Archive for January, 2010

The Red Field

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2010 by Jim Gola, Artist

This painting turned into a journey I didn’t expect. I intended to do a study of field workers picking flowers for the commercial market. After spending several hours working on six figures of field workers, I felt fairly satisfied the way they integrated themselves into the painting, I retired for the night.

The next morning, upon walking into the studio, I glanced at the picture and my eyes immediately zeroed in on the workers. I saw that they were totally capitalizing on the composition of the picture. Without further ado, I took a linseed oil soaked rag and with a few swipes the field workers were gone.
 There are certain paintings that can stand on design elements alone. This may be one of them. The strong color forms elicit a sense for nature’s abstract qualities but still allow for the viewer’s placement into the picture. The old saying “less is more” seems to be apt for this work.