Archive for October, 2008

Complimentary Electric Palette

Posted in palette on October 31, 2008 by Rog

The last painting I painted was done using what I call the “Complimentary Electric Palette”.  The discussion below is intended to explain it.  But in order to cut bait and run here is the palette in a picture.

COOL RED == Garnet [PV19]. by Fragonard [like quinachridone violet].
WARM RED == Cadmium Red Medium [PR108]
WARM YELLOW == Cadmium Yellow Medium [PY35]
COOL YELLOW == Cadmium Lemon [PY35, green shade]
WARM BLUE == Mix between Prussian Blue [PB27] and Manganese Blue Hue [PB15,PG7]
COOL BLUE == French Ultramarine Blue [PB28]

The name “Complimentary Electric” comes from the fact that COOL RED made from one pigment is quite electric.  The mixed WARM BLUE is made of three pigments and is quite electric.  The two make an interesting compliment.  The painting “Verge of Wipeout on Mores Creek” uses this electric COOL RED as the undertone, then when the sky is painted it uses alot of the WARM BLUE.  So the brightness in the painted sky comes from the combination of complimentary electric pigments.

This palette seems to work because the non-electric colors have a dicotomy going for them.  I.E. the COOL BLUE is transparent; and the WARM RED, WARM YELLOW, COOL Yellow are all opaque.

The other reason the painting works out is because the setting of the river is primarily in the shade, and thus non-electric.

OK, enough of this BS, back to painting.


Choate8-Graham Palette

Posted in palette on October 31, 2008 by Rog

Have you noticed that when I plein air paint I tend to use “Artist’s” quality paint, like in the case below — M.Graham.  This is because when plein air painting there already is enough that I am fighting against, I do not need to fight against the paint.  When I paint in the studio I tend to use “Studio” quality paint.  This lower quality paint is OK, because in the studio I have the time to modify the paint with lots of medium and prepare it to the glistening quality I desire.  Below is my typical plein air palette now.

Raw Umber [PBr7], for sketching & “detuning” underpainting.
Titanium White [PW6, PW4], for lightening colors.
Mud [mix of Cool Blue, Cool Yellow, Warm Red], for darkening color.

Double Primary Colors…

COOL BLUE == Ultramarine Blue [PB28]
WARM BLUE == Viridian [PG18], this is not the hue.
COOL YELLOW == Hansa Yellow [PY3]
WARM YELLOW == Cadmium Yellow [PY35]
WARM RED == Cadmium Red [PR108]
COOL RED == Anthraquinone Red [PR122], (Winton=Perm.Aliz.Crimson)

According to most watercolorists, the COOL colors in this list are the primary colors.

Getting Better.

Posted in palette on October 31, 2008 by Rog

Almost every hat I wear I have modified somehow by hand.   I have even designed a hat for me “Packer Fan” that I am, that is a “Slice of Cheese” hat.  Those cheesehead hats are too cheesy; so I designed and made my own.  When I wear it I come off looking like “The Flying Nun”.

My point is this; every painter needs to find comfort in the technology they use.  For me, I have finally modified my French Easel for more comfort for me.  I removed the metal dividers, making the pull out drawer my mixing palette box.  So except in the studio, I no longer use the plastic “Masterson” mixing box I have used for the last year.  This has reduced the weight of my easel by a couple pounds, which will enable me to lift it longer distances when I want to paint plein air on larger than 16×20 canvas’ [the limit canvas size of my Open Box M Panel Holder].  I still carry my paint tubes in the drawer, I just have to clean it [like I always should] after painting.  Below is the modified drawer with the paint tubes, after I cleaned it with thinner after painting.

Another point of comfort is my use of a Brush Paint Wallet, by Tran.  I purchased mine from the Boise Art Warehouse called “Quality Art”.  Go to and order one if it excites you.  Please tell Cathy [the office manager] that Rog Lyngaas told you about it.

This tool really helps control the amount of supplies I carry for plein air painting.  It is pictured below.

