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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



Posted in Columbia River, commentary, landscape, Oregon,, symbolism, world peace with tags , , , , on December 21, 2009 by Rog

“Shining Path Thru Ferns”, 16×20 oil-alkyd on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 15dec09, Choate8 palette.

This painting is set in the Columbia River Gorge.  The title I chose begs a question.

What does the Shining Path have to do with World Peace?

Given what happened in Peru, maybe nothing.  The dichotomy is many people have revelations as individuals.  Often it may appear to be the ultimate truth to them.  So much so that they push their “TRUTH” upon others.  They may even refer it as their “SHINING PATH”, “YELLOW BROOK ROAD”, or “MANIFEST DESTINY”.

Regardless, a problem arrives to us.  Their is a statistically high rate of these revelations the actually hinder world peace, instead of encourage it.  I.E. some of us [including me] mean well, but become hurting instead of helping.

I conclude that my failings are my sometimes misunderstanding of what should be — should be “TOLERANCE” instead of anything else.  Sorry.

Regardless, Peace be with you this Christmas-Epiphany time.  It came, it is, it loves, it has tolerance, and it gives life.  So I would like to encourage you in your revelation.

From Coast to Coast…

Posted in landscape, Oregon,, seascape, sunrise-sunset, Washington with tags , , , , on October 20, 2009 by Rog

Today’s painting is an interpretation of Cape Disappointment at the mouth of the great Columbia river that flows into the Pacific Ocean, in Washington [on the border of Oregon].  My previous post talked about people visiting this site from all over the world.  Let’s include Tromso, Norway to this list.  Northern Norway is remote for sure, kind of like Hudson Bay… So to you all, welcome, and thanks for visiting.

Dusk at Cape Disapointment

“Dusk at Cape Disappointment”, 11×14 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 19oct09, triple primary palette.


Posted in Burley-Pocatello-ID.Falls, commentary, Eclectic-Jan10, Idaho, landscape, Oregon, palette with tags , , , , on April 10, 2009 by Rog


“Following His Trail [aft Fred Choate]”, 12×16 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 7apr09, x7 palette.

Once, years ago near Pocatello Idaho,  I was stranded on top of a mountain backcountry skiing.  The snow was 10 feet deep and the escape route was around 9 to 10 miles.  My cross country ski binding was broken along with the boot.  My friends tied my ski to my boot with some rope.  I hop-skied for those miles out of there.  I did not get to the vehicle until around 9:30 at night, after hours of hop-skiing in the dark, along a trail I could barely see.  They concluded that I had the most stamina that had ever seen in any person ever.  I concluded that I got home safe, even though I had no food and water.   I got there by following His trail.  This painting reminds me of this.   Sure the modeling is based off of mountains in Oregon, but the scene is reminiscent of that event in my life.

X7 Palette, Winton Brand paint unless noted

cool blue = French Ultramarine Blue [PB28, M.Graham]
warm blue = Viridian Hue [PG7, M.Graham]
cool yellow = Cadmium Lemon [PY35]
warm yellow = Cadmium Yellow Medium [PY35]
warm red =  Cadmium Red Medium [PR108]
cool red = Alizarin Crimson [PR83, M.Graham]
white =  Titanium White [PW6,PW4, Rembrandt]

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]

Trumpet Call Again…

Posted in desert, landscape, Oregon,, palette with tags , , , , on February 20, 2009 by Rog


“Malhuer (Post study)”, 6×8 oil on canvaboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 19feb09, using X5 palette.

You may recall a previous version of this motif.  In my opinion the early version was a disaster.  So here is a rework in the form of a small post study.

X5 Palette [Winton brand, unless noted]

warm blue = viridian hue
cool blue = french ultramarine blue
cool red = alizarin crimson [m.graham]
warm red = venetian red [pr101,fragonard]
warm yellow = cad yellow medium
cool yellow = cad yellow pale hue [py74]
white = permalba [martin-weber]

The undertone for this painting is that thing called “grey matter” — a mix of all paints, including white, along with alot of alkyd medium.  Grey matter was also used to detune the Viridian Hue, which it did quite well.

Happy Hunting!

Posted in Oregon,, palette, seascape with tags , , , , on October 8, 2008 by Rog

“Camorog”, 14×18 oil on canvas, study, by Rog Lyngaas, 7oct08, using electric earth palette.

To commemorate the start of the Idaho Hunting season I have painted this weird palette wonder. It is Oregon’s Haystack rock, again. My mentor [Fred Choate] won the best oil painting at the Idaho State fair this year for a similar painting.

In his case he used the Choate8 palette. In my case I have mightily abused that double primary palette to what I would like to call an “electric earth” palette — where cool colors are “electric” and warm colors earthy. And since I had no cadmium in the color palette, I used a lead based Flake white, to warm up the painting a bit. Yes, this is certainly an experiment. If you want to know the palette details, just click on the picture below…

This palette was so different from my norm, that I called the painting “Camorog”. Hence the hunting reference. What I know is this… If I ever paint classic figures, I will have to learn to mix with some of these earth tones and lead white in my palette. To celebrate this different element, I am toasting you with Spanish Absinthe. Just one shot mind you. Enjoy!