Daryl Urig, Renaissance Man, Over a Decade of Fine Art Oil Paintings


I kept hearing these two words as people would whisper under their voice when they walked away. It is usually not a good sign but in this repeating incident, it was. It happened so frequently that I had to look it up and see what it meant. “Renaissance Man”. Renaissance Man is a person who has wide interests and is expert in several areas. My one friend told me years ago that I had the largest toolbox of anyone he had ever met. One of my past employers told me my sign should say I can do it all. I only wish I could, but I do not like to limit my expertise in any one area for too long a time. In my painting, I like to explore as many facets as I can. Not limiting myself to one look or design. In my Gallery Opening Exhibition and 9-minute video on my YouTube Channel, I provided a good cross section of 15 facets I explored in over a decade of painting.

Renaissance Man, Fine Arts Oil Painter
Renaissance Man

Opening Exhibition is Saturday, October 27th at my Gallery in Springdale Ohio from 4 to 7 pm.  At Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground, Yorkhaven Professional Plaza, 430 Ray Norrish Drive, Springdale Ohio. By appointment through 2018.

“Renaissance Man”. See how the story unfolds. My first rebirth, with many to come…

On the Road

Change and fears are probably the best two words to describe this painting series. What would my new life look like, recently divorced? “On the Road”, series of paintings in hindsight had many insights into past and future events in my evolving life. Beyond that, it seemed to represent my fears of driving on the road and unsettled life of leaving my first wife and finding my new life. In grays and limited color, a rebirth from the first painting to the last visually documents my physical and mental transition.

Gods’ Voice

Color full in contrast to On the Road, simply stylized depictions of Gods footprint in my life representing He is walking with me. His omnipotent power is ever present even when things are completely unclear.

Keepsake Portraits

A portrait is supposed to tell us something about the person. My idea was that the things we keep in our junk drawer in the haste of life tell us something more. What things will we keep verses throw away, tells us something much deeper about our psyche. Three images, painted from my junk drawer collection, if you want to call it that. What does your drawer tell about you?

Woman in the Garden

A series of fine art oil paintings about my new wife Robyn. Colorful, beautiful, elegant in many different situations she projects the essence of Woman in its most beautiful form. Maybe howl Adam first saw Eve.

Moments Before the Return

Three small paintings illustrating the still quiet moment just before the return of Christ. (Wouldn’t that solve a lot of people’s problems quickly?) Looking forward to that moment when everything makes sense with us and the universe. The moment the air stops, the color of the atmosphere and light, one more moment and He is here. Game over.

Americana

Guess I will be here for a while

There are certain road scenes that depict the heart and development of our country. Those quite souls that are the backbone of our great country. This is a scene I saw driving home from college many times.

Historic Sites

I have been drawn to old historic locations for many years. It may be more about the thoughts I create for the architecture on location and what I thought took place at its’ peak in life that most drew me in.

Miniatures, A Painting a Day for 31 days in the Month of May

Miniature 5 x 7-inch quick sketch oil paintings. Thirty-one different paintings from photographs I had taken with a goal to build skill and sales.

Landscape Painting

Further development of the paintings painted with a knife brings me on location, outside landscape painting, called Plein Air by the French. Smaller 9 x 12 or 12 x 16 paintings using a very large painting knife forces texture and simplification of form onto my painting panels. Developing my eye for natural color that can only be developed outside. Painting quickly to capture the light before it moves and changes shadows, color and form. A whole new artist easel set up with supplies made for carrying and painting. The Knife make painting much easier with swifter clean up than that of a brush, better suited or outside painting.

Three books from my learning

Plein Air Painting for Everyone
Painting Knife Explained
Tips for the Contemporary Painter

I wanted better books to help growing artist than what I had grown up with. My goal was to make them simple to understand with a powerful inspiring direction. Available on Amazon.

Daryl Urig’s National Workshop Tour

Self-marketing, developing curriculum and teaching on the road for two years. How to paint workshops spanning from East to West Coast. I enjoyed the travel, the new sights and meeting very nice people. Focusing on just art made me very welcoming to most art appreciators. In the back of my mind, I thought that new locations may inspire greater learning. I found instead that painting is very personal. It is more about our experience, not the location. So, wherever you are you can make art. Our thoughts can be, how does this affect us? What is going on in our head now? Our experience and past experiences all wrapped in one painting just where we are.

Finding Forrest Gump

It was a fun search for the location of the movie shootings in South Carolina of Forrest Gump. I visited my mother and helped her with her ever-growing garden and painted. Most of these paintings involved boats, seamen and low country marsh areas of Bluffton and surrounding areas plus Charleston South Carolina.

