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

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.


Paradise Point Bridge Winter 09

Posted in Uncategorized on March 13, 2009 by Jim Gola, Artist


It was cold winter morning walk along the East Fork of the Lewis River. A pervading dampness was in the air from the melting snow. Interstate Highway 5 State Park Bridge in the background. What makes a painting? I sometimes ask myself.  It would seem that I am the only one that could relate to this scene. The famous landscape painter George Inness (1825-1894) said that all that is required of a painting is that one elicits an emotion when viewing it. Let’s just go with that.


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


“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.

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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


“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.
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Sacred Heart Chapel Paris

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, painting, Realism, Uncategorized on December 6, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist


The Sacred Heart Chapel (Sacre-Coeur) in Paris.

Brother Tom and Sister Barbara Baker –
I removed this painting from your office wall six or more months ago to re-varnish it and to find a better frame for it. The more I looked at the “thing”, I realized my painting ability had slightly improved from 1972 when I painted this picture (well..not this picture).

I started to do a little re-touching here and there and before I knew it, I was repainting the entire picture. It went from a summer scene with green trees to a fall scene. I just could not help myself. I admit I was influenced by looking out my studio window at the fall colors.
Anyway, the damage is done!

I am still looking for another more suitable  frame for the picture. I destroyed the old frame getting the picture removed from it. I had nailed the picture into the frame.
Well, I nailed it wayback in 1972. I wouldn’t do that now.

Anyway, I hope you agree with me. The painting is much improved with the new season it carries. I hope you like it.. I do. I will bring it with me when I see you.

Your brother,

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View From My Studio Window

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


“View From My Studio Window” is another experiment with an oil wash under painting. The pastels were applied over the surface when the oil wash had dried. The board was primed with “Golden” Acrylic Ground for Pastels. It gave me a good tooth to work on after the oil wash had dried. I must admit, “Wallis” paper or some other commercial pastel surface does take to pastel more easily. This is the second time I have tried this. I may not go about it again in the same way. It created a challenge for me as I used a little “Galkyd” as an oil thinning medium and the surface dried a little glossy. The overall look of the picture has a more subdued coloring than my full oils do. I thought it would be the opposite. It just goes to show that we don’t know everything we sometimes perceive will be the outcome.

The Turf Fields

Posted in art, Artist, Fine Art, Landscape Paintning, Oil Painting, Original Art, Original Oil Painting, painting, Realism, Uncategorized on September 21, 2008 by Jim Gola, Artist



 “Turf Fields” is a oil on Masonite board painting captured in digital referance shots during my morning walk with my dog in the farmer’s fields. The picture shows a portion of an 80 acre farming parcel. These parcels go from beans to corn to flowers – and presently to turf (marketable lawn grass). Watching the changing colors with time go from bright yellow green to a rich cadmium green (when ready to harvest) is a fun thing to see. Obviously, I could not set up my easel on this late spring day and get all this on canvas before the fog had drifted to it’s new invisible location. This painting is only a 12” x 24” long format so I could not use my usual assortment of larger brushes. Perhaps this is why the painting is a little “tighter” than normal.


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