White Flowers by Ken Powers


Small (22.4" x 16.4")

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I couldn’t even begin to tell you what type of flowers these are but I did see them in my backyard and thought they would make a nice addition to my latest series. I am learning quite a bit about floral painting as I go along and am finding botanicals to be quite challenging which is a lot of fun. These are painted exclusively with Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paints on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper. The texture of the paints made for a very interesting background when it began to settle into the coarse paper.

Featured in Works On Paper group June 2010.

I am a still-life and floral watercolor artist based in the Tacoma, Washington USA area. My work can be found in collections throughout the world as well as on the set of ABC Studio’s television series, “Desperate Housewives.”

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  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    Oh, Ken, this is so, so pretty. I love the criss-cross of stems.. and your gentle shadows here, really something special. Great Work

  • Thank you Maureen! This one was a lot of fun and really helped me with the way I perceive flowers and floral work. More experimentation to come! :)

    – Ken Powers

  • allicata
    allicataover 4 years ago

    I like your still life painting. You paint leaving the light, letting there be softness and doing all with great precision, I think that is awesome!

  • You are too kind Allison! I am rather new to the florals so I am still fumbling about with what I want and what I am able to do. Experimenting has been a lot of fun!

    – Ken Powers

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonover 4 years ago

    I like the criss-cross stems, also. It adds a lot of energy to this painting.

  • Thanks Lora! I was afraid they might be too over the top but as the painting progressed, I decided I liked them.

    – Ken Powers

  • JennyArmitage
    JennyArmitageover 4 years ago

    This is great. I love your shadows.

  • Thanks Jenny! I think the shadows are what really helps this piece along.

    – Ken Powers

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 4 years ago

    wow Ken these are popping off the screen…they are delightful…a beautiful watercolour

  • Thanks Linda! I wasn’t sure if the background was going to be too bold for the piece but I actually kinda like it. I had to force myself to stop painting the flowers on this piece. I was going to obsess my self into ruining them!

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 4 years ago

    This is great! You’r really doing a bang up job on these florals. I like the way the stems resemble a lattice work behind the flowers. Very pretty.

  • Thanks Marsha! Hopefully the background isn’t too busy for the piece. And even if it is….I think I still like it!

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 4 years ago

    No, I don’t think it’s too busy at all as it added alot of interest.

  • Thanks Marsha! I was thinking I needed a bit of oomph in the background in order to accentuate the whiteness of the flowers. I was afraid I overdid it a touch but after seeing it finished, I really like it!

    – Ken Powers

  • JCailliau
    JCailliauover 4 years ago

    They keep getting better & better Ken !

  • Thanks Joan! I have another I am going to start this evening. Hopefully I am learning a thing or two about florals in the process. I really should learn what the names of some of these flowers are though, eh?

    – Ken Powers

  • Angiel7
    Angiel7over 4 years ago

    Really great composition Ken..

  • Thanks Ange! I appreciate you stopping by to take a look as I am still floundering about with this genre of painting.

    – Ken Powers

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 4 years ago

    background is perfect as it pushes the flowers forward …a good contrast…I am a fiddler and know exactly what you mean …but these are great!

  • Thanks Linda! I appreciate it! I was hoping a bolder background would accentuate the white areas and allow me to place more details into the petals without reducing their “whiteness.” One never knows if they have “pushed it” too far until the painting is done it seems.

    – Ken Powers

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