Born and raise in Northern California, it never occurred to me that artichokes were anything but normal. My mid-west born father despises them. “Why would you eat anything where you just scrape scum off with your teeth?” he quipped. Because they are delicious! Or maybe just a vessel for mayo or garlic butter…and the heart of the artichoke is the sweet reward at the end. They are in the stores in CA year-round…and most commercially grown artichokes come from the Golden State. I also obsess about them if left on the plant to bloom. So beautiful and bee-covered!
I’m lucky that my mid-west boyfriend is always up for an artichoke with dinner. Since the best time to find them is from spring to early fall, I’d say it’s just about time to find some at the store again. So, long story not so short, here’s my Artichoke in color. I have one in black and white as well, and also make prints from it, but this one is all original, and one of a kind.
Drawn, as always in pen, then watercolor penciled, water added, blended, and inked in some outlines and details, giving it an almost 3D impression in real life.