I had a concept that I wanted to try for this piece that I thought might be interesting and that was to model a dahlia after a tie-dyed shirt. I painted it very loose with what I always remember as being some of the prominent colors used for shirt dying in the past. I decided to paint this piece very loosely and with damp paper in order to accomplish that tie-dyed shirt look. I had fun trying to mimic that appearance while still allowing petal definition. The original is 16″×12″ in size and is painted entirely with Sennelier paints, papers, and brushes.

Featured in Painter’s Universe March 2011.

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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  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonover 3 years ago

    I love the way the warm colors pop against the blue – This is a beautiful painting!

  • Thank you Lora! I tried to pick some typical tie-dye shirt colors.

    – Ken Powers

  • Sandrine Pelissier
    Sandrine Pelis...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful colors!

  • Thank you Sandrine! Hopefully the tie-dye shirt vibe comes through.

    – Ken Powers

  • JennyArmitage
    JennyArmitageover 3 years ago

    Lovely color variation in the Dahlia.

  • Thank you Jenny! I wanted this one to be bit looser and to glaze the Sennelier rouge over their yellow to help with the gradations.

    – Ken Powers

  • Sherry Freeman
    Sherry Freemanover 3 years ago

    I really love the lighting and the colors! I must admit I’m not a fan of tie-dye shirts (I do remember wearing a few when I was little, though, heh), but this is beautiful.

  • Thanks Sherry! It has been a long time since I wore one too!

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 3 years ago

    Wild & wonderful…..great painting…….reminds me of the clothes we use to wear! :) I love it….great job!

  • Thanks Marsha! Very kind of you to say!

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Free
    Marsha Freeover 3 years ago

    very cool image! I like how you achieved the tie dyed effect!

  • Thank you Marsha! This was a fun one!

    – Ken Powers

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

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  • Thank you Mary! That is very nice of you!

    – Ken Powers

  • bernzweig
    bernzweigover 3 years ago

    Awesome job – the colors fly off the page! Another beauty!

  • Thank you! This was a lot of fun to paint and forced me to be a bit looser with my style!

    – Ken Powers

  • Gary Paakkonen
    Gary Paakkonenover 3 years ago

    Your concept worked well Ken, Great job!

  • Thanks for taking a look Gary!

    – Ken Powers

  • artbymariodonk
    artbymariodonkover 3 years ago

    Very nice, this also reminds me of a tropical fish, perhaps another good subject. Your work is excellent.

  • Thanks Mario! A tropical fish series would be a blast as well.

    – Ken Powers

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