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Take Me to the Island VII, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on Panel 30.3cm x 12cm approx 12″x 4.75″
This is number 7 in the ‘Take me to the Island’ series.
This painting is all together quieter in tone and colour range but has a strong sensory aspect and sense of place, even though the place is once again dredged from my mind and is non-specific.
It has, I feel, a particularly Irish light and atmosphere.
Please let me know what you think.
I love take me to the island VII.
Specially the angle your looking from shows the strength in the sea. I also like the glare on the sea directly in front of the island it’s very deceiving though:)
Thanks very much for the comment. I think that angle for the island works well with that format of painting as it gives it some distance. I hope your own work is going well
This one is gorgeous, like all the others, but somehow it tugs my heart!
I understand what you’re saying Sandy, some things connect in a more direct emotional way don’t you think. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.
Beautiful.Love the light in this.You are doing some great pictures.Well done.
That’s great that you are enjoying them. We’ll keep at it, thanks a lot for the encouragement.
This is marvelous, John. The dark, rough foreground anchors the wild and diffused light, and is a nice counterpoint to the indistinct land forms in the distance. I like the brown-greens on the island which appear again in the sky. The piece seems to me to have an elegiac tone, very autumnal. Very atmospheric. Beautiful.
Thank you very much.
When I work on this series, something tends to emerge which I find interesting and gives me food for thought, this one is no exception. I also like the marks and colours on the island that if I may say have a delicacy compared to the ‘dark rough foreground’ and the ‘wild diffused light’ surrounding it. I think that the overall tone has a melancholic atmosphere and ‘elegiac’, as a lot of the islands of the coast of Ireland are now uninhabited. ‘Elegiac’ reminds me of a man from the Blasket Islands who recently returned to visit the island after many years http://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerryman/lifestyle/is-this-the-last-memoir-of-the-blasket-island-natives-29287602.html.
This one a real masterpiece
Don’t know where you are on the very moment : Ireland or Provence but believe me, mist and rain are the same!
Thank you JB for your comment. I am in Provence and it has rained like hell the last few days.
I like this very much; I felt an emotional connection with it when I first saw it with it’s somewhat melancholic feel. It is the light on the water, the mist on the islands and the feeling that they are withing reach – but not quite. The colours sit so well together, quiet and harmonious. many congratulations John.
Thank you Christine, your beautiful comment and insight to the painting. The island for me is within reach but never quite achievable, perhaps that is a good thing, it keeps me making them.