Autumn on Mount Kippure, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged stretched canvas 41 cm x 20.5 cm x 4.7 cm deep
(16″ x 8″, no need to frame and ready to hang)

The Wicklow mountains have their own particular elemental beauty that I keep returning to in my mind’s eye.

They are covered with blanket bog over large areas and their colours are rich and deep.

My strongest recollection is of sitting down on the bog to watch the patterns of light and dark move across the land and change from ochre to dark brown, from soft magenta to deep violet as the clouds rush by on the south westerly wind.

You can walk off into the bog and not hear a sound apart from the wind whistling by and relish the solitude only half an hour from Dublin.

In this painting, it’s late summer or early autumn. The heather is in bloom.

In the distance, the RTE mast on Mount Kippure is a focal point in the landscape.

It’s a television and radio transmitter and here, it’s my ever so clever segue of mentioning communication and asking for your opinion.

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