Radishes

Many years ago when we planted a spring vegetable garden, radishes were the first thing we harvested.  They were crisp, peppery, and bursting with flavor.  The cherry tomatoes and green beans also fared very well, but the carrots – not so much.

Radishes

Radishes

We haven’t grown vegetables in many years and now opt for flower gardens, but we’ll never forget the garden-fresh flavors of those little red gems.  Are you a fan of gardening?

Beets, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Both the beet greens and roots are edible, and one of my favorite side dishes is red and orange beetroot roasted with other root vegetables like parsnips and carrots.  I’ve never tried beet greens, but because I enjoy most other greens, I feel like they are probably quite delicious.  As a matter of fact, I’ve even seen a video in which someone used beet juice for watercolor painting!

 

Beets

Beets

I really enjoyed painting this looser watercolor and like how the granulating Daniel Smith Primatek colors of Hematite and Piemontite Genuine added terrific texture to the beetroots.  I bought a sample pack of 6 Primatek colors in 5 ml tubes, which is a great way to try them out.  The Primatek paints contain natural minerals and semi-precious gemstones, giving them amazing granulating and reflective properties.  So pretty!