Archive for February, 2009

Advice… I need to take.

Posted in commentary, motorcycles on February 25, 2009 by Rog

When working with acrylic paints like the previous painting in this blog it is advised that you learn to deal with the bright pigments in the fake oils in a safe manner.  Especially if you are bald.  You see the reflections off the paint can cause sunburn and eye damage if not properly muted.  Below is a picture of my “Studio One” in the bathroom, as I am painting in Acrylics for the first time in a long time.


One way of preventing eye damage, especially inside when dealing with “fashion lights” like in many modern bathrooms is to wear a black felt cowboy style hat; as seen below.


Another idea is to skip the studio one nonsense and move to studio two.  The open road, like on a Triumph Scrambler motorcycle.


It sounds like one versatile bike; for both mountain and city.  It comes in multiple colors, including tangerine!  What a dream to ride a tangerine.  Perhaps better than being sublime when you ride a lime [another color].  Of course, Triumph has muted the colors lately, aka… to prevent eye damage.  The new colors for 2009 are Matte Black and Matte Green.

If I were take my own advice, I guess I would have to be “all in”.  So if you have a spare Scrambler in your back yard, I will make you an offer.  Every painting you have seen in this blog… up till now for one Scrambler.

It sounds crazy from your end I know.  However, I think I need to find some sort of transport for going on “Painting Days”.  A scrambled brainer seems to be the ticket.  So some day….  Until then, I think I will just drive my pickup.


Just Another Plastic Knockoff…

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, landscape, palette, sunrise-sunset with tags , , , , on February 21, 2009 by Rog


“Sunset in the Mountains, circa 1921 (acrylic, after Sandzen)”, 9×12 acrylic on loose canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 21feb09, y1 palette.

Although I am known as exclusively an artist in oils; I thought I would surprise you.  This may have been intended to be a cheap knock off of the previous painting.  But has a better value map, better trees, and more dramatic sky.  I have not painted in acrylics since April of 2007 when I first started formal training as a painter.  So welcome to the world of plastic — which is a nice way of saying — “Plastics are from the Devil”, as per my Mother’s teaching.

When working on this study of Sven Birger Sandzen, whose work has skyrocketed in value, since his passing 54 years ago, I have come to notice something of his palette.  He probably was one of the pioneers in using Phthalo colors, since his color mixes have a hidden electricity.  Sure he uses linear stipeling, but his palette varied from his predecessors.  I thing he used Phthalo Green in his original of this painting — but it could have been Phthalo Blue as well.  So, in my opinion, you can now couple him with Emil Gruppe as contemporaries that used Phthalo colors — if you care about history.

Y1 Palette, M.Graham Acrylics unless noted

Cool Blue = Winsor Blue [Galeria W&N, PB15]
Warm Blue = Viridian Hue [PG7]
Cool Yellow = Hansa Yellow [PY3]
Warm Yellow = Cadmium Yellow [PY35]
Warm Red = Cadmium Red [PR108]
Cool Red = Alizarin Crimson [PR83]
White = Titanium White [PW6]
Dark = Ivory Black [PBk9]

A word of note here to fellow painters.  M.Graham uses only PW6 in their Acrylic Titanium White.  In their Oil version of Titanium White, PW4 [Zinc] is also used, which makes it easier to mix colors.  If I do a lot of Acrylic paintings, I may decide to experiment with Zinc White.

Sunset in the Mountains…

Posted in abstract landscape, landscape, palette, sunrise-sunset with tags , , , , on February 20, 2009 by Rog


“Sunset in the Mountains, circa 1921 (after Sandzen)”, 6×9 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 20feb09, using the x6 palette.

OK, trying to interpret a Sandzen painting can be a challenge when dealing with a small canvas.  What I found myself doing here is using as much medium as I would in a 12×16 canvas, but by premixing the medium into the colors, I was able to execute a much thicker painting with only my brushwork.  The medium used here is the Winston-Newton Light Liquin. I may have to try this same study, on a larger canvas.

X6 Palette, mostly Winton Brand Paint

cool blue = French Ultramarine Blue
warm blue = Viridian Hue mixed with Ivory Black.
cool yellow = Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue [py74]
warm yellow = Cadmium Yellow Medium
warm red = Vermillion Hue [pr170,po36,pw4]
cool red = Alizarin Crimson [M.Graham]
white = permalba

This was the first painting with this palette that uses Vermillion hue.  I had the black handy here not only to detune the Viridian Hue; but to darken the Vermillion if necessary in the Mud.  But it was not needed for that.

