Feathery Flower by Ken Powers

I have no idea what this flower is even though it is growing out in front of my house. On many occasions over the course of the last 10 years I have completely mowed it to the grown with my lawn mower but it still keeps coming back. The other day, since I have a new appreciation for floral painting, I noticed what an incredible flower it had on it. It was very billowy and feathery and seemed so delicate and was probably about 5 inches across. I feel a little bad for previously hacking it to the ground since it really is pretty interesting. I wanted to achieve a bit more looseness with this piece and wanted to incorporate a little more impressionist and abstractionist techniques into its rendering. The original is 10.25″×14″ in size and is painted with Rublev 18th century reproduction paint, Daniel Smith watercolor paint, and Winsor & Newton watercolor paint on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper. The texture of the paper really worked well with the coarsely grained Rublev paint to create an interesting background.

A print of this piece has been sold to ABC Studios and licensed for use on the set of “Desperate Housewives.”

Featured in Painter’s Universe group January 2011.
Featured in Paintings From Beginners group in September 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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  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetover 4 years ago

    Wow, splendide !

  • Thank you so much Corinne!

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 4 years ago

    This is stunning, Ken. I’m so glad I don’t have to be a judge in order to pick out my favorite as each floral is so beautiful. The colors in this one are fabulous.

  • You are too kind Marsha! I definitely wanted to incorporate some new ideas into this one so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the final product!

    – Ken Powers

  • JCailliau
    JCailliauover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work Ken ! Love the effects of this paint…

  • Thanks Joan! There is some fun stuff that this paint can do! It also seems to be very dynamic in terms of the room lighting the piece is viewed in which I attribute to the large pigment granule size.

    – Ken Powers

  • JennyArmitage
    JennyArmitageover 4 years ago

    These just get better and better Ken.

  • You are too kind Jenny! Thanks for taking the time to take a look!

    – Ken Powers

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    Poor little thing, how could you?! this is really beautifully done Ken, you’ve achieved great colours and contrast here! Good boy!

  • Thanks Maree! I thought this was a weed (and maybe it is). It looks as If it was intentionally planted though. I promise to stop mowing it down every year!

    – Ken Powers

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 4 years ago

    I am so glad it survived your abuse long enough for you to paint it, Ken. It is gorgeous! Wonderful colours and shadow work.

  • Thank you very much! I don’t remember ever giving it a chance to flower over the years! This poor thing has suffered over ten years of abuse!

    – Ken Powers

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 4 years ago

    Simply superb Ken ,,,,,, Stunning light & shade .

  • Thank you for your very kind words and for taking the time to look!

    – Ken Powers

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful flower – love it

  • Thank you very much Michelle! I appreciate it!

    – Ken Powers

  • bernzweig
    bernzweigover 4 years ago

    Excellent work again, Ken. I love the overall composition as well as your subtle use of color.

  • Thank you very much! I still have no idea what type of flower this is!

    – Ken Powers

  • Angiel7
    Angiel7over 4 years ago

    Woe, striking flower..great shadows

  • Thanks Ange! I guess it was tired of having me mow it down and decided to flower!

    – Ken Powers

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