Archive for the Forest Scenes Category

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.

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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.

Sailor’s Delight

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Forest Scenes, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized on March 29, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

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“Sailor’s Delight” This painting is part of my “painting a day” series in which I produced 30 paintings during the month of August, 2007. The exercises were designed to allow me to think in terms of a limited palette while executing the paintings with a loose abandon, the end result being more spontaneity in the series. You may order prints of this painting in various sizes by going to Fine Art America at:
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/sailors-delight-jim-gola.html

Shepherds Dell Falls

Posted in art, Artist, Columbia Gorge, Fine Art, Forest Scenes, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized, Water Falls on March 13, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

Shepherds Dell Falls 

Most artists while on a plein-air jaunt, are at times faced with the unexpected. My friend Ron and I thought we had found the perfect place to paint. We didn’t stop to think how quickly the view

before us would disappear. As the afternoon sun streamed in over the falls, the foliage sang with the greens of the moment. Suddenly realizing that we were losing our view rapidly, I decided to switch my painting tools from brushes to palette knife. The race was on! As the sun began to sink to the right of my view, I placed the last stroke of the knife on the board.

Although this painting is a departure from my “normal” style, for me it did capture literally the moment. This painting is a small format work on Masonite board. The original is just 8×10 inches but through the miracle of high resolution print making, prints of much larger size are available.

 High Resolution Giclee prints of this painting are available by going to:
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/shepherds-dell-falls-coumbia-gorge-or-jim-gola.html