In the Contiguous U.S.
Stopped for Donuts is, by far, my most collected print by police officers and their loved ones.
Ever wonder how the police / donut cliché came about? It is based in history. When police officers transitioned to using cars instead of walking a beat, donut shops were convenient places to do paperwork and get a cup of hot joe late at night. In return, donut shops liked the protection of having a peace officer in the store after dark.
Just like a lighting a movie set, a still life artist sets a painting’s vibe with light. Here, I wanted the effect of the lighting to accentuate the reflective varnished shelf and make the donuts look glossy and appetizing. To achieve this outcome, I used soft, center-focused spotlighting. The dark edges of the background help to focus your gaze to the center of the composition.
Dear viewer, you can rest assured that I did proper donut-based research before creating this image. (And by research, I mean eating.)
The toy truck was made by the Wyandotte company and is a favorite prop of mine. (Click here to see more Richard Hall Fine Art truck prints. The motorcycle cop toy is made from tin, c. 1950s-60s.