Big Brush, solid communication…

Posted in abstract landscape, awarded, Fair-07, Idaho, Idaho State Fair, landscape, Sumi-E with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Rog

As a painter, I have found if you want people to listen to you, you need to carry a big brush.  The painting below was done entirely with a 1 inch sized fitch brush.  People who know me, I prefer to do my “block in” using this brush, even on small paintings like the one below.  It adds to the Sumi-E style I like to use in my underpainting.  In this case, the block-in was so good, my mentor told me to stop, and go to the next painting.  This was the first of the three paintings I did in 2 hours, on that fateful day in 2007.  Both this and the “Yosemite, Keys in Pond” painting were shown in the 2007 Idaho state fair.  Enjoy…

“Yellow Flowers”, 11×14 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 31jul07, Choate7 palette.


Embarrassment in California…

Posted in abstract landscape, awarded, California, commentary, Fair-07, Idaho State Fair, landscape, Spotlight-07, waterscape with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Rog

OK, there was a day, a fateful day in California, when I was 14 years old.  My mother accidentally lost her keys in a pond.  Yet, in my brilliance I left my pair of spare keys in the locked car.  In the middle of nowhere, in Yosemite National Park.  OK, I am a human being.  We got out of that predicament.  This painting performed in 2007 commemorates that event.  No, I did not have a camera.  The composition is from memory.  It was part of a speed painting attempt, where I did 3 paintings in 2 hours.  You may have previously seen this in my discussions about the 2007 Idaho State Fair and the 2007 Spotlight Gallery show.  Now you know what the painting is about.

“Yosemite, Keys in Pond”, 14×11 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 31jul07, Choate7 palette.

Rog Has Risen!

Posted in commentary on February 19, 2010 by Rog

The quote “Rog Has Risen!” is from Dino Lombardo, an old college acquaintance; and a very good organ player, in his day.

Now that I have over come my latest bought of illness, this time the dregs of bronchial pnumonia — I may claim once again…. “ROG HAS RISEN!”

It reminds me this late winter’s night that, once must die, in order to live on.

So to commemorate this I have changed this blog slightly by modifying how I document art/painting shows. Except for the reposting of all previous shows, they will now be in real time.  This way I may communicate more clearly to you, and perhaps more briefly.

This is why I have posted all previous shows today.

Thank-you for your patience in these website changes, although small.  As far as I know I think I am on track again.

Sincerely, your painter, Rog Lyngaas.

09 Initial Point Gallery

Posted in abstract landscape, architecture, art show, commentary, Initial-Pt-09, landscape with tags , , , , , on February 19, 2010 by Rog

From July 24, 2009 till August 28, 2009 I participated in an art show of the Idaho Painter’s Guild. Of the 41 paintings in the gallery, I had 6 of mine hung. The “Concept” of my portion of the show was “Studies of other Painters”. Below is a synopsis of the paintings; from left to right.

courters hitchin barn

“Courter’s Hitchin’ Barn [aft Kevin Courter]“, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 29jun09.

Las Trampas, New Mexico [aft Walt Gonske]

“Las Trampas, New Mexico [aft Walt Gonske]“, 11×14 oil on canvaboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 12may09.


“Pacification of Virginia (aft Ray Roberts)”, 12×16 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 18apr09.

Willow & Stream (aft Birger Sandzen)

“Willow & Stream (aft Birger Sandzen)”, 8×10 oil on canvaboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 17may09.

Big Pine Lake (aft Edgar Payne)

“Big Pine Lake (aft Edgar Payne)”, 8×10 oil on canvaboard, by Rog Lyngaas, 1may09.

eucalyptus at eventide aft granville redmond

“Eucalyptus at Eventide (aft Granville Redmond)”, 11×14 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 21jul09.

09 Buhl Plein Air Paintout

Posted in art show, Buhl-09, commentary with tags , , , , , , , on February 19, 2010 by Rog

This plein air event [also called the Snake River Valley Paintout in Buhl] is in its 10th anniversary. It is scheduled Wednesday June 3rd through Saturday the 6th. I plan to be there for 2 or three of those days. Visit the Eighth Street Center Buhl Idaho website for more on this. See you in Buhl, Idaho.

09 Basement Gallery

Posted in art show, Basement-09, commentary with tags , , , , , on February 19, 2010 by Rog

Every year, Perry Allen, the owner-proprietor of the Basement Gallery in downtown Boise hosts a Landscape Art show. This year it will run for two months, May and June. Fred Choate, my mentor, is headlining the event with myself in the second room. Also present will be the assorted artist students of Fred’s of the Idaho Painters Guild; including Ellen Garrard, Ann Samuelson, Craig Arrowood, and a few others. Their paintings will be interspersed throughout the gallery.

Below are my 16 paintings in the show. You may click on the pictures below to see my original postings of these paintings.

path-to-taos southern-wisconsin-in-the-fall

The opening reception is 5-9pm on May 7th, the 1st Thursday of May. There will be another reception at 5-9pm on June 4th, the 1st Thursday of June. I thank God that Perry is now representing my artwork in Boise, so now I will be part of the big show!

half-a-pond half-a-pond-post-study waterfall-at-north-edge-twin-falls

If you would like to write or call Perry Allen the contact is — Basement Gallery, 928 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702, USA, +1.208.333.0309

skum-o-nite-pond rough-estimate-of-ruffed-grouse-winter-ground

Of course everything in the Basement Gallery is framed. A good percentage of the frames are museum quality. See you there.

cannon-beach-post-quake aspen-after-the-reign yellowstone

devils-basin lucid-set

redwood-path alturas-outlet

another-day-coming1 smoky-river-after-sandzen1

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