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.



Man and the Sea, Pareidolia Painting

Man and the Sea, 30 x 24 in., mixed media & oil on panel

There is so much coming at us each day. When you look do really see what is before you or just what you want to see. What you think is there and move on. I am hoping my Pareidolia Paintings help you to understand that there is much much more than we initially observe. Look deeper and allow your mind to assemble many hidden images, large and small.

A trip to the sea may be pleasant or unravel all of your hidden fears and horror to find your heart pounding, mind racing while feeling all alone. It is only you who can change your fate. Maneuver your destiny or at least give it a better shot. If you’re just following along you will be lost, even left behind. Stop just existing. Do something.



Religion, 24 x 30 in., oil on panel

This post is to be included with my series on Pareidolia Paintings. This painting again reflects on the state of religion in our country and possibly world wide. As the previous paintings in this series brought attention to other disguises in our country labeled; The Corporate World, Pharmaceutical, The Food Industry, and the Arts.

If I were Joni Mitchell I would want to sing out about the injustices we face daily, though they are hidden faces we face. Fighting against what we cannot see.

Pareidolia painting series incorporates perceived images that do not exist along with others that we normally observe. Like seeing a face in a cloud. Both the cloud and the face are recognized. Pharmaceutical, Corporate and Food all sound fine by them self but under closer scrutiny may have some hidden agendas or monsters lurking that may hurt us all.

Pharmaceutical, 30 x 24 in., oil on panel
Food Industry, 30 x 24 in., oil on panel
Corporate World, 30 x 24 in., oil on panel
The Arts, 30 x 24 in., oil on panel

Let us all get back into the act of living by developing our culture

I hear more about things, things, and more things. Let us all try to enrich our life, culture and those around us with good conversations. Think for our self. Believe in something. Do something selfless. Honor the law of doing good. Develop rich family customs that bring with them good memories. Learn to appreciate art. Choose habits that others would be delighted to follow. Leave something positive for the next generation. Let us all get back into the act of living. Then see the great outcome this has on our society.

The Arts - Culture, 30 x 24 inches, oil on panel
The Arts – Culture, 30 x 24 inches, oil on panel – Pareidolia

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

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We are privileged

Reflecting over the life we all are privileged to live. Each of us unknowingly enjoying the creative benefits of those who came before us that contributed to our “life”. Who fought for our freedom, made the journey to America’s, invented electricity, a Christmas song, thought of a Nutcracker, painted the painting “Starry Night”. So many creative inventions to make our life better, safer, more enjoyable, warmer in winter, we have so much to appreciate each day of our life. Donald Deskey invented plywood, who invented the 2 x 4” to build our homes with? Disney gave us Mickey Mouse. The list goes on and on.

Makes you think, what will I be able to contribute to this great thing we call life.

What do you appreciate? What do you want to do?