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Welcome, to the Gnu Awakening!

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.

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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.

Fall of Idaho…

Posted in commentary, distributed, Idaho, landscape, Spotlight-07 with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Rog

I once said “to become a good painter, I need to learn to give paintings away”.  Clearly, I still need to learn this.  But hopefully I am getting better at this.  Maybe, less talking, and more painting is the key.

“Idaho Creek In Fall”, 16×20 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 16oct07, Choate7 palette.

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.

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.