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.
What can I say John – I love this; it reminds me a bit of ‘The Turning of the Year’ (which I am fortunate enough to be able to look at right now). You have created a wonderful scene here, so still, yet so alive. The colour combination and tufty texture of the grasses are just marvellous and the sky is full of the special atmosphere of a frosty night.
Yes I agree it is in the same mood as ‘The Turning of the Year’ I am hoping to make a number II to mark the turning of this year.
Thank you very much for your comment
A beautifully atmospheric and very seasonal painting. Fabulous variations in colour and shading in the snow, just magical!
Thank you for your comment. Snow is so ‘magical’ to look at but difficult to live with, isn’t it
I just love your seasonal painting of Mount Kippure, the warm glow on the right hand side of your painting brings the whole scene to life…the snow or faint stars in the sky, draw ones focus to the Mountain covered in white snow. In short John your painting is brilliant!
Thank you for your comment on my seasonal painting it is much appreciated.