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A Gallery of Art

You will always find framed art at garage sales, auctions, estate sales. Rarely do you find gems. Most of what you see is mass produced. I am talking about those rare gems that are one of a kind.

Here are a few I found recently...

This windmill oil painting by Ingried Ruge is amazing. The canvas is not in great shape. It is paper thin and you can easily see through it. I think the canvas might tear if you breathe on it. But the photo of this painting does not do it justice. I won the bid for this at an auction. The auctioneers were offering choice of about 15 framed, let's call them, images. I kept bidding on the first round because I didn't want to lose this one. The woman that was bidding against me won the next round and took one a mass produced one that I would not have ever chosen. I guess I shouldn't have been so worried that I would lose this.

Speaking of windmills, this original oil painting of a farm windmill caught my eye at the same auction. I wouldn't say it is great art, but I picked it up because the farmhouse look is so popular and I know this will sell in my booth.

You may remember this gem from a previous post. Always a good reminder that good things come in small packages.

The artwork below is a pastel drawing. I bought is several years ago at an auction. I couldn't afford much back then. I attended auctions then to furnish my apartment. I waited and waited before I bid on anything else so I could spend my budget on this. I can't even tell you why I love it so much, but I do. It hangs in my home to this day.

This one reminded me of traveling out west. It needs a little work. It is practically falling out of the Fram. It is also painted on board rather than canvas. The colors are amazing. I am still torn about painting the frame or leaving it in it's well-loved, scratched up state.

Keep you eyes peeled for these gems at garage sales, estate sales and auctions. None of these cost more than $35 (which is what I paid for my pastel). I think they fit in any modern home.

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