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Plein Air Pizzaz – Hamptons NY

I have just completed my “Paint with Me Workshop” with Rose Nigro in the Hamptons this past week. I enjoy visiting with students from my past workshops and having a one on one workshop. There is so much I can teach this way. Utilizing my Plein Air Pizzaz perspective we tackled typical plein air situations in a conceptual and uniquely visual approach with very different results. What fun.

Big Pumpkin, 9 x 12, oil on panel


We painted at some fabulous locations in the Hamptons. There is so much to choose from, there is truly a painting almost every direction you turn. More of a relished time period experience. Lobster boats, lighthouses, older restored homes and new mansions, plenty of a garden and old Farmers Markets, with fresh cider everything perfectly displayed in the New York fashion.  I have a workshop on my calendar for early next October 2015. Returning to focusing on Old Farmers Markets. I hope many of you will join me. Please sign up online now to reserve a limited spot. Click here

I had some opportunity to explore the south fork of the island with her. Visited the studio of a one of my favorite painter, Jackson Pollock a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.

Visited the city of New York and saw another of my painting heroes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), Thomas Hart Benton. He was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed people in everyday United States scenes. He made me feel proud to be able to work as an American.

I am standing in front of John Brown’ (1939) by American regionalist artist John Steuart Curry (1897-1946). Oil on canvas, possibly a study for his series of Kansas murals. Set apart for his paintings depicting life Kansas, alongside of Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood,

This painting that Rose is in front of at the MET is her great, great, great, etc., etc., grandfather, Don Gaspar de Guzman, Count-Duke of Olivares (1587 – 1645). It is a powerful painting of him riding on horseback, painted by Diego Velázquez in1635. He was the principal minister and favorite of Philip IV of Spain.

Wikipedia says he: “was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age. He was an individualistic artist of the contemporary Baroque period, important as a portrait artist. In addition to numerous renditions of scenes of historical and cultural significance, he painted scores of portraits of the Spanish royal family…

From the first quarter of the nineteenth century, Velázquez’s artwork was a model for the realist and impressionist painters, in particular Édouard Manet. Since that time, famous modern artists, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Francis Bacon, have paid tribute to Velázquez by recreating several of his most famous works.”

We visited a unique local landmark, The Big Duck in Flanders New York. I wont go into the whole interesting story of this two floor tall duck. You can read and learn about it yourself in Rose’s new children’s book, The Big Duck, that will come out Christmas 2014. Illustrated by Tom H.John. I had the pleasure of consulting with her and designing the book.

Roadhouse Pizza has the best Pizza Bianca (white pizza, no sauce). You may want them to go very light on cheese. It was heaven eating a slice of this pizza. One said it was like a pizza cheesecake. A blend of real cheeses: Mozzarella, Ricotta and Romano cheese. Visit here:

Hope you can share with me the unique experience of the Hampton’s and Painting Old Farmers Markets, October 5 – 8, 2015. Click here


Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

When I travel and teach workshops I like to have my paints when I arrive

Many times the airlines have confiscated my oil paints from me. Even though they are made with Walnut Oil. Once in Palm Springs California Airport I was wondering why they where calling my name. I was all settled in and waiting for my plane. Next thing I know I am leaving the airport to find [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Sneak Peak at the Studio – Creative Underground

  I hope you had fun with my intro movie about my new studio as I did. If you look closely you can get a sneak peak of the studio. Just trying to figure out the best way to design the space is a challenge. The space will require a sitting area for demonstrations and [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground Studio

The Creative Underground is my new studio space in Springdale Ohio. A place of artistic inspiration for artists and associates to come and get the imaginative juices flowing. Share fresh ideas in painting, with eco-friendly materials along with a structure of responsible decision-making. It is my working studio where I will be able to instruct [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Roles of Light and Shadow – October 2014 Issue Leisure Painter Magazine

See my latest article in the October issue of Leisure Painter. It is about understanding the Roles of Light and Shadow. You may link to it here: I hope this gets the creative energies flowing… with some organized structure. This may seem like a formula but knowing what to look for when you are [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

My New Studio Space

These two paintings will be on display at my new Gallery/Studio! I am So excited.                                                                       My current home studio space [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Exploring the figure

I have been exploring the figure in my last few paintings. Definitely I am not attempting to have one painting style. Instead an exploratory of abstraction, conceptual, opposites, exploring new concepts in rhythm and motion while developing dexterity with the painting knife. Prismatic Nude, 18 x 24 inches, gave me the opportunity to juxtapose two [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

How can I stretch time when plein air painting?

I have been painting Plein air and studio during my trip to the Carolinas. Plein air studies provide me an opportunity to study the affect of light, with the challenge of how to represent the light on my panel within a limited time frame. There are definitely many challenges for the plein air painter. I [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

I enjoy the slick surface of primed panel over gesso panels for plein air painting

I enjoy the slick surface of primed panel over gesso panels for plein air painting

Primed panels are much less resistant to my painting knife and allow it to glide over the surface of the painting. Gesso creates more of a dry absorbent surface to paint on. I can make just under 40, 9 x 12 inch panels from a 4 x 8 foot 1/8 inch thick piece of Masonite [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Augusta Art Guild Paint Out this past weekend, in Augusta Kentucky was the place to be

The American Queen Steamboat docked this past weekend for a picturesque time period presentation on the Ohio River. What a joy to paint. I do love boats and water. No one would have thought that this majestic Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, would have a broken paddlewheel axil shaft that would delay its journey. [...]