Tuesday, August 30, 2011


A 30-inch long painting on a thick board showing hunters on a chilly day and their potential targets. Curiously, the hunter taking aim is pointing his gun away from the game in sight.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Portrait plaque painted gold

I don't know if you can see this but the gentleman's eyes are looking right. This wood plaque is from Toledo, Ohio, and I'm guessing it shows a businessman, one with nice hair. Carved flora adds to the plaque's beauty.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Western painter Charles Damrow

Charles Damrow (d. 1989) was a self-taught artist who ran away from his Wisconsin home as a teen to live in the West. He was a cowboy, sign painter and a forester, and spent some time in jail. A discussion board on Damrow mentions that his paintings were displayed and sold at the Stockyard Steakhouse Restaurant in Colorado Springs. The City of Colorado Springs owns some Damrow material for use by researchers. A 70-inch wide Damrow painting that once belonged to Burt Reynolds sold at auction in 2009 for $7,320. Damrow's biggest painting stretched 10 feet. The nighttime canoeist pictured here measures a more reasonable 19.75 inches by 23.75 inches.

Monday, August 22, 2011

First date?

Maybe second. Their knees are touching. Mom took this photo. That's her favorite lamp.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ohio woman

Tall carving (22 inches including the base) by an anonymous artist. She looks into the distance as the wind blows, it seems. My guess -- mid-century.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Eerie Mose Tolliver Painting

Mose Tolliver (d. 2006) is one of the best known of the Southern, self-taught, African-American artists. His work was included in the landmark 1982 show "Black Folk Art in America." One critic described Tolliver's paintings in the show as "sometimes nightmarish." I believe this image is called Dry Bones or Dry Bones Charlie, an x-ray view of man.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pregnant woman weather vane

This weathervane from North Carolina obviously spent quite a bit of time outdoors. It's caricature in the style of old African-American busts, ventriloquist dummies and puppets. So was the maker a white racist or an African-American? 34.6 inches wide, 2 feet tall on the stand.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I guess it's a cat

A clay sculpture made by Ethel Dawson of Augusta, Ga. She's the same woman who made the JFK, RFK busts that were on my gallery site for more than a year. The gesso/paint is just slathered on. I like that, more than I like cats per se.

Monday, August 1, 2011