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.