Monday, December 14, 2009
'A' is for Artichoke
The Artichoke originates from the Mediterranean region and was brought to California in the 1600's by the Spanish. It took over 300 years before this member of the thistle family gained sufficient prominence in culinary circles to make it a viable cash crop. In the 1920s artichoke fields were planted just south of San Francisco and soon became a better investment than sugar beets for farmers in the region.
Marilyn Monroe put Castroville, California and artichokes on the map when she was crowned 'Artichoke Queen' in 1948. Eighty percent of all the artichokes grown commercially are from Castroville. I wonder how many chachkas with Marilyn's image painted on them are for sale in Castorville? Maybe my next painting should be of her holding an artichoke...
$150.00, 9x12 oil on canvas