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Persistence

  • Necessity is the mother of invention

    Persistence is my take on the classic Aesop’s fable The Crow and the Pitcher (though I have represented the bird as the much-larger and much-smarter raven).

    In the original parable, a bird dying of thirst tries - and fails - to drink water pooled in the bottom of a jug. The bird then had an idea: drop stones into the jug, one-by-one, until the water level was at a drinkable level.

    In Persistence, we see our heroic raven not only dropping in stones, but also see a sky full of other ravens all working toward the same goal.

     

  • The background of Persistence was a challenge. It needed to not distract from the highly detailed representational subject matter yet sill add to the narrative. To achieve this objective, I used a loose style to create a harsh, unforgiving-looking landscape that suggests surrounding barren land. Your imagination does the rest.

    I was able to set up the entire foreground in my studio, except for the live raven part! Instead, I created a foam model festooned with actual feathers from a craft store. You can see my model here, in my series of Instagram videos on Persistence.


    Other details

    The vintage water pump came from an antique store in Apache Junction, Arizona. It reminded me of a pump we had in the laundry room outbuilding of my c. 1890s childhood home in England. When my parents dismantled the obsolete laundry facilities, I saved the pump and kept it in my bedroom as a sculpture until I left home.

  • All Richard Hall prints are limited edition and hand-signed and numbered by the artist.

    All of our prints are finished with a coating that protects the print and enhances light-fastness; we use the highest quality pigmented inks with an estimated lifetime of 118 years.

    Canvas giclées: Edition of 50 (for all sizes), signed and numbered on the back of the piece. Archivally mounted or stretched and hand-coated with protectant. Framed canvas giclées are hand-framed in our studio with an espresso-colored frame with gold-tone lip. Unframed canvas giclées should not be framed with glass.

    Paper giclées: Edition of 250 for 12” x 16” sizes; edition of 125 for 18” x 24”. Printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and comes with a hand-cut mat that fits into a standard-size frame. We recommend that you use a frame with glass to ensure longevity of your paper print.

Collections: Animals, Birds, Family Room, Man Cave, Office

Category: mythology, Raven


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