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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.


Violence Can Be a Draining Experience…

Posted in abstract landscape, architecture, commentary, landscape,, 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.

Two Towers…

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, Idaho, landscape, Spotlight-07, symbolism, world peace with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Rog

For me, the most interesting thing about the novel set “Lord of the Rings” is the talking trees.  I think they are called the “Ents”.  Do trees talk?  Surely they do, since several landscape paintings have trees as subjects — and may people say that paintings communicate.  What do trees speak to you?

“Trees in Conversation”, 11×14 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 25sep07, Choate7 palette.

Shining Path in Highlands…

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, Initial-Pt-10, landscape,, 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.

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!


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.

I Sought a Medium…

Posted in abstract landscape, commentary, Initial-Pt-10, landscape, Massachusetts,, symbolism with tags , , , , on December 10, 2009 by Rog

“River Connecticut, Near Northampton (aft Alfredo DiLascia)”, 16×20 oil-alkyd on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 7dec09, Choate8-Griffin palette.

I do not know the guy, but I am pretty sure the photographer, Alfredo DiLascia, is not expecting any oil painting studies done of his photographs.  Much less an expressionistic interpretation.  In this case, there is definitive symbolism in the light post and flowers. The dual-protagonists here are the road in the bottom right hand corner and the big river.  Nestled between them is the flowers and light post.  Because. “we all walk blindly until we have an aide to guide us on the shining path”…. a quote from my artists’ statement.

My mother loved flowers, and had several gardens around our house where I grew up.  One of my chores was to water them regularly.  My favorite plants in the gardens were the ferns.  I miss that fern garden.  I doubt it is still there, but I can dream.

As you know, I am currently stretching my subject matter.  Sure, this is a landscape, but it marks the first time I have actually painted flowers.

Now, about the title, “I Sought a Medium…” — no, I did not seek a medium.  This painting for now is complete, but it already is a varnishing nightmare for me.  The reason is that I used the Windsor Newton Griffin Paints that have an oil-alkyd base, plus I added a lot of Liquin Alkyd medium to the paint… as usual.  It dried so fast on the board that this luscious oil painting looks like it has a Matte finish already, in one day.  One of my potential canvas suppliers, explained to me the technical reasons for this.  A lot of it has to do with canvas board technology.

Regardless, I am reminded that oil paintings are never complete, until someone sees them.