Rainbow Bridge

“Rainbow Bridge”, 11×14 oil on canvas, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 29jan08, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

On the road to the McCall-Cascade area, from Boise, is one of the most famous bridges in Idaho. There are postcards of this one. There is also a entire slew of paintings done of it. About every landscape painter in the Boise area has painted it at some time or another; either on site or in studio. It spans both the Payette River and the railroad line.

This is my first rendition of it, from the typical painting angle. Those familiar with the venue, know that I have abstracted it. Do you see the train? The trees are crossing the bridge towards you; and you hear “Choo, Choo”. Perhaps I will paint it plein air someday. Maybe I will paint it from near the tracks; but not too close. Then I could really hear the train; but not completely feel it.

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