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Grand Vacation

  • A Route 66 vacation awaits!

    Reminiscent of a vintage travelogue, this scene features a toy station wagon and trailer, loaded up for a western road trip.  

  • The chalkboard background serves two purposes: 1) It keeps the focus of the setting on the car and trailer, without making the scene to busy with extra props; 2) The sketched background has the feel of a stage play with a hand-painted background - perfect for adding to the retro feel of the image.

    To create that dusty chalkboard feel, I drew on the painted surface with oil pastels and then wiped them off, similar to erasing an actual chalkboard. Then I re-drew the final images before painting the foreground.

    Note that the postcard and tape motif adds an element of trompe l'oeil, a visual illusion where the eye perceives the painted subject as real. When I add such elements to paintings, I frequently see people lean around to the side of the painting to see if I have actually stuck something to the canvas.

    Other details

    The car and trailer were found during separate antiquing trips, but each has a hitch that fits together, so I presume these were from the same toy company. The car didn’t come with suitcases; I used blocks of wood tied to the car with string to serve as my model.

    On a personal note, shortly after I moved to the United States from England in 1978, one of the first places my new American bride took me was to the Grand Canyon. Twenty years later, I ran the canyon “rim to rim” in 7 hours.

  • 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.

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