Monsters in Our Land

My current right as an American is to be able to voice my opinion. Have free speech. So I am doing so about Monsters in our land.

I understand that my song “Monsters” is novel, or even Organic in nature. I lack any musical training. Though I have a strong message to deliver and wanted to gain more attention to it. Many have recognized it to be a slave song which I will grant you. There are many slaves not only what we consider slaves to be in America. We also have the Jewish’s who have suffered as slaves and so many other countries and nationalities that suffer slavery or bondage to some form of leadership all across our world. My fear is we may suffer the same kind of slavery as a nation if we do not wake up and change the downhill path we are on.

Monsters, monsters in our land, soundtrack, daryl urig

Doubling our debt in Obama’s reign has only made us more vulnerable to financial collapse. We definitely need better accounting here.

So the song “Monsters” sings out from the soul, off key and off tempo, though somehow resonating in our soul as a real person. A tune we want to fix and at the same time find ourselves humming.

What caught my attention in the media was Hillary stating to a group, “That is not who we are”. Then a few weeks later President Obama says the same thing, “That is not who we are”. Is who we are some how changed? The song begs the question, Who are we. Or who are we now? I am not sure if we are quickly changing as a country or what we are changing into not having been given notice. Though it is apparent we are changing into something else. Possibly loosing granted rights as citizens of the United States.

I question in the song who is our boss, the corporations? The food we eat altered to what some may consider a poisonous state, causing many health issues and concerns. Why is this happening? Who is in control of our food? What we eat each day to survive.

I can have my emails searched by foreign countries. Can they not also buy food companies here in America and slowly poison us? Not to seem paranoid but walking carefully forward. I know it is far fetched, but we have gotten on the money train as a country and need to be more careful with our choices before we take money from anyone. Politicians have always wanted to take our money away, so that is nothing new.

What are we loosing? The song begs that we wake up. Take ownership of our country again. There are Monsters and hidden faces in our land. I have no idea who they are and how they are effecting me. We know they are here. We even have attacks happening within our country everyday. Random shootings and groups killing civilians in a McDonald’s and many other locations. We can’t just think it is happening to others and won’t affect us any longer. Our Police are shot at and killed. Where is respect? Where is order? Where is safety? We are a people, a group of wonderful individuals.

The fictitious characters Billy and Hilly in the song are in a tree, safe, but they sold out America. These characters somehow had considerable financial gain.

We have seen countless times where are leaders have made alliances with foreign countries to back their campaigns, for instance the Clintons. What is their agenda? What do they gain and what do we loose?

I cannot imagine how bad off we will be then. Loosing so much so we fit into the new us. The new this is who we are now. If we do not wake up we will all be slaves in our own country, shackled and bound to the new homogenized global community that awaits us. I cannot imagine that everyone’s perspective and beliefs are going to mesh. It would be foolish to think so.

“Monsters” Sound Track

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Food Eat, 48 in. x 48 in., oil on panel

Painting Stolen from Cincinnati Artist Museum

For Immediate Release

Painting stolen from The Paintings of Daryl Urig, Creative Underground Studio and Gallery last Thursday afternoon,

June 23, 2016 between 11:45 am and 12:45 pm. a 14 x 11 inch oil painting titled “Old House” painted in October of 2009 was removed from the gallery walls. Police are following leads to bring this painting back to the gallery. Urig would like the painting back to complete his collection and has promised not to press charges when returned.

Old House, 14 x 11 inch, oil on panel

The Gallery is rethinking its open door approach to visitors that has provided the local and abroad areas with the opportunity to see a working artist studio, collection of paintings by the artist Daryl Urig, oil painting instruction, workshops and broadcast studio where Urig interviews national oil painters on the art of painting.

Urig is considering a more closed and secure approach of turning the Gallery into a Private Museum and Working Studio of The Paintings of Daryl Urig while limiting hours to appointment only with admission to cut down on unsolicited traffic. Located at 430 Ray Norrish Drive, Cincinnati Ohio, close to Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield Ohio. Please direct calls to 513-708-7981 if you have information regarding this missing painting.

Stand for something, or stand for nothing at all. Food-Eat Pareidolia


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Urig Standing next to Food-Eat, 4 feet x 4 feet, oil on panel

Stand for something, or stand for nothing at all. I see a lot of injustices in our world. This painting, Food – Eat is part of my Pareidolia series of oil paintings. I want to bring attention to what the food industry has been serving up to us for years. Hurting us all with GMO’s, chemicals, drugs, GMO’s, fast food, food without nutrition and food that they don’t have to tell us where it came from, all to make a buck.

