Archive for December, 2007

Ridgefield Reserve – Early Fall

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized on December 28, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist


“Ridgefield Reserve – Early Fall” – a 12” x 24’ oil on stretched canvas was executed in late summer. Although the water in this scene is the the main focal point, one’s eye then tends to move toward the distant trees on the left.  The trees have been glazed with a thinned layer of Hansa Yellow over a intermix of Titanium White and Cad Yellow Medium with a touch of burnt sienna in the shaded areas. As many of my artist friends know, for the most part, I am not a “sunny sky” painter. I modify the sky portion(s) of my landscapes fairly extensively at times. This sunny day sky is a departure for me as the majority of my posts indicate.

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The Red Coach Stop

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism on December 15, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist

The Red Coach Stop

“The Red Coach Stop” was painted on an outing (en plein air) with the Northwest Oil Painters Guild a number of years ago. The building portrayed has since been modified (added to) so this view now becomes somewhat historical. The building is located adjacent to the Ridgefield Refuge in Ridgefield, Washington.

Painting was completed on site and executed on 3/8″ Masonite twice primed board.
I paint with more medium while outdoors therefore much of the sienna primed background showed through upon drying. This does give the sky area more effect in the lighter areas.

My paintings are also executed with hog hair bristles outdoors and I seem to handle them with more of a scrubbing motion than a normal painterly approach.
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Near the Tetons

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism on December 10, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist

Near the Tetons

“Near the Tetons” is really a pure exercise in attempting to use texture to pull off a landscape with limited planes (foreground, middle and distant). Admittedly, this was my third “retouch” after accepting some criticism from artist friends. I thought the key was to emphasize the foreground area in some limited detail, but then I lost the handle on pulling attention to the peak itself. This is my final version. It will not be touched with a brush except for the final varnish.
On this one, think I know when to stop!

The painting was executed on 3/8” thick Masonite, twice primed and painted with a very limited palette. All three key blues – Cerulean, cobalt and ultramarine were used. An intermix of alizarin crimson, burnt sienna with touches of cad orange for depth of the limited planes. Titanium white for the bright areas.

Beside using my normal grouping of hoghairs, I reverted to the palette knife to “hang” the snow where I really needed the white accents.

If I have to comment on this myself, I can do it in one word….”Cold!!”.

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The Timberline – Mt. Hood Forest

Posted in art, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Uncategorized on December 7, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist


“Timberline – Mt. Hood Forest” is a painting that hangs together almost totally by color as the subject matter is
minimal. I had toyed with the idea of introducing either an elk or an eagle in flight in the center of the composition. After executing the eagle just above the center horizon, I realized I had changed the whole idea of the moment that
I had visualized in this compositon and immediately painted the bird out. I know there would be those who would disagree with me on this, but the artist has to be true to his or her original visualization. Sometimes we paint for the
one in a hundred of which we are a kindred spirit.

The 18″ x 24″ painting was executed on 3/8” Masonite with my usual double primed Gesso surface. The colors used as shown were a minimal palette of my two blues, Ultramarine and cobalt blue intermixed with burnt sienna with just small 
touches of alizarin crimson intermix. The sunset was a mix of titanium white, cad yellow light with glazes of cad orange.
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The Stone Wall – Columbia Gorge, Oregon

Posted in art, Fine Art, Irish Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, painting, Pastel Paiinting, Uncategorized on December 2, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist

There are times when the spark of the moment can’t be captured easily in oil or pastel.
This scene was photographed while walking along a rugged path that was protected by a stone wall somewhere in the Columbia Gorge scenic area in Oregon.
I wish I could have captured it on site as I had my oils with me, but I knew the flickering light would be gone as soon as I set up my easel and picked up some color on my brush.I had to content myself with trying to re-create the scene in the studio. This picture was completed in pastels which was new to me at the time.  I realized how difficult this might scene would be for me to do in oils due to the thousands of “points” of light that had to be captured.I was happy with the results. Using canned spray fix in some areas (the darker values) shot through a hole in some card stock helped me to “tone down” key areas at the edges of the painting. he highlights were done with pastel pencils crushing the color into the Wallis board. a number of soft stick pastels were used for some of broader highlights in
certain areas.  Pastels are a fun medium – but oils still rule in my studio.
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