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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.


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!

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)

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.

Inability to pass 1st Saddle.

Posted in commentary, Featherville-Prairie-Trinitys, Idaho, landscape,, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey with tags , , , , on October 22, 2008 by Rog


“Marshy Meadow in Upper Week’s Gulch”, 11×14 oil on canvasboard, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 20oct08, using Choate8-Graham palette.

This landscape is reminiscent of a marshy meadow that exists in the upper part of Week’s Gulch in Idaho.  The elevation here is around 9400 feet.  To the right of this scene is the peak of Jumbo Mountain.  A forest fire devasted parts of Week’s Gulch this summer, so this scene may not exist anymore.  Because of the heavy snowfall hunting this fall, it was unsafe for me to climb to even the 1st saddle on the ascent of Jumbo Mountain; so there is no confimation of devastation, except via horsemen.

Regardless this meadow is a beautiful meadow, frequented by sheepherders, sheep, deer, elk, coyotes, and now wolves [unfortunately for the elk].  Just to the right of this scene is a fairly large elk wallow [big spring], that is the head waters for this gulch.  Which means this locale is one of the headwaters of the South Fork of the Boise River.

While hunting once in early October, I camped with 5 others in pup tents to the left of this scene.  We froze our asses off.  Another time, Shantel, her parents, and I set up a 10 day hunting camp in a Sheephearders tent about 200 yards past this middle tree.  That time we did not freeze our asses off because we packed in a wood stove.  Conclusion… Horses are a means of survival in the drastic weather of the Idaho Mountains.

Fall Cometh

Posted in commentary, Eclectic-Jan10, Featherville-Prairie-Trinitys, Idaho, landscape,, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey with tags , , , , on September 20, 2008 by Rog

“Mist Before the Mountain”, 10×8 oil on canvasboard, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 16sep08, using Choate7 palette.

Have you noticed that fall is coming. This painting reminds me of a place I climb to view every year when hunting. If I get there between 8am and 10am in the morn, I get to see the mist before the mountain. The mist that rises but not too far due to inversion from dewpoint evaporation.

This is the view looking out from the 1st saddle of the climb to the top of Jumbo Mountain [a 9700 foot tall FAT mountain near Featherville, Idaho]. It is looking across the South Fork of the Boise river, which at this point is about 1500 feet below. It is a grandiose view.

It will be a cold winter in Idaho this year. OK it is September, but since I have the Wisconsin blood, I have already gone through the metabolism change, and have gained that extra 10 pound for the winter, in the last 3 weeks. And I am still gaining. And all this before October 1st. Usually this does not happen until mid October. So winter may come early. Enjoy.

Four Ingredients

Posted in Featherville-Prairie-Trinitys, Idaho, landscape,, Ribfest-08 with tags , , , , on June 28, 2008 by Rog

“Tree, Lake, Ridge, Mountain Pass”, 11×14 oil on canvas, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 21jan08, using choate7 palette.

Last year I was able to travel to the “Trinities”. They are a set of high mountain lakes in the Idaho High Country, east of Boise, north of Prairie, and west of Featherville. This lake looks like many of the small lakes near the Trinity Lookout, which is a fire lookout. I thought of them and their colors when I painted this scene.