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Riding the Rails

  • Engineer wanted!

    This marvelous depression-era toy train needed to be memorialized in a portrait - it says so much about where America was as a nation at the time. As a contrast, compare the toy in Riding the Rails with that in Star Chaser  - 20 years later, children pretended to shoot for the stars instead of conducting a train.

  • I purposely kept the palette for Riding the Rails limited, using only five different tubes of paint in the entire painting. This restricted colorway gives the image a harmonious feel since all the colours used are mixed from the same tubes.

    When choosing the colours, I selected ones that would confer a vintage feel appropriate to the scene. I also do the reverse: When I depict toys with plastic components, I adjust my palette to reflect the bright hues of the modern substance, as in Coffee Monster, an image that features a 1980s toy.

    Other details

    Riding the Rails features a Keystone Ride-on-Train from the 30s-40s. A child could sit on the seat, push with his feet, steer, and ring the bell! The vintage lantern has an offset handle that allows it to swing as a traffic warning. The Casey Jones engineer’s hat completes the scene, though I only showed a portion of the hat so that the stripes would not distract from the rest of the painting.

  • 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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