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Pumpkin Lineup

  • May the gourds be with you.

    A row of exquisite heirloom pumpkins (and one renegade pomegranate) are lined up for a study of autumn’s bounty in Pumpkin Lineup.

    It’s no secret: still life artists love produce. Every trip to the grocery store is like being a casting director watching auditions for which lovely fruit or veg will take a starring role in the next production. So when my wife, Sharon, and I discovered roadside stands selling these lovely pumpkins in the Texas Hill Country, I loaded up our car with them to bring home to Arizona.

    Pumpkin Lineup features six of these beauties, each one a different study in color and texture. I included the little pomegranate because I liked how it had a similar seed-heavy shape and provided a little blast of red to the scene.

  • The pumpkins were all painted in an exacting representational style. But that background! I used abstract techniques to achieve the mottled appearance - scraping the color on with a spatula to create visual interest and depth..

    I also employed abstract painting methods to create the texture of the surface of the bench. First, I applied undercolours that were the grey-brown color of the aged wood. Then, I layered on the white paint like spackle, building it on, and then scraping through the paint to reveal the undercoats - just like gouges in a painted surface would reveal the wood underneath. This technique would never be employed by traditional realists, but ironically, I think the results look more realistic because they mirror the way actual paint would be aged.

    Other details

    I have used this old bench in several paintings.  I absolutely love the peeling paint, nail holes, and old saw marks which give this worn piece of furniture its charm.

  • 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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