Large river painting, mainly green, with reflections in water and dappled light called On the Banks of the Ouvèze River III by John O'Grady

On the Banks of the Ouvèze River III, ©John O’Grady
23.5″ x 31.5″ x 1.5″ acrylic on canvas, ready to hang


I’d like to invite you to take a walk with me along the banks of the Ouvèze river in spring.

The trees were bursting forth with new life in wonderful vibrant greens.

It had rained the previous days and the river was swollen and full, but on this beautiful evening, it was limpid and oh so quiet.

The setting sun’s light was filtering through the foliage in dapples and sunbursts. The trees stood in blue violet shadows.

In the dark recesses of the river’s bend, golden beams of sunlight stood out against the darkness.

The reflection of undergrowth and trees in the water mingled with the filtered light.

The undulating water created wonderful fractured abstract shapes and then, when the water stilled, it reformed a world mirrored.

There are parts of the river that are magical, overgrown and sheltered.

The greens in the water are deep and rich. They seem to take us into a void.

This was the sight that drew me to make the painting.

I’d love to hear what your feelings are about this painting.