the materials dictate the finished work. A wood sculptor
sees certain patterns in wood that suggest a form, and
goes with that; a painter may accidentally mix a color
that wasn't what he intended but which is even better,
and tweaks the rest of the painting to maintain balance.
Well, the donburi design was dictated by
a single piece of broccoli.
I'd planned to make a donburi
(rice with stuff on top) using broccoli, omelet
noodles, and stir-fried
chicken. When I started placing the broccoli on the
rice I found one oddly cut piece with a long stem and
a tiny floret on top. That piece bisected the rice perfectly,
and suggested a tree. So, I placed more florets around
the first to look like a tree, and in the two spaces
below I put the chicken and eggs. How about that, I
got artsy without even meaning to! But it's not so fancy
that I minded destroying it at lunchtime.
And on the side, grapes and another chunk of
almond cake. These chunks are actually about one eighth
of a single "cupcake" from Ranch 99 Market.
They sell big cupcakes.