So how should I apply paint? by David Leffel

There is no one way to apply paint, we all understand this. But in my mind there are some ways that supersede others. To me painting is the laying down of paint. Not rendering with a paint brush. Lets look at how David Leffel describes it in the video below. Please let me know your thoughts.

Preliminary painting development takes some of the anxiety out of painting. “Woman with Basket”

For as long as I can remember I have heard how beneficial doing pencil sketches, small thumbnails or color studies can benefit my work. But thinking I know better, I skip ahead missing these important steps.

Now I go back to these most important steps in developing a painting and find out how beneficial they are to my final painting.

Woman with Basket, 12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas
Woman with Basket - Study, 6 x 4 inches, oil on canvas
Woman with Basket Study, 6 x 4 inches, oil on panel
Woman with Basket, 12 x 16 inches, oil on panel

It is a delicate balance between understanding aesthetics, composition and details. Every concern pulls you in a different direction. Balance is important in life and painting.

My inefficient process was that when I get involved with the idea of the finished painting I rush toward the details, many times forgetting some of the more important items like composition, design, and color flow.

All of these can easily be worked out in preliminary sketches and very small color studies. It actually takes some of the anxiety out of the painting process by not having to do all of this the first try, or having to balance all of these decisions in my head when I leave down each stroke of the paint.

I find I am more comfortable spending time on my painting knowing the direction provided by preliminary painting development. This work helps me to figure out things that I would have normally missed. Subtle adjustments done instinctively to forms in the rough would never had been seen when I get overwhelmed and caught up with detailing an intended direction of a finished painting.

One big thing I have learned, I am not sure why this has taken me so long, is that every painting I do is not worth keeping. Most are for learning, others mistakes, once in awhile I find one that I really like for some unexplained reason, but all lead up to a better understanding of my trade.

The painting shown here of the woman and basket was developed from a photograph, pencil sketches, color study shown here and final larger painting shown here.

© 2011 Daryl Urig

Bodybuilders Pumping Up on Contest Day

Arnold Schwarzenegger discussing Body Builders Pumping Up painting
Urig and Arnold Schwarzenegger discussing Urig's Painting Bodybuilders Pumping Up on Contest Day

Arnold Schwarzenegger noticed right away the 6 pack on Aydin Bigkiv in Urig’s painting, Bodybuilders Pumping Up on Contest Day at the 2011 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus Ohio on Saturday afternoon. He said that he appreciate how it was captured in paint and what that moment in time feels like for a bodybuilder.

Bodybuilders pumping up for Contest
Urig with Painting Bodybuilders Pumping Up on Contest Day, 16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas
Urig with Painting Bodybuilders Pumping Up
Urig with Painting Bodybuilders Pumping Up on Contest Day

Buffing up for the New Year?

I plan to buff up before the Arnold Schwarzenegger Event in Columbus Ohio in March. Last year I won the Arnold Choice Award, and am hoping for even better things this year. To accomplish my goals, I’m visualizing them.

So I how can I buff up my paintings? I have a few ideas.

I want to be more responsible in all activities I move into by researching events, shows and galleries before I apply. I have to admit I have taken a shotgun approach to marketing in the past, sometimes not spending money where I should. Better research may have helped me better target events that suit me.

I spent most of last year working on the weaknesses in my oil paintings. This year, however, I would like to spend time reaping the benefits of last year’s work by developing individual pieces with a new direction that I believe best fits me.

I think all artists should plan for their future work.

Please let me know what you are planning for the New Year.

© 2011 Daryl Urig, All Rights Reserved

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Tennis & Painting Art – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

To those who read my blog, I’m a painter, teacher, business owner, husband and father. But to those who know me best, I’m also a tennis player. I started playing tennis during the summer of seventh grade because I wanted to get some exercise. And I continued playing because I really enjoy it. To this day, I still play regularly. Consequently, my tennis team recently won both the Men’s 3.5 USTA local Districts then State championships.

Front Left: Manuel Lopez, Paul Breidenbach, Daryl Urig, Jim Graff
Back Left: Pete Zink, Bob Ell, Matt Johnson, Guy Belew, Dane Houston

Now most readers will ask why am I writing about tennis on my painting blog, as these things seem mutually exclusive? For me, the answer is simple: just like painting, tennis is its own art form.

To those who play tennis, they know that it is a game of both physical and mental ability. Some people argue that it’s 95% mental. To artists, they know that creating art constantly tests your mental abilities. Tennis and art require imagination. Both interests require the creation of strokes, shots and strategy.

