Blue Hydrangea by Ken Powers

This hydrangea was growing in my neighbor’s yard and was just begging to be painted. Once again, I wanted to play around with my new Prussian Blue to see how it mixed and interacted with some of the other paint I use. This piece is entirely painted with Rublev 18th century historical reproduction watercolor paint on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper. The original is 13.5″×10″ in size.

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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  • Ann Mortimer
    Ann Mortimerover 4 years ago

    Well done Ken! So well observed and such a lot of depth in this piece.

  • Thank you so much Ann! This one took forever for some reason!

    – Ken Powers

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    very, very beautiful, Ken!!!! great work

  • Thank you Maureen! I am addicted to this floral series!

    – Ken Powers

  • Sandrine Pelissier
    Sandrine Pelis...over 4 years ago

    Great work, the colors are gorgeous !

  • Thank you Sandrine! I can see that I am going to have to restrain myself or I will be using this Prussian Blue all over the place!

    – Ken Powers

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 4 years ago

    Great work on your blending colors here! At first glance
    I thought this was an oil. Beautiful.

  • Thank you Marriet! I had some difficulty with that at first because I started using some of my older brushes and they just hold water differently. Once I went back to what I have been using, the piece began to work out.

    – Ken Powers

  • bernzweig
    bernzweigover 4 years ago

    Beautiful job Ken – it has a great geometrical balance (whatever that is!) and the palette has a nice cool feeling. Another winner!

  • Thank you very much! I appreciate you taking a look!

    – Ken Powers

  • Thanks for noticing the coolness as I have added another blue to my palette as it was very warm leaning before.

    – Ken Powers

  • JennyArmitage
    JennyArmitageover 4 years ago

    This just glows. Great work.

  • Thank you Jenny, I may become addicted to that Prussian Blue!

    – Ken Powers

  • julie08
    julie08over 4 years ago

    Beautiful work :)

  • Thank you very much!

    – Ken Powers

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 4 years ago

    This is just so beautiful love that blue and the petals form are just perfect.

  • Thank you Karen! This one took a long time to sketch out! My TV died though so I had plenty of time to focus on it!

    – Ken Powers

  • ian osborne
    ian osborneover 4 years ago

    An absolute stunner Ken. The interaction of the blues in the flower head are mesmerising. For me this is your best flower painting so far, and there is a look to the painting that sets it apart from the others. Great work.

  • Thank you Ian! That means a lot coming from an artist of your caliber. I had fun experimenting with this one and am trying to give each piece in my floral series it’s own identity so I am glad you noticed.

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 4 years ago

    I’m totally blown away by this one & all the work that obviously went into it. Your attention to detail & the use of light & shadow makes this such an outstanding work. Like Jenny said…it just glows. Love the prussian blue!

  • Thank you Marsha! Yes…this one did seem to take a bit longer to finish and the petals were so mesmerizing that it made it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand. Oh well, I am pleased with the end result!

    – Ken Powers

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