Peak-Time (2015)
Oil painting by John O'Grady


  • Oil painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 16 × 16 × 1.75 in / 16 × 16 in (actual image size)
  • Signed on the front

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John O'Grady


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The world is busy going about its business the minuscule lights in the distance are dwarfed by the majesty of nature as the cumulus cloud floats by above the land.
Cumulus clouds have a nebulous quality and yet at the same time, they are sculptural, they move gracefully upward and make their way across the sky slowly.
They are heavy with moisture but their movement and transparent qualities belie their weight.

Leonardo da Vinci once described clouds as “bodies without surface”.
How can this be captured in paint?
Watercolour lends itself to the ephemeral nature of clouds and many painters such as Turner have used this medium successfully.
In oil paint, it’s a little bit different due to its substantial nature that combine texture and opacity but oils can have a delicacy if used in the form of glazes.

A glaze is created with a small amount of transparent oil paint suspended in a medium of Dammar varnish, thickened linseed oil and gum turpentine. This is then applied thinly to give the delicacy of a fine veil placed over the previous paint.

The colour is built up one layer at a time and once dry, it shifts and deepens slightly. It’s like magic.

In this piece, I wanted the clouds to appear to glow internally as they catch the last light of the day coming from the right.

While painting, I kept thinking how we look at clouds that constantly change shape and lack solidity while at the same time, they are so substantial that when we see these large masses, we can be humbled and, awed, see our relationship with the world in a new light.

I exhibit internationally and my art is featured in collections worldwide.

Peak-Time is ready to hang. The edges, painted with white, are 1.75" deep so framing is not required. All paintings are varnished to add a protective coat against dust.

Only the highest quality archival fine art grade oil paints are used on a surface gessoed and prepared by myself.

All work is packed professionally using protective compressed foam boards 2 cm deep so that your painting arrives safely.

Shipping: the painting is shipped insured and with a tracking number I email you.

I hope you enjoy it.

Materials used:

Oil on deep edged canvas

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