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Have Objects? Will Paint!

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

Full disclosure on a guilty pleasure, I paint things, not just paintings. Whether I’m in an Antique Shop in Maine or browsing the local craft store. I could be at a flea market or garage sale, if I find that one thing, I think, “I can paint that!” I could be walking along a beach or even driving past a pile of discarded stuff along the curb. It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a barn. I’d be one of those weirdo hoarders that you binge watch on HGTV with junk everywhere (I mean found art supplies). Like Sanford and Son but with an art history acumen. I could see it now, wandering around mumbling to myself about the symbolism of an antique suitcase with no key or a piece of barnwood with a lightning bolt shaped crack.

Truth is I’m not a craftsman. I’m not looking for restoration projects to flip, I love the idea though. Sounds a little corny, but I look for the art in the discarded or mundane. Finding the value in transforming something from its obscure existence to a “Look at That!” moment.

Stores like Michaels or A.C. Moore gets it. Wooden little things you can paint. Not just for decoration or knick-knack status, but