Antithesis of Hitler

“Expansion by Reflection”, 8×10 oil on canvas, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 25aug08, using Choate7 palette.

When Adolph Hitler said/wrote “we must expand”; it was his prophesy of war, i.e. taking land by force — he was trying to achieve his goals to meet his philosophy.

The plethora of quality landscape paintings that exist in the core of many Buddhist temples are used for reflection. Some would say this reflection could be the key to world peace. Therefore, I conclude that landscape paintings could very well be the antithesis of Hitler. Is it possible that we could expand [i.e. absorb] enough on our thoughtful reflection upon landscape paintings; that world peace could be initiated?

On another note… today was the first day on our Idaho Painters Guild show at the Idaho Rib and Spudfest. I was able to frame and show 25 of my paintings in this show. I personally would like to thank my comrades on their joint efforts to market landscape paintings to Boise/Eagle Idaho. They are Ellen Garrard, Fred Choate, Ann Samuelson, Julie Iffla, and Craig Arrowood.

This show will continue the next two days. I will be sketching at the show tomorrow night. Then all day on Monday, I expect to paint for the crowd as they suck on their ribs. Hopefully there are more ribs available in Boise to cook, because most of the vendors ran out of ribs. The first day had 4000 visitors.


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