Burn the learning exercises or dud paintings

In my workshops it seems like almost a regular part of my artistic talk, or philosophy as one commented, is that when we learn we do not need to put undo pressure on ourselves. What I mean is, we don’t have to be perfect and we don’t need to necessarily get a painting out of the learning exercises attempted.

I try to help my painters, of any age or experience level get the concept better by relating it to math class. When we where in math class not every time we did our exercises did we take the paper home and stick in on the refrigerator or put it in a frame and hang it on the wall. Some of those D’s and F’s, let’s be honest, never made it home to Mom. Most times we just learned.

We don’t have to always show, look see what I have done. Sometimes we just sharpen or improve the tool. Our self.

Well in painting, I believe we need to give ourselves time to grow and succeed. Not every painting is going to be a masterpiece. Some need to be discarded, or better burned and discarded. Don’t want them showing up on my next-door neighbors wall.

I keep digital records of all my paintings so I can see my progress or learning. Not to mascaraed as some great painter that like a machine turns out masterpiece after masterpiece. I try to be honest about my learning. This is my way.

As the painter, or anything else for that matter, I believe that we should give yourself ample time to experience, fully understand, experiment and then implement. This could take a lifetime or longer.

There are no magic buttons, miracle pill to loose hundreds of pounds, sorry if I ruined that for anyone, or magic paint color. It is through understanding and hard work, with many failed paintings behind us that we find our few successes.

Light a match and say a prayer.

 

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Give it all up painters – to create great paintings

It has not been until recently that I have had much more success with my paintings and it has to do with a couple prime factors.

I have heard that the more you go on with painting the more you see that the old stuff was not so great and start parting with the mishaps of your past creations. As my journey goes on in this blog I have tried to be honest with what I have created posting everything. So you can see my progress. What you don’t know is that many paintings don’t exist anymore or are part of another painting.

I believe to be really successful building on a new painting, I have to be wiling to give up any portion of a painting that is not working and wipe it out, or even begin the painting again. All of the nuances, beautifully rendered portions, color notes, what have you, gone for the greater good of the painting. So what I am trying to say is this,  if you are willing to give up more in a painting, change more things, repaint an area verses holding onto the bad and hoping the rest will fix it, we can paint a better painting.

When we where kids our Mothers or Fathers may have held onto every piece, but we can not do this as mature painters. We need to be able to let go. Why do so many of the old masters painters have so few paintings to show us? Is it that they purged their trial and error development paintings? I know many of them did so.

I used to treasure the parts I had completed too much making it impossible to go back and alter finished portions of the painting. Now if it does not work I simply make it right with a brush or painting knife boldly making dramatic tonal or color changes that help to unite the entire painting. If the background is too light or too dark, then change it. It is remarkable the difference it will make.

Please let me know of your successes.

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Painting the artists’ first glimpse

We all know that when you get back to our studio and look at the photo we shot that so much is lost or missing from what originally inspired us from a scene. A photo, even from a good digital camera cannot capture all of the color and for sure not the impression you received in your eyes and spirit at first glance.

So when I get back to my studio and look at my photo reference I am careful in how I am able to enhance the image in PhotoShop. I make a print out to refer to, I have seen some paint from their computer monitor but this does not work for me. Then I start painting. I am looking at reference photos, but am painting from my memories and inspiration from the event when I took the photos. I can feel the original glimpse I captured in my spirit, with abstract colors, movement of shapes and impression of light in the scene. This is what inspired me in the first place to paint this painting. This is what I need to paint.

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Let’s tell the visual truth. Myths and other lies may be blocking you from your full creativity.

As in all parts of life, lies, myths or false truths can hinder us from reaching our goals. But the tricky part is recognizing the lies so you can tell yourself the truth so you are able to move forward, even leap over unseen obstacles.


What may myths look like? Each may have a little truth mixed in with a bigger lie.


If you can draw really well you will be a widely successful artist or painter. But the fact is if you can draw really well you have probably reached the height of Rembrandt, if you are very lucky and have not superseded him. I believe we need to learn from the past then create something even better based on what we have learned. Not just imitating.


If I can paint exactly like my teacher I will be successful. Duplicating someone else’s efforts just belittles the fact that you personally have something to offer. Painting from where you are, with your experiences and feelings and capabilities is always the best place to begin.


If I paint they will find me. Kind of like the movie, “Field of Dreams”, If you build the ball field, they will come. Unfortunately if you exist hidden away, not promoting yourself, not getting involved you may end up more like Van Gogh. A good painter, but you may not sell much or get noticed till after you die. We can learn a lot from the past.


