Thursday, July 7, 2016

New Challenge: Food Trucks

We had such an enthusiastic response to our last Weed Painting Challenge that many of you asked for another opportunity. This time it's food trucks! I invite you to paint a mobile food vendor on location with a limited palette.

Photo by Paul Bartunek from Serious Eats

You can paint any wheeled conveyance that sells prepared food, such as taco trucks,  hot dog stands, pretzel carts, ice cream trikes, waffle vans, or burrito trailers. Here's a Wikipedia page on Mobile Catering.

On Location
It must be painted on location and it must be a new painting done for this challenge. In addition to a scan of the final painting, your entry must include a photo of your painting in progress in front of the motif.

All painting media are acceptable: casein, gouache, acryla-gouache, oil, acrylic or watercolor.

The Limited Palette
The limited palette is just three colors of your choice plus white. The reason for the limited palette is to keep your painting harmonious, which can be difficult with such a kaleidoscopic subject.

(here's a video showing some owners cooking in their mobile kitchens)
Scrumptious Prize
If you want, you can make a video (1 minute or less) of the owner doing a pitch for their food, or you can do a sketch of the serving. I'll give a special award to the most mouth-watering pitch.

It's free to enter. You can enter as soon as you finish the piece, but no later than the deadline: Monday, August 15 at midnight New York time. Winners will be announced on the blog on Wednesday August 17. 

What and How to Enter
Just shoot two image files: 1. Your finished painting and 2. A photo of the painting on the easel in front of the subject. Your face doesn't have to be in the photo unless you want to.

Upload the images to this Facebook Event page (This way I don't have to deal with email, and you present your images your way). If you don't have a Facebook account, please ask a friend with an account to help you. Please include in the FB post the list of the colors you used, and if you want, a word about your inspiration or design strategy, or a description of the food.

If you upload to Instagram or Twitter, please use the hashtag #paintafoodtruck
I'll pick one Grand Prize, five Finalists, and one Scrumptious Winner. They will be published on GurneyJourney. All the winners will receive an exclusive "Department of Art" embroidered patch. In addition, all the winners will receive a video (DVD or download) of their choice. Everybody who participates will have their work on the Facebook page, too.
Resources and Links
• Facebook Event page on Food Truck Painting Challenge
Wikipedia on Mobile Catering
•If you want to try out casein, I've asked Jack Richeson to put together a basic set called Gurney's Casein 6 Packor Gurney's Casein Explorers Pack (12)
• Own the 72-minute feature "Gouache in the Wild"
• HD MP4 Download at Gumroad $14.95
• or HD MP4 Download at Sellfy (for Paypal customers) $14.95
• DVD at Purchase at (Region 1 encoded NTSC video) $24.50


Fabio Porta said...

Gosh, I wish I could participate, but it's so hot now in Sicily! I got sunburnt last time, I would be completely baked this time! Looking forward to seeing what folks will paint though!

Jim Serrett said...

Cool, any medium?

Warren JB said...

Takeaway food! A subject close to my heart... ;)

Also, after some amount of hand-wringing, I finally discovered through your links that it might be cheaper to have casein paints flown over via than Another incentive!