View Across Dublin Bay, ©John O’Grady 2014
Oil on deep edged beech Panel, 15 cm x 30 cm x 3.7 cm deep
(approx. 6″ x 12″, no need to frame and ready to hang)

Looking across the bay of Dublin, the hill of Howth stands like an immovable sentinel watching the ferries move in and out of the port while the tides ebb and flow echoed by the clouds drifting by in an endless procession.

This painting came into being because of its long horizontal format, an unusual size for me as I tend to work on a square.

It’s panoramic and lends itself to capturing a wide vista and clouds’ movement.

When I started working, I lay in an oil wash of bands of colour that I let bleed into each other by moving the paint around and working intuitively with it. I then left it for the night to dry.

When I returned to my studio the following day, the colour arrangement reminded me of standing on the beach at Sandymount looking across the bay to Howth Head and seeing a white ferry leaving the port.

The end result is a piece with muted colours that suggest a solitary atmosphere. The horizontal bands at the bottom have a static quality that balance with the charged clouds that add drama.

I would love to hear what your feelings are about this format and the resulting painting.