Cloudscape over Howth-John O'Grady-
Cloudscape over Howth, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged beech panel, 15 cm x 15 cm x 3.6 cm deep (approx. 6″x6″x1.5″)


Most of the time I paint on a slim, relatively smooth panel without give. It suits the way I work.

These past few days, I’ve been painting on these excellent beech panels of archival quality. They have 1.5” deep wooden sides I have painted white after finishing the painting.

They don’t need framing.

They would look great displayed on any wall.



This piece is a view looking across Dublin bay to Howth Head. While writing this post, I remembered painting two years ago this month ‘View across the Bay’ which starts from a similar stand point but looks towards the Pigeon House in Dublin. Two years on, I seem to have the same fascination with pink clouds.

The older painting is quieter while this one is freer and more expressive. It captures the movement of clouds more successfully and strikes a nice balance between elements of representation and abstraction.

I would love to hear what you think.