Archive for the Spotlight-07 Category

Fall of Idaho…

Posted in commentary, distributed, Idaho, landscape, Spotlight-07 with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Rog

I once said “to become a good painter, I need to learn to give paintings away”.  Clearly, I still need to learn this.  But hopefully I am getting better at this.  Maybe, less talking, and more painting is the key.

“Idaho Creek In Fall”, 16×20 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 16oct07, Choate7 palette.


Two Towers…

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, Idaho, landscape, Spotlight-07, symbolism, world peace with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Rog

For me, the most interesting thing about the novel set “Lord of the Rings” is the talking trees.  I think they are called the “Ents”.  Do trees talk?  Surely they do, since several landscape paintings have trees as subjects — and may people say that paintings communicate.  What do trees speak to you?

“Trees in Conversation”, 11×14 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 25sep07, Choate7 palette.

Embarrassment in California…

Posted in abstract landscape, awarded, California, commentary, Fair-07, Idaho State Fair, landscape, Spotlight-07, waterscape with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Rog

OK, there was a day, a fateful day in California, when I was 14 years old.  My mother accidentally lost her keys in a pond.  Yet, in my brilliance I left my pair of spare keys in the locked car.  In the middle of nowhere, in Yosemite National Park.  OK, I am a human being.  We got out of that predicament.  This painting performed in 2007 commemorates that event.  No, I did not have a camera.  The composition is from memory.  It was part of a speed painting attempt, where I did 3 paintings in 2 hours.  You may have previously seen this in my discussions about the 2007 Idaho State Fair and the 2007 Spotlight Gallery show.  Now you know what the painting is about.

“Yosemite, Keys in Pond”, 14×11 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 31jul07, Choate7 palette.

2007 Spotlight Gallery

Posted in abstract landscape, art show, Canada, commentary, Idaho, landscape, Spotlight-07, Wisconsin with tags , , , , , on February 19, 2010 by Rog

Spotlight Gallery, Boise, Idaho, Nov 07 – Jan 08, 6 oil paintings, Student Show…

Rog with “Idaho Creek in Fall” at the gallery reception.

Here is Rog with his five other paintings in the second gallery location.

Individual close ups follow, from right to left in the show…

“Southern Wisconsin in the Fall”, 9×12 oil on canvas.

“Melting Snow @ Mountie Pass”, 11×14 oil on canvas. Now in a private collection in Boise, Idaho.

“Yosemite, Keys in Pond”, 14×11 oil on canvas.

“Warm Lake, Warm”, 12×9 oil on canvas.

“Trees in Conversation”, 11×14 oil on canvas.

“Idaho Creek in Fall”, 16×20 oil on canvas. Now in a private collection in Manhattan, New York.


All the above paintings are Alla Prima paintings. Other artist’s in the show include Ellen Garrard and several of Will Nelson’s students. Rog was blessed with having the most number of paintings in the show.

“Anchor” artists of this now defunct gallery included: Will Nelson [watercolor illustration], Venture Coy [oil landscape & abstract landscape], Fred Choate [traditional oil landscape], Ann Watson-Sorenson [watercolor landscape], and Zella Bardsley [abstract functional sculpture].

Sud Wyskonsyn i Fall

Posted in Basement-09, commentary, landscape,, Ribfest-08, Spotlight-07, Wisconsin with tags , , , , on July 1, 2008 by Rog

“Southern Wisconsin in the Fall”, 9×12 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 20aug07, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

Now that Summer is here and we are loving the 100 degree heat in Idaho. We will be drying up for the next 3 months. This is truly how you ferment — dry wit. It is a little harder to ferment dry wit in Wisconsin; where I grew up. Today’s painting commemorates the feeling of southern Wisconsin in the fall. It depicts a typical hardwood tree laced, rock pelted, glacier formed hill that exists in a great deal of that part of the state. Between the hills are some of the best farm lands in the world. Millions of deer hide in the tree-hills and graze on the fertile crops. It is an interesting eco-system. But there is not enough dry wit there…

In the summer in Idaho, you do not need a clothes dryer. The heat is so dry, you can almost drown while rafting in the Payette River, and be dry by the time you get back to your car. It is one of the few places where it is a pleasure to get totally wet while washing dishes. Cools you off, lets you deal with the heat.

As you enjoy the summer, please remember to hydrate. In my deli, I always have to remind myself to drink lots of water and tea to prevent dehydration headaches. Now that 100 heat is blowing on my head from the fresh air ventilation of the 325 degree fryer as I cook for the guests of the deli; I am well aware that Summer is here. Another trick for y’all is to soak your hat in cool water, then put it on your head. It cleans you hat and it protects you via evaporation.

Of course my favorite way to cool off in the deli, is to soak my bandanna in cool water and tie it around my neck [or use a bandanna clasp]. Ever look at pictures of old cowboys in Idaho. They all have a bandanna, that is probably wet to some extent, tied around their neck. This is proof that the private air conditioner that we all have forgotten about, is simple and a piece of cloth away from being yours.

Chill out, and enjoy.

Snow Melt, Red Zinc Edition

Posted in Canada, distributed, landscape, Spotlight-07 with tags , , , , on June 24, 2008 by Rog

“Melting Snow @ Mountie Pass”, 11×14 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 21aug07, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

When I hike in the mountains I get a big good feeling while cresting a pass. This painting attempts to recreate that feeling. In this case the mountain pass’ trees, suffered normal winter damage from the nearly 13 feet of snow that is common in the mountains. The remaining snow is due to the fact that 13 feet snowfall equates to over 25 foot drifts. Just a few weeks prior this pass was basically impassable due to the deep melting snow holes.

Warm Lake Diptych

Posted in awarded, diptych, Idaho, landscape, McCall-Tamarack-Cascade,, Spotlight-07 with tags , , , , on June 16, 2008 by Rog

“Warm Lake, Warm”, 12×9 Oil on Canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 10jul07, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

“Warm Lake, Cool”, 9×12 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 10jul07, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

It now is vacation time for Idaho. Many people are traveling in their gas a drikke pickup campers. They like to go to remote places to fish and sun. Warm Lake, near Cascade — Idaho, is one of those “favorite” spots of a friend of mine. To celebrate the summer, I thought I ought to show you this diptych I did last year. Happy camping.

…addendum… Only the Warm Lake, Warm part of this Diptych was shown in the Spotlight Gallery show in 2007-2008.