Going Big

Back in my studio in Cincinnati or in South Carolina I began painting larger scale painting with my painting knife, now a 6 inches long blade nearly double its previous size. No real definite theme just interested in magnifying a little painting into an enormous texture of moving and swirling paint on a larger scale. To accomplish this, I began with very small studies. The studies served as reference and direction for larger paintings.

Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground

Artist Interviews. Interested in hearing about other fine art painters’ ideas I began Interviewing prominent painters in person and over the Internet, publishing videos to my YouTube channel. My hopes were to gain greater clarity than was previously described by previous writers and interviewers. As an artist interviewed by another artist may help find and explain the real inspiration of what goes on in a painter’s mind when they paint. https://www.youtube.com/DarylUrig

Individual Perceptions

I had always thought about the difference between artwork and our perceived reality. You know the one we think we are all living in. But are we? The more I thought I realized it is all about individual perception. We do not all see or think the same. What was mine? This crossover between real and unreal painting seemed right to me.

Digging deeper, Pareidolia

This started numerous explorations on “stream of consciousness” painting. Painting with a large soft brush monochromatically. Painting, turning the canvas, making associations while adding more soft brush strokes, turning the canvas, painting what image may begin to appear, then see what another direction may bring. This continued as a random painting, images would begin to emerge from the canvas. The term is Pareidolia. A jacket on a chair could be interpreted as an animal. Or when driving my car, as I turn my head to see my blind spot before changing lanes, made the seat headrest appear as a person. At an early age, I would be told to take a nap on the couch in our living room. The coach had a flower painting above it. As I got groggy a man would begin to appear in the flowers. Recently I researched this, and it is called Pareidolia. It is when our mind assembles an image and relates it to something we already recognize. Funny, for the most part now I do not see these images appearing as much as they used to. It is like painting got rid of the fear of the unknown.

My Doodles? Cubism?

We cannot escape other painters influences that we greatly admire. There must be some reason why their artwork resonates with our spirit. Somehow their “breath of life” must have connected with ours through their painting. I have a few of these artists that I admire. As a child I first admired his work, it is Pablo Picasso. Some may try to spoil my fun with their knowledge of his not so perfect life. Who is perfect? I do the same for music. I like or do not like music. It is not about the person. I love the art form. Pablo for some reason inspires me. Occasionally I see the part of him that resonates with me show up in my painting. Hi Pablo.

More dormant thoughts

Yoga and Meditation, always with prayer opened my mind up for some other dormant thinking and images. Throughout my life, I would have this dream of flying over my neighborhood where I delivered papers. The meditation helped me to catch the ideas I usually would just naturally overlook and dismiss. The painting ended up in a six-page article with several other paintings of mine in the April/May 2018 International Artist Magazine. That was a nice honor and recognition that I appreciated very much.

Being in the Present

A yoga thought keeps my paintings developing in many new directions. I do not limit them to how they should look or dictate what they must become. Currently, I have explored a few images that came out of meditation. From the initial conception, I have a solid direction. This has helped me liberated my art even further. I have broken down the barriers of have-to’s and can let it flow.

Healing Power, 18 x 24 in.

Final note

Each of us can choose to add fresh ideas to the great legacy of Art that has been developed and handed down to us, with no strings attached. Painting may be the greatest documentary of the human soul known to man.

Setting better goals for the 2016 fine arts painter

  1. If you thought about painting, now is the time to begin
  2. Keep painting fun
  3. Paint with purpose
  4. Have a clear message
  5. Engage the viewer
  6. Paint your own idea
  7. Find answers to gaps in your learning
  8. Allow your personality to show through in each new painting
  9. Believe in yourself
  10. Get rid of any self-doubt
  11. Stop worrying
  12. Focus on what new things you want to achieve
  13. Find something you like about 10% of each painting
  14. Look for an instructor different than yourself
  15. Work ridiculously hard
  16. Be practical
  17. Take chances
  18. Reach out to a wider audience of collectors
  19. Paint what you enjoy
  20. Master the art of selling paintings

What would consider adding to this list?

I have filled my gallery at the Creative Underground with many of my painting experiences. I would enjoy having you stop in for a visit. Please call or text before you come.

You may enjoy starting a painting class with me on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8pm. please contact me below:

Call/Text: 513-708-7981
Email: contact@DarylUrig.com
Website: www.DarylUrig.com

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An update to my faithful blog followers

To my faithful followers that have signed up on my website blog “the Adventures of an American Oil Painter”. Thank you, it has been a very busy and challenging time.

