You can learn from almost anything you do if you take time to reflect and evaluate. Putting together my “Renaissance Man, over a decade of fine arts oil painting” exhibition taught me a lot about myself. Observing in one show for the first time the varied directions I chose to move in just over a decade. You can still see this exhibition, by appointment only, through the end of this 2018 year.
The exhibition showed me a lot about myself that I may have not realized otherwise. Then to share it with collectors and friends is priceless. One thing that is overwhelming for me is the thankfulness I feel and appreciation to do what I do in this great country of ours. We have so much freedom to express our self. We can always be thankful each day that we are alive, our friends and family are alive and that we can pretty much achieve anything we wish to focus on if we choose not to give up.
Moving into the Holiday Season is an exciting time of the year here at the Urig Family. I hope you take time to enjoy the many reasons for the seasons as we pass through the upcoming days. Do not let it slip away unnoticed. Or get caught up in things that change our focus from what really matters most to us. You can fill in the blank here to tell yourself what you want to do most and best to finish up this year as an amazing time in your personal history.
I kept hearing these two words as people would whisper under their voice when they walked away. It is usually not a good sign but in this repeating incident, it was. It happened so frequently that I had to look it up and see what it meant. “Renaissance Man”. Renaissance Man is a person who has wide interests and is expert in several areas. My one friend told me years ago that I had the largest toolbox of anyone he had ever met. One of my past employers told me my sign should say I can do it all. I only wish I could, but I do not like to limit my expertise in any one area for too long a time. In my painting, I like to explore as many facets as I can. Not limiting myself to one look or design. In my Gallery Opening Exhibition and 9-minute video on my YouTube Channel, I provided a good cross section of 15 facets I explored in over a decade of painting.
Opening Exhibition is Saturday, October 27th at my Gallery in Springdale Ohio from 4 to 7 pm. At Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground, Yorkhaven Professional Plaza, 430 Ray Norrish Drive, Springdale Ohio. By appointment through 2018.
“Renaissance Man”. See how the story unfolds. My first rebirth, with many to come…
On the Road
Change and fears are probably the best two words to describe this painting series. What would my new life look like, recently divorced? “On the Road”, series of paintings in hindsight had many insights into past and future events in my evolving life. Beyond that, it seemed to represent my fears of driving on the road and unsettled life of leaving my first wife and finding my new life. In grays and limited color, a rebirth from the first painting to the last visually documents my physical and mental transition.
Color full in contrast to On the Road, simply stylized depictions of Gods footprint in my life representing He is walking with me. His omnipotent power is ever present even when things are completely unclear.
A portrait is supposed to tell us something about the person. My idea was that the things we keep in our junk drawer in the haste of life tell us something more. What things will we keep verses throw away, tells us something much deeper about our psyche. Three images, painted from my junk drawer collection, if you want to call it that. What does your drawer tell about you?
Woman in the Garden
A series of fine art oil paintings about my new wife Robyn. Colorful, beautiful, elegant in many different situations she projects the essence of Woman in its most beautiful form. Maybe howl Adam first saw Eve.
Moments Before the Return
Three small paintings illustrating the still quiet moment just before the return of Christ. (Wouldn’t that solve a lot of people’s problems quickly?) Looking forward to that moment when everything makes sense with us and the universe. The moment the air stops, the color of the atmosphere and light, one more moment and He is here. Game over.
Guess I will be here for a while
There are certain road scenes that depict the heart and development of our country. Those quite souls that are the backbone of our great country. This is a scene I saw driving home from college many times.
I have been drawn to old historic locations for many years. It may be more about the thoughts I create for the architecture on location and what I thought took place at its’ peak in life that most drew me in.
Miniatures, A Painting a Day for 31 days in the Month of May
Miniature 5 x 7-inch quick sketch oil paintings. Thirty-one different paintings from photographs I had taken with a goal to build skill and sales.
Further development of the paintings painted with a knife brings me on location, outside landscape painting, called Plein Air by the French. Smaller 9 x 12 or 12 x 16 paintings using a very large painting knife forces texture and simplification of form onto my painting panels. Developing my eye for natural color that can only be developed outside. Painting quickly to capture the light before it moves and changes shadows, color and form. A whole new artist easel set up with supplies made for carrying and painting. The Knife make painting much easier with swifter clean up than that of a brush, better suited or outside painting.
Three books from my learning
Plein Air Painting for Everyone
Painting Knife Explained
Tips for the Contemporary Painter
I wanted better books to help growing artist than what I had grown up with. My goal was to make them simple to understand with a powerful inspiring direction. Available on Amazon.
Daryl Urig’s National Workshop Tour
Self-marketing, developing curriculum and teaching on the road for two years. How to paint workshops spanning from East to West Coast. I enjoyed the travel, the new sights and meeting very nice people. Focusing on just art made me very welcoming to most art appreciators. In the back of my mind, I thought that new locations may inspire greater learning. I found instead that painting is very personal. It is more about our experience, not the location. So, wherever you are you can make art. Our thoughts can be, how does this affect us? What is going on in our head now? Our experience and past experiences all wrapped in one painting just where we are.
Finding Forrest Gump
It was a fun search for the location of the movie shootings in South Carolina of Forrest Gump. I visited my mother and helped her with her ever-growing garden and painted. Most of these paintings involved boats, seamen and low country marsh areas of Bluffton and surrounding areas plus Charleston South Carolina.
