Back to painting and building at the Creative Underground Studio.

Gave myself time to complete my desk. Enjoy the metal theme used throughout the gallery. Had fun building the desk as I did building the gallery. Hope you will give me a call and drop in for a visit, now that it is finally completed.

Played with the Happy Grandpa painting I showed earlier in a previous post. It seemed to lack some of the emotion and spark I originally intended for the painting. I wanted the yellow flower she was reaching for to be more apparent but not so polarizing being close to the center of the canvas.

Still concentrating on softening some edges and sharpening other edges in the painting. The colors seemed a little dark, so I lightened them up with blues, blue-greens and blue-purples hues to compliment the yellow. Yellow paintings seem to be a draw for me. Yellow I find to be the most complicated color to paint with. It really needs to be managed well. This revision seemed to match my original intent for the painting.



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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© 2013 Daryl Urig

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:

Woman in Rocky Stream

Created entirely with a painting knife, M. Graham paints and Walnut Oil.

My objective was to treat the rocky landscape and figure the same while being careful not to overwork any areas to maintain an overall unity of fluid paint. I enjoy the textures of the rocks, vibrant colors and how the painting holds together using form, light and composition. The figure was contrasted by darker surrounding colors. No matter how abstract the figures lighting was, it became the focal point of the painting.

Woman in Rocky Stream, 18 x 24 inches, oil on panel purchase painting here

Information on Workshops & Locations
© 2012 Daryl Urig

Woman in the Desert

What an awesome time with wonderful people in Palm Desert CA, with wonderful people, in an area that has so much to offer.

The workshop helped painters to develop a process from taking pictures of a figure in a landscape setting, selecting a photo for painting, not all photos make good paintings to design, color sketch preliminaries and the then the final figurative painting.

The students quickly gained confidence, brush/painting knife control, color mixing, seeing what  to be aware of in a painting and as one said, reinforcing the basics while making the advanced easy, thanks Joe.

I felt we all grew close in this short time together. Like a much-needed retreat, doing what we enjoy, painting.

The Woman in the Garden workshop was hosted by Deb Mumm at Venus Studios in Palm Desert, CA.

Enjoy the pictures and paintings.

Upcoming workshops in California

I have been asked to plan a workshop before Thanksgiving 2012 on Intro to Self Portrait. Please contact me early if you would like to attend, I have commitments for half a class already. I like to keep the classes small so everyone gets good attention and understanding of information. This is a good first step towards figurative and portrait painting.

Hope to see you next year on my return to California for a Workshop titled Woman in the Desert – Canyon. I will expand on this figurative/landscape workshop to also include paining rocks with a painting knife.

Woman in the Desert, 9 x 12 inches wide on panel, purchase here.

Testimonials from workshop

I have taken many workshops – this was the best. I learned so much – I can be an artist after all.
– Carole Lintner, OR

I have learned so much. Daryl reinforced the basics, but went into advanced while making it easy.
– Joe Wheatley, CA

I thought the class Woman in the Desert was fabulous, we learned so much from Daryl. He is a terrific teacher – very clear instruction was given. He’s very encouraging. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
– Patti Howard, Vancouver B.C.

Information on Workshops & Locations
© 2012 Daryl Urig

2012 National Workshop Tour – Dates & Locations Schedule


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—– February 2012 —-

February 1, 2012 – SELF PORTRAIT (Water Soluble Oils)
Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society
At the Cincinnati art Club, 10 am.
1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati OH
Nancy Wisely

February 11 & 12, 2012

Cincinnati Art Club @ Pendleton, Studio 112, 1310 Pendleton Street, Cincinnati OH
Daryl Urig

February 18 & 19, 2012 – STUDIO PAINTING KNIVES – GET OUT OF BOX
The Studio at Rush Creek
9481 Garland Lane North, Maple Grove, MN 55311
Karen Highness

February 23 – 26, 2012
2131 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221-3219
Linda Nye
(330) 928-8092

—– March —-

March 2, 2012 – Nautical Oil & Palette Knife
Queen City Art Club – Demo
at the Maple Knoll Manor House Restaurant
11100 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, Ohio
6 pm

March 3, 2012 – Landscape Plein Air-Knife Painting Oil/Acrylic
FREE EVENT – 12:00 Noon
Addison Village Hall (Mid Winter Festival of Artists)
1 Friendship Plaza
Addison, IL 60101
Host: Addison Art Guild- Annette Leiber
630-543-4100 x 7416

March 5 – 8, 2012 – WOMAN IN GARDEN
Venus Studios Art Supply
74-280 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA
Debra Ann Mumm

March 16, 17 & 18, 2012 – NAUTICAL PLEIN-AIR
The Artists’ Loft School, LLC
327 Folly Road, Charleston, SC
Joan Body

March 16, 17 & 18, 2012 – NAUTICAL PLEIN-AIR
The Artists’ Loft School, LLC
327 Folly Road, Charleston, SC
Joan Body

March 29 & 30 & April 1, 2012 – SELF PORTRAIT
The Amelia Island Artist Workshop
218 A Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Mikolean Longacre

