Archive for November, 2007


Posted in art, Fine Art, Irish Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Uncategorized on November 27, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist


The Ridgefield Refuge in Ridgefield Washington is one of my favorite places to gather materials for painting.
Occasionally, I do go out on site and paint in the pristine air of this location.

Shuffling around some paintings I have stacked against my wall ( I do check them out for dusting once a year), I came across this little 14” X 11” that I painted on site at the Refuge in 2006.Paintings really do bring back the memory of the moment. I was painting almost 45 minutes when I heard this large splash just below me and lo and behold – a beaver made his way across to the other side.
He must have been sitting just ten feet below since I started painting. Later a blue heron lifted off just in the distance near the tree with the orange foliage highlight.
Being in this spot is what you call “surrounded by nature” in the truest sense. I hope I have captured a little of the late afternoon sunlight as it picked through the trees along with the stillness of the canal that evening.

Happy viewing, fellow bloggers. As always, your comments are welcome. Critiques or Hoorays, I read them all. If you would like to be part of my regular blog, let me know and I will add you to my growing e-maill address listing.

Jim Gola, Artist

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I bring the landscape home with me…

Hans Hoffman 1890-1966



Posted in art, Fine Art, Irish Art, Oil Painting, painting, Uncategorized on November 24, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist


Lucia Falls, Summer “07” was an experiment in a new format for me. I usually prefer the larger Rectangular format panels. I came upon a number of frames I could not pass up price wise that suited a 12” x 12” format. They forced me into a new composition challenge. I never was particularly attracted to square formats. I admire artists who paint predominately on square format surfaces exhibiting grand vista views. My series of landscapes may be a little more intimate. We will see.
This is the first of what I hope will be eight panels.
As in my usual preparation process, I always prime my panels ( in this case, 1/8” Masonite) with two coats of Gesso to thoroughly seal the surface. I then brush on a thin coat of sepia, Terra Rosa or other earth coloration with a sable brush. As one who enjoys painting with shades of “greens”, my prepped  earth toned panels lend a good complementary background on which to start my work.


Your comments are always welcome.

And after drawing comes composition. A well composed painting is half done.

-Pierre Bonnard 1867-1947

Jackson Creek 2003

Posted in art, Fine Art, Irish Art, Oil Painting, painting, Uncategorized on November 22, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist


Jackson Hole, 2003 was painted somewhere along Mormon Road located outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Painting from digital photographs is always disappointing compared to painting on site.
Admittedly this one was a struggle as the overall on site feeling was overwhelming. The contrast between the surrounding area and the stream bed was what caught my eye. The trees seemed to be of a very great age in a struggle to remain viable amid the surrounding area of draught. Painting was completed on an 18” x 24” stretched cotton duck canvas with two coats of Gesso applied between drying coats.  As usual, I struggle with keeping the intensity of my work minimal, but always seemt to lose out on the struggle. I usually start out by roughly blocking in the various elements and then work from back to front. The stream bed was somewhat of a challenge to me as the digital photo showed an intense white stream bed
strewn with river rock with a few weathered tree branches.
I elected to keep this area non-descript in that I chose to forego the detail for an overall indication of just the water debris location. A comparison between the photo below and the painting indicates the artist license taken with certain areas.Richard Schmid would have had a ball with this viewpoint!Your comments are always welcome…as most of we artists continue to be on a continuous learning curve. Jim Gola, Artistjacksoncreekphoto.jpg
The Digital Photo


Let’s talk oil painting….

Posted in art, Irish Art, Oil Painting, painting on November 17, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist

The Ancient One
The design of custom residences has been my primary mode of earning a living for the past 40 years.
These pursuits have traveled alongside the one that has put the bread and butter on our table. I have always had a continuous involvement with most forms of graphic art, in particular, that of my first love, oil painting.
Included on my web site are a few earlier artistic “accomplishments” coupled with my latest trip paintings. The above quotes bordering the word “accomplishments” indicate that the challenges are always great when re-entering the fine art arena after exiting the commercial field.
As an artist, I am currently greatly enamored with landscape painting including plein air work. My influences are mainly derived from French artists of the Barbizon School alongside the late great American landscape artist George Inness.
For the past twenty years I have ingested much of his work, both viewing his actual painting surfaces in the originals and in the many excellent publications available on his life and work.
This is my first attempt at providing a blog concerning art to converse with my friends and collectors.
Visit me at my current website 

golaport2bwart.jpg Your comments are always welcome.

 Jim Gola, Artist