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Old Oil Painting Pink And White Flowers In Vase with frame

I found this oil painting today at a thrift store for $5. It’s oil on stretched canvas. The canvas is 14″ x 17″, and it came in this frame. I believe this painting may possibly date to the 19th century. Everything looks very old. There is no signature that I can see. There is some subtle paint chipping. The frame has minor damage also. For $5, I think it is incredibly cool to own a painting over 100 years old and from a couple centuries ago.

Old Oil Painting Pink And White Flowers In Vase

Old Oil Painting Pink And White Flowers In Vase back
Those aren’t staples in the corner of the stretcher, but bent over nails.

Old Oil Painting Pink And White Flowers In Vase back close up

RB Watercolor Painting of Farm Yard

I found this painting last night a the Goodwill for $6. It’s watercolor on paper. It is dated ’62 (1962), but I can’t make out the artist’s name. The first initial is R, and the last name starts with B, maybe “Bl”. It’s hard to even make a guess. Maybe Bloom or Bloen? Maybe Bhoem or Bhoen?It’s a nice farm scene with a barns, houses, trees and a fence. The painting is watercolor on paper and measure 12″ x 18″.

RB Watercolor Painting of Farm Yard signature

Watercolor Painting of 1965 Downtown

I found this painting last night at my local Goodwill for $6. I can’t read the artist’s name. Actually it looks more like the artists initials. I still can’t read them. Maybe I will try an ultraviolet light to bright it out more. The painting was also dated ’65 (1965). It appears to be a downtown scene, but I don’t know where. The Sears building sort of remined me of the Sears building in downtown Seattle, but that building was larger. I found an old picture of a Sears buliding that was on Monroe Ave in Rochester, NY, and the building in the painting sort of looks like that. Also in the scene is an Esso gas station, cars and people. Painting is watercolor and measures 12″ x 16″.

Watercolor Painting of 1965 Downtown signature

L McKenna drawing of couple walking on a stone bridge
I found this drawing today at a Savers Thrift Store for $5. It is signed L. McKenna and is dated 5/98. It seems to be ink on paper, with some sort of coloring. There seems to also be a little bit of pencil or charcoal. There is a couple, maybe holding hands and they are on a stone bridge. The drawing is about 7″ x 7.5″ and came nicely matted and framed. I haven’t found anything about the artist.

J Moulin ink drawing of boats
I found this drawing at a thrift store about a week ago for $4. The signature looks like it is “J Moulin”. Not 100% positive on the last name though. It is also dated 1964. It was framed and matted, though the frame and mat could both be better. I haven’t been able to find anything about the artist. The drawing seems to be ink on paper and is about 10″ x 10″.

Alida Ali Meyer Watercolor Painting of Pink Flowers in a Vase

I found this painting today at the Goodwill thrift store near my work. It only cost $4. The painting measures about 13″ x 14″. It also came framed. I will probably need to reframe it in a larger frame and mat as it looks like the painting is in contact with the glass. It’s signed simply Ali.
After seeing another painting in a thrift store signed by Alida Meyer that I found interesting, I did a search on the artist. I found that she goes by Alida ‘Ali’ Meyer. And her current painting are signed simply Ali. And the signatures seem to match. So this painting was apparently done by Alida Ali Meyer. It also mayb not be watercolor at all. According to some information about her, she apparently thins acyrlic paint to the consistancy of watercolor paint. She is from Pittsford, NY and does “semi-abstract to very abstract” paintings.

