Welcome to the Blog today, Friends. I am a big water color painting fan and when I’m in a Thrift Store I always look through the paintings to see what’s on offer. Last Fall I was redecorating the den and looking for some art that would work in that room. I rediscovered this painting by Detlev Nitschke a German artist who painted scenes from Europe as he traveled from place to place. He loved the Plein-Air style which is painting in situ. He opened a studio in 1969 in Berlin to sell his work. He was influenced by American Impressionists and you can see some of that influence in the work above. These paintings are little snippets of life and architecture. You can see a Gondolier and a typical Venetian bridge front and center. A man is crossing the bridge perhaps on his way to work. On the left a woman takes her child to school and someone is bringing their daily shopping home.
I love the reflections of light in the water and the moment in time that the artist is able to depict. So what should you look for in a piece of thrifted art. First, you should like the art work. I loved this painting and the subject matter although I must confess that I did not hang it immediately. In fact, it sat in a stack of art work for some time before being chosen for the wall.
Second, I like original art. I’d rather buy a water color or an oil instead of a print. Having an original created by an artist adds an extra something to the art work.
Look at the framing to determine whether you can hang the piece immediately or have to reframe it. Reframing can add significantly to the cost of the piece.
Research the art work you are thinking of purchasing. I always put the art in my basket and then go online to see if I can find the artist. If it’s in your basket, you have time to make a decision about purchasing without worrying someone else will take the piece.
We all like to find a hidden treasure but that happens rarely so don’t count on it. Buy because you like the subject matter, the framing, the colors, or the size. It’s unlikely you will find a lost DaVinci. However, having said that, when we researched this painting we found that this artist sells well and water colors of this size with a popular subject matter sell for between $200 and $1,100. For an exact price you would need an appraisal, of course. Still not too bad for a $3-$5 purchase.
This painting is in a simple black frame that sets off the colors nicely. We like to show the name of the painting and the artist when possible.
This painting is on a wall space all by itself but grouped with other original paintings in the same color palate. All are Thrift Store finds. Purchasing Thrift Store art can be fun and rewarding and helps you stay in your decorating budget.
Today, I was supposed to participate in a Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog put together by the talented Rita of Panoply, https://wvpanoply.blogspot.com/2023/11/harvest-of-thanks-tablescape.html
Unfortunately due to my husbands emergency surgery I was unable to participate. However, I will be enjoying the Blog Hop and encourage everyone to join Rita and the other creative bloggers for some great Thanksgiving ideas.