Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Beat up by beets...


For more than a week I’ve been painting and drawing beets. It took a lot of attempts (more than four, less than ten!) to complete a painting I was willing to post. All the paintings had problems. These were the best of my efforts. I like the beets in the top painting the best, but prefer the foliage in the bottom rendering. I found painting the dark, dull beets and the complex foliage a challenge, so I welcome your suggestions and observations about them.


Now I’m going to peel them, quarter them, toss them with some olive oil and roast them in the oven. Tomorrow I’ll marinade them in a vinaigrette for a while and add them to the salad which will be part of my husband’s birthday dinner.

I am so done with these beets.

15 comments:

Alisha and Dave said...

I have had a gander at your blog and I love your artwork. You are very talented. I wish i had an ounce of it...

FreedomSeeker said...

I love the foilage on the bottom picture, but I'm no art expert.

seesue said...

These are great! I too love that spread of colour to the left of your beet greens... and your PEARS!! Yum!

Shelly McC said...

Love the! Great work!

africantapestry said...

Your beets look wonderful!! and I'm drooling by the thought of them coming out of the oven. Nice colours and that difficult foliage, you handled masterfully!
ronell

Sherry said...

I despise eating beets, but love love love their color and gnarly leaves. I think your sketch is successful, loose and lyrical.

weebug said...

beautifully done!

Lynn said...

These are fantastic! The color of the beets and the foliage is just perfect.

Maria - depict said...

wonderful! suddenly I feel a strong urge to go and find some beets.

Wendy said...

These are just scrumptious. The lovely soft colours in the foliage nearly brought tears to my eyes.

Ann said...

Both look wonderful to me. And I don't even like beets :)

Karen said...

well, i still wouldn't eat them, but i'd hang them on my wall. both look wonderful to me, but i do like the bottom foliage better. nice job!

janabouc said...

These are so beautiful and glowing! Your efforts have definitely paid off. I dont' cook beets because they make too much of a mess but I love eating them.

BMoon said...

Beautiful beets indeed. Great shadows, and colors overall.

Yellow said...

Could you chop up the other paintings and do something with them, maybe? Well done for persevering (that wasn't meant to sound quite so patronising - sorry)