Paint Your Fixation for Success! – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

An accomplished painter once told me a painter needs to paint their fixation. He explained that painting our neuroses provides us with the most in-depth, emotional pieces we will ever complete.

Taking his advice, I coined a simple phrase: Artistic Neurosis. It describes something we obsess over that appears subconsciously in our art. After some thought, I decided to use my neurosis to direct decisions in my artwork. Doing this quickly satiated my need to paint and produced great work.

I would urge all artists to use their Artistic Neurosis in their work. I don’t think you necessarily need to paint your neurotic subject matter, as I did, to achieve great results, see here. But it should be included in a part of your painting composition, like tones, canvas and pattern choices.

Please try this out in your artwork, and let me know what you think about the results!

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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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