2013 First Brush of Spring Paint Out, New Harmony IN

Urig painting Banjo Player in New Harmony IN 2013

I enjoyed my experience at the New Harmony IN 2013 Plein Paint Out. I met a number of colorful figures that visually demanded me to paint them. These gentleman where very interesting to talk with and rich at heart and experiences in life. The first day I had the pleasure of painting Gerry Barker a bullwhacker or wagoner. Had what I would complete pioneer campsite with wagon and bulls. The second day was cold, I had the pleasure to come inside and listen to Howie play his banjo and guitar as I painted him (see below).

Howie Clark (HClark@TwinRocker.com), shown in my painting and soon to join where, Brian Lappin, Rick Wilson & C.W. Mundy. I just sat next to C.W. and listened in amazement to this impromptu group of talented players. I enjoy live folk music.

There where many sites to see in this charming small town and people came from all around to see the painters work, some as far as Chicago. They had a fascinating visitor center where I met a cattle man and his wife and all of their pioneer camp supplies (see painting). I would like to paint a larger painting from this plein air study.

There was plenty of sites for the plein air painters to choose from. I enjoyed meeting new acquaintances and talking with old ones. Interaction and artistic feedback where appreciated. One very nice young woman tried to help me name my painting classification or movement as fre·net·ic, wich could mean wildly excited or active; frantic; frenzied. Or fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way. I like to think i am controlling it some. Please leave your comment.

Banjo Player
guitar player
Guitar Player
Dueling  Bangos
Dueling Bangos? Left: Howie Clark, Brian Lappin, Rick Wilson & C.W. Mundy
Urig plein air painting pioneer camp
Urig plein air painting pioneer camp
Pioneer Camp
Cattle Man
Country Structures, New Harmony IN
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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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Looking Forward to the New Year!

I am so looking forward to a new year of painting workshops across North America. With old acquaintances from past workshops and meeting new energetic painters that want to grow their abilities.

Lots of great locations for artists to retreat and refresh their creative energies. Warm climates in the cold time of year. Cooler weather for the hot and roasty times of the year. Cool breezes from a marsh or sea to refresh the air. Western getaways for the cowboy or cowgirl in everyone of us.

Starting in Florida, flying to California then back to the Carolinas and Georgia for a workshop. Catching up with some of my boyhood love of the west in Texas. Then returning to the coastal areas of South Carolina, Rhode Island, New Jersey and The Hamptons. I have always loved the water and allure of boats. I will then travel north to Vermont.

Flying out of the United States to Kelowna BC (the westernmost of Canada’s provinces) a charming and picturesque area. Staying west in Utah for 2 amazing workshops capturing my love for the Wild West. I loved those old cowboy movies and shows and they come to life here for me. Enjoying the beauty of Oregon, moving to the North Central region of the United States to a hidden area in Wisconsin.

I am so looking forward to the experiences and growth we can enjoy as painters in each others company. To me these are life experiences and opportunities I will cherish through my life. I will be doing what I truly love, painting, instructing and inspiring other painters in life and art.

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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
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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

Self Portrait in Rancho Mirage CA – Painter Workshop Testimonials

Every time I come to California it is like coming home. This Midwest boy enjoys the Californians even if they do come from as far away as Washington, Oregon, Canada and of course California for this workshop. It is just an extra fun time of exuberant art, life as an artist should be and sunny weather.
Urig demonstrating self-portraiture based on observation and study

We packed so many new concepts into this workshop and came away with exceptional art and understanding of the human features of the face. It will impact a lifetime of painting. It is a process I personally created to help artist’s conceive three dimensionally what is important about the face. It came out of years of personal frustration with what I consider bad teaching of the human head. I believe my new approach is clearer and easier to understand.

As an instructor I love Carole’s written testimony: Daryl makes art seem possible & attainable. For the fun of it I have included some video testimonials so you can see for yourself. Enjoy.