If I paint like the old masters then everyone will like me. Some may like your work, but it is really just duplicating the past, not embracing the future. I believe there is so much to learn from the masters, but don’t stop there, keep moving forward, developing the new.


If I join lots of Juried shows I will get noticed. You have to be selective and enter shows that best fit you to realize benefits. Not all shows are a good fit.


I can rely on only galleries to sell my work. Not so. Things are changing very rapidly. The gallery owners know and feel this. Some have not been able to keep up with the speed of change of the Internet Marketing. You are always the best person to sell yourself and your work. You understand it best. Make sure the galleries are knowledgeable of all your accomplishments and are sharing them with potential purchasers.

If I pay for an expensive art school I will for sure be a great artist?
Belonging to something great is not as good as participating greatly in painting.


If I can put every detail into my painting it will be beautiful. Possibly, but there is a greater chance of success if you allow some sections of a painting to lack detail and other areas to have enhanced detail to show focus. Simplicity with detail seems like a good balance.


If a put every color I see in the painting it will be perfect. I have found simplifying a color pallet and even the colors or values in a painting adds more clarity verses the opposite.


If I tell the truth in what I see and represent it accurately it will be a wonderful painting. This I have struggled with for a while and have come to the conclusion that a painting is a lie. It is representing things abstractly or simply to represent the truth before us. Telling many visual lies to create or represent one visual truth seems more accurate. The paint colors we use can never come close to the real colors we see in life. Everything is in contrast to what is next to it. A color is brighter next to a gray. More mass and volume come from simplifying tones, even to as low as 3 or 4 tones in an entire painting. Soft and hard edges exaggerates the illusion of real form. We are more in the business of illusion or eye trickery of space and form. So create…


There are so many myths. The experience of painting will help us rid ourselves of many myths from our intellect. As a Painter, understanding truth from the beginning makes it a lot easier to develop our work verses dispelling myths handed to us on silver platters from well meaning instructors.


Maybe my readers can share some of the myths they have had to deal with in regards to their painting. Tell us all about your successes and struggles so we can all learn and benefit by telling the visual truth.


© 2011 Daryl Urig, All Rights Reserved

A mini-business plan for improving my paintings. Proactive steps for the painter #2

See first post on this topic

Since my last post of self-evaluation of my paintings, I have assembled these proactive steps to help myself move forward. No use beating your self up if it does not bring about some kind of improvement

So this time I have taken a more strategic look at what I want to accomplish. Almost like a mini business plan for my paintings.

So what are my goals, objectives, strategies and action plan for my paintings? I won’t bore you with my specifics or try to mislead you with something that does not fit your own artistic pursuits. But I hope to provide you with a direction that you can sit down with and develop your own plan

Goals for me are the things I want to capture more uniquely and noticeably in my paintings. They could be about selling more paintings, but this plan is about improving the work.

Objectives are what I am trying to head towards. I may not get there, but at least with a target I am headed towards something. This can be anything from color to tone representation, shadow areas or subject matter, just anything about the development of your painting.

Strategies are seemingly taking on more of a battle with myself. It may be different for you. I have never been lazy or unable to be proactive or even prolific; I can thank my Mother for this. But what I do seem to struggle with is my inability to focus on an idea till have exhausted all possibilities. I seem to skip and jump more from one process to another. Feeling limited by having to do anything the same way twice. Though funny it may be, I love to make processes and systems about everything. A way of adding order to my Universe. So keeping this paper of ideas before me and constantly referring back to my ideas I have jotted down and to remind me of what I am going to do should be a big help. That is how you do a business plan. You write it down. It adds clarity and focus to your mission.

And lastly My Action Plan, what will be the steps I need to take to accomplish this.

Work harder. Work more diligently and do not take short cuts to get a painting to please someone else. Paint to please my inner yearnings. Paint to the level of understanding that anything I uncover I would be able to teach because I have exhausted so many possibilities that everything is so concrete in my mind about whatever I tackle that it shows up in my work. That I would I know it so well I could paint with my eyes closed.

That is what the early master painters did with understanding anatomy. Leonardo drew everything in such an understandable way to himself. He invented these systems of proportions, many painters did. He even cut cadavers apart to better understand the muscles, bones and structure so that when he painted all of his knowledge was their before you. Not the focus now, but inherently apart of his painting. Even his studies we consider art. He uncovered the master plan of the human form.

Un-cracking something new seems so much better to me than copying another artist style or creating art that just sells. It is me that is represented upon the structure of the canvas for all to see.

© 2011 Daryl Urig, All Rights Reserved

An artist e-mailed me last week with this question:

I work in advertising, but miss painting and drawing. What can I do?


