What I Learned from Doing “A Painting a Day”

It was a great opportunity as an American Artist to be apart of an evolving national movement started by Duane Kiser.  I wanted to learn something by participating in this event and promoting and selling my paintings online.  The idea was to paint a painting a day for the month of May and auction them on my website www.DarylUrig.com .

My 10 steps of implementation

1.    Painting should be your number one focus. Be committed. Some days you may find you are too busy, but you have made a commitment, so paint.  I believe purchasers want to see a high caliber piece of work and will accept a smaller format.

2.    Be prepared for painting content. I chose to work from photos. So I had 31 images prepared and printed out in advance, although I added and subtracted photos as I progressed.

3.    Be prepared online. Some may want to use eBay to sell their work.  I created an auction interface on my website www.DarylUrig.com. I did not need to share my profits with eBay, but still used PayPal as a payment option. PayPal accounts need to be set up in advance. You will also need a blog, mine is www.DarylUrig.com/blog.

4.    Have Canvases or panels ready to go. I chose 6” w x 4” h 1/8” panels that I gessoed and sanded with 4 coats. I prepared 45 panels.

5.    Be prepared for scale change. That first painting was a little scary because I was setting the tone for the series. I wanted to make a good impression. I never worked this small before, so this was a big change. I eventually learned to simplify. I went bolder and stronger with color and favored the pallet knife. I just liked the knife.

6.    Have a good digital camera. Once each painting is accomplished you will need to post it to your website.  I found wet oil paint could not be scanned on a scanner bed, so photography was the only way to go.

7.    Give yourself time to post images and content. I had a website, a blog, an auction interface, and even did email blast to my subscriber list. This all takes time and energy. You will also need to be familiar with PhotoShop and Dreamweaver to edit images and prepare content for the website.

8.    Blogging & Blasting I chose to blog and email blast my subscribers every 7 days, not everyday as some do. Everyday seemed a little much. I would see my website & website blog statistics jump in user visits on these days.

9.    Tweeted on my Twitter account. I tweeted profusely. I tried to keep it to meaningful content. The kinds of things I would like to read. I even tweeted my blog posts.

10.    Visit other daily painter websites.

So what did I learn as a Painting a Day Oil Painting artist?

In the middle of the project I designed my own Paint Box Easel. It is compact and suitable for having everything at hand while doing smaller paintings. I also changed my physical pallet to have black under the glass that made mixing colors more accurate for me. Making them bolder and deeper. I simplified my marks; scale forced me to do this. I also favored the use of the pallet knife, a personal preference.

I had good days and better days. It was difficult to predict what would receive a bid and what would not. What people like is personal to them. Don’t feel bad if people do not bid like crazy, you are on learning and growing path.

What did I get out of it?

1.    A number of sales
2.    Growing interest amongst collectors
3.    Front page story in a local newspaper. This was a very nice surprise. I posted it to my website if you want to read the pdf here.
4.    Personal direction on types of images I like to paint.
5.    Simplified work
6.    Momentum to publicize work.
7.    An artist website wants to represent my artwork along with 10,000 of other artists for a small fee. Hmmm.
8.    I feel as an American Artist I have added to our economy. I am not sitting idly by waiting for someone else to turn on the switch.
9.    I feel more confident about my work.

Next Step

It is time to evolve a concept and keep the momentum going. I believe the notion of finishing a painting in a day is limiting. But working daily on painting is inspirational. So I will continue to paint daily but enlarge my work to larger paintings with the intention of completing one painting per week. My personal challenge. Starting in June, “A Daily Painter”, A Painting a Week. Let’s see if what I learned from doing the daily painting of simplifying my work can transform my larger new weekly paintings into astonishing works. Check here in June: http://darylurig.com

Still time to visit my daily paintings and bid on a painting here.

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A Painting A Day – Day 21

It was a nice surprise to have the local newspaper do a story on my “Painting a Day”.

Harrison artist accepts challenge. Daryl Urig, and accomplished Harrison artist whose work is displayed throughout country, has taken on the personal challenge of painting one painting each day during the month of May and selling his work online. Read Entire Story, Click Here

I feel that I am learning so much by painting these smaller paintings. It is teaching me to simplify and go bolder with my strokes of color. I have also experimented with different content imagery and am finding the ones I enjoy most. Wouldn’t this be funny if it changes the way I perceive and paint everything?  Isn’t that what the journey is about? Learning.

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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 Painting a Day, Day 7, by Daryl Urig

Seven days of painting. A painting a day. I never thought it would be this much fun. After thinking about this project I thought it would be nice to do paintings in many different directions. I have this opportunity to see what people most like, why not try and see.

Painted a lighthouse for a friend, a house on a trip to Clifty Falls, a woman walking a dog on the way to the beach, an old downtown street and a young girl at the beach making a drip castle. Snap shots of life.

Below are the first 7 days of my “Daryl Urig’s 31 Days, 31 Paintings, Online May Auction”. You may bid online here: http://darylurig.com/auction.html Opening bid is $70. Paintings are oil on panel, 4″ t x 6″ w. Free delivery in USA.

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Daryl Urig’s 31 Days, 31 Paintings, Online May Auction.

American Artist Daryl Urig is having a 31 day painting event in May 2009. He will paint a painting a day for 31 days then auction them off at http://darylurig.com/
Starts May 1st and runs through June 15th 2009.

Collectors and paintings enthusiasts are encouraged to have fun and bid on his paintings.
It is an exciting way to collect and have an opportunity to purchase one of his fine paintings.


American Artist Daryl Urig is a nationally recognized oil painter and a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and Cincinnati Art Club.

“If you like American art like I do” says Daryl Urig, “You will want to visit this museum and see so many great American Artists. You don’t hear much about us, but we have been giving American painting its own place in art history.”

The Butler Institute of America located in Youngstown, Ohio. Here is their web address: http://www.butlerart.com/