Archive for January, 2008

Battle Ground Park

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized on January 31, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

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 “Battle Ground Park”, a 12” x 16” Oil on Board painting was started on site during late afternoon and was finished in the studio. This is not a “pure” plein air painting but considered a hybrid by many artists. A point of light in a painting often can pull an otherwise luke warm view together. This was one of those paintings. Painting oil on board has a property in which the color does not “sink” into the surface such as it would on a stretched canvas. This seems to allow additional color bounce when placing the highlights. Not rocket science but seems to work for me.
This painting is also on my Giclee print availability web site, Fine Art America. Prints may be obtained sized very close to the original painting dimensions. Mats and frames are also available from this site.
Please go to:
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/battle-ground-park-jim-gola.html

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Inside the Dike – Woodland, WA

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized on January 25, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

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“Inside the Dike”, an 11” x 14” Oil on Masonite painted late summer 2007. An artist is always “on the lookout” for something that might catch his of her attention, thus sparking the idea for a new painting. To my mind’s eye, in this instance, it was the tree in the foreground that was just beginning to turn Fall orange from the top down. My memory for a fleeting instant recalled a painting by George Inness entitled “Hackensack Meadows” where a similar tree placement may have been the impetus for his painting. It is amazing how the oil painting Masters of old manage to hold us hostage to their work. The color in this painting is especially strong, maybe even brassy to some of you. If you are wondering – the small vertical white strokes in the lower right hand portion of the painting are irrigation pipe stub ups. Most of them have been damaged through miscalculated turns by farm tractors during years past. This painting is also on my Giclee print availability web site, Fine Art America. Prints may be obtained sized very close to the original painting dimensions. Mats and frames are also available from this site. Please go to: http://fineartamerica.com/showframe.php?id=98515&paper=true

“Dusk at the Refuge” Jim Gola, Artist

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized on January 18, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

Dusk at the Refuge 

 “Dusk at the Refuge” 12 x 16, Oil on Masonite, 2006 was a break out of the box thing for me. This painting is as simplistic a scene as I had painted up to this point in time.
I have since then been experimenting with keeping my landscapes as pictorially “pure” as possible while using a minimum number of colors. My goal in this was to give the impression of the use of a full palette. It seems to me this can be done by using more color values and less colors.
By keeping the contrast of my work on a relatively more intense side, I think I was able to achieve this.

The past few years I have noticed that my work is becoming more intense when in reality my initial intention was to keep my palette toned down.
Oh, the human mind, who can know it?
It just can’t keep us in check.

You may purchase Color Giclee prints of this painting by going to my Print on Demand website at:

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/dusk-at-the-refuge-jim-gola.html

Apple Orchard, Oil on Canvas

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized on January 12, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

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I could have called this a “View from the Artist’s Window”, as it is the actual view from a window on the west side of my studio painting area.
Although I obviously did not execute this painting during sun down, I did start the work in late afternoon.
As the sun will vanish beneath the horizon in this very spot during mid summer, I took a little of the priviledged artist’s license to modify the values of my colors.

Yes…I know my orchard is in dire need of pruning. Any volunteers?

This 18″ x 24″ framed painting is currently being exhibited at the Nevado Gallery in Camas, Washington. 
E-mail for the Nevado Gallery is nevado@comcast.net .
This painting my also be ordered in the form of small Giclee prints directly from:
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/apple-ochard-jim-gola.html

Color Burst – Woodland, Washington

Posted in art, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Uncategorized on January 2, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

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“Color Burst”, a small format 12” x 24” oil on Masonite was a scene that immediately caught my eye while walking in my neighbor’s fields.

The residual of last year’s crop, the orphans of the harvest were shortly due to be plowed under.
It is always a treat to catch a moment in history that will never again be repeated in exactly the same way.

The colors in this case was almost my full palette which is composed of all thirteen colors. The greens which are fairly intense were variations of cadmium green with admixtures. The brighter green accents seen (not normally on my palette) came from  a small tube of chrome green I keep on hand for just this purpose.

On afterthought and after completion of the work, I should have toned down the sky a bit to keep the eye in the foreground and middle ground of the painting. As one modification leads to another and without the hammer over my head to stop when I should, I decided to leave well enough alone.
As always, your comments are welcome.  
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This painting may be purchased in a Giclee format print by going to:
http://fineartamerica.com/showframe.php?id=84816&paper=true

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