Point Defiance Dahlia

Ken Powers

Tacoma, United States

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I wanted to try a few different things with this piece and attempted to combine elements of impressionism, realism, and abstractionism. I purposely wanted to stylize this flower a bit and subdue some of its vibrancy and intensity by muting much of the color that we associate with common dahlia flowers. I found this particular specimen at the Point Defiance Dahlia Garden in Tacoma, Washington but wanted to do something unusual with it. I have plans to do a few more dahlia paintings and am still pondering the direction to take with them. For now, however, this was just a very fun experiment. The original is painted entirely with Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paint on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper. I found the grittiness of these paints coupled with the texture of the paper really helped create interest in the background of the piece. The original is 13.5″×10″ in size.

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