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Take Me To Your Leader

  • A scene of skyrocketing action

    Take Me to Your Leader was inspired by a gift I received at an art show in Crested Butte, Colorado.

    A young couple came into the booth and looked at my prints. The next day, the woman - who was obviously expecting a baby soon - brought me the large spaceship toy and ask me if I would like to have it. It turns out that the couple managed a storage facility and had found the toy in an abandoned unit. They were going to throw it out until they saw my work and thought I might have use for it. I was delighted.

    The next year, I was back at the Crested Butte show and was hoping the couple would drop by. They did - this time, with a cute little boy in tow. I gave them a copy of Take Me to Your Leader for their son’s room to thank them for their lovely gesture. I have since used the toy in several images.

  • Composition details

    The blue painter’s tape and sticky note are painted in the ultra-realistic trompe l’oeil style, a fun bit of visual trickery where painted elements look so real you might think there was actually tape and a piece of paper stuck to the surface of the canvas. (There isn’t!)

    The chalkboard was created by painting the surface black, writing on it with oil pastels, and then wiping off the pastels to give the chalkboard the authentic written-on look.  Notice the little puff of exhaust on the chalkboard from the rocket.

    Other details

    The big flying saucer from my Crested Butte friends is from the 1960s. It is battery operated runs around on wheels with red and green lights flashing. The little rockets are from Japan and are under two inches long. My wife Sharon and I bought them online and assumed the dimensions were in inches - they were in millimeters! 

  • You can see how I created the chalkboard effect and the blue painter’s tape in these videos:

  • 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 12” sizes; edition of 125 for 20” x 20”. 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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