Ali Watercolor Painting of Pink Flowers in a Vase signature

Susan Ryan Acrylic Painting Folk Arts Gallery

I spent the day visiting all the thrift stores around the Buffalo, NY area. I found this painting at a Goodwill for $12. I had to look at it VERY close under my 30x loupe. It was just so nicely done I thought it must be a print. But I could see the paint had texture. I wondered if it might be a screen print. But I decided it wasn’t when I fould a tiny brush stroke. I thought it was acrylic, but I found the artist and she said it was gouache, pen and ink. The painting is by Susan Ryan, and is of a Folk Arts Gallery in Santa Fe, NM which the artist visited in 1986-7. There is a cat out front walking on the fence. It is dated 1987. It must have taken a while to paint as the the paint strokes are all so tiny. She must have a very steady hand with tiny little brushes. The painting is 12″ x 15″, and was nicely double mattted and framed.
Susan Ryan has a website at

Picasso Serigraph of Eagle
I had seen this Picasso picture in the thrift store a few days ago. I generally don’t buy prints, but I liked it, and the framing job was done nicely. I originally thought it was an owl. When I got home, I searched google trying to find Picasso drawings of owls and birds, and mostly found dove pictures. I went back and snapped a photo of the picture, and then tried looking it up again. I decided it looked more like an eagle. I finally found one other example of this picture. It was a Goodwill auction for an unframed picture. It was described as a serigraph. When I went back to the store and took a closer look at the picture under my loupe, I could see the slightly raised ink. I figured out this was a serigraph (or screen printed picture). The picture is about 8″ x 8″ on paper. It’s done by Pablo Picasso and was dated 3.4.54 (3/4/1954). The bird in the picture looks like an eagle to me, but might be some other type of bird. I don’t know how old this print is, but the paper looks older with a slight tan tint to it. It was priced at $19.99, but was half off, so only cost me $10. The unframed picture in the Goodwill auction sold for $128.
I later found another one of these on an auction page described ‘pen and ink drawing of an eagle, 1954.  Signed “Picasso”, lower right, dated 3.4.54 upper right. Sight: 9  1/2″ x 7 1/2″‘ with an estimate of $800, but it was marked as *WITHDRAWN*. My guess is they figured out it wasn’t an original pen an ink drawing. Though $800 seems low for an original pen & ink drawing by Picasso.

This is information came from one of my readers (Thank you Janie!):
A company called Haloid Xerox worked to develop a photocopier and finally introduced the 914 to the market in New York City on September 16, 1959. This company, by 1961, changed its name to Xerox Corporation.

In 1963 Xerox put forth a commercial ad campaign to promote sales of the model 914. Xerox sent out copies of the owl/eagle drawing using the 914, to prospective buyers to show how realistic the copies could be. These reproductions were printed on “tan parchment-like paper”. Then the give-away copies were printed on plain paper.

In the past few years, some people have called this an owl – but I agree with you and the others on the web site, to describe it as an American eagle. Xerox called it an owl, but whether the ad person from New York knew the difference, who knows?
A copy of the ad can be seen here:–Which-is-the-Picasso_p_58488.html

Caroline C. Burnett Oil Painting Paris Street Scene

I found this painting today at the Savers thrift store for $7. I originally thought the signature read Barnetti. But after searching around, I stumbled upon paintings by an artist named Caroline C. Burnett. The signature is almost identical, and the subject matter and painting style are the same. Many of the paintings have the same buildings. And people walking, though the number of people varies from picture to picture. And some have trees, and some don’t. This painting has three people and one tree. It’s an oil painting on a piece of 8″x10″ wood panel. Now as to who Burnett is, I have no idea. I found the artist’s name listed on Artfact. But googling the name, I found MANY people seem to have paintings of Paris street scenes signed BURNETT. Someone posted that they have lived in Paris, and some of the scenes are bogus. So these paintings may be painted by a group of people for tourists. Maybe they are painted in China or Mexico. The frame says “HECHO EN MEXICO”, like so many of the people’s who have Caroline Burnett paintings. Maybe she really really exists and was a prolific painter.

Caroline C. Burnett signature from Paris street scene oil painting

Carl Burrows Acyrlic Painting of Fishermen in a Boat On The Ocean

I bought this and another painting each for $10 at a thrift store that is going out of business. Not sure where they are getting the paintings, but new ones keep showing up occasionally. They must have stuff stored away. I keep checking back. This painting was done with acrylic paint on an 18×24 piece of canvas covered cardboard. The artist’s name is signed as Carl Burrows and it is dated 71. It shows two fishermen in a row boat in the ocean surf.

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