Take Me to the Island VI, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged stretched Canvas 20.4 cm x 20.4 cm x 4.7 cm deep (8″ x 8″, no need to frame and ready to hang)
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Whenever I return to the theme of the Island, the result is a painting where colour has an important role in conveying that feeling of refuge, solitude, melancholy even.
After finishing the previous painting “After the Rain, Croghan Hill” based on a specific place and topography, I felt the need to loosen up.
I took out three small stretched canvases, a large palette knife and a range of vibrant colours.
I applied them straight from the tube directly onto the canvas and spread, blended and lifted off a lot of paint.
Here, I’m trying to let the colours speak without working them too much.
To arrive at something simple is very hard. It may sound like a contradiction in terms but it is actually true.
In this first completed painting, I’m happy with the arrangement of dark blue balanced with the deep browns and light violets in the land and mist.
How do you like this painting?
I’d love to hear what you think.