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Violence Can Be a Draining Experience…

Posted in abstract landscape, architecture, commentary, landscape,, sunrise-sunset, symbolism, waterscape, Wisconsin with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Rog

“Rape of Madison”, 16×20 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 22feb10, triple primary palette.

I have wanted to be vocal about the violent crime of rape for awhile.  Have you ever noticed that several excellent painters have painted paintings with the word “rape” in the title?  Many include a woman in the process of being raped, yet they refer to a city or a place as well… like “Rape of Europe” or “Rape of Paris”.

This composition does not have a woman, but a place.  Yes, Madison, Wisconsin, has a lot to do with rape.  By the time I was twenty, I learned that my home town had one of the highest rape rates of any city in the United States.  I am not proud of this fact.  Hopefully, over that last 30 years that statistic has decreased significantly.

Regardless, even if my former hometown has solved its “rape problem”, the blemish of its rape will remain.  Environmental rape, is different.  But in the case of the city of Madison it is very severe.  It is another skeleton in its closet.  Keep in mind, even when I was young I recall that it exuded great pride in its “Greenness”… like it is environmentally sound or something.  The truth is far from that.  In fact it shines ignorance.

No I am not talking about the harbor that was the mouth of a spring fed trout creek near our house that was converted into an open sewer. That is only a minor blemish, and only affected a few people.

I am talking about the fact that the center of town is truly not an Isthmus.  It was made an Isthmus, by the white man.  We drained significant portions of the marsh lands that made up Madison, to create dry land.  Up to half the city was at one time, marsh land.  Having seen some of the original maps from the 1800’s proves this.

Given this fact, I do not ever want to ever hear of some one who lives there claim to be an environmentalist.  The damage has been done, like in any rape, and we cannot recover the past.

Except in a painting composition, as you see.


09 Initial Point Gallery

Posted in abstract landscape, architecture, art show, commentary, Initial-Pt-09, landscape with tags , , , , , on February 19, 2010 by Rog

From July 24, 2009 till August 28, 2009 I participated in an art show of the Idaho Painter’s Guild. Of the 41 paintings in the gallery, I had 6 of mine hung. The “Concept” of my portion of the show was “Studies of other Painters”. Below is a synopsis of the paintings; from left to right.

courters hitchin barn

“Courter’s Hitchin’ Barn [aft Kevin Courter]“, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 29jun09.

Las Trampas, New Mexico [aft Walt Gonske]

“Las Trampas, New Mexico [aft Walt Gonske]“, 11×14 oil on canvaboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 12may09.


“Pacification of Virginia (aft Ray Roberts)”, 12×16 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 18apr09.

Willow & Stream (aft Birger Sandzen)

“Willow & Stream (aft Birger Sandzen)”, 8×10 oil on canvaboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 17may09.

Big Pine Lake (aft Edgar Payne)

“Big Pine Lake (aft Edgar Payne)”, 8×10 oil on canvaboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 1may09.

eucalyptus at eventide aft granville redmond

“Eucalyptus at Eventide (aft Granville Redmond)”, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 21jul09.

08 Buhl Plein Air Paintout

Posted in architecture, art show, Buhl-08, Buhl-Hagerman-TwinFalls, commentary, Idaho, landscape, plein air with tags , , , , , on February 19, 2010 by Rog

The reception on the 7th of June told me that this was a much better year for celebrating the town of Buhl, and its beauty; than last year. This plein air paintout is small, but the painters are loyal. This year I met up again with Jineen Griffith, Deanna Schrell, Gertrude Hudson, Jane Hulsey, Joyce DeFord, and one of the founders of the Plein Air Painters of Idaho — Tricia May. It was a pleasure to visit with the die-hards of our endevour. Kelly Hart, the former director of the Buhl Arts Council, developed the show in a elegant manner. I say this because when I walked into the 8th Street Center, that houses the show I could here a jazz rendition of Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy”… my second favorite song. The nature in which she hung the artwork for the show was great too. Below is a better picture of the building called “8th Street Center”…

This building has some of the best acoustics in all of Idaho! Below is a selection of paintings from the show, and why I liked them.

This is a still life by Tricia May. It wins my “still life award”. I love the way the lite-green color shoots through the glass vase in a prism like manner. That green curves!

Jane Hulsey did this wonderful small board rendition of the Snake River from Miracle Hot Springs. It wins my “best sky award”, not because of the sky, but because of how it is expressed in the reflections in the river.

Jineen Griffith did this even smaller board rendition of the same motif. This was the paintout location the first day. This painting wins my “Most 3 dimensional award”. Since I do not see in 3d like you do, I really appreciate it when a painter goes the extra mile to paint in a 3 dimensional manner. From 30 feet away this 7×9 painting just pops out as clear as day.

