An update to my faithful blog followers

To my faithful followers that have signed up on my website blog “the Adventures of an American Oil Painter”. Thank you, it has been a very busy and challenging time.

I have so many thoughts going on in my head. Not having time to express them in a painting is very frustrating for me. Today I was able to get outside in the warm sun and finally paint a landscape viewed from my studio. Painting and tennis are very important emotional outlets for me.

This may be a little jumbled and informative so just hang in with me for a minute or two.

I’ve been finished constructing my studio. Many you have followed and seen the progress. I recently finished my desk and my “Wall of Paintings”. I have too many paintings to count and not enough frames or wall space to hang them. I designed a compact display system; this seems to be working out well. Still working on the lighting for these beautiful paintings. All of my paintings are part of my Holiday Celebration Exhibition, December 7, 8 and 9, 2015, from 10 am till 4 pm. Stop in and enjoy a glass of wine with me and peruse 100’s of paintings at friendly holiday pricing.

I never understood how having space for a gallery would affect me. It’s fun when all the paintings are displayed together. You can begin to see distinct character that is developing in your painting style. We are always learning and growing, as painters, otherwise it would not be any fun. What kinds of notions, ideas or subject matter you are drawn to. You see them popping up consistently in various paintings. It can be very encouraging and enlightening to the painter.

Over the last two or three months I have been developing two paintings, as I mentioned earlier. An abstract landscape of sky and clouds, much of this was the accomplished primarily in my head. The second is a figurative painting of a female practicing Yoga. Working with sketches, photos and painting color studies while carefully describing shapes to make an interesting representation. I cannot wait to get fully immersed in both of these developing paintings.

I am leaving in a few days for South Carolina and will be there for three weeks.

Forgot, remodeled our kitchen.

Did I mention Dan McCaw? He is a fabulous oil painter. I love his work. We have been working on a video together discussing his painting. This hopefully will be completed shortly and will be available for viewing at Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground; you also may freely view many other painter interviews at

I just love what I am doing and have so much passion for it. I want to share my enthusiasm with you. In January, on the 12, 13 and 14th, 2016, I will be hosting a workshop for beginning to intermediate painters called “Get Back into Art – Finding a Creative Outlet” at my Creative Underground Studio. Please see details on my website.

Hope to see you soon.

Canal Days – Metamora Indiana

Canal Days, 16 x 20 inches, oil on panel,

The location is Metamora Indiana. It is an 1800’s canal town. It has canal days the first weekend of October, you would think you are in the 1800’s.

You can see how the painting evolved by reviewing the images below. I used a cement trowel which is quite large and rigid from Home Depot. It helped me to keep the overall detail of the painting more minimal and bold. Finalizing the detail with a smaller painting knife for the man and horse. It was important to me to keep them painted in a gestural style verses over detailing them. This is the first time I used two knife sizes.

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Color study and rough drawing, canal day by @darylurig

It is always fun to start into the painting. Establishing a criteria then begin to see it unfold. by @darylurig

To this point I have been experimenting by painting with a cement growl, see pictured in bottom right by @darylurig

‘Tis the Season, you will not want to miss this!

Three workshops: October-November-December

1838 Canal Town – 2 Day Plein Air Artist Retreat

Metamora Inn brings The Painting Workshops of Daryl Urig.
Daryl is a national traveling painting workshop instructor. He has taught from East to West Coast on his National Workshop Tour. Now he is bringing it home to Indiana.

Daryl’s passion and enthusiasm will surely inspire any painter. Trained at Columbus College of Art & Design, working in the filed for over 30 years while being an Adjunct Professor for the University of Cincinnati for over 10 years. His experience and understanding of the medium will renew your painting abilities.

Metamora, Indiana 1838 Canal Town one of America’s Best Kept Secrets. Escape to the past and experience the 1800’s. Only one hour from Cincinnati Ohio. Visit the gristmill and pick up a bag of their freshly stone-ground cornmeal. Take a ride in the horse drawn canal boat. Board a train for a short trip on the Whitewater Railroad. While enjoying the people, old time shops and eateries in a nostalgia time of the year.

It is the perfect spot for an Artist Retreat. Enjoy two days of painting and two night stay at The Metamora Inn, Bed and Breakfast accompanied with old fashion charm and cooking. Special diets are welcome.

Artist Retreat Package – $395
2 Day Painting Workshop
2 Nights Stay at The Metamora Inn
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Workshop Only – $250
2 Day Painting Workshop

Additions You may share a room or get a single for an additional $50/night stay. Bring a significant other that will not be taking the workshop for an additional $75/night, includes three meals.

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or call 513-708-7981 to sign-up by phone.
Weekend retreats are filling up fast.
Late bookings and by availability may require staying at The Mist Over Inn.

