adventures in thrifting 3 : art and frames

i like weird little pieces of art, which is fortunate for me because that's what you tend to find in terms of art when you're thrifting.

this little original painting is one of my favorite pieces, and it was a freebie, as in i found it slipped between the pages of an old book i thrifted.  that was a pleasant surprise.  i love the simple color blocking, and the tones are just right.

here's a funny little water color and ink cafe' scene that hangs with two other little architectural pieces (below) in my half bath.  i really need to have it re-matted.

an original wood block press of notre dame.

i didn't find this one of the spanish steps.  i stole it from my mom.  thanks, mom.

these are my other two favorites.  i wanted something paint-by-numbers (yes, i know.  totally trendy, but there's a reason these are trendy.  cuz' they're awesome) but not the typical seascape or landscape.  something else.  i wasn't sure what, and i wanted it to go well in my family room, which has greens and oranges.  whoa, is that just what i found!  it's not often that you can be that particular when you're thrifting, but i lucked out in this one.  
i just had to keep my eyes open.

aren't they sweeeet?  i actually like the color of the frames, but they are so so cheap and the paintings need to be matted or mounted properly.  the thing that cracks me up is that whoever painted these must have been really anxious to get them up on the wall.  they put them under the glass while the paint was still a tidge wet!  that's something i would do.  i'm too impatient to pay close attention to the finishing details.

a print of san francisco.

some funny little gilded birdy plaques.

this one wasn't thrifted either.  it was my grandma's.  some sort of mixed media screen printed/painted thing.  this is missy, one of her siamese cats.  any one of them, since they were all named missy.

i'm waiting to find the perfect oil painting to put in this frame.
patience, my dear.  patience.

these were brass and i sprayed them to match the mirror i put in nik's room.  they're kind of fun.

i have quite a few other art pieces and frames, but i grow weary of this post.


Anonymous said...

The first one is gorgeous! Am I mistaken, or is it Quebec City?

pillingfamily said...

i wish i knew what it is.

emily said...

Hey Elizabeth, it was great seeing you browsin' the "G-dubs" last night. Loved the prints and frames! I did get a "find" myself. Keep up your awesome talent!