Take some advice from yourself

It is always healthy to laugh at yourself. Today I had a question, and I tried to Google an answer. To my amazement, the answer came from my own blog post. I had to laugh because I apparently had the answer after all.

Trust thyself! And laugh as often as you can!

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Reduce Stess by surrounding yourself with hand made oil paintings

For years hospitals and therapeutic facilities have hung art in their buildings to help patients. Studies have shown the benefits of art in the health care field. Paintings can reduce stress of patients and visiting family members, calm fears and aid in the healing process.

Positive healing art images affect the autonomic nervous system, hormonal balance; brain neurotransmitters, the immune system and the blood flow to all organs in our body.

We live in a very stressful world, why not place in our living spaces paintings that help us to enjoy life and reflect quietly on pleasant places that uplift us? Look for a painting with colors and images that make you feel happy and enthuse you then purchase it. There is nothing like having hand made objects near you.

Surround yourself with paintings that you love. It is up to you to change your world.

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Forgotten Tractors – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

I had a great weekend of plein air painting at Lake Waynoka in Sardinia, OH. I enjoyed conversing with my hosts, Tom and Donna, and the other painters while painting various pieces, even though I didn’t sell any of my work. The weekend was supposed to provide artists with a forum in which to sell their paintings, but the event was not planned out well enough to interest serious collectors. Like most events comparable to this one, it didn’t help the artists sell their work, but it was a great time.

The image shown below is “Forgotten Tractors” in Russellville Ohio. It’s an 11” x 17” painting on a gallery wrapped frame. I think the yellow light and subtle colors of the wood on the barn contrast the richly red tractor with bright headlights that sits forgotten in the doorway of the barn. For this piece, color was most important. And the color shifts in large areas helped keep the piece exciting.

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Painting the Model Live from the Garden and from Photos in a Group 2 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

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Woman Waiting in Garden

Oil on Canvas – 24 x 20 inches

For this session, we chose to position the model completely in shadow. After positioning her, it seemed her head and face fell into a deeper shadow, which caused grays, teal grays and brown earthy colors to fill the scene.

My challenge with this piece was to match the deep tones of the scene. I wanted the painting to emerge from the background with somber, bluish-gray tones.

In retrospect, I could have taken a more direct approach to this piece. But I was initially unsure of how dark the tones had to be to hold the figure. Thus, I started painting lighter and continued to paint the piece until I acquired the deep tones. At the end of my painting session, I used Liquin glaze to deepen areas of the painting while allowing the color changes I had previously created to stand.

See the beginning of this story and how this painting started

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nude reclining – sketch group – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

I wanted my rendering to capture the simplicity and cascading lighting in this image while remaining sensitive to the subtle color changes in the model’s skin. I decided to capture the light and dark pattern and color changes in a beveled form. Although I made the painting of the figure more linear, it was the atmosphere that I created that held the painting together by merging the figure and background.

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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.

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The “Starving Artist” is not a stereotype – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Artists spend their lives searching for praise and appreciation for their work. Most don’t ever find it. For some, it comes posthumously. For the lucky few, they find it within their lifetime.

The point is: most artists spend their lives struggling. Although people admire their work and devotion to their craft, they seem to have little respect for the artist themselves.

Most people get steady jobs after they finish high school and college. For them, their career is only a means to sustain their family’s lives. But for an artist, their work is their life’s passion. Unfortunately, artists don’t always enjoy the steady stream of income that those who take corporate jobs do.

Whether it’s their lower income or lack of steady work, artists find themselves under-appreciated in the corporate world. Although museums, festivals and galleries showcase their work, the artist rarely profits, both personally and professionally.

When one thinks of art, only some names come to mind: Monet, Picasso, Da Vinci and Michelangelo, to name a few. Although each of these artists achieved notoriety (some posthumously) with their work, they struggled.

Monet’s famous piece, “Women in the Garden” (1866-67), took him about two years to finish. The canvas was 2.5 meters tall, and in order to paint the entire piece outside, he dug a trench in his garden and devised a pulley system to lower and raise the canvas. Although he labored over this piece for years, the Academie de Beaux-Arts denied the painting’s entrance to the Salon (art exhibit) of 1867. The Academie’s denial of his painting devastated Monet, as he had devoted a huge amount of time, money and energy to this piece.

Instead of changing his work to suit the Academie, Monet, along with other artists, seceded from the mainstream artistic community (the Academie) and founded the Impressionists. These men gained the acclaim that all artists desire, but only after a period of struggle.