Urig Self-portrait, 9x 12 inches, oil on panel

Adding Muscle to Bone

Sharon Painting self Portrait

Skull Study

Patti Painting self Portrait

Beauty – the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole. – Leon Battista Alberti


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Summary of past blog posts:

A Short Demo for Urig’s Self-Portraiture Workshop – YouTube Video

Open Media Self-Portraiture and Understanding the Human Face – Cincinnati Art Club

Urig Demo with Cincinnati Water Color Society on Self-Portraiture and Understanding the Human Face

2012 National Workshop Tour – Dates & Locations Schedule

Docked Clam and Shrimp Boat

Not far from the path, but on a Journey

DVD – Candid Conversations while Urig Paints a Southern Home

Andrew Wyeth is my inspiration. “Shrimp Boat run aground”.

Beauty Matters? Comments?


Summary of further past blog posts:

A Short Demo for Urig’s Self-Portraiture Workshop – YouTube Video

I enjoy immensely the workshops I teach, the enthusiasm of the artists, the new excitement they gain from the new things they have learned and of course meeting the artists.

It hard to put into words or picture what the Self-Portrait and Understanding the Human face workshop is about in its entirety. And if I was able to do this, there may be no reason for you to take one of my workshops, unless you where just wanting some face time and some hands on coaching from an experienced instructor.

There are many exercises I take you through to gain very important knowledge along with practical instruction in a way designed to help artist remember information.

So below in part, is a YouTube Video I have put together for you called: A Short Demo for Urig’s Self-Portraiture Workshop. Please enjoy. I hope to see you at one of my workshops on my National Tour.

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Open Media Self-Portraiture and Understanding the Human Face – Cincinnati Art Club

This past week Urig taught a Self-portrait Workshop, The kick off Workshop for his National Tour beginning this year, at the Pendleton Location for the Cincinnati Art Club. One of the oldest Art Clubs in the Nation established 1890. The workshop met with great enthusiasm from participants. Urig began the workshop with examples of self-portraiture painting through history. Hands on demonstration of understanding the proportions of the human face. Painting and sketching demonstrations to help the artist better understand concepts of the human face and exercises to deepen the artist skills. Finishing off with a self-portrait demonstration and providing ample time for the artist to begin developing a self-portrait. Many of the students had never attempted portraiture or even self-portraiture and found the workshop to be extremely beneficial. One testimony reads: Very good workshop. Covered basic artistic anatomy to advanced painting and drawing techniques. Daryl was very patient and thoughtful. Good explanation of concepts. – Dr. Michelle Andrews The portrait shown here was developed with a charcoal sketch on 11 x 14 in. gessoed panel finished with M. Graham Walnut Oil an Oil Paint.

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Life can be complex

With the realities we experience each and every day.  Trying to be true to our path is not an easy accomplishment.

Are we in America under constant impending danger? Is 9-11 the beginning of more to come?

So many questions to be answered. I try to stay true to the Bible as it speaks to me as a person. I cannot say how it speaks to others. I am much better at being imperfect.

As an artist we strive for honesty. We do not try to entangle our views with lies as are so prevalent with our current lively-etude.

May an asteroid hit our planet or some small country attack us or create a global world is uncertain.

But we must stay our coarse. As God has aloud in these uncertain times.

We must be the voice of sanity and promise of a better life in the here and now and the eternal, which is by faith.

It is like pressing hard iron in a bench press believing for greater gain in a muscle group that we strive. Proclaiming the greater good.  Hoping for it in our hearts and minds, and believing God to carry it through.

In a water fall we see His presence in light and movement. On any scenario we see the warm and cool colors of light. He is always there.

Be at calm if you can, he is alive and will be their for you.

Every aspect of life continually challenges me every day. This leads me to the beginning of each new day to pray.


© 2011 Daryl Urig

Drawing the figure

It seems that this approach is a very good way to keep looking at the bigger picture without getting caught up with too much detail initially in a drawing. If you are struggling with this, than this approach may be for you.

You are at all times relating to the whole so you most probably won’t end up with misaligned proportions.