Get Back to School with Redbubble – Shop Here! or Win Stuff Here!

This piece is inspired by several phrases I hear in my occupation. One is: “I don’t know how it happened,” and the other is: “I don’t drop my violin, it just drops itself.” The tragedy portrayed in this piece is one example of what can happen to a string instrument in the hands of a clumsy youngster. Luckily, this can be repaired and the student will have no more excuses for missing orchestral practice. This piece is painted with Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paint on Arches 140# cold pressed paper. The heavy granulated pigments of the Rublev paint in conjunction with the course Arches paper create some very interesting granulation characteristics that make this piece come to life.

10th Place Finisher in Shades of Orange challenge.
4th Place Finisher in Broken Melody challenge.
Featured in Techno Logical group in November 2009.


broken, instrument, ken, music, powers, repair, violin, watercolor, watercolour

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.”

View Full Profile


  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaabout 5 years ago

    Oh my.. this is unique, too!
    I would like to say that i have never done this to one of my instruments, but you know…….

  • Thanks Maureen. I am in the instrument repair business so I see a lot of this kind of thing. A bit sad but keeps me and my buddies working.

    – Ken Powers

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaabout 5 years ago

    Very sad, indeed….. especially when I’m the person dropping my guitar or viola…. the piano, so far, is pretty safe from me lol
    Wonderful work, Ken, through out

  • If you can drop a piano, I will be impressed. Takes a lot of spinach to pull that one off. Thank you for your incredibly inspirational comments.

    – Ken Powers

    PERUGINAabout 5 years ago

    Love the story behind this work Ken!!! The work is awesome!!!!

  • Thank you. I have seen far worse than this in our shop if you can believe it.

    – Ken Powers

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...almost 5 years ago

    I really love this!! How wonderful!! -Luisa :)

  • Thanks Luisa!

    – Ken Powers

  • Shannon Paskaruk
    Shannon Paskarukover 4 years ago

    fantastic work!

  • Thanks Shannon! I appreciate the feedback!

    – Ken Powers

  • Impressionism
    Impressionismover 4 years ago

    incredible style, composition and light! beautiful work Ken

  • Thank you very much! This was a fun one to do!

    – Ken Powers

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsover 4 years ago

    Very evocative painting, Ken! I really like the curves of the instrument against the geometric terra cotta tile background. I love your classic watercolor “realism” style! Beautiful work of art!

  • Thanks Gene! You are too kind! Unfortunately I see too many of these broken instruments! Oh well, they keep me working. :)

    – Ken Powers

  • frogster
    frogsterover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Frogster!

    – Ken Powers

  • Blended
    Blendedabout 4 years ago

    In Art Up Close Challenge Shades of Orange

  • Thank you very much! That is great news!

    – Ken Powers

  • Elisabeta Hermann
    Elisabeta Hermannalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful piece Ken!
    Please consider our Challenge with this one or with any other of your beautiful creations that you feel that fits in it…:)


    Elisabeta Hermann, host

  • Thank you very much Elisabeta!

    – Ken Powers

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait