I had quite a bit of disruption to my normal routine this week which cut into my painting schedule a bit. I didn’t get to devote quite as much time to the creation of this piece as I would have liked due to the death of my 88 year old Grandfather, having to put my 10 year old dog to sleep due to cancer, and having my 2 year old daughter break her collar bone. They are correct when they say bad luck comes in threes. I lost a bit of the spontaneity and excitement that I usually have when painting since I needed to break this piece up into many many small painting session. These flowers, of which I do not know the variety, were found on a hike my family and I took this last weekend in order to get a little exercise. I snapped a quick reference photo and painted this version over the course of several evenings. The original is 21.75″×14.25″ and is painted on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper. I used Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paint, Daniel Smith watercolor paint, and Winsor & Newton watercolor paint. The Rublev paint really created some interesting textures in the background when used in conj unction with the Arches coarse paper.

Featured in Painter’s Universe in August 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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  • GittiArt
    GittiArtabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully done Ken..the pink is amazing and more good luck in the future …all the best!!!

  • Thank you very much! I have a feeling there is nothing but good luck to come!

    – Ken Powers

  • Marriet
    Marrietabout 4 years ago

    Very sorry to hear of your trying week. All three things are bad enough alone, but to place them together, wow. Very sorry for your losses.
    Wildflowers never cease to amaze me. They are usually just smaller versions of the hybridized varieties in our green houses. These are very lovely, though I am not at all sure what they are.
    Keep painting. It’s good therapy.

  • Thank you Marriet! You are absolutely correct about painting being great therapy! I can’t wait to start my next piece and hopefully……relax a bit!

    – Ken Powers

  • JennyArmitage
    JennyArmitageabout 4 years ago

    Lovely Ken. I hope your daughter’s collar bone and heart heal well. Your heart too.

  • Thank you Jenny! They say kids heal quickly and she doesn’t seem to be in too much pain so that is good.

    – Ken Powers

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you! I appreciate you looking!

    – Ken Powers

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    wonderful beauties and i hope your life settles now !LIZ

  • Thank you very much! Since bad luck runs in “threes,” I think we should be in great shape for quite a while!

    – Ken Powers

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 4 years ago

    oh Ken what a terrible week it has been…I am so sorry to hear your bad news and I send my condolences to you….this lovely watercolour has added some light in your life it is beautiful. Hope your daughter heals soon ….

  • Thanks for your kind words of encouragement Linda! We are doing fine over here. Just a matter of recovery!

    – Ken Powers

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 4 years ago


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    Outstanding work, congrats:)

  • Thank you Mary! I appreciate it!

    – Ken Powers

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 4 years ago

    Dear Ken, I just read about the tries you are going through. I wish a speedy recovery to your little daughter. I just can imagine how concerned you all are, but believe me, they are little but so very strong. She will be just fine. My sincerest condolences for loosing your grandfather; you were lucky having him in your life for so many years. I am sorry for your dog as well, I know how hard it is for pet lovers to say good bye

  • Thank you for your kindness Mary! We are all doing fine and I am taking my daughter to the pediatric orthopedist in the morning for a follow-up. There is a little bruising so we will see what the doctor says.

    – Ken Powers

  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKabout 4 years ago

    Ken your work is beautiful and I trust that your daughter has a speedy recovery and you less stress.

  • You are too kind! Thank you very much. I will know more after talking to the follow-up doctor in the morning. As for the stress, I have a feeling that will work itself out eventually. What can you do, life throws little twists your way every once in a while. Personally, however, I wish they would be spaced over a longer period of time. ;)

    – Ken Powers

  • barbary40
    barbary40about 4 years ago

    Lovely Ken, they’re sweetpeas. My mother raised them in the late 40s in Santa Ana along our fence. My baby sister passed the seeds back and forth with the little neighbor girl. The next year, the flowers were all gorgeous hybrids. http://www.americanmeadows.com/WildflowerSeeds/...
    Sorry for your losses and hope you daughter mends quickly.

  • Thank you very much for helping clear up the mystery. That is what my wife thought they were but I have absolutely no clue….now I know for sure! :) Thank you for your kind words. I think my daughter will heal quickly since she is only two and doesn’t seem to be in too much pain now.

    – Ken Powers

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