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Hot and Sour Soup

  • Better eat, before it gets chile

    Soup’s on!

    In this dynamic composition of kitchen favorites, we see peppers and a lemon suspended above a china bowl, all resting on blocks that spell “H-O-T”.

  • Hot and Sour Soup is all about using light to make the scene as inviting as possible. I used very warm, direct light to emphasize the variety of textures in the scene. Notice how the light makes the peppers gleam, gives clear reflections on the shelf, and creates crisp shadows.

    Speaking of the shadows, notice the unusual, lower-left location of the shadows. These occurred due to precise light placement from the top, leading to a very dynamic scene structure. The idea is that the string leads your eye from the top of the image down, then you focus on the bowl, blocks, and curious shapes on the wall.

    Other details

    My fondness for adding blocks with mixed-up letter clues stems from my childhood. I grew up in England in a house with no TV, so we would play puzzles and word games for hours. I particularly liked solving the word jumbles and include this element in my paintings now.

  • 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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