I have so many thoughts going on in my head. Not having time to express them in a painting is very frustrating for me. Today I was able to get outside in the warm sun and finally paint a landscape viewed from my studio. Painting and tennis are very important emotional outlets for me.

This may be a little jumbled and informative so just hang in with me for a minute or two.

I’ve been finished constructing my studio. Many you have followed and seen the progress. I recently finished my desk and my “Wall of Paintings”. I have too many paintings to count and not enough frames or wall space to hang them. I designed a compact display system; this seems to be working out well. Still working on the lighting for these beautiful paintings. All of my paintings are part of my Holiday Celebration Exhibition, December 7, 8 and 9, 2015, from 10 am till 4 pm. Stop in and enjoy a glass of wine with me and peruse 100’s of paintings at friendly holiday pricing.

I never understood how having space for a gallery would affect me. It’s fun when all the paintings are displayed together. You can begin to see distinct character that is developing in your painting style. We are always learning and growing, as painters, otherwise it would not be any fun. What kinds of notions, ideas or subject matter you are drawn to. You see them popping up consistently in various paintings. It can be very encouraging and enlightening to the painter.

Over the last two or three months I have been developing two paintings, as I mentioned earlier. An abstract landscape of sky and clouds, much of this was the accomplished primarily in my head. The second is a figurative painting of a female practicing Yoga. Working with sketches, photos and painting color studies while carefully describing shapes to make an interesting representation. I cannot wait to get fully immersed in both of these developing paintings.

I am leaving in a few days for South Carolina and will be there for three weeks.

Forgot, remodeled our kitchen.

Did I mention Dan McCaw? He is a fabulous oil painter. I love his work. We have been working on a video together discussing his painting. This hopefully will be completed shortly and will be available for viewing at Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground; you also may freely view many other painter interviews at www.DUCreativeUnderground.com.

I just love what I am doing and have so much passion for it. I want to share my enthusiasm with you. In January, on the 12, 13 and 14th, 2016, I will be hosting a workshop for beginning to intermediate painters called “Get Back into Art – Finding a Creative Outlet” at my Creative Underground Studio. Please see details on my website.

Hope to see you soon.

Our Journey – Getting to Know T. C. Steele

My journey this past weekend with my wife Robyn took us to these three locations where we learned more about T. C. Steele. Without any doubt T. C. Steele is one of Indiana’s best-known painters. We enjoyed learning about a talented and adventurous man with a strong will to grow his painting. Our first stop was in Waveland, Indiana. I want to thank the Tim and Meg Shelly for their vision of renovating T. C. Steele Boyhood Home and opening it up for painter retreats.

We took time to get to know the character of the home and its surrounding landscape. We saw the intense fall tree colors. One of our favorite excursions was to Turkey Run State Park about 10 miles away. There we enjoyed a unique hiking experience, walking and climbing through creek bed paths and straddling between rocks, stairs and steep ladders that would drop down to lower narrow plateaus.

Steele has a lot to tell us about living the artist life. Though I will keep it short. He sought education in painting and then taught others. He made a living by primarily painting portraits, this to support his love for outdoor painting of Indiana landscapes.

To help Steele further his art training, his friends and art patrons provide financial support for him and his family to go to Munich, Germany. There he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. From what I have seen from other painters who attended the Munich school was a similar love for greys in a painting. This movement in painting influenced Steele. Carrying it not only in his portraits but also landscape paintings.

Later Steele was called a Hoosier Impressionist painter.  Though his work had a totally different direction from the Impressionists painter Claude Monet in Paris, who created Impressionism.

T. C. Steele Boy Hood Home, Daryl and Robyn Urig

T. C. Steele's Chair painted by Daryl Urig

For our second stop we traveled to Indiana University and saw many paintings in their art gallery. My favorite figurative oil painting titled “The Boatman” was by T. C. Steele. Painted in 1884. It was painted in mostly smoky greys.

The Boatman, 1884 by T. C. Steele

To finish our weekend journey we traveled to Nashville, Indiana to see one of his many studios. This one called the House of the Singing Woods is a beautiful studio in a very primitive and remote spot high on top of a hill.  Not a practical choice for a studio where one chooses to live. There was no available water, suitable land for planting or available food for someone who does not hunt. His wife was totally unprepared. She did not know how to cook on a potbelly stove or even cook for that matter.

Steele’s choice was based solely on the artistic view. It was a beautiful, majestic home in simple remote surroundings. An environment to paint and entertain many visitors who would like to drop in and see what was going on with this unusual couple.

He was capable of teaching and supported his family with his portrait commissions. His wife later planting gardens so they would have food and flowers to include as subject matter for paintings.

