Archive for the Owyhee Category

Oh, Why He Did That…

Posted in desert, Eclectic-Jan10, Idaho, landscape, Owyhee,, palette with tags , , , , on December 3, 2009 by Rog

“Owyhee Gulley”, 20×16 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 1dec09, warm secondary earth primary palette.

The palette used in this painting is a new concoction, albeit an experiment.

Warm Secondary Earth Primary Palette [Fragonard, unless noted]

orange = cad orange
earth red = venetian red
purple = oriental violet deep
earth blue = prussian blue
green = sap green
earth yellow = raw umber [m.graham]
white = titanium white [r.shiva, by richardson]

Palette notes…

The RYB earth tones are treated as cool colors, and OGV pigments are warm.  Please realize that the absense of a true yellow in this palette, is on purpose.  If you find your paintings too garishly yellow, you may consider using a mix to get your yellows.  That is why a desert motif was chosen here.

Also, Fragonard Cad Orange mixed with their Oriental Violet Deep makes a very warm strong, yet earthy, color red.  I have not seen that shade in mixing colors before.  It may go well with an Alizarin Crimson as the cool color, instead of the Venetian Red.


Dream of Hawai’i

Posted in abstract landscape, desert, distributed, Eclectic-Jan10, Idaho, landscape, motorcycles, Owyhee with tags , , , , on August 4, 2009 by Rog

“Dream of Owyhee”, 8×10 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas,4aug09, XF palette.

dream of owyhee

There are locations of Oasis’ in the Owyhee [Pai’ute for Hawai’i] Desert.  I dream of finding them on my motorcycle.  Owyhee is a unique locale in Idaho, and yes it is named after Hawai’i.

XF Pallete
Cool blue = french Ultramarine Blue (grumbacher pre-tested)
Warm blue = pthalo green (graham)
Cool yellow = cad lemon (winton)
Warm yellow = cad yellow medium (grumbacher pre-tested)
Warm red = cad red medium (winton)
Cool red = quinacridone violet (graham)
sketch & tone = ivory black (winton) + yellow ochre (winton)
White = titanium white (shiva)

This is the first painting I have ever done without using a Turpinoid or a Turpintine for cleaning my brushes.  I am using, Walnut oil for now.  I probably will return to turpinoid, just because it truly is toxic; and I need some toxicity in my work to be a true antithesis [devil’s advocate].

At the Edge of the Other World…

Posted in desert, landscape, Oregon, Owyhee,, palette with tags , , , , on March 11, 2009 by Rog


“Owyhee Canyon”, 9×6 acrylic on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 11mar09, Y2 palette.

This is not the inlet to Owyhee Reservoir in Oregon.  But it does resemble it in Spring.  BTW, Spring is coming, and fish will be jumping here!

Y2 Palette, M.Graham Acrylics unless noted

Cool Blue = Winsor Blue [Galeria W&N, PB15]
Warm Blue = Viridian Hue [PG7]
Cool Yellow = Hansa Yellow [PY3]
Warm Yellow = Cadmium Yellow [PY35]
Warm Red = Cadmium Red Light [PR108]
Cool Red = Alizarin Crimson [PR83]
White = Warm White [Jo Sonja, PW6, PY42]
Under = Raw Umber [PBr7, W&N]

Choking Interpretation…

Posted in abstract landscape, desert, Idaho, landscape, motorcycles, Owyhee,, palette with tags , , , , on March 11, 2009 by Rog


“Owyhee Washout (aft Fred Choate)”, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 10mar09, X7 palette.

Owyhee county in Idaho, is high desert.  Owyhee is Paiute for “Hawaii”.  As I have mentioned before, Idaho and Hawaii are joined at the hip.

This painting is a definitivly high contrast desert washout scene that is typical this time of year in the Idaho High Desert.  Often times, when you want to get somewhere you have to drive through washouts.  Can you say, adrenaline rush, especially on a motorcycle?

BTW, if you did not get my joke yet… I purposely over bleached the desert flats to match the name of the painting… washout.  Just so you know, the sun does get this bright in the desert.  So much so, that you can become “sand blind” as well as “snow blind”.

My mentor would like to thank the lady from Hailey, Idaho who purchased the original of this painting from Idaho’s PBS channel 4, as a fund raiser.  My interpretation is nothing like the original though.  It uses a real wack-job of a  palette.  Another “Electric Earth” palette.  If anyone else wants to use this palette, I warn you that it is playing with fire.  Do you feel lucky?  Halfway through I concluded that my cool yellow was warmer than my warm yellow, so I swapped them in some of my mixes.

