I made another visit to the thrift store that is going out of busines, and mysteriously they had paintings out that they hadn’t had before. I found a couple nice paintings. They were priced at $19.99 but were half off. So they were $10 each. I really like this painting of flowers in a vase with some grapes. I believe it is acrylic. It is not signed on the front, but has the artist”s name on the back. The artist was Myrtle Kleckman. The title is listed as “Fall Bouquet”. It was done on 18×24 inch canvas covered cardboard. It was already framed.
I had been eying this painting at a local Goodwill store for a while. But I didn’t want to pay the $6.99. But I thought that when the green tags went on sale, I might buy it if it was still there. This week the green tags went on sale, so I bought it for $3.50. It is a watercolor painting on a 7.5 inch by 9.5 inch piece of cardboard done by Georgia S Armstrong. If came matted and framed. But the painting is floating on the mat, and is in contact with the glass. I plan the cut a new mat for it.
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″.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.