Yes we are partly to blame. We keep eating it. If we keep accepting garbage, they will keep serving it to us. While charging us nicely. I have personally gotten myself very sick from many foods meant to do me well that have been hurting my health.

As in real life, there are many faces we do not see that our behind these injustices. As there are many hidden faces, beasts and monsters in my painting with a nice piece of cake. Come eat.

Let’s stand together and contribute to a world we can all enjoy and leave as a legacy to our children’s children.



Pareidolia Painting Series

Self Portrait, Pareidolia Painting
Self Portrait, 24 x 30 inches, M. Graham oil paints on panel, $4300

Is it Pareidolia?

We walk into a dimly lit room and see a figure staring back at us, Pareidolia. Startled we recognize it is only a coat peculiarly lying on a chair. What was that? What just happened?

Could it be our minds playing with us? A mind that quickly assembles and recognizes face-like image where there is none. It may not be our imagination but part of our early survival instincts software that has aided us in recognizing other living forms. Could this be heightened in some humans more than others? Do some find it disturbing? Or do we all have it? Is it cool when we recognize it? Then quickly want to share with others.

Pareidolia painting incorporates perceived images that do not exist. Like seeing a face in a cloud. A Pareidolia experience is where you may perceive an image of animals, faces or objects in cloud formations, a knotty piece of wood, a marbled tile, stains, inkblots and other forms.

Corporate, Pareidolia Painting
Corporate, 30 x 24 inches, M. Graham oil paints on panel, $4300

Leonardo da Vinci explained in his notebook that it was a device for painters to explore. Where we can see an infinite number of things that can be reduced into separate and well-conceived forms.

Eat, Pareidolia Painting
Eat, 30 x 24 inches, M. Graham oil paints on panel, $4300

I enjoy drawing from my mind. Demonstrating where the perceived and conceived collide. Painting a depiction of two parallel universes. One being a visual reality of what I think is before us combined with the second filled with perceptions, reflections, and experiences in the mind.

The Arts, Pareidolia Painting
The Arts, 30 x 24 inches, M. Graham oil paints on panel, $4300

Please visit my Gallery, The Creative Underground and enjoy viewing my demonstrations of a “Pareidolia Experience” Exhibition.

Pharmaceutical, Pareidolia Painting
Pharmaceutical, 30 x 24 inches, M. Graham oil paints on panel, $4300
Hidden Faces, Pareidolia Painting
Hidden Faces, 24 x 18 inches, M. Graham oil paints on panel, $2600


Dan McCaw shares his personal adventure about fine arts oil painting with Daryl Urig of the Creative Underground in an interview on February 15, 2016.

I hope you enjoy the video interview with Dan McCaw as I have.

I have enjoyed getting to know a fantastic oil painter that I admire. His philosophy on life and painting will make you search deeper when starting your next painting or refreshing an old painting. We will be able to take a painting to a new level making it more enjoyable. Not having to take the same path each time you approach the canvas. We will be opening a new chapter in the book of fine arts oil painters.

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Do you have a look-alike?

I have heard it called a look-alike, twin stranger and also a face double. I have seen mine. When I lived out East I was visiting an artist representative husband and wife team in New York City. I entered their Brownstone home office and both of their mouths dropped open. She exclaimed, “You look exactly like our son”. I found this amazing and even hard to believe. They kept staring at my face. We sat down and talked. Then their look-alike son came home and they introduced him. We both stared at our resemblance to each other in disbelief then laughed. I understand and do believe it is possible. I have witnessed it myself. Somewhere out in the world it is possible there is another person who looks just like you. Another you.

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A look-alike portrait painting of a woman living over 2,000 miles away

It never occurred to me that it could happen with a portrait painting. A portrait painted of one person would be purchased by their double. What a coincidence, what are the chances of this happening? A twin stranger portrait painting, could this exist? A painting completed of a Cincinnati, Ohio woman, look like a woman in American Canyon, in the Napa Valley Region of California.  Yes it can.

The twin stranger portrait painting was not just a double; it was much, much more. Some how it captured a very intriguing resemblance. Not only a look alike face of the individual, but all of the quirky gestures of the body as well. The way she carried herself, look, smile, essence, hat, down to the surrounding scene it was painted in. The painting was a time capsule snapshot of the woman 2,309 miles away. A perfect match to how she looked six years prior. How can this be?

When she saw the painting in my Internet Gallery on my website, she new she had to have it. I agreed this painting seemed to be painted for her. She plans to leave the portrait of herself to her children after her death. All of her family was gone and historically have a tendency to die young. She was now in her forties, the time when most of her family moves on. She had no confidence in how much time she had left. Additionally she had just gone through an ugly divorce. It was a very emotional time for Tina.

