Today we welcome Daryl Gortner as our talented October Artist of the Month! Gortner was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s 29th Annual Art Competition. Her painting, High Standards (oil on canvas, 30×48) is below. Keep reading to find out more about Gortner and her life!
www.darylgortner.com ~ Fullerton, California
As a child, I remember wandering the aisles of the local department store that was filled with patent leather shoes. Their shiny and reflective nature was mesmerizing. As an adult, they artistically inspired me. Not only were they shiny and reflective, but the heels were also very high. I began to think about how I had grown as an artist and how these shoes were an analogy for my life. I felt that trying to do my best and creating high standards for myself could create opportunities for me to improve and showcase my art, just like the height of these beautiful shoes. These shiny red shoes were my source of inspiration for High Standards. This piece was very detail oriented, yet rewarding to complete. The most difficult part of the painting was getting the black and white squares to look straight. Also, making the reflections on the shoes look like reflections and not some sort of a design posed a challenge.
The primary media I work with is oil paint, and occasionally I use colored pencil. The main genre I work in is contemporary still life. The subject matter that I work with most often are items that give me a nostalgic feeling that can be captured using photorealism.
For all my paintings, I set up my own composition. This requires arranging and rearranging until I get a composition that is favorable. Numerous photographs are taken from different vantage points and then I select one to use as a reference for the painting. My color palette is usually the same for every painting, but I may use a few different colors depending on the subject. Typically, the colors I use are: French ultramarine, burnt umber, cadmium lemon, cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, dioxazine violet, permanent green, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, and titanium white. Using a limited palette, I make more colors from those few, which, in turn, gives my paintings a more realistic look. Usually, I spend about three to six weeks on a painting, depending on how detailed it is. High Standards was completed in four weeks.
I have always been interested in art and wanted to learn to paint and draw. In 2004, I enrolled in a drawing course in college. After that, I was so captivated with art that I kept taking different art classes. In addition to selling my artwork, I also teach art classes to adults and children. Soon I have a solo exhibition that I’m currently preparing for, and I plan to have another shoe painting completed for it.
I give many thanks to my family, friends, teachers, and colleagues for all their support and encouragement. I am very appreciative to the galleries for representing my artwork and to the many clients who have bought my paintings. With this support I am able to do what I love, which is create art! I also have been a faithful reader of The Artist’s Magazine, learning useful tips and helpful hints that have advanced my painting career.
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