Archive for the Idaho State Fair Category

Big Brush, solid communication…

Posted in abstract landscape, awarded, Fair-07, Idaho, Idaho State Fair, landscape, Sumi-E with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Rog

As a painter, I have found if you want people to listen to you, you need to carry a big brush.  The painting below was done entirely with a 1 inch sized fitch brush.  People who know me, I prefer to do my “block in” using this brush, even on small paintings like the one below.  It adds to the Sumi-E style I like to use in my underpainting.  In this case, the block-in was so good, my mentor told me to stop, and go to the next painting.  This was the first of the three paintings I did in 2 hours, on that fateful day in 2007.  Both this and the “Yosemite, Keys in Pond” painting were shown in the 2007 Idaho state fair.  Enjoy…

“Yellow Flowers”, 11×14 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 31jul07, 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.

2008 Idaho State Fair

Posted in abstract landscape, art show, awarded, Buhl-Hagerman-TwinFalls, desert, Fair-08, figure, Idaho, Idaho State Fair, landscape, New Mexico, Oregon,, sunrise-sunset, waterfalls with tags , , , , , , on February 19, 2010 by Rog

Three oil paintings were exhibited at the fair in August 2008 in Garden City, Idaho…


Of course I am proud of my second place award in the professional Idaho landscape category, so I am showing it now. The first prize went to a watercolor painting. The awards were dominated by watercolorists this year; including the “Best of Show” awarded to a friend of Ellen Garrard’s. I guess we will have to get her to join the Idaho Painters Guild. Below is another picture of the same painting…


“Waterfall at North Edge, Twin Falls”, 30×15 oil on canvas, Professional Idaho Landscape, Second Place.


“[Lauralie at] Cannon Beach, Post Quake”, 12×9 oil on canvas, Professional Seascape.

Originally I tried to get this painting in the Professional Abstract category. But unfortunately the woman in charge did not see the naked “Lauralie” in the painting. So this painting had to compete in the Professional Seascape category.  Regardless, this is proof that I am the only painter that has ever been able to show a nude painting in the Idaho State Fair.  Lucky me.

Painting judging is subjective — proof is the second place finisher in the Professional Abstract category was an actual landscape painting, flipped over. I guess all is well that ends in a laugh. Next time I will have to be blatantly abstract.


“Path to Taos”, 20×24 oil on canvas, Professional Landscape.

Other Fred Choate Student artists at the fair included: Fred Choate [he can study himself, you know], Ellen Garrard, Wendy Bickenstaff, and Ann Samuelson. Fred won the best oil painting in Fair. And a wonderful watercolor

Six Months Past…

Posted in abstract landscape, art show, commentary, Fair-09, Featherville-Prairie-Trinitys, figure, Idaho, Idaho State Fair, landscape with tags , , , , , , on February 9, 2010 by Rog

Last August, Idaho had it’s annual Western Idaho State Fair in Boise.  Having lived in Pocatello in the past I look at this fair as the lesser of the two [there is an Eastern Idaho State Fair].  But for painters and photographers, it is not the lesser, it is Great!  For painters, it is tough to win the best in show.  They must compete with drawers, which Idaho has some great ones.  So this past year, a graphite drawing one.  Careful, this really is a graphite painting, not a photograph.

“Lincoln”, graphite by Matt Tucker, Best of Show — 2009 Idaho State Fair.

Now, originally, Fred Choate did a lot of drawings in his past time, before he started his oil painting for fine art career.  Having been one of the lucky to view them, I can say that they will eventually get into a museum somehow.  Regardless, with great graphite artists like Matt Tucker, often oil painters have to settle for receiving awards like “Best Oil Painting”.

Best Oil Painting, 2009 Idaho State Fair, by Fred Choate.

Same for watercolor painters, like Laurie Asahara, who did receive “Best of Show” last year.

Best Watercolor Painting, 2009 Idaho State Fair, by Laurie Asahara.

Of Course, oil and watercolor painters do usually win the “Best Western” theme award.

Best Western Painting, by Laurie Asahara, 2009 Idaho State Fair.

I found the competition tougher last year, for I only received an honorable mention, in the Professional Idaho Landscape catagory.

“Little Trinity Lake Wayside”, 8×10 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, circa 2009.

However, 2010 is a new year, and us painters have some secret weapons for this years competition.  I am sure the drawing artists will be up for the challenge, as long as they know what it is.  So I predict the competition will be thick this coming year.  Good Luck to all.

On the Side of the Way…

Posted in abstract landscape, awarded, Eclectic-Oct09, Fair-09, Featherville-Prairie-Trinitys, Idaho, Idaho State Fair, landscape,, palette, world peace with tags , , , , on August 8, 2009 by Rog

“Little Trinity Lake Wayside”, 8×10 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 7aug09, XG palette.

In the Trinity’s there is a litttle lake with a wayside. It is a place where one can contemplate the peace of the world. Once I post this on you may know where this place is.

little trinity lake wayside

XG Palette (grumbacher pre-tested, unless noted)
Cool blue = french ultramarine blue
Warm blue = phthalo green (graham)
Cool yellow = azo yellow (graham)
Warm yellow = cad-barium yellow medium
Warm red = cad red medium (winton)
Cool red = rose madder hue
White = titanium white (shiva)
Tone-sketch = yellow ochre + ivory black (winton)

Moonlit Concerto, o’er Sud Fork O’ Bridge Creek.

Posted in awarded, Eclectic-Oct09, Fair-09, Idaho State Fair, landscape, moonlight,, Washington with tags , , , , on July 16, 2009 by Rog

“Bowan Mountain, North Cascades NP”, 12×16 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 23jul09, Choate8 palette.

This painting was done entirely alla prima, as usual. It was painted on a borrowed canvas, using borrowed paint, medium, brushes, knife, and towels. Thanks Ellen, Fred, & Craig for letting me borrow your stuff.

Whilst completing this painting I was listening to a concerto in the moonlight.

bowan mountain north cascades national park

It Is Coming… Epiphany

Posted in commentary, Fair-09, Featherville-Prairie-Trinitys, Idaho, Idaho State Fair, landscape,, world peace with tags , , , , on January 2, 2009 by Rog


“Thought of Trinities”, 12×16 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 30dec08, using Choate7 palete with Viridian Hue as warm blue; and Raw Umber based mud.

We have celebrated the Christmas Holiday; then the New Year!  Now comes the Epiphany.  The completion of the Trinity of Holiday, and easily the most spiritual.

Today’s painting has to do with the Trinity.  The view of this landscape can bring peace to the meditator.  In addition it is a composite of feeling and color for the Trinity Mountain range that exists between the Idaho metropolis’ of Prairie, Featherville, and Atlanta.  It is my favorite in Idaho proper.  Hopefully you will see several more paintings of this area.  But today let’s just think of the trinities… wondering about the hope for peace.