Daryl Urig, Renaissance Man, Over a Decade of Fine Art Oil Paintings


I kept hearing these two words as people would whisper under their voice when they walked away. It is usually not a good sign but in this repeating incident, it was. It happened so frequently that I had to look it up and see what it meant. “Renaissance Man”. Renaissance Man is a person who has wide interests and is expert in several areas. My one friend told me years ago that I had the largest toolbox of anyone he had ever met. One of my past employers told me my sign should say I can do it all. I only wish I could, but I do not like to limit my expertise in any one area for too long a time. In my painting, I like to explore as many facets as I can. Not limiting myself to one look or design. In my Gallery Opening Exhibition and 9-minute video on my YouTube Channel, I provided a good cross section of 15 facets I explored in over a decade of painting.

Renaissance Man, Fine Arts Oil Painter
Renaissance Man

Opening Exhibition is Saturday, October 27th at my Gallery in Springdale Ohio from 4 to 7 pm.  At Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground, Yorkhaven Professional Plaza, 430 Ray Norrish Drive, Springdale Ohio. By appointment through 2018.

“Renaissance Man”. See how the story unfolds. My first rebirth, with many to come…

On the Road

Change and fears are probably the best two words to describe this painting series. What would my new life look like, recently divorced? “On the Road”, series of paintings in hindsight had many insights into past and future events in my evolving life. Beyond that, it seemed to represent my fears of driving on the road and unsettled life of leaving my first wife and finding my new life. In grays and limited color, a rebirth from the first painting to the last visually documents my physical and mental transition.

Gods’ Voice

Color full in contrast to On the Road, simply stylized depictions of Gods footprint in my life representing He is walking with me. His omnipotent power is ever present even when things are completely unclear.

Keepsake Portraits

A portrait is supposed to tell us something about the person. My idea was that the things we keep in our junk drawer in the haste of life tell us something more. What things will we keep verses throw away, tells us something much deeper about our psyche. Three images, painted from my junk drawer collection, if you want to call it that. What does your drawer tell about you?

Woman in the Garden

A series of fine art oil paintings about my new wife Robyn. Colorful, beautiful, elegant in many different situations she projects the essence of Woman in its most beautiful form. Maybe howl Adam first saw Eve.

Moments Before the Return

Three small paintings illustrating the still quiet moment just before the return of Christ. (Wouldn’t that solve a lot of people’s problems quickly?) Looking forward to that moment when everything makes sense with us and the universe. The moment the air stops, the color of the atmosphere and light, one more moment and He is here. Game over.

Americana

Guess I will be here for a while

There are certain road scenes that depict the heart and development of our country. Those quite souls that are the backbone of our great country. This is a scene I saw driving home from college many times.

Historic Sites

I have been drawn to old historic locations for many years. It may be more about the thoughts I create for the architecture on location and what I thought took place at its’ peak in life that most drew me in.

Miniatures, A Painting a Day for 31 days in the Month of May

Miniature 5 x 7-inch quick sketch oil paintings. Thirty-one different paintings from photographs I had taken with a goal to build skill and sales.

Landscape Painting

Further development of the paintings painted with a knife brings me on location, outside landscape painting, called Plein Air by the French. Smaller 9 x 12 or 12 x 16 paintings using a very large painting knife forces texture and simplification of form onto my painting panels. Developing my eye for natural color that can only be developed outside. Painting quickly to capture the light before it moves and changes shadows, color and form. A whole new artist easel set up with supplies made for carrying and painting. The Knife make painting much easier with swifter clean up than that of a brush, better suited or outside painting.

Three books from my learning

Plein Air Painting for Everyone
Painting Knife Explained
Tips for the Contemporary Painter

I wanted better books to help growing artist than what I had grown up with. My goal was to make them simple to understand with a powerful inspiring direction. Available on Amazon.

Daryl Urig’s National Workshop Tour

Self-marketing, developing curriculum and teaching on the road for two years. How to paint workshops spanning from East to West Coast. I enjoyed the travel, the new sights and meeting very nice people. Focusing on just art made me very welcoming to most art appreciators. In the back of my mind, I thought that new locations may inspire greater learning. I found instead that painting is very personal. It is more about our experience, not the location. So, wherever you are you can make art. Our thoughts can be, how does this affect us? What is going on in our head now? Our experience and past experiences all wrapped in one painting just where we are.

