Duck Hunt

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Medium
    • These toy retrievers are pawsitively ready to get into the water!

      I created Duck Hunt to salute the special place held by a good dog in a duck hunter’s life: if you know a duck hunter, you know that the teamwork hunter and dog have together creates a bond that extends far beyond the hunt.

      The original Duck Hunt painting was made for a collector who wanted a still life to reflect his love of the sport. He had just lost his beloved hunting dog, so I incorporated this joyful 1960s toy with two racing retrievers to honor the life of his four-footed friend. I love how joyful the pups look as they race out to fetch their master’s waterfowl (The duck decoy remains aloof, however.)

    • This image is all about drama! I used a spotlight positioned from the lower left to cast sharp shadows on the background, tool box, and shelf. With this effect, I feel like the shadows become subjects of the painting, too, adding to the image’s visual interest.

      You can watch me working on the original painting for Duck Hunt in my recent Facebook video:




      Other details

      As I mentioned earlier, the toy with the black lab and golden retriever is from the 60s - all wood, with painted details. As you pull the toy, one dog lifts up while the other drops down. It makes for a happy scene to see them cavort across the floor.

      The decoy is an antique, not a replica. It came from one of my favorite antique stores and has made an appearance in several of my duck-themed paintings, including one of my very first paintings with a pun in the theme, Duck Tape. The toolbox - also an oft-featured item in my work - was a gift from a friend who rescued it from a yard sale and brought it to me.

    • 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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