Of course my primary interest in such a cool vegetable specimen was aesthetic.
For most of my subjects, I stop at only the one drawing. But out of gratitude for this surprise gift, I felt compelled to make the most of it. So I kept drawing...
… and drawing - until I had an image I was truly proud of.
|study alongside regular globe artichoke|
In the days I spent observing it, I noticed the artichoke was slowly splitting apart. At first I thought I thought it was deteriorating, rotting from the inside, but the slightly stale but otherwise inoffensive aroma suggested otherwise. It opened slowly, like a bloom and it occurred to me that this may not be some heirloom breed, or deformed artichoke, but an artichoke flower - something I had never seen before. My suspicion was confirmed days later, when my gift blossomed, revealing a heart of teensy purple petals.