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The Long and Wine-ding Road

  • Life is grape!

    These grapes were just TOO enticing at the grocery store for me to pass by. (Not sure any other still-life artist could have resisted, either.) Piled in one of my favorite toy trucks, they make the perfect scene for anyone who loves plants, farming, or a nice glass of wine.

  • Psst! Want to know the secret to painting grapes? You must have them in front of you. Capturing all the little blotches, powdery fingerprints, and individual splashes of light reflecting from the orbs requires you to paint from life to get the most realistic effects.

    I chose the yellow tones of the truck to be a perfect color complement to the indigo-black hues of the grapes. I kept the background simple and muted to not distract from the dramatic shadowplay that completes the visual. I used abstract painting techniques on the shelf to offer a distressed-but-subdued look to tie in both the vintage truck and the subtle background.

    Other details

    The vintage toy pickup was made by the Wyandotte company and is called a “stake truck” because of the slats on the truck bed. I have several of these marvelous toys in my collection and enjoy painting them often. Click here to see more Wyandotte trucks in my work.

  • 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.