A tightrope walker navigates a rather prickly situation
How many times have you felt like you were maneuvering from one thorny thing after another? In Desert Walk, this intrepid acrobat feels your pain as he traverses this treacherous desert “landscape.”
Desert Walk is an inherently tense scene - imagine if you were balancing over a spiky outcropping that was four times your size! To play up the theatrics even more, I lit the scene as if it was in the center ring of a circus big top: The strong center spotlighting contrasted with the dark background adds a severe look to the performance.
The cacti were chosen for the visual interest they could bring - each one has a different coloration and spine appearance. The weathered terracotta posts were created with my oldest brushes, ones that can no longer provide crisp lines but make for dandy texturing of weathered-looking surfaces such as these.
The star of this show is a Whirling Wilmer balancing toy from the early 1900s. He has a sharp pointy toe that will balance on anything, including a piece of string. Even though this toy is over 100 years old, it is still a marvel of engineering that provides endless fascination for my grandchildren.
- 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.