Wayside Grasses

Recently I have begun to take an interest in the huge variety of grasses to be seen when out walking in fields, on rough ground and on grass verges. Many of them are very attractive when observed closely. I have painted four common grasses that can be found on waysides. I have identified them as l-r Italian Ryegrass, Catstail, Wall Barley and Creeping Bent. The butterfly, added for interest, is a Small Heath.


This turnip is unusual in that it has grown four roots instead of a single tap root which made it an interesting subject for a vegetable portrait. This specimen would probably never be found in a supermarket amongst the more perfect specimens but arrived in our Riverford farm vegetable box which is an excellent source of veg for painting as well as eating!