February 20, 2011

Found Art

Watercolor - Possibly Portugal Scene?

Coordinating Fabric

Fabric
Unframed Oil on Canvas
On a recent trip to Langley, WA (where my folks reside), my friend Ann and I went on our usual thrift store digs.  There are some wonderful thrift stores on the island and although we don't always find items to bring home, this visit was a slam dunk.

I love to rummage through the art area, grabbing anything that catches my eye. With Ann and/or my mom in tow,  I can benefit from their discerning eye(s). 

How do you like my recent finds? A beautiful framed watercolor, possibly a scene from Portugal ($14.00). As well as an unframed oil painting on canvas ($10.00). This painting is in great condition. A gentle cleaning to remove the dust and it was ready to hang.

As an added bonus, we stopped by a fantastic fabric store:  Wholesale Decorator Fabrics in Freeland. The owner, Ann Flynn, stocks high end upholstery and decorator fabrics at rock bottom prices. Her selection is beautiful, unique and affordable. I couldn't resist the striped canvas and coordinating twill. Not sure what I will make yet, but how great do they coordinate with the colors in the painting?

What art treasures have you scored at thrift stores?

3 comments:

Shannon said...

Love your frugal shopping finds. The art always makes me wonder about the story behind it? I "collect" fabric too before I know what it will turn into. I have had to temper my fabric hoarding tendencies because I don't have anymore room to store it.

Simply Brookes: said...

love your art finds, H. You definitely have an eye.

Mrs. Jones said...

I love that watercolor! I haven't found any good art but I did find a huge pottery barn natural fiber rug and a brand new down comforter. Got each for $10. Yay!