Au Clair de Lune ©John O’Grady
3 paintings 6″ x 6″ x 1.25″, acrylic and oil on deep edge panel, ready to hang.
Once again a trinity of paintings caught my interest during the week. This time, the light comes from the ‘clair de lune’.
This set of harmonious pieces captures the arc of the full moon as it moves through the night sky over a copse of trees.
In the first panel, night is falling while the rising moon illuminates the blonde grasses. The copse of trees stands, silent, blue-black against the violet sky.
In the second panel, the moon has risen high in the sky and lights up the clouds with a blue-rose tinge.
On the ground, the mist covers the grasses with a cool colour.
As the moon completes its journey in the third panel, the land awaits the beginning of another day.
I’d love to hear what you think.
Thank you Jan, glad you like them
I think these are very romantic John – beautiful and mysterious. They each have an atmosphere of their own yet work so well as a group. The light in Number 1 is particularly interesting as it highlight the grasses to reveal what seems to me to be a path leading to the copse and I also like the way you have created the clouds with colour. It is such a limited palette and yet very effective in all it conveys. I was intrigued by the title and had heard of it and found that it is a poem by Verlaine which contains the line:
‘The melancholy moonlight, sweet and lone’ which seems very apt when enjoying these lovely paintings.
Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment and bringing the lovely Verlaine quote to my attention, it is very special and does by coincidence work very well with the paintings. The title of the painting doesn’t relate to the poem but more to Debussy’s piece, which really fed the paintings inspiration. Yes there is a feeling of a path moving towards the trees but not overly stated.
Loving these “trip-tiks” so much. They really are beautiful and do so capture the lusciousness of the deeply colored night sky. Well done, indeed!!! I am over the moon about them!!!! LOL!!!
Yes that sky has lovely deep colour, even if I say so myself:)
Like a velvety quality. Great to hear you are over the moon about them!!