All the varied nuances of the artichoke come to light in this small painting. This globe with it's pine cone appearance is a perennial in the thistle group of the sunflower family. The "vegetable" that we eat is actually the plant's flower bud. If allowed to flower, the blossoms measure up to seven inches in diameter and are a beautiful violet-blue color. It probably resembles the musk-thistle, considered a noxious weed in many states.
What is this happy golden retriever thinking as gazes into your eyes in such a loving manner. A piece of grass was plucked from his chin, as he settled into this comfortable pose. "What are they going to feed me? My family surrounds me and I love them so much!" He was a special pet in the lives of our family friend's, coming to stay with us when they were out of town. His name was Kiowa, named after a small town in Colorado where he was born.