This piece represents another challenge for me: to paint a donut. It’s my first foray into pastry, or food at all for that matter. 

 

But I dove in headlong, choosing a classic jelly donut as my subject this time.

 

After fiddling around with many different still life setups, I chose this very simple composition with a white plate and dark tablecloth, and fairly direct light with a focus on the jelly. 

 

Choosing a single focal point for each painting is essential. This is where all the action is: in a movie the main character takes up most of our attention and the rest of the characters, scenery, etc are there to enhance the action taking place.  

 

Just so in painting: the rest of the artwork (here the plate, crumbs, sugar, flaky crust and dark warm background are both true to (or to use a movie-phrase “based on a true story” they are based on my still-life setup.

 

But then we artists usually take some artistic license too. In this case, I simplified the background (less patterns) and foreground (no napkin on the plate, and less crumbs). 

 

And the most fun part: I juiced up the jelly color itself to make it feel oh so ooooooozy and gooey like if you reached in and took a bit the soft warm jelly would slide down your chin over your fingers and plop to the floor if you didn’t quickly get it all into your mouth in time!

 

I had SO much fun with this painting, I’m thinking of making it a series… donuts come by the dozen right?

 

What do you think, want to see more donuts?

 

This painting (Jelly Donut, 12×12, oil on canvas) is available: go to my portfolio now to purchase!

 

Or email me today if you would like to commission something new!

 

Cheers,

 

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