Beginners Vegetables and Fungi
Update in progress 14th May
Why vegetables are a good subject?
First of all, many vegetables last for quite a long time, so they are well behaved subjects. Secondly, they have some interesting textures, which can be useful with other subjects, for example the papery skin of an onion helps us to understand how to paint transparent textures on subjects such as bulbs and plants such as and iris. Finally, they are very easy to find, and often we don't need to look any further than the kitchen or local shops!
And of course some vegetables are very attractive, such as as asparagus and beetroot.
I've also decided to include fungi on this page, even though they are not in the Plant Kingdom, they are still very popular subjects and lovely to paint.
What are vegetables?
This may sound like a silly question but many fruit are sold in the vegetable department, such as peppers, tomatoes, pumpkin and aubergine - all of which are fruits. So as botanical artists it's useful for us to think about the differences between fruit and vegetables. Basically a fruit is a seed bearing structure that develops in the ovary of flowering plants, whereas a vegetable is any other plant part, such as roots, stems and leaves. This includes carrots, broccoli and cabbage. Having said that in botanical art there is much overlap based on our diets.
Starting this part of the Course
Work your way through each of the subjects listed. There are a few new textures and techniques involved in some of them, such as using white paint or gouache and using masking fluid. There are four to complete, when you have finished all four, email them to