Archive for the Original Oil Painting Category

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.

The Refuge Cove

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

“Refuge Cove” is one of those paintings that started as a plein air experience and ended up as a studio painting. I am not a purist as some outdoor painters are in that they insist one should not put another brush stroke on the canvas after putting away their easel, although I have a great admiration for those who can do this. Back in the studio I can always see some improvement here and there on the canvas the next day. I may go out to the location again and finish the work, but invariably will depend on my memory of the experience complete the canvas. I was pleased to read that even the great plein air painter Corot, of the Barbizon School in France did the same thing. I would say that is not bad company to be in. This painting is currently on view at the Washington State University Art Gallery until march 26.

Jerry’s Fields

Posted in Fine Art, Floral Painting, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, Pastoral Scenes, Realism, Uncategorized with tags on April 20, 2009 by Jim Gola, Artist

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The painting shown for this installment is simply called Jerry’s field. This field is just below our property in Woodland, Washington. No, there are no blooming flowers at this location of Jerry’s fields.
Over the years there has been everything from beans to corn and now turf (grass).
Jerry’s flower plantings are further up on the northern portion of this field.
So why did I show something that is not there? It is simple.
I can answer that question with a question.
Are flowers more colorful than grass, beans or corn? You bet!

Anticipation

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Forest Scenes, Hunting, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Pastoral Scenes, Realism, Uncategorized on April 4, 2009 by Jim Gola, Artist

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 A story starts somewhere and in this instance it started from a view below our property. As some of you know, I seldom ever introduce people or critters in my paintings. Somehow I always think a static landscape view can be read into for what it is. Figures always introduce a story in the mind of the viewer. This painting started as a “pure” landscape, i.e. no critters, but on continuing advice from my friends,the painting name changed to ‘Anticipation”. You can make of it what you will. I can look past the figures.
Hmmm, maybe I could have just called this picture “A Fall Afternoon” without the additional flesh and blood?
Your comments are always welcome.
Thanks for looking. That is what art is all about.

ROCK CREEK 2009

Posted in art, Artist, Columbia Gorge, Fine Art, Forest Scenes, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, Pastoral Scenes, Realism, Uncategorized on March 25, 2009 by Jim Gola, Artist
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This is an imaginative exercise. I occasionally will rough in a few trees and see where the painting takes me from there. It is an ongoing “thing”. I never know exactly where or when the painting exercise will end. It may take form as a sunny day, an early morning, evening or even a night scene. In this case I elected to work up some late evening colors. A simple evaporating reddish sky with an invisible sun re-ceding at the center of the picture was the result. The center of interest is fleeting along with the sun as I can’t quit put my finger at where the eye travels upon entering the frame. You be the judge and let me know your feelings on this one. I love criticism.