how much this experience feeds into my present work.
How do you respond to this painting?