Preliminary painting development takes some of the anxiety out of painting. “Woman with Basket”

For as long as I can remember I have heard how beneficial doing pencil sketches, small thumbnails or color studies can benefit my work. But thinking I know better, I skip ahead missing these important steps.

Now I go back to these most important steps in developing a painting and find out how beneficial they are to my final painting.

Woman with Basket, 12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas
Woman with Basket - Study, 6 x 4 inches, oil on canvas
Woman with Basket Study, 6 x 4 inches, oil on panel
Woman with Basket, 12 x 16 inches, oil on panel

It is a delicate balance between understanding aesthetics, composition and details. Every concern pulls you in a different direction. Balance is important in life and painting.

My inefficient process was that when I get involved with the idea of the finished painting I rush toward the details, many times forgetting some of the more important items like composition, design, and color flow.

All of these can easily be worked out in preliminary sketches and very small color studies. It actually takes some of the anxiety out of the painting process by not having to do all of this the first try, or having to balance all of these decisions in my head when I leave down each stroke of the paint.

I find I am more comfortable spending time on my painting knowing the direction provided by preliminary painting development. This work helps me to figure out things that I would have normally missed. Subtle adjustments done instinctively to forms in the rough would never had been seen when I get overwhelmed and caught up with detailing an intended direction of a finished painting.

One big thing I have learned, I am not sure why this has taken me so long, is that every painting I do is not worth keeping. Most are for learning, others mistakes, once in awhile I find one that I really like for some unexplained reason, but all lead up to a better understanding of my trade.

The painting shown here of the woman and basket was developed from a photograph, pencil sketches, color study shown here and final larger painting shown here.

© 2011 Daryl Urig

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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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 #1 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

With these pieces, miniature (8” by 10”) plein air paintings of Grobs Farm in Indian Hill, Ohio, I am trying something different.

Grob Farm – May 17, 2010
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Old Farm Buildings – May 3, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

At first, I approached this project by creating sketches and taking photos of the farm back to my studio. I used these studies of the farm to paint a large image of the farm on canvas. Unfortunately, I quickly realized I needed to get my canvas on location to capture the Farm (see below).

So I hauled my 36” by 24” canvas, a pallet with oil paints and an umbrella to Grobs Farm. I needed the umbrella in order to shadow my painting correctly while outside. I started my second session with this piece (see below), which lasted about two hours. That’s the longest you can paint outside without a dramatic change in daylight. Monet, with his Impressionist pieces, would paint on location for just a short period of time, then pack his things and move on to another painting for a short period, and so on. Lighting is everything, as you want to capture an instance of light with an image, not movement.

I used straight oil paint, odorless turpentine and a no.12 Escoda, long Filbert to build up on my first session’s efforts that I painted and then scraped down with the side of a pallet knife to create a nice paining. This technique was used by Degas, Whistler and many other painters, and it seems to leave a lot of the image. Fortunately, it slightly blurs the original painting, thinning the canvas and leaving paint within the canvas’ weave.

Working plein air the past two days gave me more to which to react and interpret than working from a photo. I might move back to the studio at the very end of my painting to adjust and add detail, taking the advice of an artist I recently read who said although we learn from plein air, paintings are finalized in the studio. I hope he is right.

I am not in a hurry with this large painting of Grob Farm and would like to develop it over many sittings, adjusting and adding to it over time. This is a new journey for me, and it does not get better than this… Painting what I love, outdoors in the summer in broad daylight!

(By the way, today as I painted at the farm, there was a dead possum close to my feet. Maybe this added to the experience? At the very least, it provided a great contrast for my piece!)

Stay tuned as I add to this painting and see its progress.
Read more about this story in a later blog post: Developing a Painting of Grobs Farm #2

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Washington Heights School – Plein Air – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Washington Heights School – May 25, 2010

The Little Red Schoolhouse, 8100 Given Road, Indian Hill, Ohio
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

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Grob Farm – Plein Air Paintings – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Grob Farm – May 17, 2010
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

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The Model – Studio Paintings – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

The Model – May 11, 2010
8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

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Turner Farm – Plein Air Paintings – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Turner Farm #1 – May 7, 2010
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Turner Farm #2 – May 7, 2010
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

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Plein Air Series of Paintings – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Old Farm Buildings – May 3, 2010
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8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

Wisteria on Chicken Coop – May 3, 2010
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10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Forgotten Quarry #1 – May 3, 2010
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10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Forgotten Quarry #2 – May 3, 2010
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10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Forgotten Quarry #3 – May 3, 2010
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10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Hidden Pond #1 – May 3, 2010
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14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

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Old House (study) – Oct. 21, 2009 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Old House (study) – Oct. 21, 2009

A Daily Painter – A Painting A Week
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5 x 7 inches, oil on panal
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