Watercolour 3 – Beetroot

I have finally finished my first proper watercolour.  I started a botanical drawing class back in September and am now on my second term.  Whilst I have done art classes before (pastel, life etc) I haven’t done watercolours or neat or precise etc so this is proving to be  a real challenge.

My art class have been rather amused as I actually hate beetroot but I have learned to love my beetroot.  The colours when you look closely (and if you wash it and polish it with olive oil) are amazing. I have struggled with doing the fine roots, they should be finer but I am getting better and  to my mind the leaves arent that good but then they were made up as the beetroot I had didn’t have leaves.

Next week I have been told to take a pot of snowdrops – which sounds even more fiddly and my tutor says (or threatens) that  I aam also going to do the bulbs.

For an insight into my progress to date see my posts  here  and here


19 Comments Add yours

  1. sunny says:

    Well done, watercolours can be quite difficult. In art college I used to love using water colours, then I just stopped painting to concentrate on sculpture, when I went back to it a few years later, I was so crap at it I got frustrated and haven’t tried it again. Did you know some of Vincent van Gogh first paintings were of vegetables. Potatoes in fact.

  2. John says:

    This is lovely work, Helen. And that’s a great idea on polishing to bring out the colors.

  3. Randy says:

    We done, the beet looks very real! You just might have a future here!

  4. Edith Hope says:

    Dear Helen, I am totally amazed. Although I have no talent at all for drawing or painting [unlike you], I do have an artist friend whose main medium is watercolour and she has been working on it for years. What you have achieved here in such a short time is marvellous and I think the beetroot is an interesting subject.

    Incidentally, I love it served hot as a vegetable.

  5. You do seem a natural Helen! I just started a botanical drawing and painting class with Beverly Duncan. It is so different from my paintings but I love the discipline. I am so impressed by what you have accomplished in so short a time… seeing … truly observing is such a large part of it would you not say? Beautiful! Carol

  6. Nice, very nice – well done

  7. gardeningasylum says:

    I’ll never be able to execute such a lovely watercolor – you fully captured the beet root essence – but I could wash one and polish it with oil to admire:)

  8. Think the beetroot itsef is absolutely incredible – so real! Well done you!

  9. Jean says:

    I so envy those with artistic talent. This is a lovely painting! Thanks for sharing it.

  10. deborahelliott says:

    Beautiful! At first i thought it was an old botanical print. You have real talent!

  11. Catherine says:

    You are very talented! I only wish I could draw or paint that well.

  12. Tyra says:

    You are so good! I love your beetroot. You inspire me to dust off my watercolours too. Well done Helen.

  13. Sue says:

    I hope you have some snowdrops on flower as ours are still in bud!

  14. joey says:

    Love both beets and botanical prints … I’m very impressed. It’ beautiful!

  15. Helen, Well done! This is beautiful. H.

  16. Wow, you’ve done it so well! It’s amazing how beautiful food from the earth can be when we take the time to really study them.

  17. Diana says:

    Such a beautiful painting! I have only recently discovered your blog and pleased to have done so. Uh oh, we are both cannas. 😉 Diana

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