Finding Forrest Gump

It was a fun search for the location of the movie shootings in South Carolina of Forrest Gump. I visited my mother and helped her with her ever-growing garden and painted. Most of these paintings involved boats, seamen and low country marsh areas of Bluffton and surrounding areas plus Charleston South Carolina.

Going Big

Back in my studio in Cincinnati or in South Carolina I began painting larger scale painting with my painting knife, now a 6 inches long blade nearly double its previous size. No real definite theme just interested in magnifying a little painting into an enormous texture of moving and swirling paint on a larger scale. To accomplish this, I began with very small studies. The studies served as reference and direction for larger paintings.

Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground

Artist Interviews. Interested in hearing about other fine art painters’ ideas I began Interviewing prominent painters in person and over the Internet, publishing videos to my YouTube channel. My hopes were to gain greater clarity than was previously described by previous writers and interviewers. As an artist interviewed by another artist may help find and explain the real inspiration of what goes on in a painter’s mind when they paint. https://www.youtube.com/DarylUrig

Individual Perceptions

I had always thought about the difference between artwork and our perceived reality. You know the one we think we are all living in. But are we? The more I thought I realized it is all about individual perception. We do not all see or think the same. What was mine? This crossover between real and unreal painting seemed right to me.

Digging deeper, Pareidolia

This started numerous explorations on “stream of consciousness” painting. Painting with a large soft brush monochromatically. Painting, turning the canvas, making associations while adding more soft brush strokes, turning the canvas, painting what image may begin to appear, then see what another direction may bring. This continued as a random painting, images would begin to emerge from the canvas. The term is Pareidolia. A jacket on a chair could be interpreted as an animal. Or when driving my car, as I turn my head to see my blind spot before changing lanes, made the seat headrest appear as a person. At an early age, I would be told to take a nap on the couch in our living room. The coach had a flower painting above it. As I got groggy a man would begin to appear in the flowers. Recently I researched this, and it is called Pareidolia. It is when our mind assembles an image and relates it to something we already recognize. Funny, for the most part now I do not see these images appearing as much as they used to. It is like painting got rid of the fear of the unknown.

My Doodles? Cubism?

We cannot escape other painters influences that we greatly admire. There must be some reason why their artwork resonates with our spirit. Somehow their “breath of life” must have connected with ours through their painting. I have a few of these artists that I admire. As a child I first admired his work, it is Pablo Picasso. Some may try to spoil my fun with their knowledge of his not so perfect life. Who is perfect? I do the same for music. I like or do not like music. It is not about the person. I love the art form. Pablo for some reason inspires me. Occasionally I see the part of him that resonates with me show up in my painting. Hi Pablo.

More dormant thoughts

Yoga and Meditation, always with prayer opened my mind up for some other dormant thinking and images. Throughout my life, I would have this dream of flying over my neighborhood where I delivered papers. The meditation helped me to catch the ideas I usually would just naturally overlook and dismiss. The painting ended up in a six-page article with several other paintings of mine in the April/May 2018 International Artist Magazine. That was a nice honor and recognition that I appreciated very much.

Being in the Present

A yoga thought keeps my paintings developing in many new directions. I do not limit them to how they should look or dictate what they must become. Currently, I have explored a few images that came out of meditation. From the initial conception, I have a solid direction. This has helped me liberated my art even further. I have broken down the barriers of have-to’s and can let it flow.

Healing Power, 18 x 24 in.

Final note

Each of us can choose to add fresh ideas to the great legacy of Art that has been developed and handed down to us, with no strings attached. Painting may be the greatest documentary of the human soul known to man.

An Exploratory Approach – April/May 2018 International Artist Magazine

I was honored and humbled when International Artist Magazine wanted to include me in their April/May 2018 issue. Thank you.

This is how the article starts, you have to get an issue to read and learn more. Also a YouTube video of the article. I hope you like it.

“We can certainly learn from others, but know when to jump from the ship and find your own path. Too many start out learning and never learn to find their own personal interpretation. If you wait too long to begin exploring, you will never want to give up the safety of the easy path.

I am currently using an exploratory approach for developing a painting. You will need a trained creative eye to help you evaluate and make good visual decisions based on training and your developed visual aptitude. It will be very personal to who you are, so only you can decide. At times the decision process will flow from one decision and paint mark to the next. Other times there may be pauses and even stops while you ramp up for your next group of painterly choices.

It will be a lot like going on a road trip in your car… ”

Who?

Norman Schnepf, Art Teacher, Avon Lake High School

If you graduated with me from Avon Lake High School, in Avon Lake, Ohio, you may not remember this gentleman. Even if you went to the school you probably would not see him unless you took an art class. Then be lucky enough to draw him as your instructor. If you played basketball you probably did not notice him behind the table keeping score, year after year.

His name was Norman Schnepf, my art teacher. Probably my most influential art instructor. He was quiet. He would offer up suggestions only if you asked him for his guidance. I asked, and he provided my aching art heart creative food for thought. If it was not for his direction back then I would no doubt be as far along as I am today.

 

Cloud Formation, 34 w x 12 inches H, Oil on Panel, 2015

In his class he taught me about design. He loved abstraction and was eager to share his insights to an open mind. We could explore many tools, and this is where I first came in contact with the painting knife, my primary painting tool today. I am just beginning to turn the corner and returning to some abstract painting.

After I went to my first year of art school I returned to his class to share what I learned. One student did follow me to my college. Years later I thought of him. When I Googled his name I was sorry to learn that he had past. I had wanted to thank him again for the foundation he had helped me lay in painting.

Developing a Plein Air Painting – Marine Outlet, Richmond Indiana

In developing a plein air painting you have many varied options. I choose the path of developing the plein air sketch with as much passion as I could master along with being sensitive to observed color and the visual lost and found edges that disappeared into the shadow regions. The study was completed in Richmond Indiana.

Having a second attempt back in my studio, The Creative Underground, I was able to continue my path. Things I found important where to lessen any obvious drawing problems. Provide more space around the image for proper framing. Keep the gusto of the paint application similar to the study. Add a figure to provide a Marine Outlet mechanic while hosting that beautiful orange segment and texture towards the middle of the canvas.

When you enlarge a painting from 9 x 12 to 18 x 24 you can see that the texture is not as obvious in the larger final as it was in the smaller study. I could have kept this more similar by using a larger painting knife but chose instead to focus on texture detailing in the painting.

I loved the curved rusted shapes of the building and its design contrasting the old car that seemed to be parked beside the building and resting for a long time. These lost but not forgotten items once a big part of our lives seem to always catch my interest.

Then how much did I really need to say to depict this situation in the final painting? I chose to leave out absolutely as much detailed information as I could. Including only what was itself necessary in telling the story. You can see by the car and the man that so much was left out upon studying and what where the essentials to tell the story. Even a rough swoosh of paint to represent an arm and hand for the gentleman.

Marine Outlet Study on location (plein air)

Marine Outlet Study, 12 x 9, oil on panel

Updated Web Gallery of Daryl Urig’s Paintings

I have just updated my Gallery with some of my latest Paintings. It is a better view and representation of my paintings. Please visit here: http://darylurig.com/store.html

Save this Date on Your Calendar – September 5, 2015!

Marine Outlet Study, 9 x 12 oil on panel

I was able to see many artists this past weekend in Richmond Indiana for the IPAP, OPAS & RAM paint out. I was surprised how close Richmond is to Springdale Ohio. We had nice weather and a wonderful time painting and talking with other painters.

Many mentioned to me to count them in for the FREE EVENT, IPAP, SkyScapes & Urban Settings Paint Out. Open to all Plein Air Painters on September 5, 2014 at the Creative Underground. There is a pretty view here. I updated the flyer with the latest information including our judge since she had a family event date conflict. Miss you Mary Ann.

If you can, please Text: 513-708-7981 or Email: Contact@DarylUrig.com your full name so I may get a good idea of those participating.

I have secured inexpensive lodging for about $50 an evening. If you want to double or triple up it could be a lesser cost. So please register with the hotel early. I believe a breakfast is included.

Many great quality painting prizes to be won and awarded at the event. A Paint Safe Easel donated by Wayne Campbell we will have a drawing for from the first 25 sign-ups to appear. Including prizes from M. Graham Oil Paints, Rosemary Brushes, Plaza Art and more. Plus Plein Air games for fun and awards.

I planned group lunch for those who want to gather and interact with other painters. It will be a good social plein air experience with awards for all levels of painters to have a chance to win.

Please pass this along to any other groups you may be involved in so it may be a success.

Download Event Flyer Click Here

 

A follow up workshop is offered to those wanting to attend.

