I have to admit...that's pretty grim. :) Oh, wait...should that be :( instead? Too much levity seems out of place juxtaposed with the bowl of gruel.
Every time I see this I think "hmmm, maybe painted a solid color this could be kinda cool" thanks for setting me straight!
I think it could work if you find a matching statue of a street urchin, "Please sir, may I have some more pudding? How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your gruel?" LOL! I see these all the time at the thrifts! I always wonder, who had these?
A couple of googly eyes and you'd have something there.