Archive for the Boise River Category

Time to eat codfish…

Posted in abstract landscape, Boise River, commentary, CouerDAlene-NorthIdaho, Featherville-Prairie-Trinitys, Idaho, landscape, symbolism with tags , , , , on January 7, 2010 by Rog

Because someone asked, I will finally comment on this painting that has been posted the last few days.   Historically my family eats cream of codfish on toast for special occasions.  This for either Thanksgiving, Christmas, and/or Easter breakfast.  Long ago we would eat it more often, but the days of cheap codfish are gone.  Since moving to Idaho I have long wanted to create a newer recipe based off of unsalted pacific cod.  My brother Jeff and his son Cory were my guinea pigs.  Now I must say they recipe has “arrived in Idaho”, because we ate it all, just about a week before Christmas.  The fish was a gift from a fisherman who visited Alaska and caught it himself.  So that may have something to do with the good taste.  Regardless, it was good.

“Arriving in Idaho”, 20×16 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 29dec09, choate8-graham palette.

Now, about the painting.  It is a study of a composition from a block print.  The print was unusual since it was done with the mid 1800s Japanese  styling, but it contained the yellow pine in the foreground.  Unfortunately the name of the creator of the original print we found is not known.

The imaginary motif used to paint this is trying to combine the feeling of several things, a Norwegian Fjord, the large lakes near Couer D’ Alene (sorthern Idaho), Anderson Ranch Reservoir (southern Idaho), the Trinity Mountains (central Idaho), and Palisades Reservoir (eastern Idaho).   The boat coming to the pier depicts a Norwegian fisherman “arriving in Idaho” from a long trip.

Anyways, at home here, I have been developing a traveling show of paintings to present to galleries.  There are currently seven paintings in the pile, and I may whittle it down, or increase its size.  If you know of a best or favorite painting I have done that you think should be included, please let me know.  If you have any ideas or where I should take this traveling show to, feel free to let me know that as well.

Before I forget, let me thank the following cities for their support!  Belgrade (Serbia), London Amsterdam, Geneva, Athens, Tel Aviv, Boise,  Portland (Oregon), Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kansas City, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Indianapolis, Toronto, New York, Tampa, Philadelphia, Boston, Durham NC, and Atlanta.  May you all have a good year, and have a chance to eat Cream of Codfish on Toast!


That Creek will have More Water…

Posted in Boise, Boise River, commentary, Idaho, landscape, with tags , , , , on March 4, 2009 by Rog


“Mores Creek (Post Study)”, 14×11 oil on canvaboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 3mar09, X6 palette.

Usually when I revisit a motif, I find frustration in my concentration.  You learn something about yourself when doing a post study.  In this case I feel the painting has better composition.

Spring is coming and the Mores Creek that once was my nemesis in canoeing, will flood with spring runoff.  That is when the dead of winter changes and life comes back to the valley.  Imagine that, loads of water washing out a valley, brings a renewed life.  I guess our sins just get washed down the river of life.


Posted in Boise, Boise River, commentary, Idaho, landscape with tags , , , , on February 18, 2009 by Rog

London, Kansas City, San Francisco, Boise, New York City… to you I thank.  For it is you guys that stop by my blog the most.  I am getting back to painting after a brief recess.  My first piece is a post study of a study.  My post study type paintings tend to be simpler and not as good quality.  I do not know why that is, and for now, that is just the way it is.


“Choate’s Snag (post study)”, after Choate, 8×6 oil on canvaboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 18feb09, using Choate8-Gamblin palette — except warm yellow is Winton brand Cad Yellow Medium.

This is the first 8×6 oil I have done, hence the use of the post study method.  I have been nervous about trying to paint small since I typically use one inch wide Fitch brushes for my half of my painting time.  I have even used such a large brush for some of my 8×10’s.  But I am convinced painting 8×6’s will help me to practice decision making with my brushes.  So here is the first, and hopefully not the last.

Happy Boxing Day

Posted in Boise, Boise River, Idaho, landscape,, palette with tags , , , , on December 26, 2008 by Rog


“Choate’s Snag (aft Fred Choate)”, 18×14 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 25dec08, using Fragonard triple primary palette.

Those students of Fred Choate are familiar with this motif.  This painting is an enlarged embelishment of Fred’s Original “First” plein air painting.  The shapes and composition remain the same here; but the colors, values, and temperatures have been changed.

