Archive for the Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey 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.

Figure it Out!

Posted in art show, commentary, figure, NAMI-09-SunValley, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey on November 28, 2009 by Rog

Fred Choate and I, visited the National Alliance for Mental Illness art show in Sun Valley yesterday.  It is at Iconoclast Books and it was a learning experience.

My 2 paintings were included with around 50 others in the “fund raisin’ auction show” that is going to go on for the next two weeks.  Remember, if you would like to participate with the bidding please call Kathryn Olson at NAMI … +1-208-309-1987 … to place your bid. The deadline is Sunday at 4pm on December 13th for bidding.  My paintings were posted on this blog earlier.  They are called “Rocheport Point 2 (aft William O’Donnell)” and “Pond, Beach, Tree, Forest 2”.  Click on those links to see them for your review.

What I liked about that show is the fact that even though I had my normal landscape style, they fit into the very eclectic show nicely.  I thank God that I am able to show a few paintings for a few weeks in Sun Valley.

Also included in the fifty 12 inch by 12 inch boards were sculptures, mixed media, designs, and photographs.  One photograph of note was by Chris Corwin. This budding photographer ran into me and said hello. He knows me for a gallery project he is currently working on. His photograph used in the NAMI show is the first one in the series of five that you can view from this link.  BUT… Because of the PG rating I strive for on this blog I can only provide a link to this photo. To see the photo, please tell his site you are an adult [only if you are]; and select the PHOTOGRAPHY button. You must have the Flashplayer working on your computer and browser to see the site.

On that link you may have noticed a mysterious likeness between one of the  photographs and myself.  Since that is only a semi-nude photo, I am showing you a reduced pixel version of that photo below; as an example of his work.

“Rog”, Photo by Chris Corwin, Nov09.

So yes, I am happy to confirm that I was the male semi-nude model for this project.  Look for more photos by him in a gallery near you.  To understand the lives and thoughts of art models feel free to visit the blog-sites of Claudia is MuseWorthy and/or Cold Silver Moon.

We also visited at length at the Kneeland Gallery This is Fred Choate’s Gallery in Sun Valley, and it is a good one.  The feature artist this month was David Koch.  Fred was enthralled by his paintings which include both the landscape and the figure genres.  Fred’s Favorite of David Koch is a good example of his work.  David’s website is David Koch Paintings.

While there, Fred had me study the works of Robert Moore, Steven Lee Adams, Louisa McElwain, and Ovanes Berberian.  My style most mimics Louisa’s, according to Fred.  Although we decided that the paintings of hers shown there may not be very representative of her work.  This is because her southwest USA styled landscapes are not shown normally in Sun Valley, but in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I finally got to see Ovanes Berberian’s final work, up close.  As perhaps mentioned before, I was privileged to see his 2×3 foot plein air studies, two years ago while drinking beer with him at Redfish Lake.  The final work is nothing like the plein air studies.  Both are great.  However, I understand completely why only his final work is shown in galleries, and why they are so expensive (two of the three paintings of his I saw were over 30,000 USD).

“Moonrise”, 40×60 oil on canvas, by Ovanes Berberian.

I could stare at this painting for a very very long time.  It is worth every penny of its 35,000 dollar price.  I am surprised it does not cost 50,000.  I know that is a lot of money, by you have to see the whole painting in person to understand why I say that.

Moonrise, is my favorite Berberian painting, so far.  He had a still life there that was worth every penny as well.  It is actually a better painting than “Moonrise”.

To view more of Ovanes’ work at Kneeland, please click on this link.

Hypothermia Means Winter is Coming…

Posted in commentary, Idaho, landscape, motorcycles,, Salmon River, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey with tags , , , , on September 24, 2009 by Rog

McGowan Esque

“McGowan Esque”, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 7sep09, triple primary palette.