But a more interesting way to look at these two activities is that both of them allow a person to achieve and to gain notice. Everyone, whether athlete or artist, values appreciation. Artists gain notice and adoration through fandom and their peers; much like tennis players do. I think it’s more important to value art than tennis, as artists illuminate deeper meanings in everyday life through their entertainment while tennis players simply regale.

The non-verbal cues expressed through tennis and art encourage the audience, players and artists to use their imaginations. Without enjoyable activities such as these, people would be stifled by a lack of creativity in their surroundings.

A further note: One of my more favorite painters, John Singer Sargent also played tennis. You can read more about his painting, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose and tennis here.

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My daily routine as a fine arts oil painter – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Wake up! It seems obvious, but it’s one of God’s great gifts that we often take for granted!

Put on my exercise clothes that I laid out the night before. Then, clean up and head for the kitchen where I make a smoothie (see recipe below) and a cup of Earl Grey tea.

Drink half of my smoothie and clean up the kitchen. I then head toward the family room where I will read about 1 or 2 chapters of the Bible and talk to God about what’s going on in my life. He’s a great listener.

Then, I go downstairs to work out for about 30 minutes. I walk/run on the treadmill for as long as I can while watching TV. I think TV makes the treadmill less noticeable. Then, I work out with weights or bands for about 30 minutes. Our weight and overall health are sustained positively or negatively by our lifestyle and environment. I believe this directly affects how we feel and paint.

I head upstairs to finish the second half of my smoothie, and check and respond to e-mails.

While the light is good outside, I head to my easel and begin painting whatever I’ve decided to paint. I always enjoy the natural light on my canvas and pallet.

Later in the day, I stop for lunch and review my work while I eat.

Then, I go back to painting for as long as I feel interested. When I find myself not responding to my painting, I stop. I think it keeps my work fresh and alive, so I’m sensitive to this.

Then I’m back to reviewing emails, writing blog posts, working on my website or working on anything else I need to accomplish for the day.

Then, it’s dinner, and time with wife and family. Sometimes, I play some tennis. Then it’s off to bed after spreading my latest works across my wife’s dresser. By leaving them out, I give them time to dry . I also can review them this way, and if anything sticks out, I can tweak it the next day.

Finally, it’s time for sleep, so I’m ready for the next day.

This is just an idea of my average day as an artist. I obviously have some flexibility in my schedule, and am not hardened to a ritual. Flexibility allows you to experience life, which is an artist’s true inspiration.

Daryl Urig’s Daily Smoothie

1 cup water

1 tbsp flax seed

1 oz. (t tbsp) dark chocolate Nibs 88% cacao

1 tsp brewers yeast

1 tsp barley powder

1 tbsp raw honey

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8-1/4 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 scoop whey protein powder

1 heaping cup of fresh or frozen berries and fruit

I use the Vitamix 5200 blender and it does a very good job of even grinding all of the seeds on high for about 2 minutes.
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Figurative oil painter Daryl Urig wins Arnold Choice Award from actor and Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Arnold Sports Festival, Art at the Arnold on March 7th 2010. He received a Gold Medallion as recognition from Arnold as his preferred personal choice in painting from the juried event. Visit this post

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American Oil Painter Daryl Urig is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and Cincinnati Art Club. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati for over 8 years and is president of Total Media Source Inc.

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Body Builder 2 – Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival – March 15, 2010 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Figurative oil painter Daryl Urig wins Arnold Choice Award from actor and Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Arnold Sports Festival, Art at the Arnold on March 7th 2010. He received a Gold Medallion as recognition from Arnold as his preferred personal choice in painting from the juried event. Visit this post

Body Builder 2 – March 15, 2010
Arnold Sports Festival

Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
10 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

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American Oil Painter Daryl Urig is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and Cincinnati Art Club. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati for over 8 years and is president of Total Media Source Inc.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Choice Award – Body Builder – March 9, 2010 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Figurative oil painter Daryl Urig wins Arnold Choice Award from actor and Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Arnold Sports Festival, Art at the Arnold on March 7th 2010. He received a Gold Medallion as recognition from Arnold as his preferred personal choice in painting from the juried event. See Urig’s body builder painting below.

Body Builder – March 9, 2010
Urig Wins Arnold Choice Award at Art for the Arnold – Arnold Sports Festival

Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
10 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

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Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
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Purchase:
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html
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American Oil Painter Daryl Urig is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and Cincinnati Art Club. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati for over 8 years and is president of Total Media Source Inc.

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Baseball – An American Pastime – Feb. 24, 2010 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Baseball – An American Pastime – Feb. 24, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

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Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
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American Oil Painter Daryl Urig is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and Cincinnati Art Club. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati for over 8 years and is president of Total Media Source Inc.

View his Exhibit and Awards by clicking here.

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