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… ”


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:

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: 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:

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

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.

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

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?
Health considerations:
Additional comments:
Contact information, (name, email & phone):

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

It is a good challenge to plein air paint low-country trees and water

I came to this same spot here in Bluffton SC for three mornings to see what I may learn by painting a similar scene. Each morning my painting improved. I understood more about the ingredients. Cezanne painted with this approach. Returning to his mountain to paint.