Deanna Schrell surprised me with this large format painting of Sawtooth Lake. It wins my “Place I want to be award”. I want to be in the lush green forest on the other side of the lake. Is there an Elk there?

Fred Choate also presented this large format rendition of Shoshone Falls in the Twin Falls area. The deal with this painting is, according to Fred, is the first time he feels he has painted this motif with justice. I was there interpreting his painting while he was painting it. He kept telling me about when he was a kid and would explore every nook and cranny of this waterfall and the associated hydropower dam. Below the dam, and just above the waterfall, apparantly he used to pop his head up from the concrete crawl space used in dam maintenance; in the middle of the freaking river. Yes he stood up in the middle of the river, just above the waterfall, and viewed all of God’s glory. Lucky kid, obviously he is very intimate with this motif. It wins my “best waterfall award”!

Of course, I had to get in the act with my rendition of the Ramona Theater. On the last day the plein air paintout focuses on the Architecture of downtown Buhl. This one wins my “Best Architecture award”. This is only the second building I have ever painted in Oil, so I am proud of it. Maybe I will do more in the future.

Most of the painters in this show had around 7 paintings. Usually 6 plein air renditions and one studio painting, on average. Except for the contrarion who happens to be me, I just had the one plein air painting. Next year I hope to put more in the show, via being there for all 3 days.

All these paintings, and more, are available for viewing and purchase at the 8th Street Center in Buhl, Idaho. The Buhl Arts Council receives a percentage of each sale to support its programs. So if you want to help out arts in “small town Idaho” give them a call or visit. Both the Buhl Arts Council and the Eighth Street Center have websites.

Neither talk about the 8th street center’s grounds. Unique in Arts centers, present on the grounds is a stone laden — bark path — Labyrinth. Below is a picture of the Labyrinth with Fred Choate lost inside its tentacles.

If you ever visit Buhl, you ought to explore this Labyrinth.

Courter’s Hitchin’ Barn (aft Kevin Courter)

Posted in architecture, Eclectic-Oct09, Initial-Pt-09, landscape with tags , , , , on June 30, 2009 by Rog

“Courter’s Hitchin’ Barn [aft Kevin Courter]”, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 29jun09, Choate7 palette.

courters hitchin barn

Of course, there is a little controversy here.  Do people really get married in a Hitching Barn?  Notice the light in the barn shade.  That is where the horse is gettin’ hitched!

Now, once again in my travels, I learn things.  Things like making sure your panel carrier’s screws are tight.  The painting above is after I had to do modification when I got home from the studio.  You see my single cylinder motorcycle must oscillate at just the right frequency,  for my carrier screws to loosen inside my panniers.  So the original painting, that is shown below, no longer exists.  After the screws loosened, one of my bare panels squashed the painting in certain areas.  So when I got home I had to do some painting fixing.  Needless to say, I guess I cannot claim I am always the Alla Prima painter, that I am known as.

Courter's Hitchin' Barn, before travel

By the way, I hope by now you have realized why I called this a painting of a Hitchin’ Barn, instead of the original title that Kevin Courter gave it.  You see, I do not know the original name.  Plus, Kevin’s last name is Courter… so it makes sense to be talkin’ ’bout hitchin’… ok I am a little dry.

Rainbow Bridge

Posted in abstract landscape, architecture, Idaho, landscape, McCall-Tamarack-Cascade,, Payette River with tags , , , , on June 23, 2008 by Rog

“Rainbow Bridge”, 11×14 oil on canvas, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 29jan08, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

On the road to the McCall-Cascade area, from Boise, is one of the most famous bridges in Idaho. There are postcards of this one. There is also a entire slew of paintings done of it. About every landscape painter in the Boise area has painted it at some time or another; either on site or in studio. It spans both the Payette River and the railroad line.

This is my first rendition of it, from the typical painting angle. Those familiar with the venue, know that I have abstracted it. Do you see the train? The trees are crossing the bridge towards you; and you hear “Choo, Choo”. Perhaps I will paint it plein air someday. Maybe I will paint it from near the tracks; but not too close. Then I could really hear the train; but not completely feel it.


Posted in architecture, art show, Buhl-08, Buhl-09, Buhl-Hagerman-TwinFalls, Idaho, landscape,, plein air with tags , , , , , on June 7, 2008 by Rog

“Ramona”, 14×11 PA oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 7jun08, using choate7 palette.

Ramona was a movie theater in Buhl, Idaho. When Fred was a child living in Buhl, he collected the stoppers from milk and cream bottles from the local dairy. Once he had enough he would get free Saturday matinee movie passes for this theater. This building now houses a Mexican restaurant. This painting was done “plein air”, framed wet, and immediately placed into the Buhl Art Council’s Plein Air Paintout show for 2008, at the 8th street center in Buhl.