It so surprised me that though they did not have all of the technology we have today he had many avenues for success. The world must not have look too big to him so he moved many times. Living in many places from Indiana to Michigan, Chicago and Germany. Possibly more.

There is so much to say about this man and his wife. To enjoy it fully you will want to visit his historic sites and take the tour in Nashville to get a glimpse of his life.

Singing Woods in Nashville Indiana, Home/Studio of T. C. Steele

Watch video of Daryl Urig and his Interview with Rachel Perry published author of “Paint and Canvas: A Life of T.C. Steele” 

Appreciate each God given day we are privileged to live

A few weeks ago coming back from a paint out in Elkhart, Indiana I had a seizure while driving home to Ohio. I remember my sight going black and saying to myself “I am driving and cannot see”. The rest was told to me by a police officer that was at the accident. I drove my car across oncoming traffic and perfectly put my car between two 4-inch trees. The air bag did not employ and no one was hurt, though my car was totaled. My Honda Accord was so tight between two trees that the tow truck driver had a very difficult time backing it out. Somehow I climbed out my drivers’ window and was wondering around. A gentleman stopped and kept me from wandering into traffic. I was told that it took five police officers to wrestle me to the ground. Evidently seizures give you superhuman strength. I became conscious later in the emergency vehicle hand cuffed to the stretcher screaming at the top of my lungs, finding it hard to breath and disorientated. So obviously I am not driving until we understand better what is going on.

The last time I had a seizure was 25 years ago when I was at work. An emergency vehicle took me to the hospital. After testing they discovered I had an AVM, a malformation of arteries into veins in the brain that I was born with. They were ready to rupture at any time. It was very good it was detected otherwise it could have killed me. The seizure at that time was a blessing because it brought attention to my serious condition.

This recent seizure reminded me of my seizure of 25 years ago. I thought to myself, “Is this another sign bringing attention to something new going wrong in my body?”

My heart doctor thought it might be my heart since I had tightening in my jaw before the black out, but a day in the hospital and a few other tests proved my heart is strong.

Later tests on the arteries in the brain showed everything to be normal. I had a definite sense of relief that took a few days to sink in, but now what? I will meet with a Neurologist in the beginning of December; they seem to be in no rush or concern to get me in sooner. Thankfully my original brain surgeon Dr. Tew, who is out of my current medical plan, has valiantly volunteered to review new test results.

I feel good, even strong. Possibly the seizure rebooted my system. I for sure see things differently. I appreciate everything a little more. Feel more sympathy for those close to death. We won’t live forever and it is very hard to come to grips with these thoughts.

I will continue to paint and hope I live till 105 or 110 years of age. I hope God will welcome me into His domain when it is the proper time, but not before. I feel at peace with my mortality. I do not fear what is to come but will no doubt grasp for life with each and every closing breath.

 

 

Save this Date on Your Calendar – September 5, 2015!

Marine Outlet Study, 9 x 12 oil on panel

I was able to see many artists this past weekend in Richmond Indiana for the IPAP, OPAS & RAM paint out. I was surprised how close Richmond is to Springdale Ohio. We had nice weather and a wonderful time painting and talking with other painters.

Many mentioned to me to count them in for the FREE EVENT, IPAP, SkyScapes & Urban Settings Paint Out. Open to all Plein Air Painters on September 5, 2014 at the Creative Underground. There is a pretty view here. I updated the flyer with the latest information including our judge since she had a family event date conflict. Miss you Mary Ann.

If you can, please Text: 513-708-7981 or Email: Contact@DarylUrig.com your full name so I may get a good idea of those participating.

I have secured inexpensive lodging for about $50 an evening. If you want to double or triple up it could be a lesser cost. So please register with the hotel early. I believe a breakfast is included.

Many great quality painting prizes to be won and awarded at the event. A Paint Safe Easel donated by Wayne Campbell we will have a drawing for from the first 25 sign-ups to appear. Including prizes from M. Graham Oil Paints, Rosemary Brushes, Plaza Art and more. Plus Plein Air games for fun and awards.

I planned group lunch for those who want to gather and interact with other painters. It will be a good social plein air experience with awards for all levels of painters to have a chance to win.

Please pass this along to any other groups you may be involved in so it may be a success.

Download Event Flyer Click Here

 

A follow up workshop is offered to those wanting to attend.

