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Building the Food Pyramid

  • You know a balanced diet when you see one!

    I’m trying to wrap my head around this newfangled food pyramid idea, but I’m more familiar with the five basic food groups (maple, sugar, chocolate, frosted, and glazed).

    In Building the Food Pyramid, I have a bit of help in my culinary quest in the form of a vintage steam shovel. I found this great toy at an antique show, the perfect tool to construct a sugar-tastic cornerstone of a healthy diet.

  • Just like a lighting designer in the theatre, still life artists set a painting’s tone with light. Low and diffuse lighting gives a warm glow, whereas more bold or pointed illumination provides different effects.

    I had one goal for the lighting: drama! The lights were bright, positioned in the lower left, and close. The result is delightful: zany shadows that tower over the subject matter, filling and balancing the background with the rest of the piece.

    Other details

    The steam shovel was made by the Wyandotte toy company, c. 1940s, and actually has signage that reads “Wyandotte” instead of “Pyramid Construction Company.”
  • 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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