What Will They Say After I Die? … Hopefully Nothing! – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Why do men have to look or think about things like everything is cement and can somehow be understood ? Can’t they feel in themselves all of the emotions, misunderstood feelings, questions, worries, empathy, sympathy, visions, dreams, memories, bad feelings, hatred and love? Art forces us to get in touch with our emotions, bringing an honest sense of reality back to our lives.

I have read so many books by experts and artists that really just don’t seem to add any understanding to art. They err by trying to explain or put visual art into words. What they don’t understand is that art, in itself, is a language. It may not be a written or spoken form of communication, but it conveys thoughts and feelings, like other mediums of expression.

Each can see something different in a painting, but art provides freedom of expression. It allows the eyes, senses, emotions, subconscious, spirit, past thoughts and future all ring out at once. Words are so removed from painting. They are cold letters shaped with serifs or san serifs that speak to the cognitive mind and the senses. Art is for the eyes and soul. Allow these underused parts to play with art for a long time, as its visual language conjures up emotions in the soul and thoughts in the subconscious mind.

Art is life; it transforms, and speaks out visually. It asks us to enjoy so many things, appreciate what you may have not noticed and bring forward the obvious. Some look at a naked body and see nudity and horrid lust due to its connotations in the English language. But the true artist can see beauty in God’s form and Godly desire.

When I die, will you do me a favor and stand before my paintings and say nothing, then take it all in with your eyes and spirit?

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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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A Tip from a Painter on Overcoming a Creative Block

I’ve heard other painters discuss a creative block. The thought of this terrifies me. Luckily, in 30 years of painting and designing, I cannot remember this happening.

I am constantly thinking of my next image. Life bombards everyone with stimuli, but an artist must filter it in order to come up with their next visual.

Some painters choose to paint in a consistent style. But I like to depict something new in each series of images. I think my attempt to change styles allows me to avoid creative stagnation and lulls.

For example, my “Woman in the Garden” paintings glow with full color, using contrasting thick and thin paint.  Whereas “Take a Hike” is an explosion of color and texture – a realistic and semi abstract painting.  Furthermore, there’s the collection of grey paintings in my “Keepsake Portraits.” Even all of the paintings from my sketch group look different.

Some people argue that abstract painters, like Picasso, always worked in the same style. But I never saw Pablo Picasso as stagnant. To me, he was an energized, prolific creator who moved in different directions with his artwork while upholding a subtle thread of himself in each painting.

Over time, a uniform style may emerge and I’ll have a total consistency in my work. But my fear is when that happens, I’m dead. And I’m not responding, experimenting or exploring all that is around me. In my opinion, if you force yourself to one style, you self-create a painter’s creative block.