Leisure Painter, December 2014 article by Daryl Urig – Figure Work

Rhythm and Motion on Beach, oil on panel, 24x55in. (140x61cm). This is a purely gestural painting, focusing on movement. In figure painting the more elusive your subject is, the better. A side view or even a back view is welcome; the face is not the target.

I was very pleased when Leisure Painter Magazine picked up my article on “Figure Work” that discusses a few different approaches in capturing a figure in paint. Included are outdoor painting studies. It is a very open minded magazine that provides a range of concepts for the painter.

The magazine was recommended to me by one of my students and I have had the pleasure of writing three articles for them in 2014. Thank you.

It is referenced as the UK’s best-selling learn-to-paint magazine.

Leisure Painter December 2014

Please pick up a copy or purchase one online to read the story here:
http://www.painters-online.co.uk/Magazines/Leisure-Painter/_mg12

Enjoy!

The “Starving Artist” is not a stereotype – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Artists spend their lives searching for praise and appreciation for their work. Most don’t ever find it. For some, it comes posthumously. For the lucky few, they find it within their lifetime.

The point is: most artists spend their lives struggling. Although people admire their work and devotion to their craft, they seem to have little respect for the artist themselves.

Most people get steady jobs after they finish high school and college. For them, their career is only a means to sustain their family’s lives. But for an artist, their work is their life’s passion. Unfortunately, artists don’t always enjoy the steady stream of income that those who take corporate jobs do.

Whether it’s their lower income or lack of steady work, artists find themselves under-appreciated in the corporate world. Although museums, festivals and galleries showcase their work, the artist rarely profits, both personally and professionally.

When one thinks of art, only some names come to mind: Monet, Picasso, Da Vinci and Michelangelo, to name a few. Although each of these artists achieved notoriety (some posthumously) with their work, they struggled.

Monet’s famous piece, “Women in the Garden” (1866-67), took him about two years to finish. The canvas was 2.5 meters tall, and in order to paint the entire piece outside, he dug a trench in his garden and devised a pulley system to lower and raise the canvas. Although he labored over this piece for years, the Academie de Beaux-Arts denied the painting’s entrance to the Salon (art exhibit) of 1867. The Academie’s denial of his painting devastated Monet, as he had devoted a huge amount of time, money and energy to this piece.

Instead of changing his work to suit the Academie, Monet, along with other artists, seceded from the mainstream artistic community (the Academie) and founded the Impressionists. These men gained the acclaim that all artists desire, but only after a period of struggle.

The subjectivity of art, as evidenced by Monet’s clash with the Academie, is a big part of why artists struggle. By the nature of their work, artists are slaves to the likes of the consumer and viewer. Choosing to conform to the wants of the consumers can benefit the artist, but even if their work is “en vogue,” they still seem to financially struggle.

Although artists are the ones who preserve and enhance the culture of towns, cities and countries, they’re highly under-appreciated. If the everyday businessman or woman can make a steady income, why can’t the everyday artist?

…Maybe their pursuit of a career that they love is comparable to a monetary reward?

But I think that’s just a cop-out!


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Table of Contents: March 27, 2009 through Aug. 12, 2010

PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS

“Country View – June 3, 2009” | June 4th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=135

“Knollman Farm House – June 6,2009” | June 8th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=182

“Woman on Beach – June 11, 2009” | June 11th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=192

“The Upward Climb – June 24, 2009” | June 24th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=217

“McKenzie, Animal Portrait” | August 19th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=235

“Happiness” | August 27th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=251

“New Light” | August 30th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=254

“Against the Tide” | October 10th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=279

“Free to Run” | October 19th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=282

“Old House (study)” | October 21st, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=285

“Old House” | October 22nd, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=289

“Self-Portrait in Woods” | November 9th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=291

“Morning Sun” | April 5th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=395

“Butterflies in My Garden” | April 12, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=400

“Turner Farm” | May 7th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=418

“Grob Farm” | May 17th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=425

“Washington Heights School” | May 25th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=427

“Turner Farm House” | May 27th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=435

“My Wife’s Gaillardia Goblin Flowers” | June 3rd, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=439

2 paintings | August 12th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=547

STUDIO PAINTINGS

“The Guitar Player, My Tribute to Picasso” | July 2nd, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=225

Two Guys, Sketch Group | August 26th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=246

“Sunflower Dance” | September 18th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=269

“The Blind Leading the Blind” | December 11th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=305

“Autumn Gourds” | December 21st, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=309

“Open Gate” | December 30th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=311

“My Time” | January 4th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=315

“Disrobed” | January 13th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=324

“At Peace – Mother Nursing” | January 18th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=328

“Woman Combing Her Hair” | January 25th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=331

“Sea of Love” | January 27th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=334

“Nude Woman Reclining in Bed” | February 2nd, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=337

“Woman Lying on Couch” | February 18th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=341

“Baseball – An American Pastime” | February 24th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=347

“Woman Standing in Doorway” | March 1st, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=349

“Red head” | March 8th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=352

“Body Builder 2” | March 15th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=359

“The Model” | May 11th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=421

Cincinnati Art Club Sketches | June 29th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=487

GALLERY SERIES

“Moments Before the Return” | September 2nd, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=257

Why “Women in Garden” Series? | November 16th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=294

“Plein Air” Series | May 3rd, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=409

“On the Road” Series | June 17th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=466

“Women in Garden” Series | July 12th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=514

OPEN PAINT SERIES

Open Paint in Garden (Session 1) | July 8th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=494

Open Paint in Garden (Session 2) | July 13th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=520

Open Paint in Garden (Session 3) | July 25th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=543

GROB FARM PAINTING

Grob Farm (Session 1) | June 6th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=447

Grob Farm (Session 2) | June 14th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=476