We are getting better, faster, bigger, cleaner, wiser, older, bolder, etc…

Zap — Electricity Can Compliment a Palette

Posted in Boise River, commentary, Idaho, landscape, with tags , , , , on October 30, 2008 by Rog


“Verge of Wipeout on Mores Creek”, oil on 18×14 canvas, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 27oct08, using Complimentary Electric Palette.

This is the scene of my worst whitewater canoeing wipeout in my life, which occurred about 6 years ago. I barely got my canoe back from this. My canoeing partner had to retrieve it downstream. Mores Creek is a tributary of the Boise River, upstream from Boise. It looks timid here because this painting is done in the fall. Actually when it runs high during the spring runoff it becomes class 3 rapids in the narrowing rapids below. Mores Creek is one of those rivers that Kayakers do not venture on because the shallow rapids are perfect for knocking out a flipped kayaker. So it is recommended that whitewater enthusiasts use a whitewater canoe when running it.

The accident was severe enough to basically stress out several muscles in my back, which took a couple months for me to heal. I did not miss a day of work, but I sure slept alot and did not play tennis, in those months. I have not avidly canoed since. Perhaps I will again someday. If I do, I promise you all I will not be drinking more than one beer when I run the rapids. I had drunk two, and I noticed it affected my responce time. I.E. I flipped sideways in the accident. Pride can wipe one out!

This painting was done using a “Complimentary Electric Palette”; which I will explain later.

Inability to pass 1st Saddle.

Posted in commentary, Featherville-Prairie-Trinitys, Idaho, landscape,, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey with tags , , , , on October 22, 2008 by Rog


“Marshy Meadow in Upper Week’s Gulch”, 11×14 oil on canvasboard, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 20oct08, using Choate8-Graham palette.

This landscape is reminiscent of a marshy meadow that exists in the upper part of Week’s Gulch in Idaho.  The elevation here is around 9400 feet.  To the right of this scene is the peak of Jumbo Mountain.  A forest fire devasted parts of Week’s Gulch this summer, so this scene may not exist anymore.  Because of the heavy snowfall hunting this fall, it was unsafe for me to climb to even the 1st saddle on the ascent of Jumbo Mountain; so there is no confimation of devastation, except via horsemen.

Regardless this meadow is a beautiful meadow, frequented by sheepherders, sheep, deer, elk, coyotes, and now wolves [unfortunately for the elk].  Just to the right of this scene is a fairly large elk wallow [big spring], that is the head waters for this gulch.  Which means this locale is one of the headwaters of the South Fork of the Boise River.

While hunting once in early October, I camped with 5 others in pup tents to the left of this scene.  We froze our asses off.  Another time, Shantel, her parents, and I set up a 10 day hunting camp in a Sheephearders tent about 200 yards past this middle tree.  That time we did not freeze our asses off because we packed in a wood stove.  Conclusion… Horses are a means of survival in the drastic weather of the Idaho Mountains.

C scapegoat.

Posted in California, commentary, palette, seascape with tags , , , , on October 17, 2008 by Rog

“Calicoast”, 11×14 oil on canvasboard, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 14oct08, using Choate7-Graham palette.

California may be a scape-goat for everything wrong in Idaho. But at least it is not landlocked [except for Idaho’s Seaport — Lewiston]. Cali has some great broad seascapes to paint.

The palette photo below shows that I have used Graham paints again. By the way this painting was done using a Raw Umber undertone. On occasion I have been experimenting with this.

Escape to the sea!

Posted in commentary, seascape, world peace with tags , , , , on October 16, 2008 by Rog

“Past Break & Round Bend”, 11×14 oil on canvasboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 14oct08, using Choate7-Graham palette.

Some people escape to the sea.  Others die on the sea.  Many come from gentle wave coves like this one.  The sea is the lure away from the comfort zone.  Does peace on earth come from witnessing the drastic storms of the sea?  Or does it come from being one with the calm of the cove?