Dan McCaw shares his personal adventure about fine arts oil painting with Daryl Urig of the Creative Underground in an interview on February 15, 2016.

I hope you enjoy the video interview with Dan McCaw as I have.

I have enjoyed getting to know a fantastic oil painter that I admire. His philosophy on life and painting will make you search deeper when starting your next painting or refreshing an old painting. We will be able to take a painting to a new level making it more enjoyable. Not having to take the same path each time you approach the canvas. We will be opening a new chapter in the book of fine arts oil painters.

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C.W. Mundy reviews “Tips for a Contemporary Painter”, by Daryl Urig

What a pleasure to receive confirmation from such a masterful and accomplished painter as C. W. Mundy. You can read his candid remarks below.

“Hey man, I read your book! It’s like an encyclopedia in understanding the nature of painting with very useful tips! Very easy to read with valuable insight! Congratulations on a fine effort! CW”

Thank you CW, this means a lot to me, Daryl Urig.

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Let’s get on the Path to better Plein Air Painting.

We need a better voice or avenue for a clear and less encumbered presentation for plein air painters. I am proposing an online representation of Plein Air Painters with the Heart and Spirit of the painter, Cezanne. Whom I believe, is the father of modern art and innovation along with renewing plein air thinking. Plein air as a means of exploration, uncovering some new truth in painting as should all painting. Cezanne gave us a wealth of inspiration. Who may we inspire?

Steve Doherty of Plein Air Magazine hung up the phone on me last week when I was sharing my ideas. This brought to the forefront my disgruntled feelings about the direction Plein Air Painting is being represented. I could not ignore this; I had to do something about.

Plein air painting is not about proving that you painted it outside by photographing a Plein Air Selfie of your painting on an easel in front of a scene. It is about learning. It is about forever being the student as Nicolai Fechin discusses. I believe this perspective will provide the path we need in painting.

Let us move together as a team, liberated, where artist are not followers, but explorers and leaders in painting. We do have a voice let us use it.

My offer is an objective opportunity to post new thinking in painting. A board of 7 painters will help to choose innovative painters. With monthly postings and highlighting cutting edge painting. An artist spotlight that will focus on their thinking process along with progressing examples of their work. Giving them the opportunity to present their value in painting. With our better approach, maybe the garage won’t fill up with paintings that all look alike, next to old outdated magazines scheduled for recycling.

To start the ball rolling I am presenting plein air pieces I experimented with while painting outdoors in the Hampton this past month. It made my time painting very fun. The outcome was an unique juxtaposition of normal and abnormal sized images painted with a painting knife. Even a play on the Great Pumpkin Story? It works well with the rest of the composition and is a visual play that asks the viewer to think is this real or imaginary.

9 x 12 inches, oil on panel

If you are that someone that fills this direction, please submit your work for consideration or if you would enjoy being on the selection panels, please email request to: contact@DarylUrig.com


Healthy Painting & Introduction to Painting with the Painting Knife Videos

I hope you enjoy these two videos. There are many benefits to painting with a painting knife. My approach is a much more healthy approach for the oil painter. Live long and paint well.

Healthy Painting


Introduction to Painting with the Painting Knife

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Plein Air Pizzaz – Hamptons NY

I have just completed my “Paint with Me Workshop” with Rose Nigro in the Hamptons this past week. I enjoy visiting with students from my past workshops and having a one on one workshop. There is so much I can teach this way. Utilizing my Plein Air Pizzaz perspective we tackled typical plein air situations in a conceptual and uniquely visual approach with very different results. What fun.

Big Pumpkin, 9 x 12, oil on panel


We painted at some fabulous locations in the Hamptons. There is so much to choose from, there is truly a painting almost every direction you turn. More of a relished time period experience. Lobster boats, lighthouses, older restored homes and new mansions, plenty of a garden and old Farmers Markets, with fresh cider everything perfectly displayed in the New York fashion.  I have a workshop on my calendar for early next October 2015. Returning to focusing on Old Farmers Markets. I hope many of you will join me. Please sign up online now to reserve a limited spot. Click here

I had some opportunity to explore the south fork of the island with her. Visited the studio of a one of my favorite painter, Jackson Pollock a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.

Visited the city of New York and saw another of my painting heroes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), Thomas Hart Benton. He was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed people in everyday United States scenes. He made me feel proud to be able to work as an American.

I am standing in front of John Brown’ (1939) by American regionalist artist John Steuart Curry (1897-1946). Oil on canvas, possibly a study for his series of Kansas murals. Set apart for his paintings depicting life Kansas, alongside of Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood,

This painting that Rose is in front of at the MET is her great, great, great, etc., etc., grandfather, Don Gaspar de Guzman, Count-Duke of Olivares (1587 – 1645). It is a powerful painting of him riding on horseback, painted by Diego Velázquez in1635. He was the principal minister and favorite of Philip IV of Spain.

Wikipedia says he: “was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age. He was an individualistic artist of the contemporary Baroque period, important as a portrait artist. In addition to numerous renditions of scenes of historical and cultural significance, he painted scores of portraits of the Spanish royal family…

From the first quarter of the nineteenth century, Velázquez’s artwork was a model for the realist and impressionist painters, in particular Édouard Manet. Since that time, famous modern artists, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Francis Bacon, have paid tribute to Velázquez by recreating several of his most famous works.”

We visited a unique local landmark, The Big Duck in Flanders New York. I wont go into the whole interesting story of this two floor tall duck. You can read and learn about it yourself in Rose’s new children’s book, The Big Duck, that will come out Christmas 2014. Illustrated by Tom H.John. I had the pleasure of consulting with her and designing the book.

Roadhouse Pizza has the best Pizza Bianca (white pizza, no sauce). You may want them to go very light on cheese. It was heaven eating a slice of this pizza. One said it was like a pizza cheesecake. A blend of real cheeses: Mozzarella, Ricotta and Romano cheese. Visit here: http://www.roadhousepizza.com/home.html

Hope you can share with me the unique experience of the Hampton’s and Painting Old Farmers Markets, October 5 – 8, 2015. Click here