This rhododendron is one of the many growing around my home. I cut this piece so I could paint it while I was watching TV since it has been incredibly rainy here in Tacoma, Washington the last couple days. The original is 10.25″ × 14″ in size and is painted with a combination of 18th century reproduction watercolor paint, Winsor and Newton watercolor paint, and Daniel Smith watercolor paint. I used Arches 140# cold-pressed paper because I really like its coarse character and the way it interacts with the paint.


botanical, floral, flower, flowers, leaf, leaves, purple, rhododendron, watercolour

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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  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    This is beautiful, Ken. I really like how the paint granulates around the edges. Very nice painting!

  • Thanks Marsha! That is one of my favorite things about this paint. The pigment gets pushed around so easily that the granulation can create a hard edge wherever you want.

    – Ken Powers

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganabout 4 years ago

    These are so lovely, Ken. Great shapes and choice of palette.

  • Thank you very much! I have been sticking with the same palette for quite some time now but decided to augment it with some Permanent Rose from Winsor and Newton so I could mix some descent purples!

    – Ken Powers

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearabout 4 years ago

    absolute beauty Ken…thankful for the rain and your reation…;) TK ♥

  • Thanks TK! You are too kind!

    – Ken Powers

  • JennyArmitage
    JennyArmitageabout 4 years ago

    Lovely. You’re have fun with these, I can see that.

  • I am having fun with these Jenny! Still refining my techniques but having a blast doing it. This one almost ended up in the fireplace two nights ago!

    – Ken Powers

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful colours Ken and a great technique. Glad it escaped the fireplace!!!!

  • Thanks Lynda! It was unusually cold that night so it took great restraint to keep from slipping it into the blaze! :)

    – Ken Powers

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 4 years ago

    This looks great Ken! Please tell me, what is ‘18th century reproduction watercolor paint’?

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaabout 4 years ago

    Your work is always so yours and I can spot it at ten paces ;-) Beautiful !

  • Thanks Maureen! I don’t plan it that way! :)

    – Ken Powers

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 4 years ago

    lovely Ken….so very pretty…enjoying this series.

  • Thanks Linda! I am currently working on another piece but am experimenting with a very large squirrel mop I dug out of my supplies to incorporate blooms and other interesting “mistakes” into the petals. It should be interesting.

    – Ken Powers

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 4 years ago

    will look forward to seeing them…

  • Thanks Linda!

    – Ken Powers

  • kamaljeet kaur
    kamaljeet kaurabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful :)

  • Thanks Kamal! I am still trying to decide my direction with these!

    – Ken Powers

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