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Robert Castner Color Drawing of Dasies
I found this drawing at one of the thrift stores near my work. It is a drawing with some sort of colored pencil. I don’t think it is pastel. I think it might be watercolor pencil. The drawing is about 10″ x 13″ and was framed and matted. It is signed Robert I. Castner or maybe Robert L. Castner. It cost me $7. There is a sticker on the back of the frame: Lake Country Gallery, 3944 Mooresville Festival, Mooresvilles, NC 28117, (704) 664-5022. I don’t know if the drawing was sold there, or maybe just framed there. I haven’t been able to find anything on the artist.

Robert Castner Color Drawing of Dasies Signature

Antique Picture Frame with peeling paint

Antique Picture Frame with peeling paint showing gold

I bought this old frame today at a Goodwill for $3. It is made to hold a 14.25″ x 18″ picture. At some point it was painted over with brown paint, probably house paint, much of which has peeled off, leaving mostly bare wood. There is some gold color exposed under the peeling brown paint. Not sure it is was gilded, or was just painted gold. I am pretty sure it is paint. I used my multi-tester to see if the gold was conductive, but it didn’t seem to be. It should be pretty easy to clean up. Strip the old paint off. Then I will glue the corners which are a little loose. Then either paint it, maybe use gold leaf. Other than the paint, the frame is in pretty good shape.

White With Gold Trim Antique Picture Frame

White With Gold Trim Antique Picture Frame Corner

I visited a thrift store that was going out of busines. Everything was 50% off. I found this antique picture frame along with another. The other antique picture frame was was priced at $11.99. With 50% off it was only $6. This one wasn’t priced. I asked how much it was, and the manager told the clerk to price it at $5.99. So this frame only cost me $3. It’s not in as good of condition as the other, but I think it is older. It was built to hold a 21″ x 21.5″ painting. The worst part of this frame is the paint along the top edge.

Gold Colored Antique Picture Frame

With one of my favorite thrift stores closing, I stopped in to see if they had lowered the discount from 50% to maybe 75%. No such luck. But I browsed the paintings to see if anything jumped out at me. Nothing new. The monoprint that I had been eyeing sold. Oh well. I did buy a couple antique picture frames. I had seen them before and not bought them. But this time, I decided to buy them. This one was priced at $11.99. But with the 50% off, it was only $6. It is made to hold a 20″ x 24″ painting. Overall, it’s in pretty good shape. One corner is dinged. I have no idea how old it is. There were a lot of very rich millionaires in this area at one point. I wouldn’t be surpised to see some very old, very valuable antique picture frames show up now and then.

Dot Telis Pastel Milkin' Time
This the second of two paintings I bought today. I found them both at a thrift store near my work. The painting is pastel on board and is signed “D Telis”. But on the back of the painting is a small piece of the paper with the name “Dot Telis”. There was also writing on the back of the framed painting. It listed the title as Milkin’ Time. And had the artist’s name, address and phone number: “D. Telis, Angle Rd, West Seneca, NR4-3536″. With a phone number with letters like that, it had to have been painted in the 1970’s or earlier. The scene is very nice with a young girl walking from the barn in the early morning just before the sunrise. This painting cost me $8.98. It measures 20″ x 26″.

Dot Telis Pastel Milkin’ Time close up on girl

Ricardo Sacristan Watercolor Santillana Del Mar (Santander, Spain)

I spent my lunch hour in a thrift store near my work looking for books. But while I was there, I checked for paintings. I had just been in there a couple days ago, found nothing. I have been in this store many times, and am used to seeing pretty much the same cheap prints all the time. But today I got lucky and found two nice paintings. I thought this painting may have been painted in Mexico by the look of it. I bought it for $10.96. I couldn’t read the signature as it was partially covered by the matting. I removed the painting from the frame and was able to see the whole signature. But I still couldn’t read it.

Ricardo Sacristan Watercolor Santillana Del Mar signature
Fortunately, there was writing on the back of the painting. The artist’s name is Ricardo Sacristan and I found him listed on several art sites. He was born in 1921 and died in 1981 and lived in Spain. Apparently the title of the painting is Santillana Del Mar (Santander) which is the town freatured in the painting. It is watercolor on board. The painting measures 14″ x 20″. It’s an interesting painting. I am not sure when it was painted. The scene in the painting apears to show chickens, a donkey or burro, and it looks like dirt and weeds. I found a photo of the town, and this whole area is paved with stones or bricks. So maybe when it was painted, it wasn’t. Or the artist painted it how it might have been before.
Ricardo Sacristan Watercolor Santillana Del Mar (Santander, Spain) label

Antique Picture Frame
I found this antique picture frame today at the thrift store near my work for only $5. It is actually kind of small and odd sized, made to accomodate a 7.75″ x 10″ painting. The picture in the frame is just a picture that someone cut out of a book. I bought this for the frame. Not sure what I will do with it, but I am sure I will find something. Just couldn’t pass it up for $5.

