I always keep an eye out for good art when I'm thrifting, but usually I'm sorely disappointed. You would think with my background in art study I would have more around the house, but buying art from galleries is intimidating and expensive. Then I never get to making my own. Shannon, my good friend of 8foot6 fame, has a wonderful eye for art. She turned me onto Ebay as a good source and gave me some pointers on the keys of aquiring affordable art. And a small collection is born.
A gallery wall has popped up in the dining room. I came to the realization that I am into loose and abstracted plein air landcape paintings and starting a California inspired collection seemed to make sense from a meaningful standpoint. The still life and eucalyptus by Kevin Yuen. The desert landscape by Rod Lingren.
Two more small canvases by the same artist, Jose Trujillo, look bigger in matching matted 11x17 frames.
In my bedroom I happened to stumble on this great abstract canvas in a Brooklyn thrift store for $6. I know, I just said that never happens to me. The proportions are just right, the colors are quite soothing, and I like to think that since it was a shop near Pratt Art Institute, its a student's rejected piece. An artist that will go on to be great.