Evening Glow Across the Bog, ©2015 John O’Grady
16″ x 12″ Oil on panel, requires framing
Autumn is a special season.
Golds, browns and rust colours transform the landscape.
In the green land of Ireland it’s the same. The bog lands in the west are aglow. It really is a special golden hour before sunset. Often, the weather fronts have passed through and with it the rain, leaving the air fresh.
The bog grasses catch the light as the rays of the setting sun rake across the land. The spectacle is all the more beautiful as the sun sinks to the horizon and the colours become deeper and richer.
The bog appears to have an internal light, glowing a deep burnt orange. The shadows of the passing clouds on the land appear as a deep violet complimenting the orange light on the grasses. The open vista of bogland stretches off into the distant coast and because it is so wild and open, the light and dark play upon the land.
I’d love to read what your experience of autumn is like where you live.
John this is a wonderful painting with the most beautiful colors and it depicts autumn where you are, which is stunning… I love your treatment of the clouds at dusk.
Good luck in selling this masterpiece !
Thank you for your comment. Yes I was quite happy with how the clouds came out. Fingers crossed for the sale!
Just beautiful, John. When we were on the Dingle some years ago in the dead of winter, we were a little taken aback by how quickly dusk and nightfall came. Certainly the moon and the stars were visible by 4:30 p.m.!!! It was time to head back to Killarney for some Irish coffee by a very warm peat fire!!!
What a great memory, the moon and stars over Dingle with cool blue light of the dusk of Autumn and winter, then a warm turf fire with an Irish coffee sounds just perfect after the chilly air.
The comments are so evocative!
I love how this limns an in-between time — hovering in that moment before twilight. The sun is low, and the dark is slowly encroaching from the upper left. The delicate crescent moon and faint stars are bright focal points floating over the anchoring earth. Beautiful play of cool and warm, light and dark. Interesting choice to have the foremost foreground mirror the violets of the distant hills and the clouds. It creates a lovely counterpoint and balance, somehow.
Yes now that you mention it,it does have a similar light to ‘In Between’, that ‘Blue hour’ where the atmosphere is tangible and fleeting. Perhaps those contrasts of cool and warm and light and dark that you have mentioned is the common thread to ‘In Between’. So glad you picked up on the violet foreground at the very bottom of the painting, it just seemed to work when I put it in, it has a powder blue/violet quality that seemed to evoke that time of day and my favourite part of the painting.