Old West or Wild West and Maynard Dixon Experience

The old west has always been dear to my heart. I was raised with TV folklore of my era, the Old West, even the Wild West. As a child and then older adult it helped me to create great visuals about our past. My visit to Maynard Dixon’s home and studio, was like coming home.­ Like Maynard I was not from this area and chose to come and paint it.

The retreat, the artistic experience, the paintings, the terrain and climate, was a very pleasant experience that I will probably cherish for a lifetime. My hosts, Paul and Susan Bingham, who opened their home and vision to me and my group of painters, has influenced each of us greatly in very different and personal ways.

I hope to find just a few of you who are looking for something real, to join me next August in 2013 at the Maynard Dixon property and begin a workshop I am calling “Paint the West”. Please sign up early to secure a limited space here: http://www.darylurig.com/workshop-calendar.aspx

I am placing below a some photos of the terrain and field study paintings (plein air studies) from my visit. Please enjoy them and post your comments and or experiences.

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Rural America

It takes so long to find your way as a painter. I have heard a lifetime. Though I have enjoyed many accomplishments, I feel that I have just now taken my first big step in understanding myself and what I want to paint and how I want to paint it.

I have heard that many judges of juried shows can tell if your work is sincere, and if it is not they will see through you and not select your work. I have no way of telling if this is true or not. But I hope from this time on that they see the sincerity on my work that only I can bring. It is me and no one else.

But what I can say is that one judge told me in a blanket statement in a show that I was part of was this: “ This is very much a Midwest show. It reflects a suburban idea of what art can be. There is no urban imagery and much that celebrates a nostalgic vision of an old-fashioned, rural America.” Thanks Owen Findsen. You are right. And though those words cut me and hurt so much, they where correct. Even the little portion that I was able to digest at that time, and more as time went on.

It was the very words I needed to here to help me discover what I was truly always inspired about as an American painter. It was just that, rural America. Like the great painters, though not all rural, I have always enjoyed, Grant Woods, Andrew Wyeth, Hopper and George Wesley Bellows that captured a glimpse of what America was like in these isolated areas of America. This was something that always inspired me since I came from a very rural area, mostly farming was all around me, and my fathers father was a farmer. We where brought up with what I believed where heartland morals that came out of the second World War when people believed strongly in America, the American people and the American way of life under God.

This is what I really wanted to paint as an American Oil Painter. Bringing our attention to good, handwork and physical life. A biscuit you could be smelled baking in the oven, made from scratch using ingredients available close at a farmers market or even better from your own farm. People who had and could show on their faces life, real life, that they themselves had lived.

Like the documentary photographers of the old Time Life magazines that showed us an unseen life some place in America and bringing it back to our attention.

What I was painting before was more of what I thought art should be as being more duplicates from what other painters had shown as their art. What I want to bring now is my perspective. My concerns. My life of who I am, how I was raised and all that inspires me about the gift of life we all share.

Old Door

Old Door, 12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

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 tried to move under the overhang of this old porch helped to provide illumination for the painting. I was careful to be aware of all of the subtle color changes and this is what I believed made the painting a total success. Even very subtle light colors move into different warm and cool colors. If you do not bring attention to these subtle color changes you painting will look anemic.

I enjoyed some of the rough drawing as it juxtaposed the rough pallet knife painting of the door. The colors seemed to force the visual 3d space.

Neglected Kitchen

I chose the title, Neglected Kitchen, for this piece. But it was actually a painting of a deserted farm house in Russellville, Ohio that a group of painters and I came across as we were searching for good painting spots when we attended a paint out at Lake Waynoka Ohio.

The home was charming Dust and dirt had settled on everything, and you could see the paw prints from cats that had left their mark in the dirt.

This piece fits in well with the other rural paintings I am focusing on, and takes me back to my grandparents’ old farm and nursery, though their place was much cleaner. The older stove and the small kitchen is representative of a lot of older places. I can’t find words to describe the emotions that I feel when I think back on this time.

This painting captures the light difference well. Lost and found edges in this simplified color pallet create unity within the painting. The distorted perspective further adds to the drama and focus of the overall composition.

Neglected Kitchen, 12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

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Daughter of the Light

Being an American Artist, allows me to use my work to reflect on my upbringing in the heartland of American farming: Avon, Ohio.

Religion was important with my upbringing. It was not always completely understood or upheld, but there was a wholesome thread of Christianity.

The fears and hope of being a Christian gripped me. I believed in a strong sense of right and wrong, though like most Christians, failed in my human form to uphold it. But I always had a strong sense that Christianity was there and very real.

This painting depicts American architecture and religion beautifully. There is something intangible said in this image. Even when covered or hidden by human tradition, belief in God is always real.

Daughter of the light, 16 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

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Divided Spaces

When the 9 different paintings are combined they create one image in which 2 opposing forces are held together by one symbol. The 2 forces are the homes in the backyard of the farm and the disfigured tree holds them together. Although these structures are separated, they must co-exist in this backyard The divided canvases further express the division prevalent in the painting.

Divided Spaces, 27 x 27 inches, oil on canvas


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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 I had brought with me. While quickly rendering the painting on the canvas, I tried to capture the stone against the trees and the silhouette of the sky on the structure. After readjusting my drawing, I layered in multi-colored strokes to capture the stones’ ever-changing colors, so I wouldn’t have to paint each stone individually. By accenting points like the tower, the roof cone, the door, the tall and narrow wall and the shale roof edge of the building, I provided form for the piece.

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Speak Up – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

A true painter engages their piece. They layer in countless strokes to provide shimmer and texture to their work. Their paintings emerge with definitive clarity through gestures of the brush stroke.

When completing a painting, do not copy an image or photograph exactly. Add yourself to the scene, extending your artistic experience to create something new.

When painting, your message must be clear. Don’t cloud your visual expression with your preconceived notions about how a piece should look, as you’ll never create a true painting.

When painting, please speak up!


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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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Developing a Painting of Grobs Farm #3 (Finished) – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Finished!

It’s hard to paint things to which you have an emotional attachment. Grob Farm is one of those things: Not only does it have historical importance, but my father, grandfather and three generations before were all farmers in Avon, OH. Going to and painting Grob Farm bring back many fond memories, especially since it’s a working farm that still uses a horse to plow its fields.

The trees and lighting were important to my images, as they demonstrated my protectiveness of the Farm. Even though Grob Farm is old, the long-standing trees screamed strength.

I painted the shadows and fence abstractly to focus the viewers’ attention on the farm buildings. I was also hoping these abstract depictions would draw the viewers into the composition, suggesting something better lurks on the other side of the fence.

My goal for this piece was to approach the Farm as Paul Cezanne approached his mountain. Like Cezanne, I painted plein air, provided my own interpretation of the images and used lights and darks to whimsically suggest form.

As a side note, thank you to the nice people that stopped to talk with me while I painted this location. It was fun to hear their comments and thoughts about the farm!

Read more about this story in a previous blog post: Developing a Painting of Grobs Farm #1
Read more about this story in a previous blog post: Developing a Painting of Grobs Farm #2

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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 is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati for over 9 years and is president of Total Media Source Inc.

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