Archive for the Idaho Category

Welcome, to the Gnu Awakening!

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, Idaho, landscape, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey, sunrise-sunset, symbolism with tags , , , , on March 7, 2010 by Rog

“Rising from Idaho Winter”, 20×16 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 2mar10, triple primary palette.

In one week, daylight savings time gets instituted in Idaho, and I am sure the rest of the USA.  Everyone else in the world laughs at our time changing.  I guess, here we think we are “all powerful” and have control of time.  The truth is far from this.  Regardless, I like Daylight Savings Time.  I like the phrase, “Spring Forward, Fall Back”.  I like the sound of cows mooing in the Sunrise.  According to what I was taught when I was young; we do Daylight Savings, for the Cows.


I Love You…

Posted in commentary, Idaho, landscape,, plein air, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey, waterscape with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Rog

What does one love, if one is a painter?  Clearly, when I met Ovanes Berberian for the first time, he loves painting.  Actually, he loves to play with his paint.  Much like a child making sand castles on a beach.

The painting below, was painted outdoors [i.e. plein air] near the same location that Ovanes was painting the same motif, at the same time, at Redfish Lake.  Hence the name.

It is one of the first outdoor paintings I ever executed, so it’s quality is not what I would hope.  But now, I see I need to do more outdoor painting.  Maybe, some day, I will be able to paint outdoors in much the same fashion I do indoors; like playing.

“Ovanes’ Love”, 14×11 PA oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 29aug07, Choate7 palette.

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.

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.

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

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.