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What Was I Thinking?

  • My tribute to Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker

    Every European kid who goes to France on a school field trip sees The Thinker by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). When yours truly saw the sculpture, I had a great time imagining what kind of silly things this naked man might be pondering. As you can see, I still enjoy the same schoolboy humour!  

    About the Visionaries series

    Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.

    In this new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art  [FOR PRINTS: LINK TO: category], I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.

  • On first glance, you might think the the background is of What Was I Thinking? looks like a chalkboard - but if you look closer, you’ll see that I’ve added touches to mimic the texture and surface quality of bronze sculpture. See the splashes of weathered greys and greens? The loose and free-form mottled appearance? I achieved all of these effects with abstract art techniques where I dabbed and daubed and scraped and wiped the paint until I achieved the desired effects.

    I chose the background to offer high contrast with the foreground which is painted in the ultra-realistic trompe l’oeil style. The sticky note, postcard, and blue painter’s tape look so real you might think these items were actually affixed to the canvas instead of painted.

    Other details

    As it turns out, it is really difficult to get a good, clean cut on a small cereal box without squishing the box flat. The result of my failed stabbings were bags of loose cereal mixed together; we ended up eating breakfasts of “mystery cereal’ for months.

    If you are on the squeamish side, you might prefer the companion piece Cereal Killer II. It has the same idea, but instead of a knife, uses an arrow to amplify the comedic effect and cut down on the gore!
  • 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.