John O'Grady Art Dawn in the West | Irish bogland at dawn
Dawn in the West, ©John O’Grady
10.25″ x 18″ x .75″, oil on canvas, ready to hang.

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It’s the start of a fresh day in the West of Ireland.

The lemon/white light cuts across the land to announce the new day. It sculpts shapes and forms as it hits the ground.

The distant mountains blue-violet shadows vibrate against the light.

A gentle breeze travels through the grasses that seem to play hide-and-seek with the first sun-rays.

This painting explores the dynamic set of light and shadows I remember seeing in the mountains. Rounded at the top, they appear smooth from a distance. But, as the sun moves across the sky, shadows give these mountains contour and depth, as if the hand of a skilled sculptor was modelling it.

I chose a palette that’s descriptive of the place and time of day but more importantly, I sought to imbue the painting with a hushed feel to suggest the land is waiting to be stirred to life.

I’d love to hear what you think.