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Paula Duwe Watercolor of Pink Irises with frame

I stopped at the Veterans Thrift store and saw a sign on the door saying 50% off. I asked if that was everything, and they said yes. I found two nice original watercolors. I had seen this one in there before, but it was priced higher than I wanted to spend. But it had been marked down to $29.99, and with 50% off, that was only $15. So I bought it. The painting is large, being about 22″ x 30″. Framed and matted it’s 28″ x 36″. The irises with pink, white and purple color are pretty.  The signature is simply “Paula”, but the artists full name and address is on the back. Paula Duwe’s address is listed as being in San Antonio, TX. There is also a small inscription by the artist and a date of 6/30/85. There is also a paper taped to the back from “River Art Group in La Villita-San Antonio’s Hidden Treasure”.

Paula Duwe Watercolor of Pink Irises

The bad news is that the reason for the 50% off, is that they are closing…
Paula Duwe Watercolor of Pink Irises signature

Pastel West Highland White Terrier with frame
I visited a Salvation Army store across town that I haven’t looked for paintings at before. They didn’t have a lot, but I found this pastel painting of a West Highland White Terrier (Westie). The frame is pretty nice, and the painting only cost me $5. I am guessing it was a custom painting of someone’s pet, but I don’t know. My inlaws have a Westie. They might like the painting. The painting measures 16″ x 20″. I can’t read the signature other than it starts with a M. Maybe “Mischa W”? Misuha? Dunno. It’s dated ’88 though. Cute dog!
Pastel West Highland White Terrier
Pastel West Highland White Terrier signature-I can't read it...

D.J. Guest-charcoal drawing of house with frame
D.J. Guest-charcoal drawing of houseD.J. Guest-charcoal drawing of house signatureOn my visit to the Savers Thrift Store today, I found this charcoal drawing for $9.99. But since it was Black Friday, I got 25% off, so it only cost $7.50. The drawing is signed “D.J. Guest”. I have not been able to find anything about the artist. The drawing is on 18″x24″ paper, framed and matted. I loved the detail. The artist even captured the snow on the ground. Very nice work.
I need to remove it from the frame, and reinstall it as it is really loose, and some of the nails are missing. I might also look at replacing the backing board with something acid free.

Hazel Taylor painting of house on country road with frame
Hazel Taylor painting of house on country road

I found this painting today at a Savers Thrift Store for $8.99. But since it was Black Friday, I got 25% off so it only cost $6.75. It’s signed H. Taylor. But there is an aged piece of paper on the back that lists the title as “November 1st (Once On Culver Rd)”. It also has the artist’s full name as Hazel Taylor, 403 S. Academy, Medina (NY). The painting is on homemade canvas board. The dimensions are an odd 17.75″ x 20.75″. The board came from an old Bendix Automatic Ironer sign. The frame also seems to be home made. I am not sure if it is an oil painting or acrylic. If I had to guess, I would say acrylic. The color choices are interesting.
I found a reference to a Miss Hazel Taylor in a 1925 Medina, NY newspaper. Sounds like maybe she was a teenager at this point. And I found a reference to a Hazel Taylor of Medina, NY being part of an exhibit of paintings in a 1953 Niagara Falls newspaper. This painting very well may date back to the 50s. It wouldn’t surprise me. The Bendix Automatic Ironer seems to be something from the 1940’s.
Hazel Taylor painting of house on country road (the back)

Hazel Taylor painting of house on country road signature

Scott J McLean/McLohn/Mclehn Oil Painting Eye Of An Elephant
I had seen this painting in the thrift shop for weeks. I thought it was some weird abstract. To be honest, it was probably not oriented like this, but was placed on it’s side, or even upside down for all I know. But on my visit to the thrift shop yesterday, I looked at it from a little ways a away and I saw it. Up close it looks like some wierd design. But when I stood back, I saw it was the eye of an elephant. How cool! I still didn’t buy it. But I kept thinking about it, and showed a snapshot of it to my wife and she liked it. So I went back today and bought it. It only cost $3 plus the gas I used to go buy it (the thrift shop is a little over 10 miles from my house).
The painting is 16″x20″ on canvas and I believe it is oil. I can see little cracks in the paint from drying. The signature is Scott J McL-something. It looks like McLohn, but could be McLehn or McLean or even something else. And it is dated 07.Scott J McLean/McLohn/Mclehn Oil Painting Eye Of An Elephant signature
Scott J McLean/McLohn/Mclehn Oil Painting Eye Of An Elephant signature
It appears this was painted over something else. I can see some patterns under the paint and a little color showing through the cracks in the paint.

