My little blue bird painting originally was a class gouache demo, traded with my painter friend Charles Basman for his white house painting. Both are small. The white house oil is only 6 x 6. I got it framed in a floater frame and it looks gorgeous - Thanks Charles!
The beautiful Artichoke is basically an unopened flower bud.
It its from the Mediterranean region. If left to flower the flower would be a lovely purple stringy one.
To cook and eat them, first you must clip off the ends of the leaves and steam the bud. When it's soft, pull off the leaves and dip in a melted butter sauce and then scrape the inside of the leaf with your teeth. Eat all the petals then you are treated to the yummiest part, the heart.