Trumpet Call Again…

Posted in desert, landscape, Oregon,, palette with tags , , , , on February 20, 2009 by Rog


“Malhuer (Post study)”, 6×8 oil on canvaboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 19feb09, using X5 palette.

You may recall a previous version of this motif.  In my opinion the early version was a disaster.  So here is a rework in the form of a small post study.

X5 Palette [Winton brand, unless noted]

warm blue = viridian hue
cool blue = french ultramarine blue
cool red = alizarin crimson [m.graham]
warm red = venetian red [pr101,fragonard]
warm yellow = cad yellow medium
cool yellow = cad yellow pale hue [py74]
white = permalba [martin-weber]

The undertone for this painting is that thing called “grey matter” — a mix of all paints, including white, along with alot of alkyd medium.  Grey matter was also used to detune the Viridian Hue, which it did quite well.


Posted in Boise, Boise River, commentary, Idaho, landscape with tags , , , , on February 18, 2009 by Rog

London, Kansas City, San Francisco, Boise, New York City… to you I thank.  For it is you guys that stop by my blog the most.  I am getting back to painting after a brief recess.  My first piece is a post study of a study.  My post study type paintings tend to be simpler and not as good quality.  I do not know why that is, and for now, that is just the way it is.


“Choate’s Snag (post study)”, after Choate, 8×6 oil on canvaboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 18feb09, using Choate8-Gamblin palette — except warm yellow is Winton brand Cad Yellow Medium.

This is the first 8×6 oil I have done, hence the use of the post study method.  I have been nervous about trying to paint small since I typically use one inch wide Fitch brushes for my half of my painting time.  I have even used such a large brush for some of my 8×10’s.  But I am convinced painting 8×6’s will help me to practice decision making with my brushes.  So here is the first, and hopefully not the last.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Posted in abstract landscape, Colorado, distributed, landscape,, palette with tags , , , , on February 8, 2009 by Rog


“Timberline Lake (aft Birger Sandzen)”, 20×16 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, using Choate8-GamblinX palette & Galkyd Gel, 7feb09.

This is another study of a Sandzen.  It is set in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I chose this setting to commemorate the passing of my Uncle Harm.  He loved Rocky Mountain National Park and he took me their once.

Once again I do not know where exactly Sven Birger Sandzen painted this in the park.  So if you know the locale in the park, please give me updated coordinates.  Thank-you.

By the way, this was painted in my brother’s furnace room with one incandescent light bulb unfiltered, for light.

This is the first time I have used Gamblin brand paints.  I tryed to make the correct Choate8 palette with them but it turns out Gamblin “Cadmium Yellow Medium” should be used for warm yellow, instead of “Cadmium Yellow Light”.  The Gamblin paints have similiar hues to the M.Graham.  Even the Ultramarines somewhat match.  Note the “French Ultramarine Blue” was not used, but probably matches the Winton brand French Ultramarine Blue hue in the Choate8 palette better.  The Ultramarine blue tube I used was a more a green shaded hue and lighter.

Choate8-GamblinX Palette


Moonlight on a Kansas River

Posted in abstract landscape, Basement-09, Kansas, landscape, moonlight, with tags , , , , on February 2, 2009 by Rog


“Smoky River (aft Birger Sandzen)”, 8×10 oil alkyd on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 30jan09, using choate8-griffin palette.

This is a study of Sven Birger Sandzen’s “Smoky River” painting.  The river depicted here is probably the Smoky Hill River.  It flows near Lindsborg, Kansas; where Sandzen lived and taught.  My rendition was painted before the “Another Day Coming” painting.  The pair were the first two paintings after my closest Uncle died.  They are both considered night paintings.

I wonder if you could help me with the exact Longitude and Latitude coordinates for this scene it would be much appreciated.  Why!?  Because I am one of the few painters painting for “”.  My paintmap website is…

Rog’s Paint Map Site

Currently I identify this painting on the Smoky Hill River near Lindsborg. But, I don’t really know where on the river this scene is. Nor do I know for sure it is of that river. I would like to change the coordinates on the paintmap if I am wrong. Perhaps art students at Bethany College in Lindsborg could tell me the correct coordinates.