I took this as a challenge… especially since I was experimenting all over the board with the palette… virtually nothing in the paint I was using was the same as usual… OK we were drinking alternating shots of Spanish Absinthe and Sangiovese Wine [Merry Christmas everyone].   Below is the Palette…

Fragonard Triple Primary Palette

White == Permalba [Weber]
Cool Yellow == Chrome Yellow Light Hue [Fragonard]
Earth Yellow == Raw Umber [M.Graham]
Warm Yellow == Chrome Yellow Deep Hue [Fragonard]
Warm Red == Cadmium Red Medium [Fragonard]
Earth Red == Venetian Red [PR101, Fragonard]
Cool Red == Garnet [PV19 blue shade, Fragonard]
Cool Blue == Deep Ultramarine Blue [Fragonard]
Earth Blue == Chrome Green [pg60, Fragonard]
Warm Blue == Phthalo Blue [Fragonard]


Using the Walnut Alkyd Oil Medium from M.Graham it appears that the colors really jump out at you in this.  We will see over time.  This could also be caused by my use of the VGA camera on my phone.

Happy Holidays!

Now that Christmas is over with are you ready for Epiphany!

Zap — Electricity Can Compliment a Palette

Posted in Boise River, commentary, Idaho, landscape, with tags , , , , on October 30, 2008 by Rog


“Verge of Wipeout on Mores Creek”, oil on 18×14 canvas, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 27oct08, using Complimentary Electric Palette.

This is the scene of my worst whitewater canoeing wipeout in my life, which occurred about 6 years ago. I barely got my canoe back from this. My canoeing partner had to retrieve it downstream. Mores Creek is a tributary of the Boise River, upstream from Boise. It looks timid here because this painting is done in the fall. Actually when it runs high during the spring runoff it becomes class 3 rapids in the narrowing rapids below. Mores Creek is one of those rivers that Kayakers do not venture on because the shallow rapids are perfect for knocking out a flipped kayaker. So it is recommended that whitewater enthusiasts use a whitewater canoe when running it.

The accident was severe enough to basically stress out several muscles in my back, which took a couple months for me to heal. I did not miss a day of work, but I sure slept alot and did not play tennis, in those months. I have not avidly canoed since. Perhaps I will again someday. If I do, I promise you all I will not be drinking more than one beer when I run the rapids. I had drunk two, and I noticed it affected my responce time. I.E. I flipped sideways in the accident. Pride can wipe one out!

This painting was done using a “Complimentary Electric Palette”; which I will explain later.

Bench @ Katheryn’s

Posted in Boise, Boise River, Idaho, landscape,, plein air, Ribfest-08 with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2008 by Rog

“Bench At Katheryn’s”, 11×14 PA Oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 15Jul08 & 18jun08, using X1 palette.

If you recall, I reported I scraped a plein air painting completely on the 18th of June. I have never done this before where I scraped and then repainted it; in this case a month later. This is the repainting result. I am happy now that I can say that there is enough red in it this time. I cannot call this a plein air painting or even an alla prima painting, but it was fun to do.

Bench at Katheryn’s, refers to the benches in Katheryn Albertson’s park in downtown Boise. This park is part of the enormous green belt along the river in Boise. This was the first painting I did with my new Open Box M panel holder – Pochade Box… my birthday present to myself. Here I am [below] painting on location this very painting.

I would like to remind everyone that there is a painting in this blog that has a naked pregnant woman hidden in it. The title of this post should give you a good clue. There is a prize, if you figure out which painting has this figure in it. You win my smile.

Washington Monument Wading Pool…

Posted in Boise, Boise River, Idaho, landscape,, plein air, Ribfest-08 with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2008 by Rog

“Shakespeare Log Pond”, 10×8 PA oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 5jul08, using Choate7-Graham palette.

Julie Iffla, Craig Arrowood, and I went out plein air painting on the 5th of July. As students of Fred Choate we visited one of his favorite motifs in Boise; the Shakespeare Festival Grounds along the Boise River. The shape of this logging pool reminds me of the wading pool for the Washington Monument. I decided that I did not want to paint it in that day, but I was tempted. If I had used a bigger canvas, maybe. But who wants a big spike in the middle of a landscape painting, for no apparent reason. You may suggest, well you can paint it in later. Maybe forget you do, I am an alla prima painter, so when I paint plein air it is 100% unretouched plein air. That means I-am/you-are stuck with the results.