At the End of the Day ©John O’Grady
16″ x 16″ x 1.75″ oil on canvas, ready to hang
Sunsets over the Atlantic ocean are often spectacular.
When I started this painting, I recalled such a day when the evening sunlight mingled with the violet clouds to create abstract patterns.
Rays of light reached the water to reflect and bounce off its surface.
Across the bay, the headland shifted in and out of view as veils of light fell upon the darkened shapes.
It’s a spectacle to never tire of.
I’d love to hear what you think.
Just lovely.Well done again.
Thank you very much Mary.
Just beautiful, John. It does bring back memories of the Dingle and driving along the coast with much more ominous clouds than those in this piece…these are rather friendly with the hope of sun’s lurking about…I rather like that…well done, well done!
and thank you for your comment. That’s great that the painting evoked memories of your special time in Dingle. I agree with you on the clouds looking benign, which is not always the case in the west 🙂
John, you are (more and more) a master of light and clouds. The limited and nearly complementary palette give this a real intensity and energy. The reflections on the water and “veils of light” on the headland are unspeakably beautiful. I love the vertical brushwork on the water, and the contrast with that of the sky and clouds. All of your West of Ireland pieces make me long to be there.
I felt the same way about the ‘veils of light’ it is the part of the painting I keep on returning to as it does seem to shift in between light and dark quite well. I tried adding other colours outside of the complimentaries that you mention but ended up wiping them off again. as they seem to diminish the energy within the painting.
Thank you very much for your comment
Hello John, we have been fortunate to have had some stunning sunsets here in the last week or so and they too featured the most wonderful purlples, reds, blues and golds. What is special for me ere his the wide vista and the subtle light reflections onto the land and sea – it is touchingly beautiful and you have created this natural spectacle with paint and all from sweet memory. Gorgeous!
Hello Chris, I agree about the sunsets, September and October often bring fabulous skies full of movement and colour like the blue golds and purples that you mention. Thank you for your thoughts on the painting, I am glad to hear you found it ‘touching’