Workshop Dates

October 26 & 27, 2013 (Check in Friday night)
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November 2 & 3, 2013 (Check in Friday night)
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December 14 & 15, 2013 (Check in Friday night)
Old Time Christmas Walk
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Workshop Description
Plein Air Painting Workshop in 1838 Canal Town (Metamora Indiana)
Workshop will focus on plein air painting with a knife or brush. While capturing natural light on Old Town Structures, People in Places, Locomotives and Horse Drawn Canal Boats on the water.

If the weather is not permitting us to paint outside we will paint indoors from a still life, photo or figure. Please bring your digital cameras so we may take pictures in town to paint from. I will bring a printer.

Supply list Use both the base & plein–air supply list on website. Be prepared and purchase supplies by clicking the “Purchase Supplies and Books” button.

Small friendly groups, individual workshops by request.

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The Fidder

On the way back from a paint out I came across this fiddler at a gas station that struck me as, paint me. I ended up doing a study before this final 48 x 42 inch final painting. I  exaggerated the fiddlers gesture and added the coke machine to the original finding. Lighting and tones where adjusted to fit the emotion of the painting. Most finds are never complete by themselves. They take our personal touch to make them ours. This is a good example of Sensationalism.

The Fiddler
The Fiddler, 48 x 42 inches, oil on panel


The expression was coined by Andy Warhol, who said in 1968 that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” What struck me was the fiddler looked like he had found his moment and was an island onto himself.

The Fiddler
$8 000.00

A Plan for Painting from Photographs Workshop – At the Ocean County Artists’ Guild in Island Heights, New Jersey

In painting as in life you need to have a plan, then be flexible enough to adjust to what comes your way.

Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Hieghts, NJ
Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights, NJ

The plan starts with your own photographs, thumbnail sketches, design, preliminary color study and final painting.

Daryl Urig National Workshop Tour - Demo

Then add to this the understanding of basic painting principles that include accurate color mixing with correct value assessment, lighting, texture, paint manipulation and then hard to undefined edges.

In my painting I like to create a sensation. Sensationalism is my own unique painting movement. I am defining it as painting intuitively from the emotions,that experience is the source of perceptions while intentionally omitting information and exaggerating other features of importance or significance to produce startling or thrilling visual impressions. This leverages the clout of visual difference between chaos and order.

Morning Milk Study, 9 x 12 inches, oil on panel, painting with painting knives
Morning Milk Study, 9 x 12 inches, oil on panel, painting with painting knives
Morning Milk (Final), 24 x 36inches, oil on panel, painting with painting knives
Morning Milk (Final), 24 x 36 inches, oil on panel, painting with painting knives

I wanted to thank everyone at the Ocean County Artists’ Guild for making this workshop possible. From those who participated to planed the workshop. Administrated and help me to find a nice family to stay with. This helps to insure the workshops success and keep it affordable. Thank you.

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Woman on Beach

It can be a lot of fun to explore the possibilities of a painting.

This one stared with having a willing model to pose for me on a beach. In the cool gust of winds I failed to hold down my easel and paints while the model with now cold feet stood in the cold water in Hilton Head Island SC. Yes this is the practical side of painting, the reality of being in the moment and what the painter goes through to get an image.

Woman on Beach, 18 x 24 inches, oil on panel

The vision transcends the momentary earthly experience. I enjoyed the plein air paintings and was able to learn much about the color and movement of air. These paintings are not shown. Back in my studio I went forward with my plein air sketches and photographs taken on location to develop yet another 9 x 12 inch color study shown. Real experiences, plein air field studies, photographs and my feelings or impression from the experience had to now all come together in  this study.

I learn so much from these smaller studies. I naturally simplify complicated shapes and gestures of the model into more meaningful visual interpretations. All painted with one painting knife.

Woman on Beach - Study, 9 x 12 inches, oil on panel

From this I explored the more graphic and stylized abstract realism of the model in the environment of a beach setting. The beach and the woman seem to go perfectly together.

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New Smyrna Florida in January is so welcoming.

If you don’t like the cold weather and you want to get away, New Smyrna Florida is the place to go in January. The warm weather and kindly atmosphere of the Artist’s Workshop art center their will surely warm you up. I stayed at the Night Swan Bed and Breakfast.

We started the first night with a demonstration in painting with the eco-friendly paints using a painting knife with M. Graham Walnut oil. If you are going to paint why not be healthy about it.  Followed with a book signing of my new book, “Plein Air Painting for Everyone”. This was a very enthusiastic crowd and I was glad I brought the extra books.

The following three days encompassed a studio workshop with demonstrating, exercises, mentoring and discussions on how to use painting knives, but more importantly on how to develop a painting.

We started the workshop with a word or phrase for the artists to concentrate on though the workshop. The word actually was one of the painters name only by coincidence. The word was “Grace”. I find in workshops that painters put to much pressure on them and don’t give themselves enough forgiveness to learn and develop. When you are learning new things you have to be reasonable and patient.

