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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.

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.

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.

WINTERS EDGE

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Realism, Uncategorized on March 4, 2009 by Jim Gola, Artist

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“Winter’s Edge” was painted a day after an early snowfall in Woodland, Washington. The scene could be anywhere there are rivers with wooded banks. I was struck by the patterns created by color and shape. This is a somewhat minimal painting pertaining to subject matter but I feel it has been compensated with the soft colors of a cold day.

For a full color Giclee print of this work, you may go to…. http://fineartamerica.com/featured/winters-edge-2009-jim-gola.html

Thanks for looking…

Late Summer Afternoon

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Pastoral Scenes, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized on December 18, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

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“Late Summer Afternoon” is a 24” X 30” stretched canvas oil painting on a sepia toned surface. This is a larger format painting than I have been doing lately. I must say it was a lot of fun using arm movement for a change rather than just wrist movement. There is a certain spontaneity retained in larger format works. The only problem I encounter is that one needs a person standing behind the artist with a wooden hammer ready to tell him or her to stop painting before going past the “painting done” mark.
A framable Giclee archive prepared print of this painting is  available from Fine Art America.
Go to http://fineartamerica.com/featured/late-summer-afternoon-jim-gola.html