Developing a Painting of Grobs Farm #2 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Read more about this story in a previous blog post: Developing a Painting of Grobs Farm #1
Read more about this story in a following blog post: Developing a Painting of Grobs Farm #3

Painting on location, there are many artistic choices to make.

First, there’s the light. I enjoy the effects of light: the colors it changes and the distinct shadows it creates. I prefer painting this scene in morning light, particularly from 9:30 to 10:30 AM, because the light falls on the front of the house, breaking up the building.

The lighting in this piece, combined with the tall trees, provides the scene with a canopy, which coupled with the blue sky, gives the painting a cuddled feeling. Ultimately, I want the centered tree to appear round and to display the pattern of the tree bark, as this pattern of strokes appears elsewhere in the painting and would help to pull together the entire piece.

The bright lighting, on the grass under the house, makes the piece pop. The shadow of the centered tree should end under itself, but I don’t want to interrupt the painting. By bringing the shadow behind the fence, I simplified the painting, tying the piece together and providing a nice contrast and accent to the fence posts.

Second, I try to capture my interpretation of an image on the canvas. For me, my interpretation of a scene is more important than creating a photo realistic image.

In creating my interpretation of Grob Farm, I’m struggling with whether to create the whole piece on location, or to further develop the painting in my studio from photos and smaller paintings I have previously completed of the location.

Third, I try to move the viewers’ eyes through the design of the painting, keeping them on the painting, not off the canvas. The top left tree pops off the canvas nicely, but creates a bad vertical thrust, taking the viewers’ eyes off the canvas. Unfortunately, I have to fix the vertical thrust from the left tree in order to re-focus the viewers’ eyes.

I need to correct some problems within the piece in order to see what to fix next. But I’ve been told that sometimes the area you want to fix is right, and everything else needs to change to balance out the painting. Although this advice further confuses me, I am starting to agree with it.

My next challenge is to pick the right place on the canvas to alter during my next sitting. To make this decision, I need time to think and get in touch with my emotions. Knowing when to start and stop a painting is the most important thing, as you have to be in touch with all of your emotions to paint.

Read more about this story in a previous blog post: Developing a Painting of Grobs Farm #1
Read more about this story in a following blog post: Developing a Painting of Grobs Farm #3

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Purchase:
Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html

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.

Subscribe to Daryl Urig’s “The Adventure of an American Oil Painter” Blog by Email

Add             to Technorati Favorites

My wifes Gaillardia Goblin flowers – Plein Air – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

My wifes Gaillardia Goblin flowers – June 3, 2010
14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

This painting is of our flower box of Gaillardia Goblin flowers. They’re a prolific, colorful flower with a beautiful color contrast between flower head and stems. For me, the garden and painting are therapeutic. In creating this piece, I combined both of these enjoyable things, which invoked memories of playing outside in the comfort of my backyard as a child.

I painted this piece in two sittings. For the first sitting, I worked the entire canvas, remaining conscious of the design and the movement of the flowers from the front of the canvas to the back. Even though the canvas was a tight space, I enjoyed contrasting the differences in paint from the blurred distance. I moved from the less defined to the more defined and then played on the crisp shocks of light-colored greens radiating off the painting to capture the space of the flowers. I wanted the colors to feel natural and to portray light. However, I quickly found, while painting plein air, that matching colors did not give the same separation I needed on canvas to match the flowers in the garden.

During the second sitting, I wanted to experiment with glazing, and I chose “Liquin original” medium to push back a shadow in the middle-top of the painting into which I could scumble. Glazing was a technique favored by some Impressionists. I had not used it for a long time, but decided to give the technique a chance. Although I liked its overall affect, I don’t think it’s a technique I would use to excess.

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Purchase:
Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html

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.

Subscribe to Daryl Urig’s “The Adventure of an American Oil Painter” Blog by Email

Add          to Technorati Favorites

Turner Farm House – Plein Air – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Turner Farm House – May 27, 2010

60-acre certified organic farm, 7400 Given Rd, Indian Hill, Ohio
14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Purchase:
Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html

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.

Subscribe to Daryl Urig’s “The Adventure of an American Oil Painter” Blog by Email

Add         to Technorati Favorites

Washington Heights School – Plein Air – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Washington Heights School – May 25, 2010

The Little Red Schoolhouse, 8100 Given Road, Indian Hill, Ohio
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Purchase:
Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html

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.

Subscribe to Daryl Urig’s “The Adventure of an American Oil Painter” Blog by Email

Add        to Technorati Favorites

Grob Farm – Plein Air Paintings – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Grob Farm – May 17, 2010
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Purchase:
Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html

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.

Subscribe to Daryl Urig’s “The Adventure of an American Oil Painter” Blog by Email

Add       to Technorati Favorites

The Model – Studio Paintings – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

The Model – May 11, 2010
8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Purchase:
Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html

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.

Subscribe to Daryl Urig’s “The Adventure of an American Oil Painter” Blog by Email

Add       to Technorati Favorites

Turner Farm – Plein Air Paintings – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Turner Farm #1 – May 7, 2010
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Turner Farm #2 – May 7, 2010
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Purchase:
Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html

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.

Subscribe to Daryl Urig’s “The Adventure of an American Oil Painter” Blog by Email

Add      to Technorati Favorites

Plein Air Series of Paintings – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Old Farm Buildings – May 3, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

Wisteria on Chicken Coop – May 3, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Forgotten Quarry #1 – May 3, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Forgotten Quarry #2 – May 3, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Forgotten Quarry #3 – May 3, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Hidden Pond #1 – May 3, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Purchase:
Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html

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.

Subscribe to Daryl Urig’s “The Adventure of an American Oil Painter” Blog by Email

Add     to Technorati Favorites

Butterflies in my garden – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Butterflies in my garden – April 12, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Purchase:
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html
Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com

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.

Subscribe to Daryl Urig’s “The Adventure of an American Oil Painter” Blog by Email

Add    to Technorati Favorites

My Time – Jan. 4, 2010 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

My Time – Jan. 4, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas
To view more paintings visit http://DarylUrig.com/blog or http://DarylUrig.com

Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com

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.

Subscribe to Daryl Urig’s “The Adventure of an American Oil Painter” Blog by Email

Add to Technorati Favorites