Archive for the Plein Air Category

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.

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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.
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Upper Lucia Falls August 2008

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized with tags on August 29, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

 

“Upper Lucia Falls” was a new experience for me in that I completed this painting in about two hours using color sticks without handles (pastels).  I must admit that I really enjoyed approximating my color choices from what was contained in my pastel box. At times, a limited pallet does wonders for our art. 

Although there is nothing quit like using oils, the expediency of pastels has a lot to say for the medium. This turned into a real enjoyable afternoon of experimentation for me. I will take the box of sticks with me again soon, although I will tweak the list of other accessories I bring with me, in particular – a cushion, as two hours sitting on a rock is not my idea of sitting in a beach chair.

I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I did painting it.

Glen Gesh Pass

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized on August 1, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

Glen Gesh Pass is a rework on an earlier version. Attempting to capture the multitude of greens actually envisioned is an impossible task (for me) although I think there are artists who have the talent to do just that. I think of Richard Schmid, Aspevig and Handell and others. Ireland has an atmosphere and skyline all her own. We retain memories of physically being there but to mix colors in a tube is altogether another matter. Glen Gesh Pass is an attempt but not even close to what the eyes beheld.

Rooster Rock – Oregon

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

 

“Rooster Rock” was the second plein air version painted from this location.The enjoyment was in the tranquility of the area. In the two hour period it took to execute this 12” x 16” panel, only two fisherman disturbed the silence as they put their boat into the water at the nearby boat ramp.
As is usually my custom, the highlights in the painting were applied back in the studio when the painting was tacky dry (I am not a plein air purist). All in all, it was a very enjoyable day as the weather and early midday sun cooperated with the effort of the artist.

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 http://www.FineArtAmerica.com  or clicking on this link.
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HILLS OF JACKSON

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Mountain Art, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Plein Air, Realism, Uncategorized on May 9, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist

“Hills of Jackson” was a scene I returned to several times. The starkness of the adjacent hills near the wooded lake area really was a contrast. This day was cloudy and overcast and the light breaking through to the nearby rocky hill captured my interest. Although the lake was teeming with swans and ducks this day, I felt like avoiding any detail that would detract from the light effect of the moment.