I am sure there are a lot of people out there that feel the same way. So I e-mailed him back and wanted to share my response with my loyal readers.

Here goes:


I am glad to hear you are working in the field, this is a very good first step. I worked in the design field for about 20 years.


You need to do what you love while you hold down your job. If you really want anything you will always find time to fit it in. It really is just prioritizing your schedule.


Taking a class, being part of a group, or starting your own group is a good way to have people around you that may be encouraging. But it really just comes down to you putting in the effort and feeling good about what you do.

© 2011 Daryl Urig, All Rights Reserved

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Breathe life into your paintings with new experiences.

I just got back from Tucson Arizona, and had a breathtaking time. I’ve wanted to visit Arizona since college and to finally arrive there was a blessing.

While there, I often stood and took in as much as I could: majestic mountains, saguaro, prickly pear cactus and the changing colors. The dramatic color changes of the mountains and horizons were like veils of diffusing light, diminishing the distant mountains to simple silhouetted shapes. Adding to the beauty of my trip to Arizona, my wife and I didn’t run into any snakes, scorpions, tarantulas or cougars (my wife’s greatest fear!)

Arizona proved an enlightening and inspiring place for me and my art. And as an American oil painter, I now know I can paint a “Western scene” with conviction.

Please look for my images of Arizona in the coming month on this blog, as I retreat to my winter studio to paint from my many accumulated observations, color notations, studies and photos.

© 2010 Daryl Urig, All Rights Reserved

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Entering the Artist Zone – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

The runner’s high is an oft discussed athletic phenomenon. This term describes the moment a runner reaches a euphoric state in which they feel they can run forever. What most people don’t know, however, is artists can achieve a similar euphoria through their work. In this moment, the artist becomes lost in his thought, his brush’s motions and his observations, and the artwork seemingly creates itself.

I often wonder if it is this high that motivates artists to create. Every painter I know must paint, for if they don’t create something, they feel unfulfilled. I think this lack of fulfillment stems from their inability to achieve happiness when not creating.

I often use painting to relieve my own deep feelings and concerns. Using my art as therapy, I’m able to better understand my emotions. Painting allows me to achieve a state of euphoria that I am incapable of reaching from regular, daily activities.


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

The reality of today’s world is not kind or wonderful.

I believe God wants us to live in the alternate realities we create. The world is harsh and not conducive to faith. Faith means believing in the unseen and translating it into the present, both physically and emotionally.

For me, painting is my escape from the harsh reality of today. When I paint, I use my imagination to create my own world. I try to convey belief, goodness and hope in my work. I want my viewers to understand my constructed reality when they look at my work.

The Bible says that when God returns, will he find faith on Earth? I’m not sure that he will find faith when he returns. I think that instead of true faith, he will find people behaving in a manner of perceived faith. He will find people like the servant, who buried his talent in the ground because he feared his master to be a harsh person. But people living by the mores of perceived faith are not what God wants to find.

I hope my painted reality is better than the world today. I want to imagine and paint the world, as it can be, like the original Garden of Eden, the perfect place for mankind. My goal is to paint beyond my visual reality and to depict my inner truth. I will paint by faith!

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What Will They Say After I Die? … Hopefully Nothing! – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Why do men have to look or think about things like everything is cement and can somehow be understood ? Can’t they feel in themselves all of the emotions, misunderstood feelings, questions, worries, empathy, sympathy, visions, dreams, memories, bad feelings, hatred and love? Art forces us to get in touch with our emotions, bringing an honest sense of reality back to our lives.

I have read so many books by experts and artists that really just don’t seem to add any understanding to art. They err by trying to explain or put visual art into words. What they don’t understand is that art, in itself, is a language. It may not be a written or spoken form of communication, but it conveys thoughts and feelings, like other mediums of expression.

Each can see something different in a painting, but art provides freedom of expression. It allows the eyes, senses, emotions, subconscious, spirit, past thoughts and future all ring out at once. Words are so removed from painting. They are cold letters shaped with serifs or san serifs that speak to the cognitive mind and the senses. Art is for the eyes and soul. Allow these underused parts to play with art for a long time, as its visual language conjures up emotions in the soul and thoughts in the subconscious mind.

Art is life; it transforms, and speaks out visually. It asks us to enjoy so many things, appreciate what you may have not noticed and bring forward the obvious. Some look at a naked body and see nudity and horrid lust due to its connotations in the English language. But the true artist can see beauty in God’s form and Godly desire.

When I die, will you do me a favor and stand before my paintings and say nothing, then take it all in with your eyes and spirit?


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

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More on Daryl Urig:
Interview & Bio: http://www.darylurig.com/about-daryl-urig.aspx

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.

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