Dark into Light, Prelude by John O'Grady | A Panoramic Dawn Skyscape Painting
8″ x 24″ x 1.75″ acrylic on canvas, ready to hang


Once finished, this piece reminded me of one of my ‘Dark into Light’ paintings.

It’s that moment when light emerges from behind the clouds.

A moment filled with anticipation.

It also brought to mind Whistler’s series of moonlight nocturne paintings that evoke strong musical associations.

Whistler’s nocturnes convey simplicity and calm.

This painting is about a beginning hence the choice of the word prelude. A prelude to the day announced by light emerging and the opening movement of a beautiful piece being played out before our eyes.

A symphony of colour emerges from behind the clouds: salmon orange, pale greens and cool blues fill the air.

The bright filigree surrounding the cloud works in harmony with the light that falls upon the sea.

A long panoramic format is always a challenge to paint.

It’s an exercise in finding a way to balance form and colour. Ultimately, the result is rewarding.

I’d love to hear what you think of this prelude to a new day.