Gloria Bog, ©John O’Grady, 2014
Oil on Panel, 10″x 10″
I have been reading a lot of John McGaher’s work of late. His writing is at one moment harrowing and in the next exquisite. Descriptions of the rolling hills and overgrown boreens of Leitrim transport you there.
At times it can be almost unbearable to read as each crafted sentence unfolds an atmosphere and mood of understated intensity.
Gloria Bog features greatly in John’s novels. His immortalising of nature and its seasons is beyond compare. I have never seen Gloria Bog but the power and beauty of his writing brought it to life: I close my eyes and can see it but more importantly I feel it.
I’d love to hear what you think.
I can feel it, too.
Thank you so much Josephine
Now I have to check out McGahern!
There are dark passages but these help to illuminate prose that transforms the ordinary
I’m not afraid of the dark. This sounds right up my street.
I just ordered two books!
Ah I like your style, which two?
In answer to your question (couldn’t “reply” below), Amongst Women and By the Lake — for starters.
Super,I do hope you enjoy them, amongst women is the one I have never read but has had fabulous reviews
Another great piece, John. I love the “sparkle” of the foreground grasses that contrasts with the typical “grayness” of the Irish sky. Yet, there is hope on the horizon!!! Well done.
for your thoughtful comment. Hope on the horizon, yes!
Beautiful, as usual!
Thank you very much Sandy,
all my best
This is lovely John – they are getting more and more infused with feeling; you really seem to convey the essence of this particular landscape. I imagine this one to be an evening scene with the sun setting and the sky positively glowing. This has the effect of creating wonderful highlights on the tree trunks, a sheen on the grasses and produces an intensity of colour.
That’s really kind of you to say so Chris.
Another stunning work – nothing but praises for this one. I can see why they fly right out the studio – that’s real talent. I honestly can’t pick a fave passage in this – the sky, the skyline, the foreground grasses…they are superb.
That’s very much appreciated Steven, thank you