September 7, 8 & 9, 2015
Immersive Plein Air Experience – Workshop
Daryl Urig – At the DU Creative Underground
430 Ray Norrish Drive, Springdale(Cincinnati), OH
Cost $375
We can learn so much from painting on location in the open air. Lots of hands on demonstrations and practical explanations on the benefits of having an a plan for capturing great Plein-Air painting studies. Including creating dynamic compositions, mixing rich colors, and capturing light with lively paint. You will be amazed at the difference it will make to your paintings. Open media, demonstrations with painting knife in oil paint and pencil.

Questions? Call/Text: 513-708-7981
or Email: Contact@DarylUrig.com

I look forward to seeing you.

Daryl Urig

Comparing Two Paintings “Get Away” to “Back Staircase”

Get Away, 18 x 24, oil on panel

The painting above, “Get Away” has some of the same intrigue as a painting I painted about a year ago, below, but with some notable differences. With “Get Away” besides the more illuminating color there is a decidedly difference in edge treatment. Using the softer edges or lost edges against a very dominant hard edge. Both paintings have a lot of energy with the paint handling being applied with a painting knife. The white on white of the car against the background is a lot of fun. Similarly the painting “Back Staircase” has that also, but with the use of the wood structure against the back wall. I was not aware until my gallery director Robert Little brought it to my attention just how linear my designs are. Design is crucial, it leads the viewer’s eye. Both Paintings are on display and available in my Cincinnati Gallery, Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground. Gallery hours are 11 am till 7 pm on Thursday and by appointment.

Back Staircase, 18 x 24, oil on panel

“The First Brush of Spring” paint out in New Harmony Indiana

“The First Brush of Spring” paint out in New Harmony Indiana this past week was a great artist retreat. I was able to paint, meet up with old friends and make many new acquaintances. Thank you to all that participated and made this a meaningful time away.

Urig Painting, rough sketch of Soap Lady in New Harmony IN

Grain Bins in Overcast Day #4, 9 x 12, oil on panel
Barn Exploration #1, 9 x 12, oil on panel
Barn Exploration #2, 9 x 12, oil on panel
Barn Exploration #3, 9 x 12, oil on panel
Barn Exploration #4, 9 x 12, oil on panel

I enjoy taking one scene and exploring it from all angles as I have with the Plein Air “Barn Exploration”. All paintings completed with a painting knife which provides a beautiful rich textured paint application. Please look for me my upcoming workshops on my website.

I am very excited about my new book coming out early 2015.

 

Tips for a Contemporary Painter, by Daryl Urig

What Urig offers us in his book “Tips for the Contemporary Painter” is his version of artistic truths in painting. He has personally tested them all. He explains that we as artists need to set a good example. Developing a “Painters Code” will help rid our profession of myths and half-truths. Painters have an important role. What we create should add value and beauty to our world while providing respect for the painter and his work.

The Creative Underground – Phase 1 Construction

http://darylurig.com/creative-underground.aspx

Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground Studio

Is a studio dedicated to catalyst creative thinking and exploration in painting

Our Moto – Move forward

Workshops – Discussions – Demonstrations – Inspiration

Our Concept
We appreciate Cezanne and his thinking. He fostered modern painting and cubism. Not dictated by the past but as the student exploring the deep truths in art through outdoor painting.

Perspective
We will respect the artist and have lively discussions about our painting experiences that show purpose. We will persue painting with eco-friendly materials along with a structure of responsible decision-making and a practical plan to make a great product. Great art. Honest talk will motivate thoughtful penetrating critiques and great thinking. Knowledgeable painters talking about painting, how cool. With a supporting community that really understands the painter.

“Ingenious Plein Air Painters”
Initially we plan to spotlight plein air (outdoor landscape) painters that are breaking the mold as Cezanne did. What understand we may learn from nature and that will foster great creativity in our painting? Assisted by a panel of seven painters we will choose ground-breaking painters to highlight.

We are looking for
If you or someone you know would be able to make a viable contribution in painting please copy and paste the below information into your email and respond to each request by email to contact@DarylUrig.com

Requested information for review:
Tell your story:
Discuss direction & goals:
Thought process:
Link to website with examples of work and developmental studies:
Perspective – How are you the student?
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Location and construction plans
The new studio and gallery space located in Springdale Ohio is under renovation now. Creating and planning of the creative environment for painters and thinkers is no easy task. Planning phase is finished, construction, plumbing and electrical work is ahead of us. Donations of any amount are welcome to help us reach our goals.

 Phase 1 – Construction Begins