This old milk canister had been sitting around our house for years. We had no idea what we wanted to do with it so I thought I would add it to my collection of watercolor paintings. For some reason, I had the absolute worst time trying to get the blues in this piece to scan correctly. I have always had trouble scanning the Lapis Lazuli but this one was a particular nightmare. The piece is painted with a combination of Rublev 18th century reproduction watercolor paint and Daniel Smith Primatek paints on Arches 140# cold-pressed paper. The paper and paint combinations really create some interesting textural effects. The original piece is 10.25″×14″ in size.

Featured in Art of the Mundane group in January 2010.


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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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  • Tama Blough
    Tama Bloughalmost 5 years ago

    Very nice (as always) – the blending work in the can is especially masterful.

  • Thanks Tama! I appreciate your keen eye.

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 5 years ago

    It’s a good thing you didn’t throw this old can away – sure made a great painting. Everything from the rust on the can to the peeling paint to the shadows on the lapped siding looks great. Good job!!! I just know this one will get featured real soon.

  • Thanks Marsha! I love that old rusty stuff.

    – Ken Powers

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurralmost 5 years ago

    Great work as always Ken, lovely tones.

  • Thanks Gary! I appreciate it.

    – Ken Powers

  • bernzweig
    bernzweigalmost 5 years ago

    Great job Ken. I love the verigated texture of the canister. The older the item, the more interesting it is when painted!

  • Thanks! I really like the old textures that nature creates. It really does make objects more fun to paint that way.

    – Ken Powers

  • JennyArmitage
    JennyArmitagealmost 5 years ago

    Orange blue is my favorite primary set. This makes great use of them. As usual I love the shows.

  • I am with you on that one Jenny! I am an orange and blue fan as well.

    – Ken Powers

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 5 years ago

    great work Ken….the colours are spot on! love the lines and shadow and of course the detail you put in your paintings is fab.

  • Thanks Linda! I considered doing more with the foreground as well but I decided I didn’t want to detract from the subject.

    – Ken Powers

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Ken. The colour combinations are excellent.

  • Thank you Jim! I appreciate your keen eye.

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 5 years ago

    Not only do I agree with what everyone else is saying, but I think another key element to your paintings is that you always eliminate the clutter & hone in on what’s important. Less is more in most cases.

  • Thanks Marsha! Yes, I try to simplify things. With the two kids to take care of, I don’t have time to get too elaborate. Besides, I kinda like to hone in on and frame a specific subject.

    – Ken Powers

  • kamaljeet kaur
    kamaljeet kauralmost 5 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work………just love the shades you have used :)

  • Thanks Kamaljeet! This is a palette I really enjoy using.

    – Ken Powers

  • Pamela Plante
    Pamela Plantealmost 5 years ago

    The colors do compliment each other wonderfuly!

  • Thanks Pamela!

    – Ken Powers

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