Serig Watercolor/Acrylic Painting of Park With Purple SkyI was out hitting thrift stores today looking for books and paintings. I found a few original paintings, but they weren’t very good. At the last thrift store I visited, I saw this painting. The paintings at this place are priced higher than most of the thrift stores I visit. But I looked anyway. Many of the pictures they have are prints. And most of the originals are kind of ugly. There is one painting of an owl that is interesting, but it is priced $200.
But I saw this painting and liked it…a lot. It was priced at $30 which is more than I like to pay for my thrift store paintings. I snapped a photo, and decided to check out the artist. I drove to a newarby wifi hotspot and did a search for  the artist “Serig” but couldn’t find anything definitive. I decided to go home and do some more research. I drove a little ways towards home, and turned around. I knew it was going to haunt me if I didn’t buy it. And the store is only open a few days a week, so I wasn’t sure when I would have an opportunity to come back. And it might be gone. So I bought it. I kept looking at it under my loupe to make sure it wasn’t a print. I was able to see some texture of the paint strokes where the acrylic was used. But it just looked so nice, like a painting that might be used on a poster for an art exhibit or something. The guy at the thrift store said he didn’t know anything about the artist, but that the painting came from the estate of an artist named Maura Marsh.
This painting was painted with acrylic paint. To me it looks like it’s maybe a park. It sort of looks like park benches under the trees. And then there is the purple sky. The whole painting is made up of simple dabs and strokes of paint. Very colorful. And is that a row of ducks crossing the path? And maybe a person sitting on the bench at the left? Maybe reading a newspaper? It seems to have a Vincent Van Gogh/Claude Monet feel to it…   The style is very similar to some of the paintings done by Andre Derain. I think the style is called “fauvism”. This has instantly become one of my favorite paintings that I own.
The painting is framed an matted very nicely. The exposed portion is 17″ x 23″, so I am guessing the painting is actually 18″ x 24″. The frame is 21″ x 27″. I just love this painting! I wish I knew about the artist. What else have they done? I googled the name Serig, and found a Dan Serig who I thought might be the artist of this painting. This is the reply that I got.
Hi Rob,

My goodness. Yes, I’m the artist. There’s quite a story behind it. It is, indeed, acrylic. I painted it on-site in Paris in 2000 in Place des Vosges park. I was there for a summer while I was teaching art at an international school in Shanghai, China. I gave that particular painting to Maura Marsh (from whose estate the store owner described). Maura was a dear friend of mine in Shanghai. She was, among many things, a weaver. She worked with my students. Her husband was on the board of our school. Unfortunately, Maura passed away.
You got a good deal. Similar paintings from that summer were sold for between $500-$1500. I am grateful that you have given it a good, new home and are taking care of it. That summer was a big leap back into my own art practice. Since then, I’ve had several shows, although my work is much more abstract – but still with a focus on line/stroke. I earned my doctorate in art and art education from Teachers College-Columbia University, and I am now a tenured professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
You now own a piece from a seminal summer in my development as an artist and art educator. I hope it brings you years of enjoyment.

Best regards,
How cool! I found pictures of the Place des Vosges Park, and see the details of what is in the painting. I now know that those are roof tops just above the trees. It is nice to know the story behind the painting and to know a little bit about the artist. I am always curious about the people behind the paintings that I buy. Thank you Dan for responding! I am happy to own one of your paintings.
Serig Watercolor/Acrylic Painting of Park With Purple Sky signature

Jean S LeLoup watercolor Wood's Cottage with frame
Jean S LeLoup watercolor Wood's Cottage
This is the second of two paintings that I found and bought yesterday. One of the my favorite thrift stores is going out of business and had everything 50% off. This watercolor painting by Jean S. LeLoup was priced at $9.99, so with half off, it only cost me $5. The painting is loose from the mat, so I will have to open it up, and redo it. I have some acid-free hinge tape. This painting smaller than many I find at about 9″ x 12″. Even framed and matted it’s only 13.5″ x 17″. The painting is signed J.S. LeLoup, but she had a business card attached to the back with her full name. “Wood’s Cottage” is written on the card, so I am assuming that is the title. Does that mean that it is a cottage in the woods, or is there a person named Wood, and this is their cottage? There is a phone number on the card, and according to the area code/prefix, it is in Latham, NY.
Jean S LeLoup watercolor Wood's Cottage signature

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