Take me to the Island XI ©John O’Grady
24″ x 24″ x 1.75″, acrylic and mixed media on deep edged canvas, ready to hang.


In a departure with my other paintings, I am working with black, white, greys and an iridescent silver to conjure the drama of the place through movement of light and dark.

Night clouds are lit by the full moon off stage behind the clouds.

Shafts of moonlight sweep across the painting diagonally from top left to bottom right, while a fine veil of rain falls slowly onto the sea and island.

The more I paint these pieces the more I feel the communion between the memory of being before nature and experiencing a spiritual dimension, perhaps like the monk in Casper David Friedrich’s painting.

The monk has turned away from us and looks out at the sea, inviting us the viewers to commune with nature.

Likewise, I am inviting you, the viewer, to feel that sense of wonderment by looking into this dreamscape of memory and imagination.

I look forward to reading your comment.