You are Everything III, ©John O’Grady
20″ x 20″ X 1.75″ oil on deep edged canvas, ready to hang.


Like the previous two paintings in this series, this work is a combination of remembered places visited and a dreamscape in my mind’s eye, physically placing myself in the landscape and walking through it onward into the blue veil that falls on an indistinct horizon, experiencing the atmosphere and sensations felt when looking across the bog at sunset.

The raking light illuminates a large cumulus cloud that moves across the land. Light and cloud are intertwined in a ballet that slowly disappears as nightfall arrives.

I have been working on the cloud for a number of weeks, building up layer upon layer of glazes of transparent paint.

I was waiting for each layer of cobalt, manganese and violets to dry over an initial under painting of red to allow the light to pass through, hit the red under paint and bounce back.

With this process, the colours shifted to rich purples and blues while giving the cloud a depth of colour, a luminous quality that glows from the inside out.

Can you imagine yourself walking through this landscape?