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Kandinsky-Inspired Donuts

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

I'm inspired by art in a lot of ways and for Doughnut Day, I wanted to do an artistic interpretation of some famous circles in art on donuts! Circles are very important in art and life. :) Information about how I did it and Doughnut Day below!

Circle and it’s importance in Visual Arts (from @openartindia)

"Circle as a basic shape has always enchanted the human mind. Many mathematicians and philosophers considered it the most perfect of all geometric shapes, while theologians felt it supernatural or divine. For the artist the mysterious circle was always a thing of beauty and a joy forever. For them the mystery element combined with the aesthetic one, producing varied meanings in various semiotic conventions. Circles appear in paintings either as a circles themselves or as their derivatives such as the sun, the moon and other stellar orbs, as wheels, sundials, clock faces, as domes, vaults, spiral stairs, circular paths and what not."

A lot more interesting stuff in this article


More on Concentric Circles and Kandinsky

"perhaps, Kandinsky's most recognizable work, is not actually a full-fledged picture. This drawing is a small study on how different colour combinations are perceived that the painter used in his creative process as a support material.

For Kandinsky, colour meant more than just a visual component of a picture. Colour is its soul. In his books, he described his own perspective on how colours interacted with each other and with the spectator in detail and very poetically. Moreover, Kandinsky was a synaesthete, i.e. he could ‘hear colours’ and ‘see sounds.’

So, this is probably righteous that after a century, it is not one of his compositions – which he himself considered as his main achievements – but this small drawing that has become one of Kandinsky’s most popular works.

PS: Interestingly, by arranging circles in such manner, the painter unconsciously created a piece of art in the Serial Imagery technique (e.g. Andy Warhol’s famousMarilyn Diptych)."



I painted donuts with icing and recycled little pieces of cardboard and painted them to look like some of the square of the canvas.

What I used:

- Non-Royal Icing (see link)

- Gel food coloring

- Canvas of Cardboard

- Acrylic paint

- Store-bought donuts


First, I measured little piece of cardboards and put it behind the donut for the little canvas.

Then I painted the cardboards like part of the Kandinsky painting and then I let them dry.

Meanwhile, I painted the donuts to look like the central portion of those squares.

Then I put them together! That's it! Give it a try! We are good at this!



"Each year on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Doughnut or Donut Day.  This day celebrates the doughnut and honors the Salvation Army Lassies, the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.

In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army.  It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe.  Home cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops.

The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers.  American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.”  A more standard spelling is donut."


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