The Mountain Road II, John O'Grady

The Mountain Road II, ©John O’Grady 2015
Oil on canvas 7″ x 9″ x 0.75″.


A small road weaves its way through the mountains in Ireland.

This painting is about scale and how the road is dwarfed by its surroundings. It’s also about what we might see when we look up and notice the incredible light in the skies that swirl around us.

As our eye moves upward through the painting, shapes begin to dissolve. Where does land end and sky begin? Nothing is definite nor defined; the elements are in a constant flux.

After all has been diffused in the transparent light filled mist, we eventually reach the top of the painting and the sky, where we meet the solidity of the back lit glowing clouds that seem to move towards us. Yet, we know clouds are also unsubstantial and evanescent.

I’d love to hear what you think about the light in this painting.