My father is a painter and I grew up around a number of artists of all kinds. My home town, St. Louis, has a great art museum, when I lived there was free. It sponsored wonderful exhibits including Van Gogh and Matisse. I spend a lot of time visiting local galleries to take in the creations of such talented artists. But, collecting original art is out of my budget. Or is it?
See what I picked up recently at an estate sale for . . .
$2.50! It is a water color by a local Oregon artist of a scene in the Cascades Mts.
Or how about this one from the same sale:
I found this next piece at an estate sale about 2 years ago. It was a crowded sale, but I got in early and found it in one of the bedrooms lying on a bed full of stuff. It was quite a bit more . . . $15! As I carried it through the sale, other people commented on it and remarked what a nice piece.
This is another Oregon artist and is a wood block print of one of the coastal trees along the beach. The artist is known as a painter and printmaker.
Soon to be expanded, I hope. I am always looking for the right piece and the right cheap price! Let me know if you have any special original art finds.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I found this wonderful stencil booklet for $1.50 at a locally owned art supply store. I grabbed most of what they had in stock. I kept one and gave the others away. I knew I could use them somewhere. I soon realized it would be great to have a Chinese greeting at the exterior front door. And, it turned out above the mailbox was the best choice.
I love the original brass mailbox slot with years of patina.
I selected two chinese characters from the above booklet.
Long Life Happiness
I used some of our black trim paint and added these welcoming symbols above the mail box.
Since the house has cedar shake siding, I was not able to keep the stencil perfectly flat when applying the paint. There was some bleeding of the black paint which I had to cover with the exterior house paint. I used a craft paint brush to dab and cover over the out-of-place black paint.
It adds a little extra to the entrance. Something different yet does not change the original character of the house.
Here is the view of the front door. (Yes, I am in the middle of stripping the front door! It is going slowly! I am not crazy about the paint stripper I am using. Any suggestions for an effective stripper that is not TOO toxic?) Someday, I hope to show the whole redone entrance but could not wait to share the mailbox compliment. It was a cheap and easy project I am very pleased with.
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