Winter on Mount Kippure II, ©2015 John O’Grady
12″ x 16″ oil on panel, requires framing

Mount Kippure, high up in the Wicklow Mountains, looks onto open bogland, swathes of grasses blowing and here and there, criss-crossing the landscape, black cuttings of banks of turf.

In winter, it’s not unusual to see it covered in snow while the nearby Sally Gap is often impassable.

The lack of trees create a special atmosphere and the covering of snow accentuates the rounded forms in the landscape.

I made a smaller painting of Mount Kippure under snow just over a year ago and returned to this theme this week.

Painting snow and its colored highlights and shadows is a real pleasure.

It’s also suitably seasonal!

Wherever you are, and whatever the weather, I’d like to send you my best wishes for the Christmas holidays.