16" x 20"
Oil on hardboard panel 
A friend sent a photo of an artichoke the other day.  It was head-on—looked like this; green as Kermit, but the shape of a burgeoning rose.  I cropped it, drew it and squeezed out my greens and reds and grabbed a sponge.  Since she looked like a rose, I'd paint her like a rose. 

I lay down the first wash of most of my large paintings with a sponge. Most of you who have been with me for the year and a half I've been blogging know that. Consecutive layers of color also go on with the sponge, a little snippet of it, and only the small or fine lines are brushed on.  I enjoyed this one... a lot!  I'll bet she was a good eat, too.

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