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Peace, Picasso and Mondrian to wrap up art appreciation week lunches

Today is the final art bento box of the week.  I must say that although I’ve been working extra hard on these lunches this week (much more than usual), I have thoroughly enjoyed the art lessons I’ve put myself through.  I truly enjoy almost any visual art, and I’m constantly amazed at the awesome people who created it.  For some artists, it was broken families and mental illness that was the catalyst for their works.  For others, it was a finely nurtured love of art and craftsmanship that drove them to create.  Whatever the reason, they are all gifts in some way.

I often see comments on Facebook and other friends’ blogs that say, “WHO does this?”  when they see photos of a carefully crafted cute or artsy lunchbox for their families.  The answer is me…and many other proud, artistic, fun moms, dads, grandparents and siblings who care deeply about what young, little ones put in their mouths.  Making food fun is a priority to me while my kids are impressionable.  It is a way of teaching them to care about where their food comes from, how it’s made, not to waste it and to eat only what is good for our bodies.  It is not a competition or a one-upmanship.  For me, it is simply an expression of love and an outlet for my creativity.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”- Pablo Picasso

My choice for today was Pablo Picasso.  He was born in Spain in 1881, Picasso spent most of his life in France.  He was an accomplished painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer.  He was displaying his works of art by age 14.  Picasso developed “cubism” as we know it today (along with fellow artist, Georges Braque).  It was really the first form of abstract modern art which portrayed subjects not mirroring real life but from a far different perspective than reality.

Picasso's Peace Dove


This is definitely one of Picasso’s simplest works.  It’s a lithiograph from 1949 that he drew.  Doves reminded Picasso of his childhood and his father who painted doves often.  Doves were all around his home in France.  The drawing was chosen image for the poster for the inaugural World Peace Congress in Paris in 1949.  Today it remains on of the most widely recognized symbols of peace in the world.

Bentoriffic Picasso Dove of Peace bento wm

My version of the peace dove is on Rudi’s Whole Wheat bread.  I used cooked black rice vermicelli to shape the drawing.   If you’ve ever eaten rice pasta, you know that it gets sticky fast.  It adhered to the bread all on its own, but it was also extremely difficult to work with.   I packed a sandwich underneath.  To go with the dove of peace are strawberry hearts and watermelon flowers.  I cut small hearts out of the middle and filled them with blueberries packed in our Easy LunchBoxes container.

Bentoriffic Picasso dove close up

I had a few extra minutes this morning to play around so I decided to try my hand at Piet Mondrian.  Mondrian was a Dutch painter who played a large part in the DeStijl art movement.  His art is unmistakable, and reminds me a great deal of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs and architecture.   I will start by saying that for design I like clean lines, but when it comes to my art I like more free flowing style.  In other words, I’m not great at exact.

Here is Mondrian’s Composition II in Red (1930)

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My version is packed in a LunchBots Uno.  This Mondrian snack is a giant red bell pepper, Teese brand vegan mozzarella cheese for the white shapes, the blue is heavily dyed with artificial blue food coloring (not eaten by anyone) and the tiny yellow is squash.

Bentoriffic's Mondrian in LunchBots


Thanks for reading & keeping up with my project this week!  Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

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Jackson Pollock for art bento lunch

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Warhol for lunch

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