This is one of Tina’s look-alike excerpts from a Facebook message:

“Looking at your portrait of “me”…in the garden…with my ever present hat and ponytail…fluffing to the side like in the pic…no makeup etc. and I SEE me! I’m the only one I know who dresses like that. The skirt at work in the nursery and the garden! My friends chide me about it! Okay…I’m sorry, how many different ways can I tell you the same thing?? ?lol.

…my journey here is full of even more blessings (smile emoticon) like this weird painting! Ha! What are the odds? Not just similar in looks but capturing exactly the looks and essence of me. Thanks Again Daryl. You have really done a wonderful thing for us!”

When the carefully packed painting finally arrived in California this was Tina’s response on Facebook:

“It’s everything I thought it would be and more. It’s not just the face; it’s everything in the picture…from her pose, like I hate my pictures, so I would want to be painted like that…the picket fence… It’s very emotional for me. Thank you. Someday I’m going pose with the painting and take a photo and send it to you. I am going to proudly hang the painting above the mantle.”

Then something unexpected happened for Tina:

“Wait, I just saw the back of the painting…you painted this in January 2009?
It’s just my mom, and step-grandpa died on January 30, 2009.

Daryl, I have a feeling I will be “checking in” a number of times before our lives are done! I just can’t express to you the impact that this painting is having on me, and my family.

The other day Russell, my firstborn, 22, came by for the first time since it arrived. He had seen the pictures of it but was unprepared for the impact it had on him. He looked at it for a while, got a little emotional, kept saying “but, how can this be?” “Everything, mom is you. That’s your hat you still wear, I’m pretty sure you have that top and skirt…and the fence is like at the Napa house??” How can this not be you?

He also said how glad he is I got it, that it was meant to be…people don’t just find perfect portraits of themselves on the internet every day. For me, I haven’t really begun to explore what it means to me.

Finally, I just can’t stress enough that I could not have commissioned a better total representation of ME.

I’ve never carried around a painting before. This thought has led me to look into the relationship one develops, or can develop with a painting.”

I cannot put in words:

“I could not be happier for Tina; in so many ways I could not even put it in words. This painting has outdone the authoring painter. A life for a painting I could not have ever invented or imagined. I am in awe.”

So who was the model for the painting Tina has asked me?

I painted a series of paintings called “Woman in the Garden”. My wife Robyn graciously offered to model for the series. She is the same age as Tina and could possibly be her identical twin. Who knows?

See the complete painting series “Woman in the Garden”, please click now.

Read more about the paintings of Daryl Urig on his blog here:

Setting better goals for the 2016 fine arts painter

  1. If you thought about painting, now is the time to begin
  2. Keep painting fun
  3. Paint with purpose
  4. Have a clear message
  5. Engage the viewer
  6. Paint your own idea
  7. Find answers to gaps in your learning
  8. Allow your personality to show through in each new painting
  9. Believe in yourself
  10. Get rid of any self-doubt
  11. Stop worrying
  12. Focus on what new things you want to achieve
  13. Find something you like about 10% of each painting
  14. Look for an instructor different than yourself
  15. Work ridiculously hard
  16. Be practical
  17. Take chances
  18. Reach out to a wider audience of collectors
  19. Paint what you enjoy
  20. Master the art of selling paintings

What would consider adding to this list?

I have filled my gallery at the Creative Underground with many of my painting experiences. I would enjoy having you stop in for a visit. Please call or text before you come.

You may enjoy starting a painting class with me on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8pm. please contact me below:

Call/Text: 513-708-7981

How to carry a large wet painting

I am just returning from South Carolina. A thank you to all my friends I was able to catch up with and new acquaintances I met during my stay. It is fun and engaging to meet new people and see what new ideas are brewing not only in the creative world but also in day-to-day living.

It seems many people are open to new ideas. Looking for answers in our quickly changing world. I hope we all find the answers we are looking for.

Now back home in Ohio getting ready for my Holiday Opening next week at the Creative Underground Gallery, December 8 through the 10th from 10 am till 4 pm, and wanting to share an idea I discovered.

How to carry a large wet painting. The car was packed so I had to be inventive to make space for a large wet painting. Laying it flat on the back seat was not an option, and I had no pizza box large enough to house the painting.

It is a 24 inches wide by 18 inches tall painting painted on primed Masonite. My solution, “nail on furniture glides”. The types that you may see on the bottom of wood kitchen chair leg that help protect a wood floor from scuffing.