—– April —-

April 12, 13 & 14, 2012 – STUDIO PAINTING KNIVES – GET OUT OF BOX
Ocean Springs Art Association  Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education
1620 Government Street
Ocean Springs, MS
Carole Marie

April 20 and 21, 2012 – LOW COUNTRY FIGURATIVE
ARTworks – 2127 Boundary Street, Suite 18A, Beaufort, SC
JW Rone

April 23 -25 2012 – PHOTOSHOP FOR PAINTERS
SOBA – Society of Bluffton Artists
48 Boundry Street, Bluffton, SC 29910
Sandra Wenig

April 26 – 28, 2012 – PLEIN AIR LOW COUNTRY
SOBA – Society of Bluffton Artists
48 Boundry Street, Bluffton, SC 29910
Sandra Wenig

— May —

May 2, 3 & 4, 2012 – SELF PORTRAIT
Quinlan Visual Arts Center
514 Green Street N.E., Gainesville, GA 3050
Paula Lindner

Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League 
310 West State Street, Black Mountain NC 28711
Karen Paquette

Hot Springs Gallery
408 Ohio Drive
Hot Springs, AR
Vanessa Segraves

— June —

Cincinnati Art Club
1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Juddi Clubb
Daryl Urig 513-708-7981
Send Payment to:
CAC C/O Juddi Clubb, 131 Highland, Fort Thomas, KY 41075

June 6 – 8, 2012 – SELF PORTRAIT
Wenmohs Ranch
573 Old Spicewood Rd
Cypress Mill, TX
Dena Wenmohs

June 11 – 14, 2012
PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE 4 – Day Workshop – Maynard Dixon Artist Workshop, Utah
2200 South State Street, Mount Carmel, UT 84755
Near by: Grand Canyon, Brice Canyon, Zion National Park – MAYNARDDIXON

June 16,17 & 18, 2012 – SELF PORTRAIT
Sedona Art Center
15 Art Barn Road, Sedona AZ
Vince Fazio
Register Now, Link to Sedona Art Center

June 21, 22 & 23, 2012 – STUDIO PAINTING KNIVES
Ocean County Artist Guild 
22 Chestnut Ave., Island Heights, NJ 08732
Leona Lavone

June 27, 28 & 29, 2012 – PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE
Creative Arts Center
154 Crowell Road, Chatham MA
Sally Lamson or Mary Allen

— JULY —

July 2&3, 5&6, 2012 – PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE
Provincetown Art Association and Museum 
460 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657
Grace Ryder-O’Malley
508.487.1750 ext 20

July 9 – 12, 2012 – PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE
Pacific Northwest Schools
15 NW Birch St., Coupeville WA 98239
Lisa Burnhart 

July 27, 28 & 29, 2012 – STUDIO PAINTING KNIVES – GET OUT OF BOX
Art Cellar Gallery 
110 W. Third St., Mansfield, OH 44902
Robin Riley



September 26 – 28, 2012 – STUDIO PAINTING KNIVES – GET OUT OF BOX
Art in the Loft
109 N. Second Avenue, Suite 300, Alpena, MI
Sarah Altman

Sept. 30 – Oct. 5, 2012 – PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE
Dillman’s Bay Resort – Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation 
3305 Sand Lake Lodge Lane, Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538
Denny or Sue Robertson

Oct. 8 – 12, 2012 – SELF PORTRAIT
MISA – Madeline Island School of Arts
978 Middle Road, La Pointe, WI 54850
Jenna Ericson
Register Now, Link to MISA



Information on Workshops & Locations
© 2012 Daryl Urig

A summary of my more recent blog posts

Bluffton Oyster Company – Plein Air Workshop

I agree with Vincent Van Gogh – I am rich

It is nice to meet interesting people when you travel.

It is nice to meet interesting people when you travel.

I love to push paint outside of the lines. – Out of the box

I love to push paint outside of the lines. – Out of the box

Native American

It is a humble occupation being a painter

The CSI Approach to Painting

Development of – Woman on Beach : Looking for Sea Shells

Woman on Beach : Looking for Sea Shells


Summary of past blogs

A summary of my more recent blog posts

Quick answers to hard questions

Woman in the Garden : The Vineyard

So why do artist enjoy painting the nudes?

Food for thought – a good painting practice

Reaching for the Light

Giving your best & the frustration it causes


Life can be complex

A list of previous Blog Posts






© 2011 Daryl Urig

Woman in the Garden : The Vineyard

To me the garden has a fascination that evolves around the beautiful garden of life and the paralleling the garden of the nude woman (Eve) when Adam must have first saw her. The purity of life and love, dwelling in the garden, life as God intended us to all enjoy.

The painting was developed from numerous photos, color studies and an experimental development of the painting, adapting the design and ingredients of the painting as I was able to get closer and closer to my original vision.

Unlike my other paintings till this time, I was able to paint with the painting knives as suited me, then using a brush to paint in areas that required a softer edge or glaze with Walnut oil.

The face was not important for me because I felt that the image spoke for all woman.

24 inches x 36 inches tall, oil on canvas panel

© 2011 Daryl Urig


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