Call to Duty
Fueling the fire of a young child’s dreams
Call to Duty is one of those unusual paintings where I didn’t add a touch humour; instead, I wanted to create timeless portraiture of an object that could have been a tot’s most treasured possession. I chose to keep the composition simple, letting the well-earned dings and dents tell the story of this beloved toy.
Apparently I’m not alone in thinking this pedal truck is beautiful. I have had dozens of people at art shows see this print and tell me their own childhood story of how much they dreamed of being a firefighter.
- The background of Call to Duty was created using abstract art techniques: layers of broad strokes that add luminosity and depth. I chose a warm background palette and diffuse lighting to impart the feeling of the sun going down outside a playroom with at the end of a long play day.
Fire trucks were some of the most popular pedal cars made and ranged from fire chief cars to elaborate trucks with added gear. This particular truck, from the 1960s, has ladders and back platform for additional crew members - perfect for toting a little brother or sister on a teddy bear distress call!
Call to Duty is a companion piece to Ol’ Yeller which features a toy tractor in a complementary portrait.
- 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.