Archive for the Irish Art Category

Way to Ardara – Ireland

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Ireland, Irish Art, Landscape Paintning, Mountain Art, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized on June 6, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

“Way to Ardara” is another painting based on my “03” trip to Ireland. It was one of those days where the “greens” were of multiple hues and values, overcast but still bright. I stopped my rental car along the edge of the narrow road and took a number of bracketed reference shots to bring back home with me. The good thing about high resolution digitals over paper photo reference shots is that they look almost as good on the backlit computer screen as in reality, but not quite as exciting. This is a small 8” x 10” painting on canvas board. Giclee prints are still available by going to  or clicking on this link.


Loughros Bay Ireland

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Irish Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized on February 23, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

Loughros Bay Ireland
Loughros Bay, Ireland was a stunning view to behold. Unfortunately, an artist can’t capture the scene that is before him. He can only hope. Irish skies always seem to be in turmoil, set against the green hills with sparkling heather on the slopes. Although this is a fairly small original, it will reproduce at a much larger version via a Giclee print and the marvel of reproduction techniques by Fine Art America.

Wild Irish – by Jim Gola

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Floral Painting, Irish Art, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Realism, Uncategorized on February 15, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

Wild Irish

“Wild Irish” was part of a series of paintings produced after a trip to
Ireland to gather material for a series entitled “Ireland Revisited”, but
that is another story, to lengthy to tell here.
painting was a quick experiment using a new medium I wanted to try
out to see if I could “push” the color without diluting it.
Gamlin’s Neo Megilp was the trick. I will use this medium again.

This painting can be purchased through the artist or you may purchase
full size to reduced sized Giclee reproductions by going to:

Thanks for looking..your comments are appreciated.

The Stone Wall – Columbia Gorge, Oregon

Posted in art, Fine Art, Irish Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, painting, Pastel Paiinting, Uncategorized on December 2, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist

There are times when the spark of the moment can’t be captured easily in oil or pastel.
This scene was photographed while walking along a rugged path that was protected by a stone wall somewhere in the Columbia Gorge scenic area in Oregon.
I wish I could have captured it on site as I had my oils with me, but I knew the flickering light would be gone as soon as I set up my easel and picked up some color on my brush.I had to content myself with trying to re-create the scene in the studio. This picture was completed in pastels which was new to me at the time.  I realized how difficult this might scene would be for me to do in oils due to the thousands of “points” of light that had to be captured.I was happy with the results. Using canned spray fix in some areas (the darker values) shot through a hole in some card stock helped me to “tone down” key areas at the edges of the painting. he highlights were done with pastel pencils crushing the color into the Wallis board. a number of soft stick pastels were used for some of broader highlights in
certain areas.  Pastels are a fun medium – but oils still rule in my studio.
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Posted in art, Fine Art, Irish Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Uncategorized on November 27, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist


The Ridgefield Refuge in Ridgefield Washington is one of my favorite places to gather materials for painting.
Occasionally, I do go out on site and paint in the pristine air of this location.

Shuffling around some paintings I have stacked against my wall ( I do check them out for dusting once a year), I came across this little 14” X 11” that I painted on site at the Refuge in 2006.Paintings really do bring back the memory of the moment. I was painting almost 45 minutes when I heard this large splash just below me and lo and behold – a beaver made his way across to the other side.
He must have been sitting just ten feet below since I started painting. Later a blue heron lifted off just in the distance near the tree with the orange foliage highlight.
Being in this spot is what you call “surrounded by nature” in the truest sense. I hope I have captured a little of the late afternoon sunlight as it picked through the trees along with the stillness of the canal that evening.

Happy viewing, fellow bloggers. As always, your comments are welcome. Critiques or Hoorays, I read them all. If you would like to be part of my regular blog, let me know and I will add you to my growing e-maill address listing.

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I bring the landscape home with me…

Hans Hoffman 1890-1966


Posted in art, Fine Art, Irish Art, Oil Painting, painting, Uncategorized on November 24, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist


Lucia Falls, Summer “07” was an experiment in a new format for me. I usually prefer the larger Rectangular format panels. I came upon a number of frames I could not pass up price wise that suited a 12” x 12” format. They forced me into a new composition challenge. I never was particularly attracted to square formats. I admire artists who paint predominately on square format surfaces exhibiting grand vista views. My series of landscapes may be a little more intimate. We will see.
This is the first of what I hope will be eight panels.
As in my usual preparation process, I always prime my panels ( in this case, 1/8” Masonite) with two coats of Gesso to thoroughly seal the surface. I then brush on a thin coat of sepia, Terra Rosa or other earth coloration with a sable brush. As one who enjoys painting with shades of “greens”, my prepped  earth toned panels lend a good complementary background on which to start my work.


Your comments are always welcome.

And after drawing comes composition. A well composed painting is half done.

-Pierre Bonnard 1867-1947

Jackson Creek 2003

Posted in art, Fine Art, Irish Art, Oil Painting, painting, Uncategorized on November 22, 2007 by Jim Gola, Artist


Jackson Hole, 2003 was painted somewhere along Mormon Road located outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Painting from digital photographs is always disappointing compared to painting on site.
Admittedly this one was a struggle as the overall on site feeling was overwhelming. The contrast between the surrounding area and the stream bed was what caught my eye. The trees seemed to be of a very great age in a struggle to remain viable amid the surrounding area of draught. Painting was completed on an 18” x 24” stretched cotton duck canvas with two coats of Gesso applied between drying coats.  As usual, I struggle with keeping the intensity of my work minimal, but always seemt to lose out on the struggle. I usually start out by roughly blocking in the various elements and then work from back to front. The stream bed was somewhat of a challenge to me as the digital photo showed an intense white stream bed
strewn with river rock with a few weathered tree branches.
I elected to keep this area non-descript in that I chose to forego the detail for an overall indication of just the water debris location. A comparison between the photo below and the painting indicates the artist license taken with certain areas.Richard Schmid would have had a ball with this viewpoint!Your comments are always welcome…as most of we artists continue to be on a continuous learning curve. Jim Gola, Artistjacksoncreekphoto.jpg
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