I wanted to combine elements from a couple of my previous pieces in order to experimentally see how they worked together. I found this background interesting and wanted to see how it played off the pinks and reds I had used for some earlier florals. I used Winsor & Newton watercolor paint in this although it is predominantly Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paint on Arches 140# cold pressed paper. I had a bit of a difficult time getting the pinks, reds, and yellows to scan with the proper tonality for the digitized version of the painting. The original is 14″ × 10.25″ in size.

Featured in Painted Florals group in February 2011.


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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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  • JennyArmitage
    JennyArmitageover 3 years ago

    This is gorgeous Ken. And the background really works—makes your dahlia pop.

  • Thanks Jenny! This was a fun piece!

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 3 years ago

    I agree with Jenny – this is eye-poppin’ at its best! I think you’ve stumbled onto something grand with this new found technique.

  • Thanks Marsha! I figured this combination would be a bit on the eye-popping side!

    – Ken Powers

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonover 3 years ago

    I like the background, too. I like the warm colors.

  • Thanks Lora!

    – Ken Powers

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 3 years ago

    Beautifully painted flower and such an effective background, Ken. I think your experiment paid off.

  • Thank you Bev! I appreciate it!

    – Ken Powers

  • FranEvans
    FranEvansover 3 years ago

    It is stunning, Ken. Just like all the others!!!!!!!

  • Thank you Fran, you are too kind!

    – Ken Powers

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 3 years ago

    the colours work well Ken…beautiful work…

  • Thanks Linda! A little different for me!

    – Ken Powers

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 3 years ago

    Beautiful, Ken. I love the lightness of this. I guess that’s not a good word. But you know what I mean. Are the shadows here softer than your usual use of them? Love it

  • Thanks Maureen! I know exactly what you mean when you say lightness! This piece is definitely a departure for me. I love constantly experimenting. I just have to find a way to work the dark shadows into this context…..another experiment perhaps! ;)

    – Ken Powers

  • annieannie
    annieannieover 3 years ago

    like your style here…first i have seen of your work but am off to browse

  • Thank you very much! I am really all over the place stylistically. I love to experiment with paint!

    – Ken Powers

  • ian osborne
    ian osborneover 3 years ago

    The deep reds really stand out against that yellow Ken. It works a treat!

  • Thanks Ian! Something a little different!

    – Ken Powers

  • Blended
    Blendedover 3 years ago

    In Painted Florals!

  • Thank you very much! That is so kind of you!

    – Ken Powers

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