The Mouthpiece Jumble Experiment by Ken Powers

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This was an experiment painted from a large box of discarded trumpet and trombone mouthpieces. It was originally all black and gray but I decided I needed to add some subtle colors to it in a few random places in order to add interest. It is painted with Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paint on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper.

Featured in Just Watercolors group in August 2009.


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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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  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskiabout 5 years ago

    Wow… where did you find all those? Love your art.

  • You wouldn’t believe the number of mouthpieces I have laying around at work. Many have been discarded and I don’t know why I hang on to them. Some are actually quite collectible. The trouble with being an instrument repair tech is you never want to throw anything away in case you can use it on another horn. Thanks for the compliments.

    – Ken Powers

    ANNETTE HAGGERabout 5 years ago

  • Thanks Annette! I appreciate it very much!

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 5 years ago

    Another BIG Congrats is in order! It’s quite obvious that this piece took alot of work, not only in painting it, but in the sketching of it as well. Feature is well deserved.

  • You are right. This was a nightmare to draw. Thanks for your compliments.

    – Ken Powers

  • Chris Baker
    Chris Bakerabout 5 years ago

    Astonishing subject matter:
    …painted from a large box of discarded trumpet and trombone mouthpieces…
    Try as I might, haven’t seen many boxes like that lying around here!!
    Great work, Ken, and congrtas on being featured ;)

  • Thanks a lot Chris. I guess it pays to not throw things out, eh? The shop where I work is a treasure trove of junk like this.

    – Ken Powers

  • Kimberley  x ♥ Davitt
    Kimberley x ♥...about 5 years ago

    Interresting! Great shot!

  • Thank you Kim! This one took quite a while to paint despite its small size.

    – Ken Powers

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomas3 months ago

    Great abstract!

  • Thank you Stephen!

    – Ken Powers

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