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Introducing my New Book: “Painting Knife Explained”, by Daryl Urig

I am so excited about this. Many of you have been asking me to write this book. Here it is. Painting Knife Explained, with many useful step-by-step demonstrations, painting examples, benefits, plus exercises to develop knife agility. It explains the basics to mature concepts to artfully painting with this tool. It will help bring your painting to the next level.

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As a painter, adjunct professor, art lover and author I feel I have opened the sacred seal on the hidden benefits and creative factors of the painting knife.

Benefits of the Painting Knife

  • The painting knife amplifies my method of painting.
  • It helps me keep things simple and uncomplicated
  • Perfect for Wet-on-Wet, or Direct Painting where I frost a layer of wet paint on top of previously applied wet paint.
  • The color I mix and apply to my panel does not get muddled
  • Expressive dimensional character of paint
  • Sharp edges and very thin lines are a snap to paint
  • One knife can replace a handful of brushes
  • Easy clean up with the wipe of a paper towel
  • Inexpensive
  • Will outlast a brush
  • Works well for plein air or studio painting
  • Figurative, portrait, landscape or still life

I started painting with the painting knife when I was 16 years old. I enjoyed it very much. During high school I won the Hallmark award in a regional competition for painting.  Then after I painted with the brush for a few decades till I rediscovered the significance of the painting knife. Funny, the perception is that if you are going to paint use a brush.

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Many prominent Master painters have painted with the painting knife. For instance Nicolai Fechin and Joaquin Sorolla did. My preference for the painting knife came from experimentation with the tool.

Please enjoy my new book.

Daryl Urig

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Categorize painting into approaches with Quang Ho

I had the pleasure of spending time with my friend Quang Ho and his family this last week. There are many things that impress me about Quang as a painter. His reputation is clear. What is far more intriguing for me is Quang as the teacher. Many can paint, but not many can put it [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

“Paint with Me” – Personalized Private Workshop

It was nice to make new friends on Spring Island this past week. I had a workshop with a couple. She was an established painter and he had never painted before. They impressed me how they both worked so well together. Complimenting each other actions like two cooks in a kitchen. Comfortable and at home, [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

A touch of color

Sun City South Carolina was a warm and welcome place to have my workshop, discuss painting, do a few color exercises and develop paintings. The workshop focus was on having an actionable plan to create our illusion with our medium. To do this we must first understand a few of its limitations.   To be [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Going Green – Healthy Painting

I want to focus on being healthier this year. It has always been my concern but I need a concentrated effort if I expect change. I can affect my physical health by a few good choices. Exercise; eat more vegetables and less animal products. My painting also has physical aspects. How I stand and move [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Easy Rider on Red Chopper – Optic Sensationalism

Happy New Year! I have enjoyed painting this painting of the motorcyclist and like starting the New Year this way. Letting my imagination and thoughts collide in what I am calling Optic Sensationalism. From early on in my boyhood I have always enjoyed the visual and thoughts that accompany riding a motorcycle. The Easy Rider [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Leisure Painter, January 2014 article by Daryl Urig

  I was very pleased when Leisure Painter Magazine picked up my article on “Copy habitats not paintings” and a plein air still life demonstration I provided. The magazine was recommended to me by one of my students. It is a very fine publication. I was very impressed with the teaching in this magazine. My [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

The Perfect Fine Art Painting Gift

Christmas has always been a special Holiday at our home. It is a time to enjoy family and friends. Gifts are shared from a willing heart, reminding us of our Savior that received gifts on his birthday. I have enjoyed meeting many of you in my workshops. Always hating it when we have to part. [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Spring Island, SC – Studio Painting Knives

As part of my National Tour I was able to enjoy the people and location of Spring Island, SC. The week-long workshop focused on drawing for painting, color mixing, limited pallet, perspective, painting light and shadow and paint manipulation with painting knife or pallet knife. Accompanied with individual instruction. The people, location and amenities made [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Italy is Beautiful in October 2014 – Register Early!

October 9 – 23, 2014 ITALY – PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE & STUDIO WITH DARYL URIG Umbrian region of Central Italy Call Tracy to Sign Up: 1-855-476-6482 Questions? Please email us: schoolinfo@laromita.org Painting, culinary, and art workshops in Italy. La Romita strada della Romita, 24 Terni Italia, 05100 Love of painting has always been my passion [...]