Saturday, December 1, 2018

Announcing the "Paint a Kitchen Challenge"

Lunch Prep, 9x12, casein
I painted this little demo while looking into the kitchen of a community center at the SKB Workshop.

Anna Ancher, "Girl in the Kitchen" (Danish, 1859-1935)
I'd like to invite you to join the "Paint a Kitchen Challenge." You can paint your own kitchen, a commercial kitchen, or a church kitchen in water media. You can focus on ingredients, the appliances, the tools, the dirty dishes, or the person cooking. But try to capture some of the actual scene or ambiance, rather than constructing an artificial still life.

Pentalic is offering some cool art supplies to add to the other prizes I'm offering: a free video download and a "Department of Art" patch.


GUIDELINES
• Free to enter. No entry fee.
• The scene can be painted in a private kitchen or a commercial kitchen, but it must be painted mostly or entirely on location. If you want, it’s OK to finish it up with photo reference.
• You can focus on ingredients, the appliances, the tools, the dirty dishes, or the chef or the cook. But try to capture some of the overall scene or ambiance, rather than making an artificial still life.
• Media accepted include watercolor, gouache, casein, acrylic, or oil. You can also include pen, ink or water-soluble colored pencils.
• Palette of colors should include no more than four colors plus white. Along with your entry, please list the pigments you used.
• Please post your entries on the Facebook Event page "Paint a Kitchen Challenge.” If you don't have your own Facebook account, you can have a friend or relative who has an account upload them for you. Just specify in the description that the art is by you. The Facebook Event setting works well for these challenges because people can share feedback with each other.
• Enter just one piece. If you do two pieces, please upload your favorite of the two.
• Also include in your entry a photo of your easel with your work-in-progress in the kitchen where you painted it.
• You can enter as soon as you finish the piece, but no later than the deadline: December 20th.
We ask that all entrants follow @Pentalicart on Instagram and Pentalic’s Facebook page. Also, please use the hashtags: #paintakitchenchallengeand #PentalicandJames
• I'll pick five Finalists, and they will each receive a "Department of Art" patch, a free Gurney video tutorial download, and a 5”x8” Aqua Journal sketchbook. The Grand Prize winner will receive the foregoing items, but will also receive a set of brushes, gouache paints, and sketchbooks .
• Winners will be announced on December 22 on the Facebook Event page, on my blog GurneyJourney, and on Pentalic’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

Albert Anker, "Girl Peeling Potatoes" (Swiss, 1831-1910)

4 comments:

Peggy Aare said...

I love the challenges and send the word out to my sketching group, but I don't post to Facebook myself. I'll still very much enjoy looking at kitchens all month long and shall certainly do several watercolors of my own. Please consider making entries viewable to the general public if possible.
Thanks for all the fun and inspiration

Philip said...

I too prefer not to engage with Facebook. Can we access this challenge without Facebook?
Also James could you please let us know the deadline for this challenge...
Thank you

Mel Gibsokarton said...

I would love to participate, but I don't have neither facebook nor instagram. Should I make one for this? And I don't really know of any kitchen that would let an outsider in, that's a challenge.

James Gurney said...

Peggy, Mel, and Philip, sorry, I understand. If you don't have your own Facebook account, you don't need to create one. I trust you have a friend or relative who has an account. If you email them the JPEGs of your art and photo, they can upload them for you and let you see and comment on other entrants. Just specify in the description that the art is by you. The Facebook Event setting works well for these challenges because people can upload the images themselves, and share feedback with each other.

Philip, the deadline is December 20.