September 7, 8 & 9, 2015
Immersive Plein Air Experience – Workshop
Daryl Urig – At the DU Creative Underground
430 Ray Norrish Drive, Springdale(Cincinnati), OH
Cost $375
We can learn so much from painting on location in the open air. Lots of hands on demonstrations and practical explanations on the benefits of having an a plan for capturing great Plein-Air painting studies. Including creating dynamic compositions, mixing rich colors, and capturing light with lively paint. You will be amazed at the difference it will make to your paintings. Open media, demonstrations with painting knife in oil paint and pencil.

Questions? Call/Text: 513-708-7981
or Email: Contact@DarylUrig.com

I look forward to seeing you.

Daryl Urig

What is happening at the Creative Underground?

YouTube Painter Interviews • Workshops • Plein Air Event • Gallery Exhibition

Recent Interviews by Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground YouTube Channel

What is a Painting? Live Talk with Daryl Urig – Shades of Summer 2015 Plein Air Event, June 26, 2015


The Cape Cod School of Art – What is Impressionist color? Live Interview with Carolyn Biggio, June 24, 2015

More YouTube Interviews here: ducreativeunderground.com


We just finished up a three-day workshop on understanding the painting knife, based on my book, Painting Knife Explained. Starting with exercises to become familiar with the tool, description of painting products needed, priming panels, to learning to see color and painting from photos and/or sill life. This was my first workshop taught in the new studio, it what so much fun. I hope to do more in the upcoming months.

Get on the Road, 16 x 12, oil on panel

The class demo was “Get on the Road”, 12 x 16, oil on panel, demonstrating the energy of paint on the knife, color to lost and found edges while create visual space.

The next workshop is on Plein Air Painting, September 7, 8 & 9, 2015
To Sign-up Call/Text: 513-708-7981 or Email: Contact@DarylUrig.com

Don’t miss our Plein Air Event here at the Creative Underground, September 5, 2015, SkyScapes & Urban Setting Paint Out.There are many great prizes, competitions and fun to participate in and watch. Covered by our very own Creative Underground YouTube Chanel. You may be our next big star. Plus a great day to see other painters, paint, enjoy companionship and eat lunch together. Download flyer here: http://darylurig.com/images/SkyScapes-2015-flyer.pdf

Tuesday Evening, September 29, 2015, Creative Underground Gallery Exhibition opens at 6:30 pm and is open to the public. Please bring a friend. Enjoy with us great works of art, a glass of wine and select hors d’oeuvres.

In art as in life there is a need for a new perspective on learning

Learning is a gift we sometimes overlook. To take a fresh perspective on learning, try teaching someone something. When they get it you will quickly see the amazement and appreciation upon their face. Like a young child we learn about the beauty of creation. Noticing for the first time a birds’ distinctive chirp or a flower that resonates its’ scent. We understand the simple things of life are beautiful and thought provoking.

When we stop learning or being the student of life, we stop moving forward and stagnate. Then life seems less interesting, more conflicted and even hypocritical because we have lost our vision to discover new ideas and fresh approaches.

If we think we have all the answers and need no one else to enlighten us, or are so self sufficient that we can answer any question we may have just fooled our self. When we think we know it all we begin shutting out new life or answers and direction.

Life is constantly changing as our physical bodies, emotions and perceptions do. What we may have thought as a constant truth years ago today may change. If we are open to new understanding today we may see that what once may have served us well is not sufficient any longer in today’s world.

So learn something new. Acknowledge your humble inexperience and begin to open up your life again. It will exhilarate your life and those around you.

I have spent a lifetime uncovering and exploring what fine art painting means to me. Many teachers and experiences have guided my path.  What I am offering you is the opportunity to learn, learn, and learn.

You have an opportunity to learn on July 6, 7 and 8, 2015 or September 7, 8 and 9, 2015 the Art of Painting in my studio, Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground in Springdale Ohio.

Please call or text for more information at 513-708-7981
Visit my website at www.DarylUrig.com

 

 

“The First Brush of Spring” paint out in New Harmony Indiana

“The First Brush of Spring” paint out in New Harmony Indiana this past week was a great artist retreat. I was able to paint, meet up with old friends and make many new acquaintances. Thank you to all that participated and made this a meaningful time away.

Urig Painting, rough sketch of Soap Lady in New Harmony IN

Grain Bins in Overcast Day #4, 9 x 12, oil on panel
Barn Exploration #1, 9 x 12, oil on panel
Barn Exploration #2, 9 x 12, oil on panel
Barn Exploration #3, 9 x 12, oil on panel
Barn Exploration #4, 9 x 12, oil on panel

I enjoy taking one scene and exploring it from all angles as I have with the Plein Air “Barn Exploration”. All paintings completed with a painting knife which provides a beautiful rich textured paint application. Please look for me my upcoming workshops on my website.