Archive for September, 2008

Mesa and the Trumpet player…

Posted in commentary, desert, landscape, Oregon with tags , , , , on September 30, 2008 by Rog

“Malhuer”, after Choate, 12×16 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 29sep08, using Choate7 non-toxic palette.

West of Boise, is another place, perhaps another planet — Malhuer County of Oregon. There are some grand vistas in this high desert county. Many cows, and a lot more Antelope; traverse its terrain. Like Owyhee county, of Idaho, but not as remote; it has some nice mesa type hills. A famous trumpet player grew up in this desolate place. Perhaps he received his great lungs from playing from atop of a mesa; trying for “echo from heaven”. Some believe, subconsciously, that an echo is from heaven — it is God giving you some feedback. Regardless, this famous trumpet player is Doc Severinsen.

The painting above is a study of a future mural that my mentor, Fred Choate, is proposing for a client. Of course, his final version will be totally different in style. Perhaps you get the idea of the grandiosity of Malhuer County by seeing this painting. Enjoy, and may you too have the lungs to traverse the canyon, and get feedback from God.


Do the Splits!

Posted in palette on September 25, 2008 by Rog

Now that you have been thoroughly entertained.  I just found another technical palette discussion, this one by Larry Seiler.  It discusses execution of a “Split Complementary Palette”.  It uses only 4 colors.

Of course, that was technical, so how about a big ass palette… like Karen Jurick’s Palette.  Or how about Paul Cumes’ Palette.  Just try painting outdoors with these numbers, and you will realize that the die-hard hike it in and hike it out plein air painter has a limited palette by necessity.

Fall Cometh

Posted in commentary, Eclectic-Jan10, Featherville-Prairie-Trinitys, Idaho, landscape,, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey with tags , , , , on September 20, 2008 by Rog

“Mist Before the Mountain”, 10×8 oil on canvasboard, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 16sep08, using Choate7 palette.

Have you noticed that fall is coming. This painting reminds me of a place I climb to view every year when hunting. If I get there between 8am and 10am in the morn, I get to see the mist before the mountain. The mist that rises but not too far due to inversion from dewpoint evaporation.

This is the view looking out from the 1st saddle of the climb to the top of Jumbo Mountain [a 9700 foot tall FAT mountain near Featherville, Idaho]. It is looking across the South Fork of the Boise river, which at this point is about 1500 feet below. It is a grandiose view.

It will be a cold winter in Idaho this year. OK it is September, but since I have the Wisconsin blood, I have already gone through the metabolism change, and have gained that extra 10 pound for the winter, in the last 3 weeks. And I am still gaining. And all this before October 1st. Usually this does not happen until mid October. So winter may come early. Enjoy.

Grand Mama’s Pyramids

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, Eclectic-Jan10, figure, landscape, mountain men with tags , , , , on September 18, 2008 by Rog

“Thoughts of Her Pyramids”, 8×10 oil on canvasboard, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 9-15-08, using Choate7 palette.

This painting reminds me of one of the paintings I saw the daily painter “GrandMama” post a couple months ago. It was a painting of Pyramids in earth tones. If I remember it, it must have a superior design. Just like the pyramids of Egypt; whose angles of design are “perfect”. I think this perfection has to do with people studying the “design of sand dunes”; i.e. why they end up with their given angles, due to the wind.

OK, but the naked kneeling lady in the water is another figure, you may not have seen.  She is laying herself down before the mountain men.

Distant View

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, desert, Eclectic-Jan10, figure, Idaho, landscape, Nevada, Owyhee, with tags , , , , on September 17, 2008 by Rog

“Moment of Epiphany”, 8×10 oil on canvasboard, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 9-15-08, using Choate7 palette.

OK, you may not believe me. That is your right. However most who don’t; latter realize that this smart ass named Rog, is usually correct in his statements. Regardless, even though this is technically an abstract landscape painting, there are locales in Idaho and Nevada so desolate; that they look like this painting at certain times of the day. This view here, though done in studio, resembles a certain hill crest view that I recall from my travels in Owyhee county, in the south western part of the state.

Now, when I got the chance to see the Boise State Broncos play Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in Hawaii last year I had a confrontation with a few “Haka” foot stomping Hawaii fans. I deserved it, since I tend to be a very loud fan for whomever I cheer for. Regardless I was able to explain the Love Idaho has for Hawaii in definitive terms…

You see, did you know that Hawaiians and Idahoans are joined at the hip? Once the mines of Silver City, Idaho were bustling and Silver City was the largest city in the state. But a problem ensued with the retention of laborers in the mines. So one wise man convinced several others that the solution was to bring in several Hawaiians to the mines to work as laborers [possible slave laborers]. Shortly after the arrival of these large Samoan type men, one by one they would disappear. No one knew what happened to them. Eventually they all disappeared, never to be seen again… Until a few Indian Traders discovered all of them had immigrated into the Indian tribes an hours drive [40-50 miles] south of the mines. Those Hawaiians had interbred with the mixture of Paiute and other native Americans in what is now known is Owyhee Indian Reservation on the Nevada-Idaho Border. This Reservation of Native Americans lies partially inside the county now known as Owyhee county. “Owyhee” is Paiute for “Hawaii”. Good luck on your disbelief.

By the way, there is the figure of a woman laying down with her hands on her waist in this painting. An abstract thought, yes! However, ever wonder why society views mountain men as viral and full of testosterone?

Trance of Reflection

Posted in commentary, landscape, symbolism, Wisconsin, world peace with tags , , , , on September 16, 2008 by Rog

“Reflection of Fishing Rock”, 8×10 oil on canvasboard, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 9-9-08, using Choate7 palette.

Ever stare with both eyes at the dancing reflection off a rock with the water?

In some parts of Lake Mendota [Madison, Wisconsin] there is shoreline that is under cut by water waves. It is sandstone that has eroded over time. At certain times of the day the gentle waves cause abstract and elaborate reflections upon the the rocks and visa versa. As I recall the vision causes a trance like state with one like me. It feels good. It feels gentle. Remembrances like this, are what allow a childhood life to sooth the mind of an adult.

I suppose if we all had such remembrances as such we could get closer to world peace. May you all have many remembrances like this, that allow you to live in peace.