Bodybuilders Pumping Up on Contest Day

Arnold Schwarzenegger discussing Body Builders Pumping Up painting
Urig and Arnold Schwarzenegger discussing Urig's Painting Bodybuilders Pumping Up on Contest Day

Arnold Schwarzenegger noticed right away the 6 pack on Aydin Bigkiv in Urig’s painting, Bodybuilders Pumping Up on Contest Day at the 2011 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus Ohio on Saturday afternoon. He said that he appreciate how it was captured in paint and what that moment in time feels like for a bodybuilder.

Bodybuilders pumping up for Contest
Urig with Painting Bodybuilders Pumping Up on Contest Day, 16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas
Urig with Painting Bodybuilders Pumping Up
Urig with Painting Bodybuilders Pumping Up on Contest Day

Woman in the Garden Series – Studio – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Some of my fondest memories of childhood are of my mother working in her garden. It could have been her strong, ethereal connection during those moments, or maybe just the warm glow that laboring in the sun brings. Whatever it was, it imprinted a lasting memory of beauty in my mind.

One day, after observing my wife tending to our garden, I decided to bring my fond childhood memories to my artwork, and developed my “Women in the Garden” series. Each oil painting in this series depicts a woman doing different chores in the garden.

"Dancing Light" Awarded The Presidents Award from "The American Artists Professional League" 2008 Grand National Juried Exhibition

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I used loose brush strokes and vibrant colors with highly textured flowers on the foreground to add space to paint the images in this series. By using this technique, I created my series in the same vein as the Impressionists, like Monet.

In 1867, Monet finished a painting, entitled “Women in the Garden,” that depicted various women, including his wife, Camile, doing a variety of activities in a garden. This piece demonstrated the techniques of Impressionist artists, like loose brush strokes, blurred boundaries and vibrant colors.

In creating my series, I drew inspiration from Monet. His use of loose brush strokes and vibrant colors resonated with my wife and mother’s casual encounters with their gardens. Like Monet, I chose to paint each piece on a sunny day to capture the warmth of beautiful women tending to their gardens.

I hope you enjoy the artistic parallels my “Women in the Garden” series draws to Monet’s artwork. If you are in Cincinnati,  Ohio, please stop by the Greenwich House Gallery at 2124 Madison Road to view my series of paintings.

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Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
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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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Body Builder 2 – Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival – March 15, 2010 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Figurative oil painter Daryl Urig wins Arnold Choice Award from actor and Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Arnold Sports Festival, Art at the Arnold on March 7th 2010. He received a Gold Medallion as recognition from Arnold as his preferred personal choice in painting from the juried event. Visit this post

Body Builder 2 – March 15, 2010
Arnold Sports Festival

Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
10 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

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

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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Arnold Schwarzenegger Choice Award – Body Builder – March 9, 2010 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Figurative oil painter Daryl Urig wins Arnold Choice Award from actor and Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Arnold Sports Festival, Art at the Arnold on March 7th 2010. He received a Gold Medallion as recognition from Arnold as his preferred personal choice in painting from the juried event. See Urig’s body builder painting below.

Body Builder – March 9, 2010
Urig Wins Arnold Choice Award at Art for the Arnold – Arnold Sports Festival

Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
10 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

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

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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Autumn Gourds – Dec. 21, 2009 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Autumn Gourds – Dec. 21, 2009

A Daily Painter – A Painting A Week
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
12x 24 inches, oil on canvas
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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.

View his Exhibit and Awards by clicking here.

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Portrait Society of America Award – Nov. 23, 2009 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Against the Tide, Oil on Canvas
Portrait Society of America

It was nice to be awarded an Honorable Mention Award for a recent Portrait Society of America exhibition in Columbus, Ohio on November 15th, 2009.

After walking in the show, one of my friends brought something to my attention. This was one piece I did for myself, and I had no idea how it would be received. Thankfully, it was very well received and helped me confirm that I was headed in the right direction with my painting.

Portrait Society of America
Against the Tide, Oil on Canvas

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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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Why Woman in the Garden? Nov. 16, 2009 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

I’ve often been asked what inspired, “Women in the Garden?”

I initially thought the answer was obvious, but when I thought about it, it was not so apparent. This is what I eventually came up with:

I have always loved gardening. My mother shared her love of gardening with me at an early age, as her father had shared it with her. My grandfather gave up his job as a chemist to open a nursery and sell flowers and plants. I can remember riding on his lap on the tractor, steering down the old gravel path, as a child. Even after his death, I helped my grandmother dig shrubs.

My new wife, Robyn, and I have a joint love of gardening, so we decided to make the backyard into our own sanctuary. Doing this, I recalled Monet and his love for his garden, so I made mine in his image.

After we got married, I decided to paint her in the garden. At first, she wasn’t willing to model or particularly agreeable while doing so. I think at first she was shy about being the central focus, but she finally grew into it.

My figurative paintings are not portraits of her. But in the grander scheme of things, the piece are a collective representation of her.

See more Woman in the Garden here.

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For Sale/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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A quick link to more of my work

Some of you have been wanting to see more of my work but are not quite sure how to get there.

Here is a quick link to my gallery overview page.

Enjoy

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Earning an income from your exhibitions, even nationally juried exhibitions: Ask Questions and be informed.

Tony Moffit’s Blog talks about the simplified Art Gallery Math to determine your income projection for the year. However, I feel my experiences have made me come up with deeper questions and considerations, concerning an artist’s income.

A huge problem I have is that a lot of the shows I enter seem to be more concerned with vanity than sales. Thus, I’ve learned to ask galleries who want to show my work the following questions:

1) When was the last time your gallery sold a piece? Their answers are often surprising.

2) What is the price range in which your artwork typically sells? This can help with what pieces you choose to show.

3) Will they promote you and to whom? They often have outdated lists. Sometimes they want you to provide them with a list of names.

4) What does the opening reception entail? One of the biggest surprises I’ve had is when a gallery asked me if I would bring something.

One nationally juried show curator yelled at me when I wanted to be informed. She told me that she’s been in nationally juried shows for ten years and has never sold a piece. Sometimes there are even greater surprises!

But the point is, it’s in the artists best interest to ask questions and be informed. Artist must take the reins of their own career, instead of relying on others for success.