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Hot Rod

  • This tricked-out truck can sure take the heat

    Peppers! I love to paint peppers. Red skin, green skin, or orange - these lustrous plants make any still life painting look vibrant and alive. And what better to showcase a pepper panoply than a low-rider truck with a blazing flame paint job?

  • In some of my images, I seek to represent an image exactly - using realism to depict a subject as it is in the world. (Example: First Tracks.) But for Hot Rod, I took a bit of artistic license to tell this story. The actual truck is not chopped low and is, sadly, without flames, as you can see in A Sweet Ride. Here, I wanted to have the hottest truck imaginable - so I imagined it - and painted it - just like this.

    The lighting I used is also low - low in intensity and low on the horizon. The goal was to keep the shadows down toward the base of the composition to heighten the low-rider feel and to provide just enough light for the peppers to gleam and reflect softly.

    Other details

    One of the differences between me, who collects toys as subjects, and bona fide collectors, who seek out the toy in and of itself, is that I actually prefer items that have dings and dents. Not only does the wear help show the age of the subject, but I think they give the finished image more visual oomph than if everything looked shiny and new. In Hot Rod, the scuffs on the roof and wheel wells attest to how well-loved this truck was by its young auto aficionado owner.

  • 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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