Summary of past blog posts:

Trailer – Painting with Your Eyes

 Shadowed Structures

Facing the Light


Old Stucture

Took my painting Buddy with me today, Marcel.

Find a good place to paint plein air paint

Work and Toil

An eye opening experience – Ohio

Burn the learning exercises or dud paintings

Young Painters – Young Picasso’s – Big concepts

Seeing color and developing your artistic eyes

It bothers me that some painters say that you should paint only where you live.

 2 DVS to help improve your plein air painting

A Quick Demo for Urig’s Plein-Air Nautical Workshop

Cape Cod School – Massachusetts Painters on My National Workshop Tour

I was fortunate to stay 2 days in Maine.

Coming Home to New Jersey

Old West or Wild West and Maynard Dixon Experience

Had a Good Catch

Hangin’ by the dock

Plein Air painting in the Black Mountains of North Carolina

Painters – Be all that you can be

Gray Heron – Spring Island SC

Done for the Day

Old Man by the Sea

Woman in Rocky Stream

Hoist the Sails – Painting in the Carolina’s

 It helps to do a color study – Let’s Set Sail

Sun City Hilton Head Island, SC – Get Out of The Box with Painting Knives

Shem Creek & Kiawah Island Workshops

Woman in the Desert

Forrest’s Landed Shrimper Boat

Summary of further past blog posts:

Summary of past blog posts:

A Short Demo for Urig’s Self-Portraiture Workshop – YouTube Video

Open Media Self-Portraiture and Understanding the Human Face – Cincinnati Art Club

Urig Demo with Cincinnati Water Color Society on Self-Portraiture and Understanding the Human Face

2012 National Workshop Tour – Dates & Locations Schedule

Docked Clam and Shrimp Boat

Not far from the path, but on a Journey

DVD – Candid Conversations while Urig Paints a Southern Home

Andrew Wyeth is my inspiration. “Shrimp Boat run aground”.

Beauty Matters? Comments?


Summary of further past blog posts:

A summary of my more recent blog posts

Bluffton Oyster Company – Plein Air Workshop

I agree with Vincent Van Gogh – I am rich

It is nice to meet interesting people when you travel.

It is nice to meet interesting people when you travel.

I love to push paint outside of the lines. – Out of the box

I love to push paint outside of the lines. – Out of the box

Native American

It is a humble occupation being a painter

The CSI Approach to Painting

Development of – Woman on Beach : Looking for Sea Shells

Woman on Beach : Looking for Sea Shells


Summary of past blogs

A summary of my more recent blog posts

Quick answers to hard questions

Woman in the Garden : The Vineyard

So why do artist enjoy painting the nudes?

Food for thought – a good painting practice

Reaching for the Light

Giving your best & the frustration it causes


Life can be complex

A list of previous Blog Posts






© 2011 Daryl Urig

A list of many of my recent posts

I wanted to list many my recent posts, just in case you missed one. It is a good habit to do this in a blog, and I have not been very good about it. Please review below.

An Artist Prayer

Call Me

An Artist working with oil painting mediums

Captain Bruce Bishop

Romantic Walk

Give it up painters – to create great paintings

Light is the Stairway to Heaven

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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