Back in my studio in Cincinnati or in South Carolina I began painting larger scale painting with my painting knife, now a 6 inches long blade nearly double its previous size. No real definite theme just interested in magnifying a little painting into an enormous texture of moving and swirling paint on a larger scale. To accomplish this, I began with very small studies. The studies served as reference and direction for larger paintings.
Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground
Artist Interviews. Interested in hearing about other fine art painters’ ideas I began Interviewing prominent painters in person and over the Internet, publishing videos to my YouTube channel. My hopes were to gain greater clarity than was previously described by previous writers and interviewers. As an artist interviewed by another artist may help find and explain the real inspiration of what goes on in a painter’s mind when they paint. https://www.youtube.com/DarylUrig
I had always thought about the difference between artwork and our perceived reality. You know the one we think we are all living in. But are we? The more I thought I realized it is all about individual perception. We do not all see or think the same. What was mine? This crossover between real and unreal painting seemed right to me.
Digging deeper, Pareidolia
This started numerous explorations on “stream of consciousness” painting. Painting with a large soft brush monochromatically. Painting, turning the canvas, making associations while adding more soft brush strokes, turning the canvas, painting what image may begin to appear, then see what another direction may bring. This continued as a random painting, images would begin to emerge from the canvas. The term is Pareidolia. A jacket on a chair could be interpreted as an animal. Or when driving my car, as I turn my head to see my blind spot before changing lanes, made the seat headrest appear as a person. At an early age, I would be told to take a nap on the couch in our living room. The coach had a flower painting above it. As I got groggy a man would begin to appear in the flowers. Recently I researched this, and it is called Pareidolia. It is when our mind assembles an image and relates it to something we already recognize. Funny, for the most part now I do not see these images appearing as much as they used to. It is like painting got rid of the fear of the unknown.
My Doodles? Cubism?
We cannot escape other painters influences that we greatly admire. There must be some reason why their artwork resonates with our spirit. Somehow their “breath of life” must have connected with ours through their painting. I have a few of these artists that I admire. As a child I first admired his work, it is Pablo Picasso. Some may try to spoil my fun with their knowledge of his not so perfect life. Who is perfect? I do the same for music. I like or do not like music. It is not about the person. I love the art form. Pablo for some reason inspires me. Occasionally I see the part of him that resonates with me show up in my painting. Hi Pablo.
More dormant thoughts
Yoga and Meditation, always with prayer opened my mind up for some other dormant thinking and images. Throughout my life, I would have this dream of flying over my neighborhood where I delivered papers. The meditation helped me to catch the ideas I usually would just naturally overlook and dismiss. The painting ended up in a six-page article with several other paintings of mine in the April/May 2018 International Artist Magazine. That was a nice honor and recognition that I appreciated very much.
Being in the Present
A yoga thought keeps my paintings developing in many new directions. I do not limit them to how they should look or dictate what they must become. Currently, I have explored a few images that came out of meditation. From the initial conception, I have a solid direction. This has helped me liberated my art even further. I have broken down the barriers of have-to’s and can let it flow.
Each of us can choose to add fresh ideas to the great legacy of Art that has been developed and handed down to us, with no strings attached. Painting may be the greatest documentary of the human soul known to man.
When I first published this painting I knew I was not done with it. Something about the stars kept calling me back to it. Back then this made little sense to me. Now with the whole NFL fiasco of not kneeling and respecting those who serve our country, it makes complete sense.
The stars need that extra touch, set of importance. Other tweaks to the figure were also made to clarify form. Now completed it gives me a great feeling of pride.
Still, a secret phrase is in the background. Can you tell me what it says? And then one word that I feel is at the core of our political problems is below the phrase.
On Display at Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground Studio
I was honored and humbled when International Artist Magazine wanted to include me in their April/May 2018 issue. Thank you.
This is how the article starts, you have to get an issue to read and learn more. Also a YouTube video of the article. I hope you like it.
“We can certainly learn from others, but know when to jump from the ship and find your own path. Too many start out learning and never learn to find their own personal interpretation. If you wait too long to begin exploring, you will never want to give up the safety of the easy path.
I am currently using an exploratory approach for developing a painting. You will need a trained creative eye to help you evaluate and make good visual decisions based on training and your developed visual aptitude. It will be very personal to who you are, so only you can decide. At times the decision process will flow from one decision and paint mark to the next. Other times there may be pauses and even stops while you ramp up for your next group of painterly choices.
It will be a lot like going on a road trip in your car… ”
Everything is in a constant state of change. What you thought was this, has changed to that. Nothing stays the same anymore. Changes. This last painting in a series of what I called Monster paintings or better described as Pareidolia paintings, may be my best Stop by the gallery and see for yourself. Please call first. As you stand in front of this large 48 in. x 48 in. panel the objects will morph from one image into another right before your eyes. Monsters will jump out at you. Scary faces, human bodies, it is up to you to decide. But be aware, your mind will play tricks on you and you may end up some place you never dreamed of being.
Don’t be afraid to break things up. Trust yourself. You know where things belong. Since you have drawn the beginning phases of the painting they are held in the back of your mind.
How much do you need to represent the objects in the painting? How much can you break up and still have an object immediately recognizable?
What color and detail is a flag? I purchased one so I was able to take it all in.
I love the feeling of paint. The idea that the artist is present, not always hidden behind an overly polished painting of a representational painting. Let your personality shine. Have a play value in the paint. Anything can happen as you dive into the oil paint and you emerge.
Still more to do!
Other related fine arts oil paintings that had some break up in them, and more in other blog posts.
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.
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.
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. 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.