Because a craving for guacamole can drive you crazy!
For a still life artist, a recipe is like a schematic for a painting - and so it was with Guacamobile, where the ingredient list for this snack-time treat lead to a new work of art.
You are probably aware that I have a penchant for pairing vintage toy trucks with traditional (and not so traditional) still life foodstuffs. Inorganic textures of these old metal toys combined with organic shapes and surfaces of fruit and veg (and sometimes donuts, are enjoyable challenges to paint and results in compelling compositions for the audience to view.
Guacamole contains ingredients that still life artists love to paint: tomatoes with their turgid flesh; onions and garlic with their papery skin; and avocados with their odd, bumpy texture.
To enhance the variety of surfaces (and make them look appropriately appetizing), I used soft, center-focused spotlighting to make the produce gleam and the truck’s metal surfaces shine. The background’s dark edges help focus your eye to to the center of the composition.
The truck featured is a vintage Wyandotte toy company “stake truck”, so-called because of the construction of the truck bed. I have several of these lovely vehicles in my collection - they were beautifully made and came in a range of colors, including pastels for Easter.
The name for this image was courtesy of my wife, Sharon. She came into the studio, saw the setting, and said: “It’s a guacamobile!” (Thank you, honey.)
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