Monster Radishes – Daily Painting

“Monster Radishes” – 10″ x 14″ watercolor on 140# paper

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When we go to the Farmers Market on the weekend, we are often delighted to see unusual vegetables from regional truck gardens. This week I was astounded to see these Radishes of Unusual Size (with a tip of the hat to Princess Bride.) These vegetables are between three and four inches in diameter and one alone would be sufficient to populate a salad with piquant red and white medallions.

Because time was short before preparing dinner, this was direct-painted without any pencil underdrawing, an experience I have compared at other times (like working on Yupo) to skiing downhill on ice. With staining pigments like these you get one chance to make the stroke, for good or bad, and then let it be.

A lot of people don’t like radishes because they can be hot, but I like them for crunch and flavor, but I’m going to have a hard time cutting up these proud beauties.

Art thought of the day from Matisse:
“It is feeling that counts above all. It is not physical matter one renders, but human emotion.”


  1. Wendee
    March 5, 2007

    Oh yes, that would make them ROUS’s! Wonderful! I can hear the crisp crunch from here! Nice delicate shadows!

  2. wendy
    March 5, 2007

    Yeah, I can taste that strong and crunchy vegetable. We don’t eat them these days but they do add to the variety of tastes in a salad. nice fresh pic.

  3. Casey
    March 6, 2007

    Beautiful, Karen! I love the freedom of this painting, and th intense colors. Here they eat radishes whole, as a first course, whith bread and butter on the side – iit’s heavenly.

  4. Linda
    March 6, 2007

    Wonderfully done — and you quoted my favorite movie! 😀

  5. laserone
    March 6, 2007

    This is really nice? I can just smell fresh vegetables when I look at that. :)

  6. Mariana
    March 7, 2007

    Lovely painting, especially as it’s done without an underdrawing (scary thought for me!)– those colours are gloriously delicious. yum.

  7. Anastasia
    March 11, 2007

    Beautiful radishes! Im loving your vegetable paintings!

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