Then the Rain Came, ©John O’Grady 2015
Oil on Panel, 7.25″ x 12″
On the West coast of Ireland the weather can change so fast.
Yes there are days when there isn’t a cloud in the sky but the days when the play of light and rain clouds puts on a display are endlessly fascinating. I have heard it said that a painter doesn’t paint ‘landscapes’ there but paints the weather, as it is omnipresent and permeates everything including waterproofs.
The squalls of rain which can turn to sunshine in an instant by piercing through a fine veil of rain are quite extraordinary.
To try and capture this ever changing dynamic movement and convey its force and energy requires a freedom of mark making and brushstrokes. There is no other way to transmit this feeling of power than painting in this way.
In this piece, I wanted to transmit the feeling of the rain approaching as you are about to experience a shower and yet can enjoy the moment knowing the sun is just round the corner to dry you off.
I look forward to reading your comment.
Yet another incredible creation!
I do love your work. Thank you.
You are very welcome here and thank you for your comment. I really felt I needed to loosen up a bit and fortunately I feel it fell into place. i am glad you like it.
Wonderful, John. Really love it and so very “Irish”!! I love the cliffs; so reminiscent of so much of the Irish coastline. Evidently others agreed as it sold before I even looked at it!!! LOL!! Great work!
Thank you Terry, yes I know how much you love your cliffs in Co Clare.
Though the painting is representational, it reads as pure energy and atmosphere to me. The gusts of rain, the turbulent sky, and the light breaking through the clouds and reflected on the water take my breath away. You have captured the wildness of the elements and of Ireland itself.
Thank you Josephine, for your kind words and insights