The Fairy Rath VII


The Fairy Rath VII © John O’Grady
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30 cm x 30 cm x 4.5 cm acrylic on canvas, ready to hang

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This nighttime hillfort painting evokes the mood and atmosphere of Ireland.
Can you feel its mysterious appeal?


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Are you familiar with Fairy Raths, these mysterious sacred knolls where a copse of trees is often left to grow in peace?

Scattered across the whole of Ireland, these circular earthworks are ancient fortifications that mark the entrance to the fairy’s realm.

In this painting, I tried to capture the enchantment and magic of a fairy Rath on a night lit by the moon.  

The trees on the hill are silhouetted against the violet night sky to create a sense of depth and perspective.

The sky is filled with a billowing cumulus cloud edged by the moonlight to add drama and movement to the composition.

This light allows us to notice the lush grasses…

This small painting would make a wonderful gift to someone special who enjoys the mystic of Ireland, is that you?