Savor a treasured toy from a century ago
Staging complex compositions to paint is a talent of mine, but sometimes I come across an object so special that it needs to be allowed to shine on its own. Horsecycle features a treasure such as this.
For some time, I had been seeking a rocking horse for a painting I was planning. My wife, Sharon, found this gem on Ebay and I immediately knew that I had to have it. (Thankfully, we won the auction.)
The toy is completely unmarked so we knew nothing about it until Sharon happened to find this exact horse in an old Sears catalog from 1919. Imagine what a treasured possession this toy must have been so long ago.
- To underscore the beauty of the old pedal horse, I kept the composition simple and elegant - in a setting evocative of a sun-filled playroom.
The background was painted with abstract art techniques; the bold strokes, applied with corrugated cardboard, are designed to emulate whitewashed wall treatments of yesteryear. I also made a point to emphasize the aesthetics of the wood, enjoying how the surface qualities (from smooth painted to splintery) help define a vintage feel.
Of all the paintings I’ve done throughout the years, this is Sharon’s favorite. That makes me love Horsecycle all the more.
- 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 12” sizes; edition of 125 for 20” x 20”. 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.