The subjectivity of art, as evidenced by Monet’s clash with the Academie, is a big part of why artists struggle. By the nature of their work, artists are slaves to the likes of the consumer and viewer. Choosing to conform to the wants of the consumers can benefit the artist, but even if their work is “en vogue,” they still seem to financially struggle.

Although artists are the ones who preserve and enhance the culture of towns, cities and countries, they’re highly under-appreciated. If the everyday businessman or woman can make a steady income, why can’t the everyday artist?

…Maybe their pursuit of a career that they love is comparable to a monetary reward?

But I think that’s just a cop-out!


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A place in Art History – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

I wanted to provide admirers of my artwork with the opportunity to become part of my work and legacy. By joining me in my creative process, my collectors and I will forge a place for ourselves in Art History.

I have offered to paint at twelve private events for the remainder of 2010. I will create a unique painting at each of these special occasions, drawing upon my impressions of the affair.

For more information about this service, please look here.


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Purchase:
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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.

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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 air session lit up both the top of the tower and the ground beneath it. Although this created a beautiful effect, it made capturing the image more difficult. I think I ultimately achieved the lighting effect and showed the grand nature of the tower in my piece, but not without some alterations of my original rendering.

While painting outside, I especially enjoyed completing the top section and cloud portions of the piece. But upon arriving at the studio with my initial rendering, I noticed that the bottom of the painting did not fit with the top section. After noticing this, I repainted the bottom portion based on both my memory of my plein air session and the photograph I took of the location.

Like most of my paintings, I learned a lot from this piece.

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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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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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Purchase:
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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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Open Paint – Plein Air with Live Model – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Thoughts before the session:

Painting a live model outside has much to offer the oil painter. Unfortunately, most artists (even some of the original Impressionists) paint their live models inside, and only move outdoors to paint their background.

Fortunately, I like to paint live models in my garden. Painting a live model in the garden provides both natural light and colors. Painting a whole piece outdoors teaches an artist to capture various moments in time in order to create a cohesive design on their canvas.

Some of the potential drawbacks of the session could be rapidly changing light, difficult weather conditions, or storms. Painting moving light, however, adds something interesting to a painting. Even in indoor settings, a model’s movement changes the position of their garments, altering their pose and affecting the lighting.

Painting outdoors, the artist needs to be more aware of time and their surroundings. Artists only have a certain amount of time for each sitting. Due to this time restriction, artists must complete their pieces over an extended period of time. However, a day or week can change subtle parts of the landscape, making it difficult to paint a uniform image. However, I think the changing landscape is beneficial, as it provides the artist with more choices to make for their piece.

Thoughts after the first the painting session:

Before the session, I was nervous the model wouldn’t show. But that proved to be needless worry, as she showed up and the session commenced on time.

Everyone started their painting differently. Some worked in one tone, others from top to bottom, and myself in a general color exploration.

We were all impressed with how our positioning for the model worked well, as over the three-hours, the lighting on the model didn’t change. We only encountered subtle changes, as the light moved, providing a variety of choices for setting the model off from the background.

work in progress - session 1

My main concern was placing the model in a position on the canvas that would allow me to heighten the composition and further develop the piece. As usual, I spent much of my session, focusing on the colors of the painting. I tried to place each stroke as a gesture stroke, loosely laying soft colors next to each other, while remaining aware of the lights and darks needed to bring the painting together.

Overall, it was an invigorating session, especially as I was in the company of committed painters. Most importantly, new friends were made and everyone appreciated the garden!

Daryl Urig’s Paintings from the Garden with a Live Model – Wednesday Evenings Open Painting

What to Bring:

Easel and painting supplies

Drop cloth – to protect my patio

Umbrella – to shade your canvas and pallet for consistent color matching

Large canvas – to complete in 2 paint sessions

Small canvas – to do a quick color study and work out composition

$15 payment is due on arrival to participate in paint session

Time: Wednesday Evening from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Starts June 30th

Please come 15 minutes early to set up. Stay after to share a glass of wine, your paint experiences and dreams. Water will also be provided.

Confirmation: Please come to as many classes as your schedule will allow. E-mail prior to each class to reserve your spot.

Location:

Daryl Urig’s Studio

654 Ridgeview Drive

Harrison OH 45030

USA

513-708-7981

contact@DarylUrig.com

Notes: This is a non-instructional class. When you attend a class, please be courteous to the other painters, talk quietly, and be open to and ready to provide constructive criticism to your fellow painters. You must provide your own supplies, meals and transportation.

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

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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