I Sought a Medium…

“River Connecticut, Near Northampton (aft Alfredo DiLascia)”, 16×20 oil-alkyd on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 7dec09, Choate8-Griffin palette.

I do not know the guy, but I am pretty sure the photographer, Alfredo DiLascia, is not expecting any oil painting studies done of his photographs.  Much less an expressionistic interpretation.  In this case, there is definitive symbolism in the light post and flowers. The dual-protagonists here are the road in the bottom right hand corner and the big river.  Nestled between them is the flowers and light post.  Because. “we all walk blindly until we have an aide to guide us on the shining path”…. a quote from my artists’ statement.

My mother loved flowers, and had several gardens around our house where I grew up.  One of my chores was to water them regularly.  My favorite plants in the gardens were the ferns.  I miss that fern garden.  I doubt it is still there, but I can dream.

As you know, I am currently stretching my subject matter.  Sure, this is a landscape, but it marks the first time I have actually painted flowers.

Now, about the title, “I Sought a Medium…” — no, I did not seek a medium.  This painting for now is complete, but it already is a varnishing nightmare for me.  The reason is that I used the Windsor Newton Griffin Paints that have an oil-alkyd base, plus I added a lot of Liquin Alkyd medium to the paint… as usual.  It dried so fast on the board that this luscious oil painting looks like it has a Matte finish already, in one day.  One of my potential canvas suppliers, explained to me the technical reasons for this.  A lot of it has to do with canvas board technology.

Regardless, I am reminded that oil paintings are never complete, until someone sees them.


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