X7 PALETTE…[m.Graham Colors unless noted]

cool  red = quintrocidrone Violet [pv19]
warm red = burnt sienna [Pbr7]
warm/cool yellow = yellow ochre [Py43, Winton]
cool/warm yellow = azo yellow [py74,py151]
warm blue = pthalo green [pg7]
cool blue = ultra blue [pb29]
white = Titanium White [pw6,pw4,Rembrandt]

Motorcycle of Choice…

In order to traverse the long lonely desert roads to get to this washout, and then to drive through it my former roomate, Shane Smith recommends a Kawasaki KLR 650 motorcycle.  He as always a Honda XR 650 fan, but he has met many people who prefer the KLR as their “Desert Rat” cycle…



Posted in commentary, desert, Idaho, landscape, Owyhee,, world peace with tags , , , , on January 7, 2009 by Rog


“Ready For Winter”, after Choate, 12×16 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 5jan09, using Choate7 palette with Raw Umber & Viridian Hue mix for Warm Blue.

My favorite phrase the past month in my deli is to ask “Are you ready for Epiphany?”.  I am sure, many people were wondering what planet earth I was from during this time.  However, a significant population of people do take great measures to be ready for Epiphany.  Especially places like Serbia, Russia, and the Ukraine.  From the American Christian perspective it is the Eastern European celebration of Christmas.   From my perspective from afar adrift of all true knowledge of what Epiphany really is… It is the beginning of World Peace…  Ever heard the Christmas phrase “Peace on Earth”.  What do you think of it, and why do you care?  I do not know much about peace.  But what I have been learning over time is 1] Peace has to have a beginning, a decision. 2] Peace starts with self. 3] In the end, peace exists, but we cannot recognize it, from our original understanding of what it is.

I painted this painting with Fred Choate, my mentor.  My rendition has alot of hay bails, trying to show that this rancher is ready for the impending Winter.  As you may or may not know; in Idaho Winter starts at the top and comes down the Mountains into the valleys.  I.E. Because of the varied elevation in Idaho Winter starts in October at 7000 feet and above; but really does not reach Boise until December at 3000 feet and below.  Because of such, there are many winter scenes in Idaho that show a valley without snow and a backdrop of foothills, mesas,  and/or mountains that have several feet of snow.

Fred’s rendition was completely alla prima [a rarity for him], and it resembles more a valley ranch scene set in the Bruneau area of Idaho, in Owyhee county.  When he was done painting, he told me that it is the best painting he has ever painted.  It was like an Epiphany for him.  For once he was happy with his looseness of brush strokes.  Of course the devil’s advocate that I am, I disagreed.  I pointed out several reasons to him why by analyzing several of his most recent paintings with him.  After all the discussion, I had to agree that in his heart he was right.  You see what his version attained is the looseness he once had 15 years ago plus the technical prowess of what he is doing now with his palette.  I thought some of his other recent work had such high quality water reflection that in no way could a painting that has no water reflection be his best.  I was wrong.   So this was his Epiphany.  Because after painting this he really was relaxed.

My Epiphany started when I got my new glasses yesterday.  They truly are multi facited.  They correct for double vision, stigmatism, near sightedness, and now by  popular demand… reading lenses.  It is kind of neat to have reading lenses in the bifocals that actually correct for the double vision.  These suckers are going to take some getting used to.  But at least I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.   By the way… it has been snowing like crazy right in Boise this year.

Distant View

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, desert, Eclectic-Jan10, figure, Idaho, landscape, Nevada, Owyhee, with tags , , , , on September 17, 2008 by Rog

“Moment of Epiphany”, 8×10 oil on canvasboard, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 9-15-08, using Choate7 palette.

OK, you may not believe me. That is your right. However most who don’t; latter realize that this smart ass named Rog, is usually correct in his statements. Regardless, even though this is technically an abstract landscape painting, there are locales in Idaho and Nevada so desolate; that they look like this painting at certain times of the day. This view here, though done in studio, resembles a certain hill crest view that I recall from my travels in Owyhee county, in the south western part of the state.

Now, when I got the chance to see the Boise State Broncos play Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in Hawaii last year I had a confrontation with a few “Haka” foot stomping Hawaii fans. I deserved it, since I tend to be a very loud fan for whomever I cheer for. Regardless I was able to explain the Love Idaho has for Hawaii in definitive terms…

You see, did you know that Hawaiians and Idahoans are joined at the hip? Once the mines of Silver City, Idaho were bustling and Silver City was the largest city in the state. But a problem ensued with the retention of laborers in the mines. So one wise man convinced several others that the solution was to bring in several Hawaiians to the mines to work as laborers [possible slave laborers]. Shortly after the arrival of these large Samoan type men, one by one they would disappear. No one knew what happened to them. Eventually they all disappeared, never to be seen again… Until a few Indian Traders discovered all of them had immigrated into the Indian tribes an hours drive [40-50 miles] south of the mines. Those Hawaiians had interbred with the mixture of Paiute and other native Americans in what is now known is Owyhee Indian Reservation on the Nevada-Idaho Border. This Reservation of Native Americans lies partially inside the county now known as Owyhee county. “Owyhee” is Paiute for “Hawaii”. Good luck on your disbelief.

By the way, there is the figure of a woman laying down with her hands on her waist in this painting. An abstract thought, yes! However, ever wonder why society views mountain men as viral and full of testosterone?