Table of Contents: March 27, 2009 through Aug. 12, 2010


“Country View – June 3, 2009” | June 4th, 2009 |

“Knollman Farm House – June 6,2009” | June 8th, 2009 |

“Woman on Beach – June 11, 2009” | June 11th, 2009 |

“The Upward Climb – June 24, 2009” | June 24th, 2009 |

“McKenzie, Animal Portrait” | August 19th, 2009 |

“Happiness” | August 27th, 2009 |

“New Light” | August 30th, 2009 |

“Against the Tide” | October 10th, 2009 |

“Free to Run” | October 19th, 2009 |

“Old House (study)” | October 21st, 2009 |

“Old House” | October 22nd, 2009 |

“Self-Portrait in Woods” | November 9th, 2009 |

“Morning Sun” | April 5th, 2010 |

“Butterflies in My Garden” | April 12, 2010 |

“Turner Farm” | May 7th, 2010 |

“Grob Farm” | May 17th, 2010 |

“Washington Heights School” | May 25th, 2010 |

“Turner Farm House” | May 27th, 2010 |

“My Wife’s Gaillardia Goblin Flowers” | June 3rd, 2010 |

2 paintings | August 12th, 2010 |


“The Guitar Player, My Tribute to Picasso” | July 2nd, 2009 |

Two Guys, Sketch Group | August 26th, 2009 |

“Sunflower Dance” | September 18th, 2009 |

“The Blind Leading the Blind” | December 11th, 2009 |

“Autumn Gourds” | December 21st, 2009 |

“Open Gate” | December 30th, 2009 |

“My Time” | January 4th, 2010 |

“Disrobed” | January 13th, 2010 |

“At Peace – Mother Nursing” | January 18th, 2010 |

“Woman Combing Her Hair” | January 25th, 2010 |

“Sea of Love” | January 27th, 2010 |

“Nude Woman Reclining in Bed” | February 2nd, 2010 |

“Woman Lying on Couch” | February 18th, 2010 |

“Baseball – An American Pastime” | February 24th, 2010 |

“Woman Standing in Doorway” | March 1st, 2010 |

“Red head” | March 8th, 2010 |

“Body Builder 2” | March 15th, 2010 |

“The Model” | May 11th, 2010 |

Cincinnati Art Club Sketches | June 29th, 2010 |


“Moments Before the Return” | September 2nd, 2009 |

Why “Women in Garden” Series? | November 16th, 2009 |

“Plein Air” Series | May 3rd, 2010 |

“On the Road” Series | June 17th, 2010 |

“Women in Garden” Series | July 12th, 2010 |


Open Paint in Garden (Session 1) | July 8th, 2010 |

Open Paint in Garden (Session 2) | July 13th, 2010 |

Open Paint in Garden (Session 3) | July 25th, 2010 |


Grob Farm (Session 1) | June 6th, 2010 |

Grob Farm (Session 2) | June 14th, 2010 |

Grob Farm (Session 3) | July 7th, 2010 |


A Tip from a Painter on Overcoming a Creative Block | March 27th, 2009 |

Emergence of Originality – PROWIA not Style | June 12th, 2009 |

Repainting a Painting for Simplicity | August 23rd, 2009 |

We Gain Empirical Knowledge through our Struggles as a Painter | January 7th, 2010 |

My Daily Routine as a Fine Arts Oil Painter | March 18th, 2010 |

Drawing with Conceived Forms | March 22nd, 2010 |

Use Faith to Paint a Better Reality | August 2nd, 2010 |

Look Past Sociological Ideals to Paint Better | August 5th, 2010 |

Use Your Artistic Neuroses to Paint Better | August 8th, 2010 |


Paint a Portrait from a Photo or Life? What is the Best Rule? | April 3rd, 2009 |

Earning an Income from Your Exhibitions, even Nationally Juried Exhibitions: Ask Questions and Be Informed. | July 14th, 2009 |

Save Money on Canvases, Framing and Juried Show Shopping | August 21st, 2009 |

Are You Really an Impressionist Painter? | April 22nd, 2010 |

Art Is It’s Own Language | July 22nd, 2010 |

Painting Is a Lifetime Study | August 2nd, 2010 |


Daryl Urig’s 31 Days, 31 Paintings, Online May Auction | May 2nd, 2009 |

A Painting a Day, Day 7 | May 7th, 2009 |

A Painting a Day, Day 14 | May 15th, 2009 |

A Painting a Day, Day 21 | May 21st, 2009 |

What I learned from Doing “A Painting A Day” | May 28th, 2009 |

Wrapping Up 31 Days of Continuous Painting | May 31st, 2009 |


Portrait Society of America Award | November 23rd, 2009 |

Arnold Schwarzenegger Choice Award | March 9th, 2010 |