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I hadn’t painted for a while due to many family commitments but saw these skates at one of my favorite local pubs and couldn’t resist doing my rendition of them. For some reason this subject really appealed to me even though I have never been ice skating in my life. It is amazing what you can find when you are searching out a pint. The original is 10″×14″ and is painted on Arches Cold-Pressed watercolor paper using 18th century reproduction watercolor paints. The combination of paints and paper lends for interesting textures in the piece.

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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  • JCailliau
    JCailliaualmost 5 years ago

    Oh this brings back the memories Ken, I used to have a pair just like these growing up in the midwest. Great work, am going to have to find out more about these paints, wonderful affects…

  • Thanks Joan! I was really drawn to these for some reason. As for these paints, I absolutely love them. I am their biggest fan! Give ’em a try!

    – Ken Powers

  • danamh40
    danamh40almost 5 years ago

    Fantastic job! Ice skating is so much fun…if I only knew how to stop. I usually just slam into the boards and call it a day! :oD

  • Thanks Dana! That sounds about how I picture doing it! I will still have to try it sometime.

    – Ken Powers

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 5 years ago

    These are wonderful Ken, & your attention to detail on the skates is superb. Great job on the laces & eyelets especially. You may not have painted in a long while but you certainly didn’t forget how.

  • Thanks Marsha! This one seemed to just fall into place!

    – Ken Powers

  • bernzweig
    bernzweigalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful job Ken – a very strong composition that you handled with a delicate effect. And the shadows are super.

  • Thank you very much! I have to get back into the swing of things after my brief hiatus!

    – Ken Powers

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonalmost 5 years ago

    Magnificent work as always Ken.

  • Thanks Lynda!

    – Ken Powers

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 5 years ago

    brilliant watercolour Ken.. great detail!

  • Thanks Linda! I have to get my painting chops working again after my couple month break.

    – Ken Powers

  • Sharon Williamson
    Sharon Williamsonalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely painting, nice textures going on.

  • Thanks Sharon! I am still working out the kinks after my couple month break from painting.

    – Ken Powers

  • kamaljeet kaur
    kamaljeet kaurover 4 years ago

    Fav… the shadows and details… well done Ken :)

  • Thanks Kamal! I really like this one for some reason.

    – Ken Powers

  • AngelaLegge
    AngelaLeggeover 4 years ago

    This turned out well Ken, it brings back great memories of Ice skating at a local skating ring (too hot in Queensland otherwise)…Cheers Ange

  • Thanks Ange! These just caught my eye and I couldn’t resist painting them. Fun stuff!

    – Ken Powers

  • LuciaM
    LuciaMover 4 years ago

    Ken this is wonderful. I would recognize your palette and subject matter any where.
    Good luck with challenge.
    Lucia :)

  • Thanks Lucia! One of these days I am going to have to get a bit more creative with my palette. Too busy today though! :)

    – Ken Powers

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