Saturday, February 18, 2012

Still Life - The Martyrdom of St. Dunkin'

The Martyrdom of St. Dunkin'
16" x 8" - oil on canvas

This was a tough painting to do. Not the actual painting part, but staring at that doughnut! Who would have thought that one little cinnamon doughnut would make my whole studio smell like a bakery??? I kept wanting to rip it off the string and gobble it up!!! The set up in my shadowbox was looking quite boring until I added the napkin. Once I'd hit upon the title, picking the color of the napkin was a slam dunk. Ooooh. Bad pun, sorry.

A gallery owner told me about a collector looking for artwork with coffee related themes. I suppose I could have painted a quick cuppa coffee, but you know me. "If it's easy, anybody could do it." So I had to think for a while to come up with something really unique. There's even some symbolism included here, like the red for the martyr and the 13 coils of "rope" in the hangman's noose.

So, what do you think?
Did I succeed in creating something unusual?

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  1. A wonderful painting, I love your napkin, and your witty comments!

  2. Thank you Sylviane, it was a fun one to do.

  3. This is so cool Kirk! Great texture on the donut, amazing work on the string, cup, napkin, reflections.....just a great piece!!!

  4. Thanks Liz. It was kind of an attempt to get back to TCM, at least a bit more than I have been lately.

  5. Great concept, love it. Strong composition too. Well done.

  6. I love to see good paintings and your story makes this one even better.

  7. Thank you Shelley.
    And thank you Julie. The storytelling is for me, one of the most important aspects of my work as a painter, so thank you for noticing that.


  9. Love the story AND the painting! I love doughnuts too!


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