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R. Thornton Watercolor/Gouache Painting Of Cottage and Girl With Ducks

I found this painting while visiting thrift stores in Buffalo, NY. At first, I thought it was a print, but after looking at it with my loupe, I realized it was an original. The painting is watercolor with gouache. It is framed and matted, but the visible portion of the painting measures about 21″ x 29.5″. This painting is larger than most of the others I have seen listed as being by this artist. I haven’t  found a ton of information about the artist. What I have found suggests he is a British artist that painted from the last decade of the 1800’s through early 1900’s. So this painting could be 100 years old. The painting was priced at $25. But due to the color of the tag was half off, so I only paid $12.50 plus tax. I have found listings of his paintings being sold at auction on one site for up to $875. And found one of his paintings sold at Christie’s, East for $2000.

Martha B McFall Painting Near Franconia Notch, White Mountains, NH


I found this painting at a thrift store today for $5. I love it. It’s most likely acrylic, but might be oil. The artist was Martha B. McFall. The painting is dated 1979. On the back of the frame are some notes: “Impressions: White Mts, NH (near Franconia Notch) Fall”  also “Best In Show, 1st Prize, Long Ridge ’79.” The painting measures 30″ x 36″. I did a search and found a Martha B. McFall (December 11, 1918 – June 19, 2008) who lived in Walworth, NY. I believe she was the same Martha B. McFall. The painting style reminds me of Paul Cezanne.

Impressionist Painting Of House And Trees

I found this painting at a Salvation Army for $8. There is no signature. My guess is it was done as a decorative painting, or by an amateur painter. But I like it. The painting is on a 24″ x 36″ canvas and came in a frame. There is a small hole in the canvas where a nail came through from someone trying to secure the painting in the frame. Not sure if it was done in oil or acrylic.

W. Metzler Watercolor Painting with River, Trees and Colorful Flowers

This is the second of two paintings by W. Metzler that I found at a Goodwill in Buffalo, NY. They were $12 apiece. But I had $5 off as well. They appear to be watercolor and maybe some acrylic paint on paper. They came framed and double matted. The painting measures about about 17″ X 23″.

W. Metzler Watercolor Painting with Lake, Trees and Colorful Flowers

This is one of two paintings by W. Metzler that I found at a Goodwill in Buffalo, NY. The paintings each cost $12, but I had $5 off. It appears to be watercolor and maybe some acrylic paint on paper. If came framed and double matted. The painting measures about about 17″ X 23″.

Susan Lowans Watercolor Painting Pink Begonias

I found this painting at a Goodwill store for $7. It came matted and framed. The painting is signed S. Lowans. There is a card on the back labelling the painting as Pink Begonias. It also lists the artist’s name as S. Lowans. But searching the phone number on cards, I found a listing for a Susan H. Lowans. The card states “courtesy of Roselawn Galleries.” The phone number has an older area code, so this was painted a while back. I couldn’t find much about the artist other than she was local to the Rochester Area. It’s a very pretty painting. I like it. For some reason, I am reminded of Georgia O’Keeffe, but I don’t know why. I am thinking it’s the subtle shading of the flowers. With the skill of this painting, I am surprised I haven’t been able to find out more about the artist. She is obviously very talented.

Willie Lee Atkyns oil painting "Old Sentinel Tree" Dismal Swamp, VA

I found this painting today at a Savers thrift store for $15. The painting is oil on board and measures 27″ x 19″. The painting is signed ATKYNS, but the artist’s name is on the back as Lee Atkyns. The painting isn’t dated that I see. It had to be painted before 1968. He was also known as Willie Lee Atkyns Jr. Atkyns was born in 1913, in Washington, D.C. and passed away in 1987, in Duncansville, PA. He had his debut as an artist in 1941 in New York. In 1945 he started teaching at a school he established in Washington, DC. He won many awards, and had his artwork displayed in museums, galleries and public buildings. The painting came in a what looks like a pretty old frame.
This painting was apparently exhibited at the Academy Gallery at 102 East Franklin St, Richmond VA, on April 9th (year unknown). Atkyns lists his address as 4712 Wisconsin Ave, Washington D.C.. So it had to have been painted prior to 1968 when he moved to Puzzletown, PA.
Also written on the bottom back of the frame is “Lull Before The Storm”, but I think this may have been from a previous painting.

Exhibit card from Willie Lee Atkyns oil painting "Old Sentinel Tree" Dismal Swamp, VA

Vivian Ripley pastel painting of trees in snow

While visiting Columbus Ohio, I managed to visit some of the local thrift stores. I found this painting at a Goodwill store for $25. It was nicely matted and framed.The hanger wire on the back broke, but that will be easy to replace. The painting itself is about 19″ x 25″. The painting is by Vivian Ripley, an artist from Columbus. I really liked her use of pastel in the painting.

K. Wolf Webb Watercolor Painting Summer Egret 1968
I went out for a bike ride at lunch from work. I stopped in at a couple thrift stores including a Goodwill store. I found this painting which I really liked. But I had forgotten my loupe, so I wasn’t sure if it was an original, or a print. Looking at it, I thought it was an original. It looked like pencil parks among the watercolor paint. So I rode back to work, changed clothes, and headed back to the Goodwill hoping the painting was still there. It was. I looked at it under the loupe, and sure enough, it wasn’t a print. Yay! I bought it for $18.  On the front written in pencil is the the title of the painting “Summer Egret”, along with the artist’s signature K Wolf Webb and a date 1968. Pretty cool that this painting is almost 45 years old.  The card on the back lists the artist’s name as K Wolf Webb from Charlotte, NC. There is a price listed of $400 plus $50 for the frame. The painting is 21 inches by 29 inches. Great deal! I contacted the artist whose full name is Katherine Wolf Webb. She painted this in 1968 as part of a series of paintings of egrets for a show at Boston College. I really like this painting. It is among my favorite thrift store art finds!

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

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