Morning on the Boyne, ©John O’Grady
12″ x 6″ x 1.25″, oil on deep edged wooden panel, ready to hang.
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Sometimes, I use thin washes of acrylic paint I let flow on the board and move around till it triggers a memory or a feeling of a place.
This little painting started life with an underpainting of cool grey blues in acrylic.
The back lit stately trees reminded me of a photo taken many years ago along the Boyne river.
The photo was somewhere but I was content to tap into what I remembered of that day, the low light, the mist on the water,…
In this painting, I wanted to emphasise the water and reflections so I placed a high horizon line.
The colours are muted and restrained to befit the first morning light but also to follow on from the cool acrylic layer underneath.
Once the painting was finished and I started this blogpost, I realised the palette resembled a painting made over two years ago called ‘Morning across the Boyne’.
Perhaps this first painting was subconsciously informing the new one.
Memory is a funny thing, don’t you think?
Wonderful colors, dynamic and simultaneously peaceful.
Interesting compatible elements; drama and calm
Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment on the painting. Happy thanksgiving to you and yours.
The artists sky motions over the quiet landscape at dawn and suddenly stumbles upon its outer mirror like falling through a trapdoor into another mood. “As above so below” …beautiful honest reflections John!
Thank you very much for your comment
Wonderful light and colour reflections in the misty water John – it seems so close that I could almost touch it. There is something about the colour combinations that evokes a certain poignant mood that can be felt at the start of a new day.
Thank you very much Chris, for your comment