Archive for the Wyoming Category

Why O’ Ming Dynasty…

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


Grand Teton, S1

Posted in landscape,, Snake River, Wyoming, Yellowstone - Grand Teton with tags , , , , on November 26, 2009 by Rog

“Grand Teton, S1”, 11×14 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 25nov09, triple primary palette.

Stamps are us…

Posted in commentary, distributed, landscape,, palette, Sumi-E, sunrise-sunset, Wyoming, Yellowstone - Grand Teton with tags , , , , on October 1, 2009 by Rog

Thank-you Amsterdam, London, Hudson Bay, Fairbanks, New York City [Manhattan], Boston, Seattle, Portland, Boise, Los Angelas, San Francisco, Kansas City, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, Birmingham, and the fellows at  I appreciate your support.

And now a discussion of the past… Stamps are still popular as an item to use for postage.  Except perhaps antiquated. They are also used for hunting and fishing license upgrades.  Ever hear of a Duck Stamp, Upland Game Stamp, or Trout Stamp.  Well for those regions in the USA that have an abundance of wildlife they are stamps that you affix to your license to allow you to hunt Ducks, or geese, or deer, or WOLVES!… yes I live In Idaho so I can talk about wolves being hunted… but not right here.

Regardless, the stamps are slowly on the way out.  This may affect some painters who paint for Duck Stamps and the like.  Today’s painting is a study inspired by the Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year, Peter Mathios of Albany, Oregon.   Peter is a skilled wildlife and landscape painter using acrylics as his basic medium.

Lamar Evening (aft Peter Mathios)

“Lamar Evening (aft Peter Mathios)”, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas,  23sep09, triple primary palette, plus Cad Orange [inspired by Emil Gruppe].

Fred Choate’s comments on this painting is “what beautiful colors”.  Since he is not into colorist style paintings, I take is as a high compliment.  The palette used in this painting is a Triple primary palette listed below.  It is the palette and method I have been using for the last month, so finally I will tell you what it essentially is.

Triple Primary Palette 2009 [Grumbacher pre-tested, or noted]

cool blue = french ultramarine blue, or cobalt blue [Graham]
earth blue = prussian blue, phthalo blue, or ivory black [winton]
warm blue = viridian hue [phthalo green], or viridian
cool yellow = Lemon Yellow Hue [py3], or cad lemon [winton]
earth yellow = Raw Umber [Graham], or yellow ochre
warm yellow = Cad Yellow hue [winton], or cad yellow light
warm red = Vermillion Hue [Winton], or Cad red – Vermillion Hue
earth red = burnt Sienna, or venetian red [Fragonard]
cool red = Magenta [Winton], or Quinacridone Violet [pV19, graham]
cool white = Zinc White [PW4, Graham]
warm white = Warm White [PW6, PW4, PY74, Bob Ross (Martin-Weber)]

Layer Process using Triple Primary Palette 2009

OK, this palette list is quite flexible.  However, the method using it in landscape painting is not.  The key here is to use the earth tones in the initial tone, sketch, and block in stages exclusively.  They tend to dry quicker, so you can have a multi layered painting yet still have archival quality.  I use minimal Zinc White in initial block in because of this drying problem.   My initial block in tends to look like a Sumi-E painting, which is my goal.

Anyway, I wish all you hunters out there, good luck.  I think I am going fishing or painting instead.

Titanic Breakup

Posted in commentary, landscape,, Ribfest-08, Tetons, Wyoming with tags , , , , on June 29, 2008 by Rog

“Titans in Transition”, after Choate, 9×12 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 26mar07, using Choate7 non-toxic palette.

This design is based on the Teton Mountains in Wyoming. They were created by plate upheaval I understand. Hence the post title “Titanic Breakup”. And you thought I was going to talk about some Hollywood love affair gone awry.

I almost died in a climb up the Grand Teton once a long time ago. Good thing the rope saved me. That which is in charge of luck saved me a couple times up there. There are some awesome storms that happen up on top of the mountain there. Do you like storms? I believe they enliven the world. I wish we did not fear them as much.

Red Zinc

Posted in commentary, landscape,, sunrise-sunset, Tetons, Wyoming with tags , , , , on June 22, 2008 by Rog

“Mt Moran I Reverse”, 8×10 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 2jul07, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

This rendition is an example of not leaving the Red out of a painting. Fred has been teaching me that painters need to teach themselves how much red to put into a painting. Truly for myself that is what I deal with in some paintings, especially outdoors. Of the colors, the reds have the longest wavelength in the visual spectrum. Most people who are color blind have problems with red. In fact, one of the top plein air painters in Idaho, is color blind. I am lucky, I see red fine. I have had to learn that there is a lot of red in rocks and earth.

Most people squint a lot when they are outdoors. I wonder if the squinting causes a decrement in seeing red outdoors. Maybe this dilema is a good thing; since we do not want be angry all the time.


Posted in Basement-09, commentary, landscape,, waterfalls, Wyoming, Yellowstone - Grand Teton with tags , , , , on June 12, 2008 by Rog

“Yellowstone”, 14×11 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 10jun08, using choate7 palette.

I believe this is the lower Yellowstone waterfalls. Isn’t the upper falls the one that has the big rock on the right side of the falls as you look up? I used to visit both these falls twice a year when I lived in Pocatello, Idaho. The waterfalls of Yellowstone are what I like. By the way, yesterday we got 8 inches of snow in the McCall area; which is just north of Boise [higher elevation]. That reminds me of the time I visited Yellowstone on the 10th of June one year in the mid 1980’s. I took my cross country skis and skied a couple miles, just to say I skied in Yellowstone in Summer. I guess now I am finally telling someone. The design theme of this painting is the “infinite source of life”.

Tetons fra Unseen Angle

Posted in landscape, Ribfest-08, Tetons, Wyoming with tags , , , , on June 11, 2008 by Rog

“Tetons, Again Reversed”, after Choate, 9×12 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 3jul07, using choate7 non-toxic palette.

Can you see the true mountains through the mountains? Mountains may have souls. Inside many of the mountains in the Grand Teton area are deep hollow caverns. Like rock and mountain climbing, I used to spelunk. Some of the spelunkers I have known have explored/discovered some of these deep caverns. They say that near the bottom is a wretched stink. Not much is known of these caverns because the equipment used to explore them needs to be invented. Besides who wants to explore a stink pile. Anyway, Fred likes his students to not get bored. So sometimes I have to paint a painting upside down or as a mirror. This forces me to “Paint the Shapes, Not the Things!”. It is a challenge, but I need to do this more.

Speaking of shapes, did you notice that on occasion I slip a painting in that has hidden figures? That is right, one of my previous paintings in this blog roll has a naked pregnant woman. If you figure it out, please comment on that particular post. I will give you a hint, it is not the painting in this particular blog post.