This azalea has been sitting in the center of my dining room table for the last couple months and I thought it would make a nice addition to my floral series of paintings. I took a bit of a different direction with this piece in that I wanted to accentuate the bright light that was shining on the flower.The original is 10.25″×14″ in size and is painted with a combination of Daniel Smith, Rublev 18th century reproduction, and Winsor and Newton paints. I used Arches 140# cold-pressed paper which created some nice textures due to some of the paints heavy granulation characteristics.

5th Place Finisher in Light On Flowers challenge.
7th Place Finisher in Your Best of the First Half of the Year challenge.

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

    Wow, Ken!! I love this. The first thing I felt when I looked at this was warm
    Truly a great addition to your flower work!

  • Thank you Maureen! I feel as if this is my best floral work yet!

    – Ken Powers

  • allicata
    allicataover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, I just saw this in works on paper (moderator here!) So beautiful!!

  • Thank you Allison! I am fumbling through these florals and learning as I go! I really like this one!

    – Ken Powers

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 4 years ago

    A beautiful painting sweetheART fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thank you very much! I am having a lot of fun with these!

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 4 years ago

    Now this one is definitely a breathtaker!!!!!!! Whew – they just keep getting better. The lighting on this is the star of the show quickly followed by all those delicate, swirling pink petals. Deafening applause for a job well done.

  • You are too kind Marsha! I do believe this is my best one so far but I am learning as I go!

    – Ken Powers

  • Maryann3
    Maryann3over 4 years ago

    Great job on this, Ken. The light is great!

  • Thank you very much! I do believe the lighting is what make this piece!

    – Ken Powers

  • Kevin McGeeney
    Kevin McGeeneyover 4 years ago

    really good contrast with the light, very excellent piece

  • Thank you Kevin! At first I thought it might look a bit unfinished with such a large highlighted section but once I began balancing the darks a bit, I really began to like the effect.

    – Ken Powers

  • Kevin McGeeney
    Kevin McGeeneyover 4 years ago

    Yes Ken, this is an area I’d really like to improve on in my paintings, as well as subtle shadowing and subtle contrasting which I struggle with….. you on the other hand seem very adept at this! If you have any great secrets you want to share on, feel free to ebubble me :)

  • It is an area I am constantly struggling with. I often find myself overdoing shadows in order to compensate for a lack of leaving important highlighted areas in a piece. I have resorted to scraping and lifting paint in order to achieve highlight areas. I very seldom use masking fluid though. Maybe I should start!!

    – Ken Powers

  • bernzweig
    bernzweigover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Ken! The flower is so three dimensional that it’s bulging right off the page. Yet another gem!

  • Thank you very much! This one was probably the most fun to paint of all the florals I have done to date!

    – Ken Powers

  • JennyArmitage
    JennyArmitageover 4 years ago

    Great light. Love the extreme highlights.

  • Thank you Jenny! The highlights definitely make the piece I think!

    – Ken Powers

  • Kristy Spring-Brown
    Kristy Spring-...over 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful work!

  • Thank you Kristy! You are too kind!

    – Ken Powers

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