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Hit the Gas

  • This wind-erful truck is
    running on vapors!

    Hit the Gas features an array of lovely cabbages and a cauliflower transported by a vintage toy truck. The truck has collided with the baked beans, causing a Brussels sprouts blowout.

    I firmly believe that fine art doesn’t have to be staid and stuffy - as this image demonstrates. Hit the Gas has all the hallmarks of a traditional still life composition, the only difference is that it started as a bit of schoolboy-quality humour. You see, at a recent art show, one of my artist friends would eat a large salad full of cruciferous vegetables every day. We would all joke...and believe me, that kind of humour escalates, toot sweet!

  • To get the can at the correct angle, I used modeling clay to prop it up. Soft lighting from the lower left provides lustrous highlights on the cabbages and dramatic shadows in the background. The painting’s intricacies meant that I had to put the veg in the refrigerator each night and set up the scene again each morning until I finished.

    Other details

    Heinz baked beans were a household staple when I was growing up in Britain - you can’t have beans on toast without them - so I found this can at a British specialty foods importer to complete the scene.

    A result of this painting is that my wife Sharon has asked me to paint only one cabbage at a time. We had a heck of a time eating all this produce at once when the painting was done.
  • 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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