Marg Stelzle Painting Winter Sleigh Ride with frame
I actually bought this painting for the frame. It seems like it is pretty old. I am thinking of playing around with restoring the frame. It only cost $10. The painting is signed Marg Stelzle. It’s 16″ x 20″ and I believe it’s acrylic. The painting doesn’t do much for me. Like I said, I bought it for the frame.
Marg Stelzle Painting Winter Sleigh Ride close

Conrow Painting Blue Town with frame
Conrow Painting Blue Town
This is the second of two Conrow paintings that I bought today. I found them both at a Savers thrift store, and they cost me $7 each. The other painting was dated 1971, but this one is not dated. But it might be from around the same time frame. Or not… The signatures are in a slightly different style. But I am pretty sure they are by the same person as I found the two paintings at the same time. I don’t know anything about Conrow. I googled “Conrow” and found a few artists with that name, but they were a completely different style. This painting is on canvas board and measures 18″x24″. I am thinking it was painted with acrylic paint.
Conrow Painting Blue Town signature

Conrow Painting Boats On Lake At Sunset
I found two paintings by Conrow at the Savers thrift store near my work. I don’t know the artist’s full name. I searched around for artists named Conrow, but the ones I found seemed to very different than these. So I am guessing this is a local artist. I saw the paintings yesterday, but didn’t buy them. I snapped photos so I could do some research, and also think about them. I showed the photos to my wife, and she liked this painting. The paintings were only $7 each, so I decided to buy them. Interestingly, this painting photographs very well and almost looks better than in person. The painting is 15″x30″ and is painted on canvas board. I am guessing it is acrylic paint. This painting is dated 1971.

Conrow Painting Boats On Lake At Sunset signature

Patterson oil painting of flowers in a vase with frame

Patterson oil painting of flowers in a vase
I stopped at several thrift stores today, and found two small oil paintings at a Salvation Army store. Both paintings were the same size, in indentical frames, and were of flowers in a vase. This is the second of the two paintings. It looks like it is signed “Patterson” or “Paterson”. It might be something else though.
Patterson oil painting of flowers in a vase signature
This painting is very small and measures 5″x7″ and is painted on canvas board. The frame is nice and measures 10″x12″. The other painting I found at the same store was by Robert Cox, which was the better of the two. So part of me is wondering if this painting was someone’s attempt to mimic the Robert Cox painting. I don’t know. I am sure they were both donated by the same person. The painting was marked at $1.99, but with the pink tag, it was half off, so it only cost me $1.00!

 

Robert Cox oil painting of flowers in a vase with frame
Robert Cox oil painting of flowers in a vase
I stopped at several thrift stores today, and found two small oil paintings at a Salvation Army store. Both paintings were the same size, in indentical frames, and were of flowers in a vase. The first of the two paintings was the nicer of the two, and is signed Robert Cox. When I first read the name, I thought it was “Robert Lox”, but after searching around google, I figured out Robert Lox is actually Robert Cox. Robert Cox oil painting of flowers in a vase signature
Robert Cox is a listed artist and was apparently a prolific painter during the 70’s. One site I found says that he was born in 1934, and died in 2001. Every example of his paintings that I could find were of flowers in a vase. Apparently this was his favorite subject. This painting is very small and measures 5″x7″ and is painted on canvas board. The frame is nice and measures 10″x12″. The painting was marked at $1.99, but with the pink tag, it was half off, so it only cost me $1.00!

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