Archive for June, 2008

First Light i Desert

Posted in commentary, desert, Grand Canyon, landscape with tags , , , , on June 30, 2008 by Rog

“First Light Through Desert Storm”, 14×11 oil on canvas, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 18sep07, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

Talking about storm excitement. If you ever get time to be in the middle of the desert, and a desert storm finds you. Enjoy it, for they can be very pleasant and invigorating. The most enjoyable for me was in the middle of the Arco Desert, near the big southern butte.

Titanic Breakup

Posted in commentary, landscape,, Ribfest-08, Tetons, Wyoming with tags , , , , on June 29, 2008 by Rog

“Titans in Transition”, after Choate, 9×12 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 26mar07, using Choate7 non-toxic palette.

This design is based on the Teton Mountains in Wyoming. They were created by plate upheaval I understand. Hence the post title “Titanic Breakup”. And you thought I was going to talk about some Hollywood love affair gone awry.

I almost died in a climb up the Grand Teton once a long time ago. Good thing the rope saved me. That which is in charge of luck saved me a couple times up there. There are some awesome storms that happen up on top of the mountain there. Do you like storms? I believe they enliven the world. I wish we did not fear them as much.

Four Ingredients

Posted in Featherville-Prairie-Trinitys, Idaho, landscape,, Ribfest-08 with tags , , , , on June 28, 2008 by Rog

“Tree, Lake, Ridge, Mountain Pass”, 11×14 oil on canvas, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 21jan08, using choate7 palette.

Last year I was able to travel to the “Trinities”. They are a set of high mountain lakes in the Idaho High Country, east of Boise, north of Prairie, and west of Featherville. This lake looks like many of the small lakes near the Trinity Lookout, which is a fire lookout. I thought of them and their colors when I painted this scene.

Saint Bovine

Posted in commentary, Idaho, landscape, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey, symbolism with tags , , , , on June 27, 2008 by Rog

“Setting for the Temptation of Saint Bovine”, after Choate, 14×18 oil on canvas, 17jul07, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

Do cows care where they wander, as they munch away? In the open range, like in much of Idaho, they can be found anywhere. As far as I can see, half the enjoyment of being a cowboy; is figuring out where the cows have gotten themselves. I believe that as herdsmen age, they decide they “are over it!” and build fences to make it easier to find their cattle. Via observation, cows only care about where their water is and if the grass is plenty nearby. Therefore the border of the fence and the crossing of it; is about all that can be considered “temptation” and “sin” for a cow.

In India, in the Hindu areas, cows are considered sacred. They are allowed to roam freely, unencumbered by their normal limitations imposed upon them. To control or to fence a cow in; would thus be considered a lack of respect; creating “temptation” upon the cow to cross the fence. Following this logic, man creates sin by just fencing in their cows.

I may not have a point in this rambling. But, do you fence in your cows?

Angular Reflection, Multiple Yin-Yang

Posted in commentary, Grand Canyon, landscape, Payette River with tags , , , , on June 26, 2008 by Rog


“Small Falls in a Large Canyon”, 11×14 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 19feb08, using choate7 palette.

I must be honest. I really enjoyed painting this piece. It reminds me of the steep canyon bottom of the Grand Canyon that I packed in with my mom and nephew when she was 67. She was a good hiker. I had to think more than normal about the reflections going back and forth across the canyon wall. Of course, at the bottom ground I had to insist on a more luminous green. It is my belief that luminous moss green can only exist in the shade. It is the really cool fungus and moss that exists in the deep of the forest, or in this case the canyon. My grocery store re-grand opening day just completed. So now I will have some time to actually paint. May I paint for you?

Shubert Exists!

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, Idaho, landscape, world peace with tags , , , , on June 25, 2008 by Rog

“Underfinished Symphony”, 9×12 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 18jul07, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

Shubert Exists? You know, the composer whose most famous symphony is his “Unfinished Symphony”.

When is a painting complete? This luminous one illustrates that the mind of the viewer completes the painting. You may examine this up close if you click on the painting [which you can do with any of my paintings]. Now, there are some in the art world that would call this painting just an under painting. Others would call it an over worked painting. Perhaps it is just right.

The idea of painting just enough for the viewers to use their minds is what I should be aiming for. It is what the Sumi-E masters teach. I believe my mentor is a Buddhist Sumi-E master hiding behind the cloak of a classic American landscape oil painter. Did you know that in the inner sanctums of many Buddhist temples are many beautiful landscape paintings? Apparently some people in the world find peace by meditation upon that which is portrayed in a landscape sumi-e painting. Perhaps if we all meditated on “underfinished” landscape paintings we would achieve world peace.

Snow Melt, Red Zinc Edition

Posted in Canada, distributed, landscape, Spotlight-07 with tags , , , , on June 24, 2008 by Rog

“Melting Snow @ Mountie Pass”, 11×14 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 21aug07, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

When I hike in the mountains I get a big good feeling while cresting a pass. This painting attempts to recreate that feeling. In this case the mountain pass’ trees, suffered normal winter damage from the nearly 13 feet of snow that is common in the mountains. The remaining snow is due to the fact that 13 feet snowfall equates to over 25 foot drifts. Just a few weeks prior this pass was basically impassable due to the deep melting snow holes.