A portrait of American childhood
Let’s Roll is an exploration of the wholesome play of yesteryear. Scooter riding, baseball, marbles, and roller skating - such activities consumed a child’s summertime hours before the advent of television and video games kept the kiddos indoors all day.
- This painting is one of my favourite images thus far. I was pleased with the success of the photo realistic subjects in the foreground as well as the complexity of the shadow play in the back. Obtaining the shadows took precise lighting - I wanted the overall feeling to be warm and mellow (like a fragment of a memory) yet I needed to get the shadows to have enough oomph to provide drama.
In the finished image, I achieved the ethereal quality to the marble jar shadow by employing abstract painting techniques: I painted the jar’s shadow and then wiped the paint on the canvas, smearing it to replicate the effects I was seeing on the lighted wall. I do enjoy it when I can combine these divergent schools of artistic thought to achieve a smashing result.
The centerpiece of Let’s Roll is this marvelous 1940s scooter that I found on my annual trek to the antique fair in Roundtop, Texas. The bench on which the scooter rests was used by its previous owner as a sawhorse and thus has lovely gouges carved into the wood.
- 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.