I enjoy when I am able to mentor a painter, using acrylics or oil paint to develop and further themselves. The group had all levels of painters in it and the final products where remarkable with no two styles alike. They all told me they where learning so much. Each painter took what I gave them and as I emphasized, took the needed time to develop.

The painters requested that I return next year to teach a portrait class that emphasizes understanding the facial features using a unique program I developed.

Climbing the Stairs, 24 x 18 inches, oil on panel

This painting above was part of my workshop demonstration.  I consider the painting abstract realism since the design and image can stand on its own as an abstract painting but has its connect to a realistic place, even a figure. The lighting and color are controlled to enhance the balance of the design.

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Daryl Urig 2013 National Workshop Tour Schedule

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We have some wonderful workshops planned for 2013. In some very convenient and beautiful areas of North America. I hope to see you. You can view more complete information on my home page of my website.

Blessed Holidays & Happy New Year…


January 29, 30 & 31, 2013 – STUDIO PAINTING KNIVES – GET OUT OF BOX
New Smyrna Beach, FL

February 9 – 13, 2013 – HOW TO SEE & PAINT COLOR
Rancho Mirage CA

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art San, CA

Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle Street, Norcross, GA

Lake Grandbury Art Assoc., 224 North Travis Granbury, Texas

Art League of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island, SC

The Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI

June 10 – 13, 2013 – STUDIO PAINTING KNIVES
Ocean County Artist Guild, 22 Chestnut Ave., Island Heights, NJ

June 17, 18 & 19 or 17, 18, 19 & 20 – PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN THE HAMPTONS

Landgrove, Vermont

June 30, July 1 & 2, 2013 – PLEIN-AIR PAINTING
The Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth RI

July 15 – 19, 2013 – Intro to Painting Knives & Seeing Color
Kelowna, BC

July 22- 26, 2013 – Intro to Outdoor Painting
Kelowna, BC

September 1 – 5, 2013 – PAINT THE WEST
Maynard Dixon Studio, Mount Carmel, UT

Ogden, Utah

September 16 – 19, 2013 – STUDIO PAINTING KNIVES – GET OUT OF BOX
Emerald Art Center, 500 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon

October 7 – October 10, 2013 – PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE
Dillman’s Bay Resort , Lac du Flambeau, WI

© 2012 Daryl Urig

It bothers me when artist are so sure of himself or herself!

Trying to explain why this does not look like all my other paintings, I wrote this.

It bothers me when artist are so sure of himself or herself!

I see so many artists trying to say this is the way or that is the way. For sure, for the artist, there is no one-way.

Maybe I would have made a better chemist or scientist; I seem to enjoy the scientific law to explore.

Wikipedia Says: A scientific law is a statement based on repeated experimental observation that describes some aspect of the world.

That is what I feel painting is about, repeated experimentation or exploring, based on observations that describe some, hopefully, new aspect of art, grounded on the natural world with the artist interpretation.

With this in mind, no one ever fully completes the race; there is always more to investigate. For better and a lot of times for worse.

So don’t fret if your paintings don’t all look like they came out of a factory. And every homogenized stroke does not resemble the one before it. Explore… and see what you can gain in learning. Move beyond what others have said is the bar. You may find what everyone was looking for in the first place. So many settle for less.

In all fairness, I did learn much from this painting. When I chose to venture out and let go with some artistic restraint I tried some things that I have always wanted to try but never got around to. Amusing how many good ideas float in our heads and we just ignore them.

The real painter humbles himself and looks at everything with a fresh eye.
For him every painting is a journey of discovery.
– Henry Hensche, The Cape Cod School

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Summary of past blog posts:

Trailer – Painting with Your Eyes

 Shadowed Structures

Facing the Light


Old Stucture

Took my painting Buddy with me today, Marcel.

Find a good place to paint plein air paint

Work and Toil

An eye opening experience – Ohio

Burn the learning exercises or dud paintings

Young Painters – Young Picasso’s – Big concepts

Seeing color and developing your artistic eyes

It bothers me that some painters say that you should paint only where you live.

 2 DVS to help improve your plein air painting

A Quick Demo for Urig’s Plein-Air Nautical Workshop

Cape Cod School – Massachusetts Painters on My National Workshop Tour

I was fortunate to stay 2 days in Maine.

Coming Home to New Jersey

Old West or Wild West and Maynard Dixon Experience

Had a Good Catch

Hangin’ by the dock

Plein Air painting in the Black Mountains of North Carolina

Painters – Be all that you can be

Gray Heron – Spring Island SC

Done for the Day

Old Man by the Sea

Woman in Rocky Stream

Hoist the Sails – Painting in the Carolina’s

 It helps to do a color study – Let’s Set Sail

Sun City Hilton Head Island, SC – Get Out of The Box with Painting Knives

Shem Creek & Kiawah Island Workshops

Woman in the Desert

Forrest’s Landed Shrimper Boat

Summary of further past blog posts: