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Kiss and Tell

  • ...We all have from time to time!

    You can probably tell by now that I am a sucker for wordplay - I’m frequently found scouring the internet for puns and the like in my spare time. “Kiss and Tell” is one of those phrases that gave me an “AHA!” moment when I read it as I could see the basic composition in my mind.

    What made this painting come together was a chance email from one of my favorite antique dealers who contacts me whenever she finds a nifty vintage toy. This half-size metal telephone - with its lovely weathered patina - was the perfect inspiration to bring Kiss and Tell to life.

  • I kept the background purposely dark in order to add drama to the scene. The narrow-to-wide vertical objects provide visual interest as your eye sweeps from top to bottom.

    The lipstick’d sticky note and blue painter’s tape offer one of my favorite artistic touches, trompe l'oeil, a visual illusion where the painted item looks real. It’s great fun at shows to see people lean around to the side of the painting to see if the trompe l’oeil element is actually something to the canvas.

  • 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. We fully guarantee our prints, and if there is ever a problem with fading, we will replace it.

    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.