Archive for March, 2010

In The Refuge

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Pastoral Scenes, Realism, Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 by Jim Gola, Artist

I spend considerable time painting scenes from the Ridgefield bird refuge in Ridgefield, Washington. This is a scene that impacted me each time I passed by these tangled trees in my car. One day, the light was just right and the fall colors were really singing. The park rules state that one can not exit their vehicles when in the park on the trail. I took a photo of this setting from my car window and started this painting that evening. This painting turned out a bit impasto in technique due to the tangled branches and colors of the leaves. This is a departure from my normal method of glazing and scumbling of colors on the canvas.

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Jackson Hole Sun Burst

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Mountain Art, Oil Painting, Original Oil Painting, painting, Pastoral Scenes, Plein Air, Realism, The Tetons, Uncategorized on March 15, 2010 by Jim Gola, Artist

This painting is one of those that say, “..damn the torpedoes” – I am going to paint what I want to paint regardless whether or not anyone “gets it”. The scene was one that repeats itself around the hills of Jackson, Wyoming during the raining season (October for this picture). I have never seen the sun create such an outline on the hills during sun bursts. My friend and I set up on the site and proceeded to record what we could until it started to rain. I grabbed my camera out of the truck, waited for another sun burst, snapped a picture and jumped into the truck with all my gear just in the nick of time. This is the result of the completed painting back in studio.

Clark County Farm

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Pastoral Scenes, Realism, Uncategorized on March 4, 2010 by Jim Gola, Artist

Clark County Farm is as close as I can get to a title for this picture. A friend of mine sent me a snapshot of the old barn. It intrigued me and I proceeded to pencil in the barn forms on a larger format canvas. One thing led to another and lo and behold, an imaginary farm from a real barn in Clark County emerged.
I often take some delight in letting my imagination run wild. This was a very enjoyable painting to do as it took me back to some of my childhood memories while living on a farm in North Dakota as a youngster. Perhaps that is why the large red barn captured my attention.
Red barns and green John Deere tractors..the things memories are made of from the past.