This Radicchio is one of the 300 "row crops" grown in Coachella Valley, one of the main agricultural producer bases in the world because of its year-round growing seasons. This was one of the subjects in a "Farming In the Desert" solo exhibit at the City of Palm Desert. This painting was just an ordinary vegetable but pen and ink gave it a bit of grace and elegance.
An interesting partnership began about 10 years ago when a brilliant woman, Christy Porter, began Hidden Harvest, a non-profit organization, worked with local growers to pay their unemployed migrant workers to glean the fields that had already been harvested. In the first few years, the organization "rescued" a million pounds of fruits and vegetables that would have rotted in the field; Those vegetables, collected by those migrant workers, were used to to feed the hungry, via local distribution systems and outlets. Beautiful vegetables, like this locally grown Radicchio, feed the financially challenged elderly, and those who lack the resources to provide fresh, healthy food. More recently, the number of pounds of rescued fruits and vegetables has soared above 10 million.
As to Radicchio, it contains intybin, a sedative/analgesic, as well as a type of flavonoid called anthocyanin which is used for making dye-sensitized solar cells.
A special thanks to the following Fine Art America Groups for featuring this painting.
Mixed Media Art 06/04/2017
Out of the Ordinary 08/22/2014
Bedroom Art Gallery 12/17/2014
T100 Appreciating 08/22/2014
Content: vegetable, purple, pen and ink, watercolor painting, radicchio, kitchen d�r, d�r, blue violet
August 21st, 2014
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