This is a painting of some poorly plumbed hot water pipes at my work place. The piece is painted with Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paint on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper. The combination of large granule pigments with the course grained Arches paper creates some very interesting textures. The original size of the piece is 7″ × 5″.

2nd Place Finisher in Anything Man Made challenge.
6th Place Finisher in Most Unusual Close Up challenge.
Featured in Impressionism Cafe group in January 2010.
Featured in Water Media group in July 2009.
Featured in Painters in Modern Times group in August 2009.


ken, miscellaneous, old, pipe, plumbing, powers, rust, spigot, valve, water

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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  • The Scouts
    The Scoutsabout 5 years ago

    Excellent – I love paintings that are of mundane subjects. Your work is really nice – you may want to join the JUST Watercolor group and maybe Painters in Modern Times or Works on Paper.

  • Thank you very much. I am new to the site and will have to investigate these groups.

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 5 years ago

    I really love this painting – you captured the look of an old rusy pipe perfectly in texture & color. But it’s nearly impossible for me to choose a favorite of yours as each one is so well done……the Cast Iron Spoons for their rustic old look & for thoughts of simpler days, your Good & Evil for their intricacies, the Chucks that make me wonder where all they have trodden, Marsha’s Lock because of my vested interest & on & on it goes. You’ve certainly made this old world a better place by sharing your work with the rest of us. Thank You!

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much. I appreciate it greatly.

    – Ken Powers

  • Tama Blough
    Tama Bloughabout 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks Tama. I appreciate your feedback.

    – Ken Powers

  • AngielArtsagain
    AngielArtsagainabout 5 years ago

    It’s strange, but I always liked these older taps even as a child and fitting the parts together in my father shed…this is great work & congrats on the feature..well done!

  • Thank you very much. I have a fascination with older objects. I took a look at your work as well and it is stunning.

    – Ken Powers

  • Aquarelle
    Aquarellealmost 5 years ago

    This is stunning. To take an ordinary subject and turn it into a brillianlt colourful painting as you have takes talent and skill. Your use of shadows is fantastic in your body of work and I am really impressed by how you paint what you see so well with interesting colour combination and composition. Well done.

  • Thank you very much for your amazingly inspirational comments. I am continually striving to improve my compositional skills and my interpretation of shadow and highlight.

    – Ken Powers

  • mindbaby
    mindbabyalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks a lot James. You have some excellent work in your gallery as well. Keep it up.

    – Ken Powers

  • ys-eye
    ys-eyealmost 5 years ago

    Wow, very nice indeed! Thank you for adding this to the Public Utilities group! :)

  • Thank you very much. I enjoyed painting this one and contributing it to the Public Utilities group.

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Ken for this & all your other features in PiMT – a great accomplishment.

  • Thank you very much Marsha. It is definitely nice to know my work is on the right track.

    – Ken Powers

  • LuciaM
    LuciaMalmost 5 years ago

    Ken congratulations on this very well deserved Feature.

  • Thank you very much Lucia. This is one of the stranger pieces I have done but I like it a lot.

    – Ken Powers

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