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Shining Path in Highlands…

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, Initial-Pt-10, landscape,, palette, symbolism, Wisconsin with tags , , , , on February 9, 2010 by Rog

“Highland’s Maple Laced Path”, 24×20 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 8feb10, triple primary palette.

Well, to some, “Highlands” implies the high hills in Scotland. To those who grew up in the Spring Harbor area of Madison, Wisconsin; the word “Highlands” is a place south and uphill from the neighborhood. Anything South of the Duck Pond, we called the Highlands.

Like Spring Harbor with its plethora of Elm, Oak, and Shag-bark Hickory Nut trees; the Highlands neighborhood has lots of trees. However, they had many more Sugar Maple trees. Long ago I would help some of my friends harvest the Maple trees, and boil the sap into the best Maple Syrup I have ever had. We would do this in the fall, winter, and especially the early spring when the tree sap would move the best.

The painting above is a composition close to the look I remember of some of the remote dirt roads in the Highlands area. Since Madison has changed so much, I believe that few people there have seen the beauty of “The Highlands”. Too bad; good thing I can remember them.

By the way, the location of this view is around 8 miles inside the metro Madison area. Because of politics, I do not even know if the place was ever incorporated into the city. But I do believe it was part of our township 50 years ago; called Dale Heights.

Enjoy, and good luck finding this remote path.

For an explanation of the triple primary palette used in this painting please view the example attached.


Painter of Dark…

Posted in abstract landscape, Colorado, commentary, Initial-Pt-10, landscape, with tags , , , , on February 2, 2010 by Rog

“Mountain Splendor, Colorado (aft Birger Sandzen)”, 12×16 oil on linen board, by Rog Lyngaas, 1feb09, double primary palette with burnt umber undertone.

Lately, I have generated several “darker” paintings.  Part of that is due to the success of the moonlit Birger Sandzen studies.  So I decided to do a bright daylight study, so I am not type cast as the “Painter of Darkness”.  Regardless, I would rather be known as that, than the “Painter of Light”.  This is because the phrase is way over used.  Case in point, there is a painter that is alive today that is known as that, because he calls himself that.  But we know all that the master of watercolor, Turner, is known as that, and rightly so.

This painting marks the first time I painted on linen, in this case a hardwood panel with Linen on top.  It was a pleasure, and I hope to paint more on linen.

I also have an announcement.  I have been chosen for a one man show in a fairly large venue.  It is my first, so it is a big step.  It will start at the end of April and go through the month of May.  I previewed this venue last year when I helped organize the Idaho Painters Guild show last July-August at the INITIAL POINT GALLERY, in the Meridian City Hall.

This painting above, and over 30 others will be included in the show.

Why O’ Ming Dynasty…

Posted in abstract landscape, Initial-Pt-10, landscape,, Wyoming with tags , , , , on December 10, 2009 by Rog

“Pine Creek (aft Rick Howell)”, 16×20 oil-alkyd on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 7dec09, Choate8-Griffin palette.

My mentor Fred Choate suggested I study a few of Rick Howell’s paintings.  Rick Howell lives in Colorado, and Fred witnessed some of his work up close at the Astoria Fine Art gallery in Jackson, Wyoming.

I Sought a Medium…

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, Initial-Pt-10, landscape, Massachusetts,, symbolism with tags , , , , on December 10, 2009 by Rog

“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.


Posted in abstract landscape, Idaho, Initial-Pt-10, landscape, McCall-Tamarack-Cascade with tags , , , , on November 23, 2009 by Rog

There, I can say no.  I am saying “no, i did not stop painting”.  On the contrary.  Below is another study, this one of a Fred Choate painting.

“Afternoon Glow (aft Fred Choate)”, 16×20 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 17nov09, triple primary palette.

“Afternoon Glow”, 12×16 oil on canvas, by Fred Choate, 17nov09, Choate8 palette.

In this post, I am showing you Fred’s painting as well, so that everyone can visualize the difference in style and design.  We worked from the same scene and painted at the exact same time, without watching what the other was doing. So why do I call such a thing a “study”?

Simply, he is the one who designed the motif.

In this case it is a scene typical of the Payette National Forest, between Garden Valley and Cascade, in Idaho.  By typical, I mean, typical right now, since there is snow in them there hills.

Someday I will do a series of diptychs with another painter.  Where we both interpret the others paintings.  Of course this would require a difference in style and design.  The result would be an interesting show I think.