I painted two versions of this old chain. One with a very bright appearance, the other with a very dark look with a much more intense lock. This one I call “Good” and its sister painting is called “Evil.” When sitting side by side, they compliment each other beautifully. Both were painted using Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paint on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper. The original piece is 7″×5″ in size.


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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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  • richman
    richmanabout 5 years ago

    you make something seen as old and rust very beautiful

  • Thanks Richie, I used predominantly grays for this piece so it was difficult for me to establish the subtle variations in color.

    – Ken Powers

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightalmost 5 years ago

    Another exquisite piece, Ken. But not quite as good (by a hair’s breadth) as the other one. Maybe it is down to the photo/scan, but this one has a lot less contrast and texture visible. However, this is still a superbly painted piece of characterful still life

  • I agree Colin. I tried to keep this one more in the shades of grey realm but it would have benefited from stronger contrasting areas. It is designed to contrast more with the other piece as a group composition. Concentrating on values as they pertain, not necessarily to reality, but to composition is what I am focusing on in my current work. Thanks for taking the time to comment and to analyze this one.

    – Ken Powers

  • annieannie
    annieannieover 3 years ago

    your art is GOOD…VERY GOOD INDEED
    now to your profile

  • Thank you very much!

    – Ken Powers

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    This is really so excellent Ken! Love the light on the links!

  • Thank you Maree! This is one of my favorites too!

    – Ken Powers

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