2016-034 – Purple Potato Mandalas

Purple Potatoes - photo by Sheri Miya
Purple Potatoes (inside) – photo by Sheri Miya

This week’s MotD theme: Foods in the Raw

In most of her posts on Happy Little Bento, Sheri Miya shares photos of the bento lunches she creatively puts together for her two children. In late 2009 however, she focused one of her posts instead on the purple potatoes she often includes in her lunches.

From the outside, except for their slightly different shape, you would think they came from the same grocery store bin. However, from the inside these potatoes present a different story.

The left potato shows a more obvious pattern of white and varying shades of purple. The right potato takes a bit more examination to see the similar pattern, which shows us only slight variations of purples.

Purple Potatoes (outside) - photo by Sheri Miya
Purple Potatoes (outside) – photo by Sheri Miya

About Sheri and her bentos:

I am a former research scientist turned stay-at-home-mom of 2 who got started with bento in an effort to help my kids learn that eating healthy and nutritious foods can be fun and cute. I make a bento lunch for my 12yo (7th grader) son & my 8yo (3rd grader) daughter every school day.

Sheri post the pictures of her bento lunches on her sherimiya ♥ flickr photostream. Check them out. Who knew lunches could be so much fun!

Inspiration for Today

From an artistic perspective, Sheri’s purple potatoes demonstrate the concept of contrast. If we want a more obvious or clearer definition of our subject, the colors need to be more drastically different: the brightest brights next to the darkest darks. For a subtler approach, the colors need vary only slightly.

From a social perspective, her potatoes remind us about being careful when passing judgement: just because two people or things may look similar on the outside…what goes on the inside could tell a very different story.

Happy Coloring!

If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.


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