It seems that you can’t find a good thrift store painting that someone hasn’t altered in someway. Wayne White has been doing it for years and has made a nice career out of it – and is truly great, but the current desire to put Star Trek characters or weird monsters in every cheap landscape has become a bit tedious (though some are pretty cool). For me the best of these kind of paintings is the naive stab at family portraits or pets – it seems the 60’s was the age of the home DYI artist. So, here are some truly disturbing, unaltered, paintings created by your mom, your aunt Loretta and your grandma’s crazy friend Pearl.
I’ve always found it a bit sad coming across these paintings in thrift stores and charity shops – like finding a family album of snapshots of birthdays and holidays. Who would give them away? Who could give them away? The answer is obvious; the lousy kids, cleaning out their dead parents and grandparents homes and dumping everything at the local Goodwill. Some are better then others, some have talent, most are beyond amateur. Some of these are genuinely frightening, some hilarious and some just sad. The one thing they all share in common though is that no one knew how to paint hands.