Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 
Oil on canvas | 36" x 40" (45" x 49" Framed ) | $12,000 
Please contact Richard B. Hall directly to purchase Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

Inspired by the classic 1960s sci-fi adventure

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea depicts a daring ocean explorer searching the briny deep. The scene, with its bathtub toys and seashore treasures, evokes the elaborate make believe of a child enthralled by the secrets of the high seas.

Composition details

The key to this piece is balance. Although I wanted the scene to look as if a child had staged it with their toys, the composition is anything but haphazard. The focal point is the diver, suspended “underwater”. Notice how the whale and shark point your eye to our intrepid aquatic explorer as he makes his way to the fishbowl below.

Depicted behind the scene is a chalkboard, with fish, an octopus, and kelp sketched in the background to set the stage. Notice how the top is drawn to look like light shining into the water from above. To achieve the  chalky surface look, I drew on the painted background with white oil pastels, then erased, just like you would do with a real chalkboard.

Other details

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was conceived when I found the diver action figure (an original, full-size G.I. Joe) in an antique shop in Phoenix. The doll reminded me of the nifty 1950s Japanese-made whale and 1960s shark stored in my studio - toys I had picked up antiquing, but had yet to paint. 

To purchase "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," please contact the Richard B. Hall studio directly.

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