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37 thoughts on “I buy old thrift store paintings and add to them. Here is Breaking Cover

  1. Four years ago, I told my son about how some people did this, painting figures like Mario into thrift store paintings. We were browsing through the oversized paintings at our local thrift shop, imagining how they could be “improved.” I stopped at the next painting because it was different. It was an oil painting made with a pallete knives. Done very quickly and skillfully. It depicted a boat and a woman in a wrap dress on the beach at a tropical locale, maybe Tahiti. On the back was the artist’s name: [Paul Blaine Henrie](https://www.ebay.com/b/Paul-Blaine-Henrie-In-Art-Paintings/551/bn_7022281233) along with a weird poem that just might have been made when the artist was a bit drunk.

    Best $28 I ever spent! I went back to the thrift shop a couple of months later and told the clerk that I found out it was worth around $1K. Three weeks later I returned to the store and there were lines to look in the painting bins! Word had gotten out! 🙂

  2. Do you pick the paintings and then figure out what to do later, or do you browse and the painting catches your eye and how you know how/what to add to it?

  3. Should add some light shading to the trees where his arms would be. Like the light is coming from behind and his limbs are blocking it. Cool work though! Sounds like a fun idea.

  4. I have a buddy that will buy them and add subtle things to them, like a zombie behind a tree. You had to really look to see them. Then he would donate them back. Frickin hilarious.

  5. Uh weird question… but do you live in the SW and maybe you worked at an uppity ass bakery like.. a decade ago?

  6. What medium do you use? I have been (very novicely) doing similar things, buying oil paintings, and using oil paints. I have also started using acrylic because I like the starkness of the colors more. But I really like your clean lines and sharp detail.

  7. Reminds we of Wayne White who was one of the main creatives on PeeWee playhouse. He does something similar to painting. The is a PBS documentary about him called independent lens worth a watch

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