The Spirit of Water ©John O’Grady 2015

Oil on canvas 10″ x 10″ x 0.75″
It does not require framing and is ready to hang.


Like many of my paintings, this piece started life by responding to initial marks made on canvas and seeing where it took me and whether a dialogue could be had.

Often, the painting seems to hang on a turning point at the despair stage!

I was flinging a fair bit of paint around to find a way back in when suddenly, rain and water emerged and merged on the canvas. I instantly felt the connection I was seeking almost like how a metaphor in poetry turns a key in the brain to see anew.

The sheets of rain and the wave were reaching out to each other in some kind of sublime, energetic interconnectedness of nature that shows the elemental force you can experience on the coast of Ireland.

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