These toolbox captives hope for a runaway success!
Breakout is another caper in my Escape Series that features toolbox-trapped toys trying to break free, with the help of a small-but-mighty bulldozer driver. And just in case you didn’t know the toy’s intentions, notice that the blocks spell “BREAKOUT” when unscrambled!
As a contrast to the plastic toys, I wanted the rest of the piece to serve as an exploration of natural textures - both weathered metal (gas can and tool box) and aged wood (paneling and boxes). Each one has a different patina and I enjoyed using abstract art techniques to recreate the surfaces.
For example, if you look closely at the background panels, you can see drips of color underneath the painted wood grain. These drips were applied with a big brush (much like actual wood stain would be applied), instead of using the realist painter approach of painting each drop separately with a tiny brush.
Breakout was included in a 2012 Southwest Art article featuring me and my work: “Richard Hall’s trompe-l’oeil paintings beguile with wit and nostalgia” and the original painting was purchased for inclusion in a private museum.
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