Wildflowers by the Window, ©John O’Grady
13″ x 13″ x 0.75″, acrylic on canvas ready to hang.
$467 (approx. €417, £367) includes free shipping.
On a cloudless day, when I lean out of my studio window, the ‘Giant of Provence’, Mont Ventoux, rises above the old terracotta-tiled roofs of Vaison-la-Romaine.
At this time of year, you can often see a powdery blue and purple haze covering the mountain but the striking white limestone that covers its peak stands out and turn pink and orange in the evening light.
With this interior piece, I wanted to associate the motif of the mountain and the landscape with the still life and the interior, so the outside connects with the inside.
The open window offers a bridge between the two worlds, the space outside and the intimacy of the interior.
Wildflowers in bloom beautifully dot the arid garrigue at the moment but I chose not to pick them. Instead, I worked them into a flattened decorative bouquet with the help of photo references.
Like with the two previous interior paintings, I wanted the flatness and decorative qualities to be paramount to bring the emotional richness of the colour arrangement to the fore.
The quote by the Nabis painter Maurice Denis came to mind as I was making this piece:
“Remember that a painting – before it is a battle horse, a nude model, or some anecdote – is essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order”.
This quote seems apt: this small painting has changed shape several times. With each iteration, I built up several layers of colours and shifted each one slightly to harmonise the exterior with the interior.
I’d love to hear what you think.