The concept of this piece was to create an hypnotic vertigo spiral while incorporating rose petals. I had a little trouble balancing the center of the piece with the two concepts while still maintaining a somewhat realistic rose but I am pleased with the end result. The piece is painted with Winsor & Newton and Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paints on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper. The coarse nature of the paper coupled with the Rublev paints created some interesting textures in the petals and shadows of the rose. The original painting is 21.75″×14.25″ in size.

8th Place Finisher in Watercolors Only challenge.


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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
    mttmalihaabout 4 years ago

    So, so beautiful Ken.

  • Thank you Maureen! I appreciate it!

    – Ken Powers

  • RoseMarie747
    RoseMarie747about 4 years ago

    This Rose is Perfect…even the name of it…I felt like it yesterday….into my favs……Rose Marie

  • Thanks Rose! I am happy that you like this one! It was a lot of fun to paint!

    – Ken Powers

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonabout 4 years ago

    This is excellent!

  • Thank you Lora! I appreciate you taking a look at this one!

    – Ken Powers

  • allicata
    allicataabout 4 years ago

    wow, Ken! Beautiful. Love how you filled the page.

  • Thanks Allison! I just wanted to do something a little different and still stay within the confines of my floral series!

    – Ken Powers

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully done!!!

  • Thank you very much! I appreciate it!

    – Ken Powers

  • teresa731
    teresa731about 4 years ago

    Very nice!! Lovely!!

  • You are too kind! Thank you for the encouraging words!

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    Totally awesome!!!!! It looks great & you certainly accomplished what you set out to do with a very challenging subject. The center of the rose must’ve been pretty difficult, huh? Also, I love the lighting.

  • Thanks Marsha! Yes the center gave me fits. In the the end, I just randomly painted and then used the shadows and shading to define the center. Luckily it worked!

    – Ken Powers

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 4 years ago

    wow Ken…what an absolute stunner!! you are becoming The Master for painting beautiful flowers…great work!

  • Thank you for your encouraging words Linda! I wasn’t sure I was going to pull this one off. The concept seemed like it would work but it really depended on quite a few factors. It wasn’t until I threw in the shading that it finally pulled itself together.

    – Ken Powers

  • bernzweig
    bernzweigabout 4 years ago

    Great work Ken-
    I love the shading as well as the captivating spiral. A technical masterpiece!

  • Thank you very much! There were times when I thought this one was going to completely fall apart. Luckily, once I threw in the shading and shadows, it started to get the hypnotic look I was after. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get the spiral effect and keep the rose element. I lucked out!

    – Ken Powers

  • Ann Nightingale
    Ann Nightingaleabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work Ken

  • Thank you for taking a look Ann! This was a fun one to paint!

    – Ken Powers

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