Grob Farm (Session 3) | July 7th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=492

ADVICE FOR BETTER PAINTINGS

A Tip from a Painter on Overcoming a Creative Block | March 27th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=8

Emergence of Originality – PROWIA not Style | June 12th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=189

Repainting a Painting for Simplicity | August 23rd, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=242

We Gain Empirical Knowledge through our Struggles as a Painter | January 7th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=319

My Daily Routine as a Fine Arts Oil Painter | March 18th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=364

Drawing with Conceived Forms | March 22nd, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=378

Use Faith to Paint a Better Reality | August 2nd, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=532

Look Past Sociological Ideals to Paint Better | August 5th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=590

Use Your Artistic Neuroses to Paint Better | August 8th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=555

OPINION PIECES

Paint a Portrait from a Photo or Life? What is the Best Rule? | April 3rd, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=17

Earning an Income from Your Exhibitions, even Nationally Juried Exhibitions: Ask Questions and Be Informed. | July 14th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=229

Save Money on Canvases, Framing and Juried Show Shopping | August 21st, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=237

Are You Really an Impressionist Painter? | April 22nd, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=403

Art Is It’s Own Language | July 22nd, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=457

Painting Is a Lifetime Study | August 2nd, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=473

PAINTING A DAY FOR 31 DAYS

Daryl Urig’s 31 Days, 31 Paintings, Online May Auction | May 2nd, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=32

A Painting a Day, Day 7 | May 7th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=48

A Painting a Day, Day 14 | May 15th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=69

A Painting a Day, Day 21 | May 21st, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=77

What I learned from Doing “A Painting A Day” | May 28th, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=85

Wrapping Up 31 Days of Continuous Painting | May 31st, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=117

NEWS

Portrait Society of America Award | November 23rd, 2009 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=303

Arnold Schwarzenegger Choice Award | March 9th, 2010 | https://darylurig.com/blog/?p=355

2 paintings – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Seeing Above the Tree Tops – 11 x 14 inches, Oil on Canvas

Sometimes we need to take a step back and examine the bigger picture. Today must have been one of those times! Completing this plein air painting, I captured a fuller image than I usually do. I decided to paint the large tree and bench into the piece to provide a place for the viewer to sit down and experience the image with me.

Painting the Ohio River from Eden Park with my Son – 10 x 20 inches, Oil on Canvas

It was an overcast, foggy day, as I gazed at Kentucky over the Ohio River. My son had finished running with his school and decided to paint with me. We had a multitude of onlookers intrigued by our work, and I really enjoyed his company, as we hadn’t painted together since he was young.

With this piece, like my last one, I wanted each brush stroke to count, in order to capture the beauty of the scene. I think the painting spoke best when it was next to the river, wet on the easel, as it looked like part of the scene. However, some lucky passersby were able to experience the painting in this perfect setting, and the image evoked the same joy in them as it did me, which left me satisfied.


© 2010 Daryl Urig, All Rights Reserved

To view more paintings:
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Enlist Urig for your next Historic Event Painting: http://www.darylurig.com/historic-event-oil-painting.aspx

More on Daryl Urig:
Interview & Bio: http://www.darylurig.com/about-daryl-urig.aspx

Purchase:
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html
Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com

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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3 Sketches from Cincinnati Art Club – Studio – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

These are three sketches I completed with a long hair filbert brush at the Cincinnati Art Club. The filbert brush was a departure from the pallet knives I’ve used over the last few years. Pallet knives taught me to simplify and match the color I wanted. I attempted to use the same technique with the brush, and I was pleased with the results.

The first piece, Claire, is an 8 x 10 inch painting on canvas. The softness of the brush’s bristles make the edges of the painting less clear, especially in comparison to the lines created by the pallet knife. Nonetheless, I think there are good separations of the painted model, which adds great form to the image.

The second piece, Lost in an Empty Room, is an 11 x 14 inch oil painting on canvas. The disparity of the lonely, half-naked model in an empty room intrigued me. The light and exit through the door is clear due to the use of the filbert brush. The hard beveling form of her face dramatizes the image, emphasizing her age and despair.

The third piece, Construction Man, is an 11 x 14 inch oil painting on canvas. The loose brushwork and softness of the color changes add richness to the painting, especially in the forward forearm. The manner in which I painted this gives the viewer a strong spatial contrast. Also, the loose brushwork and color choice of the paint on the construction worker’s apron helps arrange the spatial order of the piece. Again, the strong beveling of the face’s form adds focus to it, even though it’s loosely indicated.

To view more paintings:
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

More on Daryl Urig:
Interview & Bio: http://www.darylurig.com/about-daryl-urig.aspx

Purchase:
Store: http://www.darylurig.com/store.html
Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com

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.

View his Exhibit and Awards by clicking here.

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The Model – Studio Paintings – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

The Model – May 11, 2010
8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

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Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com
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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.

View his Exhibit and Awards by clicking here.

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Red head – March 8, 2010 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Red head – March 8, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Purchase:
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Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com

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.

View his Exhibit and Awards by clicking here.

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Baseball – An American Pastime – Feb. 24, 2010 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Baseball – An American Pastime – Feb. 24, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

To view more paintings
Recent work: http://www.darylurig.com/2010-paintings.aspx
Blog:  http://DarylUrig.com/blog
Website: http://DarylUrig.com

Price: Contact: Robyn@DarylUrig.com

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.

View his Exhibit and Awards by clicking here.

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My Time – Jan. 4, 2010 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

My Time – Jan. 4, 2010
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas
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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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Two Guys, Sketch Group – Aug. 26, 2009 – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Guy 1

Guy 2

Two Guys, Sketch Group – Aug.26, 2009
A Daily Painter – A Painting A Week
Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig.
8 x 10 inches, oil on panel.
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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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