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  • Schoolboy humour or just good science? You decide!

    Cracked features a doctor trying to get to the bottom of a medical mystery.

  • I often use a chalkboard backdrop when painting these whimsical potato toys so that you, the viewer, can eavesdrop on their conversation. To get that authentic chalkboard feel, I first paint the background color, here that perfect “chalkboard green.” Then, I draw on the painted surface with oil pastels and “erase” with a rag, wiping and smudging to get a pleasing, chalky appearance. Then, I paint the foreground and redraw the final background scene and write the dialogue.

    Other details

    This painting stems from a real-life anecdote told to me by my son. My granddaughter fell in the playground at school and was taken to the school nurse. The nurse checked my granddaughter, and said “You’re okay, but there is a big crack back here!” Few things are as funny to elementary school kids as a joke about a backside - and as it turns out, adult painters find such jokes funny, too.

    Once I knew that I wanted to paint a potato toy medical scene, I had to create the accessories from my mind’s eye. The stethoscope, glasses and mustache, and nurse’s cap were all from my imagination and not the toy box.

  • 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.