Take Me to the Island VIII, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged canvas 12″ x 12″ x 1.75″
It does not require framing and is ready to hang
This is No. 8 in the series in what is turning into quite a rich vein of work.
This painting has more movement and turbulence, altogether a more energetic feel to it. It’s quite a typical winter’s day one might see off the West Coast of Ireland when the coast is battered by south westerly weather fronts moving in off the Atlantic.
I had an interesting time finding my island in this piece.
It drifted in and out of view on several occasions: I painted it out, then painted it in again until I found the shape, tone and colours I was happy with, but also and more importantly, the atmosphere and feel you get when the distant land is drifting in and out of view in clouds and mist.
I’d love to hear what you think of it.
I like it a lot!!! It gives one the sense of the “ruggedness” of the coast and some of the dangers inherent therein. Getting to the island may not be in one’s best interest!!!
It certainly wouldn’t be a great day for the island Terry, I agree :). Thank you for your comment on the painting, glad it captured a little bit of that rugged magic
Hm…rugged magic! It’s fine for me 🙂 This painting fits my inner pictures of an irish coast. All you need to feel well with it is: step a bit back and take the scenary to freshen you up. Did you ever face this weather and use it to give sorrow and anger away…you even can shout as loud as possible, nobody will mention it. The sea takes it all, carries it away, makes you feel more free than before.
But I find sadness, when I think of times gone, when a woman was waiting for the ship to bring her man back home from fishing…
You see: Your painting inspires me a lot! Thanks for showing, it is wonderful!
Best regards 🙂 Frauke
I do appreciate your beautifully crafted thoughts, they really connected with me. Yes the elemental force of the sea can be liberating, ‘The sea takes it all’ as you say Frauke, At the same time it is unforgiving and can take someone from this life in a second, particularly those communities on the edge of the Atlantic that had to make their livelihood from the sea. Thank you for your kind words on the painting I am glad you like it and it inspired you.
I like the darker colours, John and the rough seas, well done, eoin
Thanks very much Eoin
Another wonderful Island painting John – this time it is the swirling sense of movement in the sea that is so beguiling; despite the turbulence, the island is ever still and immovable.
I find the comments from your followers often make me think about other aspects of the paintings. Thank you.
It’s always really interesting to read people’s perspectives on a painting and gives me a great insight as well. Thank you for your comment on the painting it seems like this series is quite beguiling, hopefully more to come.