I had another panel the same size as my wet painting and sandwich the panels together separating them with “nail on furniture glides”. You can see by the pictures posted here that I was able to secure the furniture glides using duck tape to hold it against a non-painted panel. I did this for times. You could use more for larger panels. Then lay this on top of the painted panel. Like a sandwich. Duck Tape both panels together on the side edges and across the backs of both panel with short pieces of tape to keep both from moving or sliding in travel.

When you arrive at your final destination you can carefully separate the two panels. If there is any touch up, you may fix it then. It should only be very small pin marks. I didn’t notice any on my painting.

This worked for me. Hope it helps you out of a tight jam.


Norman Schnepf, Art Teacher, Avon Lake High School

If you graduated with me from Avon Lake High School, in Avon Lake, Ohio, you may not remember this gentleman. Even if you went to the school you probably would not see him unless you took an art class. Then be lucky enough to draw him as your instructor. If you played basketball you probably did not notice him behind the table keeping score, year after year.

His name was Norman Schnepf, my art teacher. Probably my most influential art instructor. He was quiet. He would offer up suggestions only if you asked him for his guidance. I asked, and he provided my aching art heart creative food for thought. If it was not for his direction back then I would no doubt be as far along as I am today.


Cloud Formation, 34 w x 12 inches H, Oil on Panel, 2015

In his class he taught me about design. He loved abstraction and was eager to share his insights to an open mind. We could explore many tools, and this is where I first came in contact with the painting knife, my primary painting tool today. I am just beginning to turn the corner and returning to some abstract painting.

After I went to my first year of art school I returned to his class to share what I learned. One student did follow me to my college. Years later I thought of him. When I Googled his name I was sorry to learn that he had past. I had wanted to thank him again for the foundation he had helped me lay in painting.

Our Journey – Getting to Know T. C. Steele

My journey this past weekend with my wife Robyn took us to these three locations where we learned more about T. C. Steele. Without any doubt T. C. Steele is one of Indiana’s best-known painters. We enjoyed learning about a talented and adventurous man with a strong will to grow his painting. Our first stop was in Waveland, Indiana. I want to thank the Tim and Meg Shelly for their vision of renovating T. C. Steele Boyhood Home and opening it up for painter retreats.

We took time to get to know the character of the home and its surrounding landscape. We saw the intense fall tree colors. One of our favorite excursions was to Turkey Run State Park about 10 miles away. There we enjoyed a unique hiking experience, walking and climbing through creek bed paths and straddling between rocks, stairs and steep ladders that would drop down to lower narrow plateaus.

Steele has a lot to tell us about living the artist life. Though I will keep it short. He sought education in painting and then taught others. He made a living by primarily painting portraits, this to support his love for outdoor painting of Indiana landscapes.

To help Steele further his art training, his friends and art patrons provide financial support for him and his family to go to Munich, Germany. There he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. From what I have seen from other painters who attended the Munich school was a similar love for greys in a painting. This movement in painting influenced Steele. Carrying it not only in his portraits but also landscape paintings.

Later Steele was called a Hoosier Impressionist painter.  Though his work had a totally different direction from the Impressionists painter Claude Monet in Paris, who created Impressionism.

T. C. Steele Boy Hood Home, Daryl and Robyn Urig

T. C. Steele's Chair painted by Daryl Urig

For our second stop we traveled to Indiana University and saw many paintings in their art gallery. My favorite figurative oil painting titled “The Boatman” was by T. C. Steele. Painted in 1884. It was painted in mostly smoky greys.

The Boatman, 1884 by T. C. Steele

To finish our weekend journey we traveled to Nashville, Indiana to see one of his many studios. This one called the House of the Singing Woods is a beautiful studio in a very primitive and remote spot high on top of a hill.  Not a practical choice for a studio where one chooses to live. There was no available water, suitable land for planting or available food for someone who does not hunt. His wife was totally unprepared. She did not know how to cook on a potbelly stove or even cook for that matter.

Steele’s choice was based solely on the artistic view. It was a beautiful, majestic home in simple remote surroundings. An environment to paint and entertain many visitors who would like to drop in and see what was going on with this unusual couple.

He was capable of teaching and supported his family with his portrait commissions. His wife later planting gardens so they would have food and flowers to include as subject matter for paintings.

It so surprised me that though they did not have all of the technology we have today he had many avenues for success. The world must not have look too big to him so he moved many times. Living in many places from Indiana to Michigan, Chicago and Germany. Possibly more.

There is so much to say about this man and his wife. To enjoy it fully you will want to visit his historic sites and take the tour in Nashville to get a glimpse of his life.

Singing Woods in Nashville Indiana, Home/Studio of T. C. Steele

Watch video of Daryl Urig and his Interview with Rachel Perry published author of “Paint and Canvas: A Life of T.C. Steele”