Button Accordion by Ken Powers

This old button accordion belonged to my wife’s Great-Grandmother who apparently got it when she was a little girl. I have simplified it and left off a lot of the graphics but have tried to loosely interpret the age of the instrument. It is painted with a combination of Winsor and Newton, Daniel Smith, and Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paints on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper. The texture of the cold-pressed Arches paper allows this particular type of large grained single pigment paint to granulate and collect in very interesting and unusual ways. The original of this piece has been sold but its original size was 14″ × 10″. It belongs in the private collection of the accordion player for the Celtic/Rock/Punk band The Mighty Regis.

Featured in Music Of The Spirit group in June 2010.
8th Place Finisher in I’ve Got The Music… challenge.
10th Place Finisher in Vintage Feel To It challenge.
4th Place Finisher in Old Time Music and Instr… challenge.

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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  • ChristinaPav
    ChristinaPavalmost 6 years ago

    Wow, this is beautiful

  • Thank you very much. I have just started uploading my musical instrument series. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

    – Ken Powers

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 5 years ago

    Well done on fourth place, Ken. This is a finely composed watercolour and would make number one spot, for me.

    A painting will never win against a snapshot on this site. No matter that you’ve spent hours creating and refining it, and a photo is a click on a button, without much effort!

    Because of this bias, I’m looking for a painting only site, but so far I haven’t found one.

  • Thanks Colin! I appreciate the kind words.

    – Ken Powers

  • Heps
    Hepsover 5 years ago

  • Thanks Taschja! This is a favorite of mine as well.

    – Ken Powers

  • Impressionism
    Impressionismabout 5 years ago

    i love the sounds and music of accordions, your painting is superb!
    i can tell you spent a lot of time on this composition,
    your painting is just perfect, and i really love the colours and tones! :)

  • You are far too kind!

    – Ken Powers

  • Impressionism
    Impressionismabout 5 years ago

    congratulations Ken,

    for placing in the Top Ten in our group challenge
    I’ve got the Music in Me
    with your beautiful painting!

    we had 28 entries in this competition.
    thank you so much for sharing your wonderful art with us

  • Thanks you very much!

    – Ken Powers

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much Maureen!

    – Ken Powers

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