Soft Rain on the Sugar Loaf, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged Beech Panel, 15 cm x 15 cm x 3.7cm deep
(approx. 6″ x 6″, no need to frame and ready to hang)
I remember driving along this minor road in County Wicklow.
The Sugar loaf is on my right, Powerscourt Waterfall on my left.
The morning light was milky blue/green with flecks of weak yellow light just breaking through the curtains of soft rain falling upon the land.
As the mountain was emerging slowly into daylight, the mist covering it gave it a ghostly feel.
What struck me and sticks in my mind was the quality of light casting a particular atmosphere over the boggy scrub.
In sunlight, this land has a reddish green tinge but at that time, it had turned a copper and bronze colour while the Mountain changed from a light grey colour to a pinkish glow.
I don’t know if I captured that particular light here but it served as a starting point to creating this piece.
I would love to hear what you think.
I love it you have captured the light and colours so well. More inspiration for me thanks
Thank you Jane for your comment.
I think you have managed to capture the light as you describe it from memory John. The colour is simply a delight as the blues and coppery bronze contrast so well. The grasses have a soft silvery blue hue which seems to reflect from the sky and balances with the textured bog. It is beautifully calm and gentle.
It is rare to look back on a piece and feel good about the mood, or how the colours worked out but with this one I do at the moment anyway. I agree it is a “calm” and understated piece. The grasses in the real painting are more green from the underpainting showing through than on the photo. Thanks very much for your thoughtful comment.