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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.

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

An update to my faithful blog followers

To my faithful followers that have signed up on my website blog “the Adventures of an American Oil Painter”. Thank you, it has been a very busy and challenging time. I have so many thoughts going on in my head. Not having time to express them in a painting is very frustrating for me. Today [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Our Journey – Getting to Know T. C. Steele

My journey this past weekend with my wife Robyn took us to these three locations where we learned more about T. C. Steele. Without any doubt T. C. Steele is one of Indiana’s best-known painters. We enjoyed learning about a talented and adventurous man with a strong will to grow his painting. Our first stop [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Appreciate each God given day we are privileged to live

A few weeks ago coming back from a paint out in Elkhart, Indiana I had a seizure while driving home to Ohio. I remember my sight going black and saying to myself “I am driving and cannot see”. The rest was told to me by a police officer that was at the accident. I drove [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

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 [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

I loved my Grandpa – The Paint Brush vs. the Painting Knife

I have such fond memories of my grandpa. He died young when I was either 7 or 8 years old. He was what I wanted to be when I grew up. He loved children. As a child that felt wonderful. Though my father embodied this statement as well, he did not spend time with me [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

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 [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

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: … // Powered by Cincopa <a href=’’>Video Hosting for Business</a> solution.

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

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

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 [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

What is happening at the Creative Underground?

YouTube Painter Interviews • Workshops • Plein Air Event • Gallery Exhibition Recent Interviews by Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground YouTube Channel What is a Painting? Live Talk with Daryl Urig – Shades of Summer 2015 Plein Air Event, June 26, 2015 The Cape Cod School of Art – What is Impressionist color? Live Interview with Carolyn Biggio, June 24, [...]