I've been teaching a Funky Florals in Watercolor class the past few weeks. The concept is to paint unusual florals. We spent a few weeks painting the above painting. It is of artichokes in bloom.
The artichoke is usually picked to be eaten before it goes into bloom. Once it does bloom, the leaves start to harden and it becomes inedible because of this. The artichoke is native to the Mediterranean and are also seen along the West Coast of Canada and the US.