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Everyone has seen the paintings of the roses on a piano keyboard symbolizing romance, etc… But, does this really motivate a child to practice. I don’t think so. Driven by humor, this piece was originally going to be titled “I thought I told you to practice.” After running the idea past a friend of mine, he suggested calling it “Chopstix.” Although, he wanted me to add a couple severed fingers to the piece which is not really my style. I opted to leave the fingers out of the painting despite his insistence. The piece is painted with Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paint on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper. The interaction of this paint and paper cause some fantastic granulation effects. It’s original size is 14″ × 10″.

8th Place Finisher in The Keys challenge.
5th Place Finisher in On The Edge challenge.
4th Place Finisher in Sharp & Dangerous Metals challenge.
Featured in Art At Its Best!! group in December 2009.
Featured in Realist Traditional Art group in August 2009.

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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  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyover 5 years ago

    LOL!!! How original and creative is this!!! :)))

  • I am glad I am not the only one who finds humor in this. Thanks for the compliments.

    – Ken Powers

  • annamora
    annamoraover 5 years ago

    your technique is really superb .. I am amazed at what you wrote into your profile introduction … and yes it works ….
    ( I also think you should consider joining some groups to show your works … works on paper is one group for you … there is one water- colour dedicated group I know of … also real life art group and many more …)

  • Thank you for your kind words Annamora. I am new to the site so I am still investigating all of the interesting groups that exist. I will check out the ones you have mentioned. Thank you very much.

    – Ken Powers

  • lucin
    lucinover 5 years ago

    You have such talent. Your gallery is most grand. This is a particular favorite. Edgy and such inspired title. :)

  • Thank you for your inspirational comment. I appreciate it very much.

    – Ken Powers

  • artbymariodonk
    artbymariodonkover 5 years ago

    Ken
    I really like this, perhaps it’s the out of context feel that makes both the piano and the backing saw have more impact, it sure works, well done.

  • Thanks Mario. Yes, you never see a cleaver on a piano keyboard. Roses seem to be the trend as they are a bit more romantic. But….nothing says practice like the threat of losing a finger, eh?

    – Ken Powers

  • artbymariodonk
    artbymariodonkover 5 years ago

    Sorry I see now it is a blade and not a backing saw but the same comment applies , well done.

  • Yes, you are correct. I think this would be a perfect piece for a piano instructor to hang in their teaching studio. What do you think?

    – Ken Powers

  • Stephie Butler
    Stephie Butlerover 5 years ago

    This is excellent Ken..So imaginative, and superbly painted…..

  • Thank you very much. I laughed hysterically while I painted this one.

    – Ken Powers

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonover 5 years ago

    wonderful perspective, and so beautifully painted

  • Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

    – Ken Powers

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    This is amazing! (I am relieved you didn’t include the fingers)! Piano instructors must be beating down your door, fighting over who is going to buy it! You might need that cleaver yourself!!!!!

  • That is pretty funny Lynda! I thought this would be perfect in an instructor’s studio.

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 5 years ago

    Another well deserved congratulations for this feature! I so much love the humor in this one although a bit sadistic.

  • Thank you very much Marsha. It is a funny one.

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 5 years ago

    Only those who are already half demented would truly appreciate this. :)

  • And only the fully demented would actually paint it. :)

    – Ken Powers

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