Seeing color and developing your artistic eyes

Well I was very wrong about Ohio color. It took me to traveling the United States on my American Workshop Tour to see the colors I have back home. I tell my students this all the time, when we start to see, and develop our artistic eyes, it does not just happen. We continually improve […]

Romantic Walk

There was just something about this scene that made me want to paint it. Romantic Walk, 11 x 17 inches, oil on panel Purchase paintings here: © 2011 Daryl Urig

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 […]

Old Door

This door so impressed me on the old farmhouse in Russelville Ohio. I was not sure I would be able to capture all of the rustic nature of the old wood and weathered paint that was self-destructing and lifting itself from the wood it was attached to. The color changes of the door as light […]

Morning Glory

I was out shooting reference for this painting and I saw this beautiful hill and the sweeping grass, I knew it would be perfect for the model to walk up the hill for a photo. After several tries I believe I captured something I would like to paint. But when I got into the reference […]

Grandpa Urig’s Farm in Avon Ohio held so many memories for me as a kid

Being at my Grandfathers farm was such an adventure when I was a child. My cousin Terry and I would explore everything we could find. Bursting out to take a long walk on those little legs of ours, covering as much of the fields as we could. It seemed like my Grandfathers land went on […]


This was a scene I had to paint. In the barn, there was a bucket hanging from a twisted old nail, accentuated by various shadows and lights hitting the worn floor boards. The light that hit the bucket provided a nice transition to the glaring light that came through the boards from outside. The high […]

Life on the farm (using studies to create great art) – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Dinner Bell, 8 x 10 inches, oil on gallery wrapped canvas As I mentioned in my last post when I was painting, I realized the importance of doing small studies before tackling larger paintings. I could then work out the color flow of the composition with larger more suggestive areas of paint. My first attempt […]

Gatekeeper – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Oil on Canvas – 10 x 20 inches This depicts a scenic view in Indian Hill, Ohio. For me, the gatekeeper’s home is nostalgic of days of yore. It also compliments the beautiful Marge Schott mansion that lies far beyond the gate. The long profile of the gatekeeper’s home was perfect for the long canvas […]

The Old Water Tower – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

The Old Water Tower on 5355 Miami Road in the Village of Indian Hill, Ohio Oil on Canvas, 11 x 14 inches It was only when I started painting that I realized the large size of the old water tower in Indian Hill. In addition to that, the light at the time of my plein […]