Cast Iron Welsh Love Spoon by Ken Powers

This rusty old cast iron spoon was tough for me to draw due to the extremely poor fashion in which it was cast. I didn’t know how perfect I wanted it to be or if I wanted the painting to reflect the poor casting. In the end, as in typical watercolor fashion, it defined itself. The piece is painted with Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paint on Arches 140# paper. The original size of the piece is 10″ × 14″.

After several years, I finally learned that these spoons are Welsh Love Spoons so I changed the titles of the pieces. Artist Jean Haines noticed them and let me know their origins.

7th Place Finisher in Metallic Utensils challenge.
6th Place Finisher in Spooning challenge.
4th Place Finisher in Born In February challenge.
Featured in Painters in Modern Times 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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  • Tigerspace
    Tigerspaceover 5 years ago

    Stunning artwork!

  • Thank you. Your comments are inspiring.

    – Ken Powers

  • lilylive
    lilyliveover 5 years ago

    great detail & realistic colours, kudos on the result Ken! watercolour is a difficult medium. ~lily

  • Thank you very much. I painted a couple of these and I think this is my favorite one. Thanks for the comments.

    – Ken Powers

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 5 years ago

    beautiful work, love the shadow detail

  • Thank you very much. I have been studying shadows and highlights and their interaction with each other over the course of the last couple years.

    – Ken Powers

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 5 years ago

    Superb and successful result, Tom. As you say, a difficult subject to attempt. I don’t think I’m up to that yet, as still life leaves little room for error. Excellent textures on both metal and bricks. And the shadows are just the right depth. Going into my faves. Adding yo to my watchlist of painters!

  • Thanks Colin! I appreciate your encouragement.

    – Ken Powers

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 5 years ago

    Opps sorry Ken, not sure where ‘Tom’ came from!

  • That’s okay! Where I am from if a person’s name has three letters, we just string the closest together and that’s what they’re called. I have answered to Jim, Dan, and Jon before as well as lkj, wer, ouf, and wdf. :) Have a great day and thanks for leaving encouraging comments.

    – Ken Powers

  • Donovyn
    Donovynover 5 years ago

    Fantastic work mate!

  • Thanks! I can’t believe it took me so long to find out what this was.

    – Ken Powers

  • EarthquakeBee
    EarthquakeBeeabout 5 years ago

    Ken that is a superb watercolour, you can feel the rust on that Love Spoon :)

  • Thanks a lot! I am kinda partial to the old rusty love spoon!

    – Ken Powers

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beabout 5 years ago

  • Cool! That is great news!

    – Ken Powers

  • Christine Oakley
    Christine Oakleyabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your top ten placing!

  • Thank you very much! You are too kind!

    – Ken Powers

  • Monroefifi
    Monroefifiover 4 years ago

    I am riveted by your work..every time I come across one in a search I am just drawn into the warm colors and light..I absolutely love your art..great subject matter to!!

  • You are too kind! I really am drawn to the subdued warm colors of the old natural pigment paints. They also are not shiny and have a chalky sheen.

    – Ken Powers

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