Till the Last Ray Gleams II, ©John O’Grady 2015
Oil on deep edged canvas 8″ x 8″ x 1.75″
It does not require framing and is ready to hang.
I am sure there is a scientific explanation or term for the sliver of time between day and night when the sun is just dipping below the horizon and the land takes on the glow of the complementary colours of the sky: blues, violets and blue/greens.
I have seen this several times and been struck each time by that instant for it really is just that, the passing of a moment before all is lost in greys and blacks. Perhaps it is a visual illusion of sorts, yet the colours remain vivid in my memory.
Here is a close up of this painting showing the glorious colours around the setting sun:
The blue is a Manganese which sits beautifully next to a deep violet and the browns of the Irish bog land’s hillside.
The green is just a touch of Cadmium yellow mixed into the manganese blue and just below the sun is a touch of scarlet lake and cadmium yellow.
That sliver of time is so precious as every moment is but sometimes, we are so busy thinking of what lies ahead we rarely experience the preciousness of now until we are faced with the beauty of such a moment.
I hope you enjoy the painting, please let me know what you think.
Though every moment is precious, as you say, some moments seem to hold more magic than others. It’s as though the world holds its breath for a minute and says, “Look.”
You have captured something magical here, John.
Thank you for this reminder to remain awake to every moment.
You are very welcome, It was also a reminder to myself, I certainly need it! I think sometimes that the making can help to relive that magic moment or feeling again. It was one of those paintings that was really enjoyable particularly the last part where the blues and greens appeared. Thank you for your comment