Well winter is coming.  This is a studio painting.  Reason being, when I traveled to Redfish Lake to visit plein air painting friends around labor day weekend I was freezing when I got there.  At 9pm on the top of Banner Summit [7200 foot pass] on the way to Stanley, Idaho, I decided to stop my motorcycle cause I thought I might be getting cold.  Within 2 minutes I was shaking miserably.  I drank some water and ate some gardetto’s snacks and crackers.  Then jumped back on the bike because I was worried about the packs of wolves at that locale [we have Too Many Wolves in Idaho now].   Sure the air temperature probably was around 40 degrees, but I was not wearing real warm clothing, i.e. a sweatshirt and an “air-thru” motorcycle jacket does not cut it at 70 mph.  Once I limped on into the Redfish Lake Lodge the fellow painters were a little concerned about my continuous shaking.  Well I was freezing man.  Deanna Schrell, an avid plein air painter, and skier knew just what to do.  She took up to her cabin, plopped me on the radiator and turned it on full.  Within 5 minutes I was no longer shaking. Thank-you Deanna.  I owe you.

Needless to say, I was too tired to paint the next morning.  So I ate with Ellen Garrard and drove the 150 miles home so I could get back to work.  So this painting is about the feeling of the Sawtooth Mountains.

Protecting the Environment…

Posted in commentary, Idaho, landscape, Salmon River, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey with tags , , , , on April 22, 2009 by Rog


“Damp Spring Road”, 12×16 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 21apr09, Choate7 palette.

As the snow melts, the erosion increases.  Keep in mind, actual snow melt does not damage the environment.  But, man’s roads have the potential to erode during snow melt.  This increases the silt that ends up in our Salmon streams and rivers.  Salmon, to some, is the symbol of life eternal.  It is integral to the culture of central Idaho, for sure.  So could you do your part and not spin you tires out on the various dirt roads this spring.  Idaho does not need any more silt in our rivers.  We are dirty sinners enough without your help.  Oh yeah, and happy Earth Day!

Plein Aire Season is Here…

Posted in Idaho, landscape,, plein air, Ribfest-08, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey with tags , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by Rog


“Mount Heyburn & Friend”, 11×14 PA Oil on Canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 30Aug07, Choate7 Palette.

Plein Air painting season in Idaho is now ramping up.  Let me start by providing a dusted off early plein air piece I did at sunset on Redfish Lake, from the lodge.  Redfish lake lodge is in the heart of the Sawtooths.  This piece is one of twenty five I hope to be showing at the Basement Gallery.  This has historical significance as it is the first “successful” plein air piece I did alone.   Although I do not do a lot of plein air, I hope to do more now that I have refined my style a little more.

Stillness of the Moonrise.

Posted in Eclectic-Jan10, Idaho, landscape, moonlight,, Sawtooth-SunValley-Hailey, world peace with tags , , , , on January 17, 2009 by Rog


“Before Moonrise in a Sawtooth Valley”, 18×24 oil on canvasboard, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 5jan09, using choate7 palette with Phalo Green/Raw Umber for warm blue.

Although the cheap cell phone picture does not really show it, this is one of the darkest paintings I have ever painted.  It is very reminiscent of the night scene just before the moon rises.  At that time the earth may be at its stillest.  If you have ever watched the moon rise [in the middle of the night] you know the stillness is overwhelmingly peaceful.  Perhaps if more of us witnessed the moon rising, we would have more resolve for world peace.

In the art world one of those who affected me as a child was Andrew Wyeth.  My mother took me to Chicago once to an art museum in the late 60’s or early 70’s.  She made me walk with her through the entire museum so we could see every Andrew Wyeth and/or NC Wyeth painting in the show.  It was like 350 paintings and it took most of the day.  I was not happy, but she told me I would appreciate this at a later time.  I admit I do now appreciate it.  When people talk about the quality of composition that the Wyeth family executed, I agree it is very good.

Bill Sharp on Andrew Wyeth

Claudia Hajian on Andrew Wyeth

For more blogger comments on Andrew Wyeth’s passing please go to the links above.