Archive for March, 2009

Your Long Pants Decieve You…

Posted in commentary, Idaho, landscape, world peace with tags , , , , on March 1, 2009 by Rog

wapiti-meadow

“Wapiti Meadow”, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 24feb09, X6 palette.

There was a rustle, as your heart pounded when you approached the pass.  Hiking at high altitude can challenge the senses.  Can quiet occur if you wear long pants?  Perhaps not.  This is why, for the skilled hunter, wool knickers are the ticket to the quiet travel.   Sure you can be still and be quiet, but how can you when you travel.

Today’s painting shows you the absence of the Elk [Wapiti, in American] in the meadow you have approached.  The hike was worth it.  But it would have been worth more if you had worn your wool knickers.  For then, you could have seen the Elk.

Ever notice that no one in Hawaii wears long pants.  They could be the greatest hunters of all.  You see, they can sneek up on us.  I suppose, according to Scholars in 40 years, that is how President Obama snuck up on us.  It really is hard to believe it has happened so peacefully.  Perhaps we really should give peace a chance.

If you would like to, I would suggest you start by meditating on the landscape paintings of your choice.  Bring in the calm, even if there is a storm in the art.  Drink from its water, even if the spring is not pure water.  Walk the long trek with one side of one’s face red from the slap of the wind; the challenge to peace.  If peace does not come to your heart, then others will suggest you pray for world peace.  What I may suggest is you just decide not to prey on world peace.  By not being selfish, you may push towards world peace.

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Fake Oils in Review…

Posted in commentary, motorcycles on March 1, 2009 by Rog

OK, you may have seen me say that acrylics are fake oils.  What I have learned from studying my latest acrylic mess of a painting — is that you really do run the risk of over illustrating a piece when doing it in acrylic paint.  I think it has something to do with the dry speed.  It also takes longer to render the same piece, which may have to do with the “ease of over illustration”.  The other thing I learned is oil paintings stay glossy much longer.  For your review is a picture of the original subject by Birger Sandzen “Sunset in the Mountains”, circa 1921.

sunset-in-the-mountains-circa-1921-by-sandzen

Below is the 6×8 oil I did in an improved picture format…

sunset-in-the-mountains-circa-1921-after-sandzen

And of course the 9×12 arcylic recreation in an improved picture format…

sunset-in-the-mountains-circa-1921-acrylic-after-sandzen

I guess, I will continue studying Sandzen some more.  But not today.

On the Plein Air excursion front, I have been looking at differing motorcycles that enable one to travel on the distant dirt roads of Idaho.  Surely the Triumph Scrambler is an excellent choice.  But now I see, that there could be better choices.  The Kawasaki KLR650, Suzuki DR650, and perhaps the most versatile is the BMW F650 GS [or G650 GS] depending on the year of make.  The BMW looks the best of these newer styles, and is shown below…

bmw-f650gs

Plus, it has great luggage options.