Featuring a hose, matches, and gas and oil cans, Playing with Fire is my most popular print with firefighters and their families.
I got the spark of inspiration for this image when I saw this marvelous Fisher-Price fire truck pull toy from the 60s. When pulled, the eyes move and the bell rings! I also couldn’t resist including a small Dalmatian toy as well. Let me ash you a question: Did you notice that some of the matches are burned?
Even though Playing with Fire features plastic toys from the 20th century, I painted the image with the classic still life techniques practiced by the Dutch Masters over 400 years ago. These techniques include painting the background with many thin layers to build up depth in color and shading, and ensuring for all subjects that the textures are rich and the shadows are crisp.
Playing with Fire was included in a 2012 Southwest Art magazine article on me and my work: “Richard Hall’s trompe-l’oeil paintings beguile with wit and nostalgia”.