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In search of Cubism

Cubism fascinated me as a young artist. I must have been in the fourth grade marveling over the concept of three-dimensional space represented from all sides on a flat plane. Wow, how intriguing. A thought Pablo Picasso was it. He was a painter.

Cubism 1- Low Country Tree, 9 x12, oil on panel

I would look at M. C. Escher mind-bending perspective. I could never figure out how he made us arrive visually in different planes than we originally started.

Those confusing concepts kept with me my entire life. Waiting till I would have enough understanding to accomplish them. I began to sort them out. How Escher would fool you by changing what you expected against you. Picasso was not able to demonstrate cubism in the way my mind thought it should be. Instead he showed us a more shattered vague representation, beautiful non the less.

 

Cubism 2- Low Country Tree, 9 x12, oil on panel

When I visited one of my favorite museums, the Barns in Philadelphia, I was able to view Cezanne first hand. He has so much to offer us as painters. His unusual color, the space he creates with overlapping form. His brushwork. He inspired cubism and is credited as the father of modern art. Allowing us to appreciate abstraction as art.

Cubism 3- Low Country Tree, 9 x12, oil on panel

Looking for Cezanne’s path, I painted plein air, as he painted his mountain outdoors. I chose the Low Country Tree while in South Carolina. Looking for cubism in outdoor landscapes I began to see some of the underlying structure he talked about. Taking me from what I knew to where I did not. Exploring with each new painting, venture out and simplify a little more. Returning each day in South Carolina to the same tree. Then I moved into the studio for the last two paintings seeing how much more I could simplify the image, how could I represent it in cubism?

Cubism 4- Low Country Tree, 9 x12, oil on panel

Staying true to what I thought cubism should be, I went about my exploratory on Cubism 5. Hiding with each new layer of paint what laid beneath from the previous session. I enjoyed the visual play of space of Escher, so you may not always know where you where looking from. The harder three dimensional representation of form that I thought was missing from Picassos work. Forming the hard and lost edges of Cezanne’s paintings that would amplify the edge and his simple color.

Me having fun with how a shadow edge becomes a line, not a shape of tone and color. I can lead the eye around more so there is no beginning or end. This was the first painting I had painted in a long time with a brush.

I chose Rosemary Oil Brushes. I had heard such great things about these brushes, I wanted them to be my first experience of non-painting knife work. It was a good choice for me.

Cubism 5- Low Country Tree, 30 x24, oil on panel

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Painters Moving Forward

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Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

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

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

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 [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

The Creative Underground – Phase 1 Construction

The Creative Underground - Phase 1 Construction

http://darylurig.com/creative-underground.aspx 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 [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Let’s get on the Path to better Plein Air Painting.

Let's get on the Path to better Plein Air Painting.

We need a better voice or avenue for a clear and less encumbered presentation for plein air painters. I am proposing an online representation of Plein Air Painters with the Heart and Spirit of the painter, Cezanne. Whom I believe, is the father of modern art and innovation along with renewing plein air thinking. Plein [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

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

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

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Healthy Painting & Introduction to Painting with the Painting Knife Videos

I hope you enjoy these two videos. There are many benefits to painting with a painting knife. My approach is a much more healthy approach for the oil painter. Live long and paint well. Healthy Painting   Introduction to Painting with the Painting Knife Purchase Painting Explained CLICK HERE

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Plein Air Pizzaz – Hamptons NY

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 [...]

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 [...]