It's Always Sunny Here

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    • My tribute to Vincent Van Gogh’s Vase with 15 Sunflowers

      It’s Always Sunny Here is part of my new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art. In this image, I explore the work of the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890). Here, I re-imagine his 1888 masterpiece, Still Life: Vase with 15 Sunflowers.

      In It’s Always Sunny Here, I’ve painted a postcard of Sunflowers with a solitary still-life sunflower in the foreground. The whole composition is light and sunny.

      Duplicating a Van Gogh in miniature is a wonderful experience in patience. The original has so many precise brushstrokes, that had to be done in a parallel fashion - but on a much smaller scale! 

       

      About the Visionaries series

      Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.

      In this new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art, I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.

    • As in When All the Stars Come Out to Playanother tribute to Van Gogh that I recently completed, the colors of the original painting guided me to a color palette that I don’t normally use. Very rarely do I use bright yellow in my backgrounds, but here, it was the natural choice. 

      To achieve the background appearance, I painted a layer of paint, splashed the layer with mineral spirits, and then mopped up the spirits with crumpled brown paper. I repeated this process a few times until I got the cohesive, mottled look I was after.

      The blue painter’s tape you see in the painting was created in the ultra-realistic trompe l’oeil style, an optical illusion where painted elements look so real you might think there was actually tape and a piece of paper stuck to the surface of the canvas. (There isn’t!)

      If you would like to see a brief video of me working on It’s Always Sunny Here, please check out the video I posted on Instagram: It’s Always Sunny Here on Instagram.

    • 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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