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Katherine T
09-02-2007, 06:26 AM

More veggies - this time beets in a kitchen garden.
This is 10" x 10" on Arches Hot Press

I had a lovely time on Friday afternoon visiting Down House which is the house and garden of Charles Darwin - a huge kitchen garden growing all sorts of different veggies which were all nicely labelled. Plus the greenhouse where he used to do all his experiments.

09-02-2007, 08:41 AM
This is very nice! Excellent work on the leaves.

Katherine T
09-02-2007, 09:05 AM
Thanks Kathleen - I see from the gallery on your website that you also like vegetables!

09-02-2007, 09:08 AM
Another pleasure for the eyes!

Katherine T
09-02-2007, 09:25 AM
Thanks Greg.

09-02-2007, 10:12 AM
Oh wow! This is lovely, Katherine! Reminds me of my father's garden in the early morning. :)

Katherine T
09-02-2007, 10:46 AM
Thanks Angela - the light on the leaves took some time to work out but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.........

Margaret 59
09-02-2007, 05:44 PM
I'm really enjoying all your veggie paintings, Katherine. :thumbsup:

09-02-2007, 09:04 PM
I love this! Beautiful composition and colours, very beety!

09-02-2007, 09:22 PM
I like the movement in this painting and the nice context you've given the plants.
I like the way you texture your shaded areas.
It's so good, I'd probably leave it alone, but I like to futz, so I might try darkening that light patch on the left center a bit to let those leave dance a little more. Maybe I'd try it digitally first.
Nice painting, and I wish I could see Darwin's house too.

09-02-2007, 09:34 PM

Your beets are as beautiful as any of the florals we've been enjoying here.

Love the composition with the beets at a diagonal and the leaves bending gracefully every which way above them.

Lovely work!


09-02-2007, 10:44 PM
I just spent the afternoon pulling out the spent watermelon vines getting ready for the fall season. I must admit I noticed the patterns those dried out tendrils mixed with some green vines had against the parched earth, and I actually thought. "How interesting! That might make a good excersize for practice." It is painters like you that make the rest of us become aware to the beauty in everyday things. I still have huge stalks of the dried out Mammoth Russian Sunflowers to do next weekend, maybe I'll do a study of their textures before they get added to the compost heap....

09-02-2007, 11:12 PM
This is my favorite of yours yet. I love beets and I particularly love the point of view here.

09-02-2007, 11:19 PM
Oh I just love your work!

09-03-2007, 12:31 AM
This is a very nice composition!

09-03-2007, 05:29 AM
I love the colours and shading in this. Beetroots are quite an attractive vegetable.

09-03-2007, 11:06 AM
I can't think of any thing else to say than :clap: :clap: :clap:

Katherine T
09-03-2007, 11:59 AM
Thanks everyone for all the comments - much appreciated.

I have a small confession to make.

I used to think I hated beetroot. However I recently discovered my local supermarket's does a nice line in (and I quote! ;) ) "Lime zest infused baby beetroot with red wine vinegar and orange blossom honey". At which point I totally revised my opinion of beetroot and this pic is the result! Now you have to admit - it does give a different dimension to drawing vegetables which you just don't get with flowers!

Greg - I've got a dried up sunflower which I'm umming and erring over drawing. Mind you mine's a baby one in a window box.

Bill - I'll be posting about Darwin's garden in the gardens thread once I've sorted out my photos for the web.

09-03-2007, 12:53 PM
I keep coming back to this one. It's very subtle and lovely! That was a great confession - (I found a recipe with Feta and Pine nuts and now beets are a house favorite!)

09-03-2007, 02:38 PM
Katherine, i'm very much enjoying your veggies and this is no exception. i like your idea of drawing them while still in the garden...not picked/plucked and set up in an artificial looking still life. they look more natural and it makes for a unique pencil painting.

Laura D
09-03-2007, 04:44 PM
This is so delightful. I like that you included the wrinkled and dying leaves too.

Terry Wynn
09-03-2007, 07:26 PM
I've got to chime in. This is beautifully done. Love the angel and the beets look so, well, beety!