Archive for September, 2009

Fall of Temperature…

Posted in Eclectic-Jan10, landscape, sunrise-sunset with tags , , , , on September 28, 2009 by Rog

Sun Setting upon Frozen Pond

“Sun Setting Upon Frozen Pond”, 14×11 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 15sep09, triple primary palette.

All I want to say about this work is I am suffering brain freeze, because I am all wet and it is getting cold.  Sometimes, being bald means freezing the brain.  Now I am craving Ice Cream.


Hypothermia Means Winter is Coming…

Posted in commentary, Idaho, landscape, motorcycles,, Salmon River, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey with tags , , , , on September 24, 2009 by Rog

McGowan Esque

“McGowan Esque”, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 7sep09, triple primary palette.

Well winter is coming.  This is a studio painting.  Reason being, when I traveled to Redfish Lake to visit plein air painting friends around labor day weekend I was freezing when I got there.  At 9pm on the top of Banner Summit [7200 foot pass] on the way to Stanley, Idaho, I decided to stop my motorcycle cause I thought I might be getting cold.  Within 2 minutes I was shaking miserably.  I drank some water and ate some gardetto’s snacks and crackers.  Then jumped back on the bike because I was worried about the packs of wolves at that locale [we have Too Many Wolves in Idaho now].   Sure the air temperature probably was around 40 degrees, but I was not wearing real warm clothing, i.e. a sweatshirt and an “air-thru” motorcycle jacket does not cut it at 70 mph.  Once I limped on into the Redfish Lake Lodge the fellow painters were a little concerned about my continuous shaking.  Well I was freezing man.  Deanna Schrell, an avid plein air painter, and skier knew just what to do.  She took up to her cabin, plopped me on the radiator and turned it on full.  Within 5 minutes I was no longer shaking. Thank-you Deanna.  I owe you.

Needless to say, I was too tired to paint the next morning.  So I ate with Ellen Garrard and drove the 150 miles home so I could get back to work.  So this painting is about the feeling of the Sawtooth Mountains.

Hills Where Bluegrass Plays…

Posted in Boise, commentary, Idaho, landscape, with tags , , , , on September 24, 2009 by Rog

Homestead Near Bogus

“Homestead Near Bogus”, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 1sep09, triple-primary palette.

Up on buttes and hills overlooking the city of Boise, people live.  Their land is only accessible by dirt roads.  It is Bogus is a place.  For they also overlook a basin on the other side… called Bogus Basin.  A name based on the fools who mined for gold to find only fools gold in that area.  The snow will fall anytime there this time of year.  This painting depicts some of the early snow that will fall soon.  We need snow now.  For soon the ski resort up there, called Bogus Basin would like to open.

However, in summer, the place sometimes hosts a blue grass festival.   Once I was able to “party” all night with the likes of David Grisman and the old man on the fiddle himself… Vassar Clements.  It was a blast, and so will be the skiing this year.

A Beautiful Mind…

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, distributed, Idaho, landscape, moonlight with tags , , , , on September 23, 2009 by Rog

Belle View

“Belle View”, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 25aug09, triple primary palette.

When painting this, I thought not of Bellevue, Idaho; but of Belleville, Wisconsin.  Yes, this small chapel along the riverfed pond is more likely an Idaho scene; and this stream could have been the big wood river.  The Sugar River flows into Belleville’s lake via a menagerie type delta.  My father Vic, Scott my brother, and I got lost in the menagerie once on our canoe.  Which answers the question, can you ever get lost if everything is downstream?  Regardless, when we finally got to Belleville, we were relieved.

By the way, did you know the pastor in this chapel, has his light on.  He is praying.  He has “a beautiful mind”.

It is fitting for, Belleville means “Beautiful Village”.

So, here is to you, wishing you have a beautiful view, in your mind.  Happy Octoberfest Recovery time!

Thank-you for your Patience…

Posted in commentary, Idaho, landscape, sunrise-sunset with tags , , , , on September 22, 2009 by Rog

Idaho Rising

“Idaho Rising”, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 18aug09, triple-primary palette.

Thank-you all for getting “frosted” over the lack of posts the last month.  I would like to start this discussion by saying “Rog Has Risen!”  OK, so now you know why the above painting is called “Idaho Rising”.

At crack of dawn there is light that hits tops of mountains.  On ranches in vales below lives Sentinals of security.  From the Rooster call, lights turn on, and well baled hay smiles as it may finally be used for fodder for horses.  The horses need this nourishment for they have waited patiently for the next days work to come .  While the horses feed the mud of the day becomes cream-ated upon the lips of the cowboys.  Contemplation occurs, as the thought of “Good Day” arises in hearts of all.  We all are the enlightened ones, those who arise at dawn.  Who was first, the light upon the Mount, or the call from the Sentinal?

I would like to send a thank-you to the following cities… Belgrade [Beograd … i.e. “White City” in Celtic], London, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Kansas City, Dallas, Toronto, and Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Newark.  The fact that people from Belgrade are visiting my site gives me a good feeling. I feel because of politics Belgrade has become the most remote big city in the world.  I appreciate your support, no matter where it is from.

All shows I have been involved with have just ended three weeks ago.  I just picked up my paintings from the Idaho State Fair [I received 2 honorable mentions in the professional categories of “Landscape” and “Idaho Landscape”.  I did not enter into the Contemporary-Abstract category this year, because I have not been focused on abstract stuff much lately.  Now that I will be getting away from other artist’s painting studies, I will probably loosen up over the next few months, so that I can prepare for what I plan to do next year.

The Meridian City Hall show was torn down on Friday the 28th of August.  It was a success, although we as a group did not sell a thing [low traffic].  I feel proud to be associated with the 8 other painters I showed with.  The fact that I got to organize a show that included the artist that won “Best Oil Painting” at the fair [Fred Choate… 3rd year in a row], and the artist that won “Best Watercolor Painting” at the fair [Laurie Asahara… she won best overall last year]… I can only smile in pride.

The Buhl Art Center at 8th Street Center in Buhl, Idaho tore down its “Plein Air Paintout” show at the end of August as well.  I guess I better make a road trip to pick those paintings up.

Am I depressed or releaved?