Autumn Mist on the Sugar Loaf, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged stretched canvas 30.3 cm x 30.3 cm x 4.7 cm deep
(12″ x 12″, no need to frame and ready to hang)
The days are shortening as we slowly move into a time when the land will lie dormant.
Autumn brings its own beauty such as the soft, veiled light of misty mornings.
The Sugar Loaf Mountain emerges on such an autumnal morning.
The colours are still muted as the sun steadily rises. Its rays are weaker but still manage to catch the bright green blades of grass still growing as if making the most of any splash of colour.
The Sugar Loaf stands, a reassuring immutable sentinel still looking glorious day after day, season after season in the Wicklow countryside.
Please let me know how this painting make you feel.
I look forward to reading your comments.
I love this one, John. Your vibrant greens always speak to me, here contrasted with the aubergine, deep blue and ochre of the autumnal woods. The hint of mist brings the eye back to a second, more distant, green meadow, beautifully reflected in the clouds. Bravo!
Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Yes green can really vibrate can’t it. It’s a colour I do like to use but it causes me a few headaches, the under painting has a brick brown colour which also helped to make the green vibrate. I think it worked out on this occasion. As you mentioned Rachel placed next to aubergine, deep blue and ochres, they can live side by side happily. All the best John
This painting is beautifully composed and balanced. For me, it is all about the colour, but who can deny the dominance of The Sugar Loaf mountain and the delicate wisps of morning mist? Lovely John.
Yes it is dominant in the landscape even though it’s only something 500m high. Thank you for your comment, glad you enjoyed the use of colour, it has an autumnal feel.
This painting takes me back to walks in the cool autumn light. The patchwork of lush greens and various shades of violet epitomises Ireland for me.
Thank you very much Nathalie,I am glad that it brings back good memories for you
What is it about single mountains, I wonder, mountains like the Sugar loaf or Croagh Patrick or Errigal? They seem to hold a special significance or mystery or… a presence. I don’t know but you captured something of it there in your painting of the Sugar loaf in the distance, John. And you created a great distance in the painting with your colour perspective, well done – again!
Yes they do hold a special place, i think they are a constant as the seasons change. Also in the history of art, like Cezanne’s Mont St Victoire of course, but also your own fine work that you did on Errigal. I hope your own work is going well and the Vue is a great success!