Self-taught Artist Painting

I scour thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets for my treasures. It’s an addiction. I get a lot of gratification. Particularly when I come across paintings. Paintings that somebody lovingly, carefully painted. They’re thought out and coming from a place of passion and energy. If they’re good. I enjoy them more than slick reproduced art bought at a big store. Now, if I was loaded I’d be buying myself Picasso’s or Basquiat’s, but sadly I am not, so these are lovely acceptable substitutes. Check out my store to see what I have for sale right now. More will be coming in the near future.


SUPER SALE 20% OFF Everything in Store

Super Sonic Sale starts today thru – when I decide to end it.

20% off everything in store, which would make everything $20 instead of $25

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Ranches and Rainbows – School Book Reader 1959

Here is the last of the 4 books I bought at the thrift store the other day. It was written in 1959 by Odille Ousley. A Ginn Basic Reader.

“Foruth book in a series of Enrichment Readers, written at second-reader level. It follows the basic Second Reader, and precedes the basic Third Reader. Illustrations by: Peter Burchard, Bruno Frost, Ed Gordon, Paul Granger, Allen Johnson, Cynthia Koehler, Marie Nonnast, Tommy Shoemaker, and George Withers.

Ginn and Co., 1959. Hard pictorial cover, 6-1/4 inches wide by 8-1/2 inches tall, 191 pages.” –

Very good condition, though not one of the more interesting readers I have in my collection.


Frye’s Grammar School Geography 1902 Michigan & Wisconsin

Yeah, this one was probably a mistake. REALLY messed up condition. Some of these pictures were so cool, but not that many, and I don’t think I can frame them. I did call the Milwaukee Public Library yesterday to see if they were interested the book I blogged about yesterday, and they gave me a number to call, and I am too nervous to call, but I will call next week. Any idea’s what to do with this book?


1891 Welch’s System of Classification, Gradation and Close Supervision

“Consisting of Permanent Record and Duplicate Reports”

This was another of the books I bought at the thrift store the other day. It is very old, it is in pretty bad condition. The cover is marbled, but very faded and banged up. It is still bound, but barely. I loved how old it was, and the handwriting, and that it is a record of students over 100 years ago. Do you think a library would want something like this or is it considered trash? I think I will call and find out.


Procured Lately

GWEN FROSTIC made this beautiful book on a letter press:

1958. She is a member of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and has a beautiful studio in upper Michigan, which has a shop a conservatory.  She passed away in 2001. I found this book at the thrift store, in the “antique” area. I bought 3 other old books, and not sure I should have because the condition goes from OK to terrible. I will be posting these the next few days and you can see what you think.


Some Ennui, Some New Books

Sigh, so even thought I have been keeping up with my etsy sight, I have nothing new. In a “creative funk”. Presidential election years always do that to me. I just don’t understand how people can look at the same problem and come up with radically different ways of understanding it.

But these new books cheered me up a bit. Wouldn’t it be great to frame some astronaut illustrations?! This GI Joe book is great for that.

And you know I love cats, right? Crazy Cat Lady. Well I found this great book, though I have to admit it gives me pause (paws) because it states that they used real cats and when this book was made there wasn’t photoshop and you really can see how miserable the cats look. Hopefully it was a short experience for them, because the pictures, the colors are so great.

Lastly is a print from the artist Dan Morton. He does a lot of comic stuff, space stuff, girlie stuff. I like this print and have a few more I will frame very soon.

I need a jolt. Some electro shock. I need to get to work.!