Walking on Eggshells

Size with Mat
Material and Finishing
  • An egg-streme situation to crack you up

    Walking on Eggshells features a tightrope walker treading carefully.

  • Creating the theatrical feel of this image was eggs-hausting. I don’t often paint all-black backgrounds because they are the devil to execute correctly. But here, I wanted this scene to have the kind of heart-pounding drama evocative of a circus center ring performance, so the black background with spotlight was the way to go.

    I start by painting the whole surface black then apply layers of black mixed with other colors where light hits the scene. Ensuring a smooth transition between tones is time-consuming, more so if I accidentally bump or ding the fragile surface. Any small impression ruins the effect and has to be carefully repaired. (You can imagine why I say this with such certainty.)

    Other details

    The balancing toy is a “Whirling Wilmer” from the 1920s.  His pointy toe can balance on many odd surfaces. (I’ve even gotten him to balance on a piece of string.) The ladder is the original prop that came with the toy. The whole eggs are made from plastic, found in the floral department of a craft store; the eggshells were saved from a breakfast and carefully washed.

    FOR THE PRINT ONLY: I’ve created a companion piece for Walking on Eggshells called On the Ball.

  • 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.