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Fell Off the Turnip Truck

  • A riot of color from an unexpected source

    One of my very first humourous still life images featured turnips. I don’t paint them often, though I’m not sure why - they are truly glorious when wet with vivid magenta and purple hues. In this regard, turnips are like river rocks, gorgeous when wet and bland when dry.  

  • I depicted Fell Off the Turnip Truck from a top-down perspective. This vantage point makes fantastic, long shadows and lets the viewer see a different view of the subject matter than you might normally see. From this angle, the grill, cab, and bed of the truck are all in full view.

    The background with turnip reflections is abstract in quality. It’s a loose feel, with subtle colors showing through the scrapes and drips of paint. The misty reflections add visual interest to the painting and makes you intensely aware that there are objects on the ground.

    Other details

    Fell Off the Turnip Truck is the result of an evolution in my painting style. Of late, I have been employing a looser, freer painting style (though it may not look like it in the finished work). Instead of painting a sequence of  thin layers one after another, I’m doing more purposeful brush strokes. I’m enjoying the part of my career where I have enough practice and experience to put the right color in the right spot with the right brush - the very first time. Knowing that each stroke is perfect when I make it is a rewarding place to be.

  • 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.