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Violence Can Be a Draining Experience…

Posted in abstract landscape, architecture, commentary, landscape, PaintMap.com, sunrise-sunset, symbolism, waterscape, Wisconsin with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Rog

“Rape of Madison”, 16×20 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 22feb10, triple primary palette.

I have wanted to be vocal about the violent crime of rape for awhile.  Have you ever noticed that several excellent painters have painted paintings with the word “rape” in the title?  Many include a woman in the process of being raped, yet they refer to a city or a place as well… like “Rape of Europe” or “Rape of Paris”.

This composition does not have a woman, but a place.  Yes, Madison, Wisconsin, has a lot to do with rape.  By the time I was twenty, I learned that my home town had one of the highest rape rates of any city in the United States.  I am not proud of this fact.  Hopefully, over that last 30 years that statistic has decreased significantly.

Regardless, even if my former hometown has solved its “rape problem”, the blemish of its rape will remain.  Environmental rape, is different.  But in the case of the city of Madison it is very severe.  It is another skeleton in its closet.  Keep in mind, even when I was young I recall that it exuded great pride in its “Greenness”… like it is environmentally sound or something.  The truth is far from that.  In fact it shines ignorance.

No I am not talking about the harbor that was the mouth of a spring fed trout creek near our house that was converted into an open sewer. That is only a minor blemish, and only affected a few people.

I am talking about the fact that the center of town is truly not an Isthmus.  It was made an Isthmus, by the white man.  We drained significant portions of the marsh lands that made up Madison, to create dry land.  Up to half the city was at one time, marsh land.  Having seen some of the original maps from the 1800’s proves this.

Given this fact, I do not ever want to ever hear of some one who lives there claim to be an environmentalist.  The damage has been done, like in any rape, and we cannot recover the past.

Except in a painting composition, as you see.

I Love You…

Posted in commentary, Idaho, landscape, PaintMap.com, 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.

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, PaintMap.com, 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…

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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…

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“Waterfall at North Edge, Twin Falls”, 30×15 oil on canvas, Professional Idaho Landscape, Second Place.

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“[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.

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“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

Shining Path in Highlands…

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, Initial-Pt-10, landscape, PaintMap.com, palette, symbolism, Wisconsin with tags , , , , on February 9, 2010 by Rog

“Highland’s Maple Laced Path”, 24×20 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 8feb10, triple primary palette.

Well, to some, “Highlands” implies the high hills in Scotland. To those who grew up in the Spring Harbor area of Madison, Wisconsin; the word “Highlands” is a place south and uphill from the neighborhood. Anything South of the Duck Pond, we called the Highlands.

Like Spring Harbor with its plethora of Elm, Oak, and Shag-bark Hickory Nut trees; the Highlands neighborhood has lots of trees. However, they had many more Sugar Maple trees. Long ago I would help some of my friends harvest the Maple trees, and boil the sap into the best Maple Syrup I have ever had. We would do this in the fall, winter, and especially the early spring when the tree sap would move the best.

The painting above is a composition close to the look I remember of some of the remote dirt roads in the Highlands area. Since Madison has changed so much, I believe that few people there have seen the beauty of “The Highlands”. Too bad; good thing I can remember them.

By the way, the location of this view is around 8 miles inside the metro Madison area. Because of politics, I do not even know if the place was ever incorporated into the city. But I do believe it was part of our township 50 years ago; called Dale Heights.

Enjoy, and good luck finding this remote path.

For an explanation of the triple primary palette used in this painting please view the example attached.

Painter of Dark…

Posted in abstract landscape, Colorado, commentary, Initial-Pt-10, landscape, PaintMap.com with tags , , , , on February 2, 2010 by Rog

“Mountain Splendor, Colorado (aft Birger Sandzen)”, 12×16 oil on linen board, by Rog Lyngaas, 1feb09, double primary palette with burnt umber undertone.

Lately, I have generated several “darker” paintings.  Part of that is due to the success of the moonlit Birger Sandzen studies.  So I decided to do a bright daylight study, so I am not type cast as the “Painter of Darkness”.  Regardless, I would rather be known as that, than the “Painter of Light”.  This is because the phrase is way over used.  Case in point, there is a painter that is alive today that is known as that, because he calls himself that.  But we know all that the master of watercolor, Turner, is known as that, and rightly so.

This painting marks the first time I painted on linen, in this case a hardwood panel with Linen on top.  It was a pleasure, and I hope to paint more on linen.

I also have an announcement.  I have been chosen for a one man show in a fairly large venue.  It is my first, so it is a big step.  It will start at the end of April and go through the month of May.  I previewed this venue last year when I helped organize the Idaho Painters Guild show last July-August at the INITIAL POINT GALLERY, in the Meridian City Hall.

This painting above, and over 30 others will be included in the show.

Destiny…

Posted in Columbia River, commentary, landscape, Oregon, PaintMap.com, 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.

Why O’ Ming Dynasty…

Posted in abstract landscape, Initial-Pt-10, landscape, PaintMap.com, Wyoming with tags , , , , on December 10, 2009 by Rog

“Pine Creek (aft Rick Howell)”, 16×20 oil-alkyd on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 7dec09, Choate8-Griffin palette.

My mentor Fred Choate suggested I study a few of Rick Howell’s paintings.  Rick Howell lives in Colorado, and Fred witnessed some of his work up close at the Astoria Fine Art gallery in Jackson, Wyoming.