Another Exceptional Painting Bought at a Thrift Store

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Here’s another original work of art I bought at one of the thrift stores my wife operates in her capacity as Director of Finance and Thrift Store Operations (!!) for Community Resource Center, a nonprofit organization located in lovely Encinitas, CA.

The painting is done on what I believe is goat skin—making it a great painting and a great drum. This is easily the best sounding picture I’ve ever thumped.

The painting is unsigned, and measures, frame included, a mere 9 x 11 inches.

The colors just pop with that kind of primal intensity of hue that makes so much folk art so viscerally impactful. The work is infused with appreciation and even gratitude for life. It’s such a vigorously sentimental affirmation. It makes me think of how heavenly life can be right here on earth.


Related piece: Speaking of Orignal, Heartbreakingly Perfect Art I Bought At a Thrift Store

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  • Yeah, me, too: I'm a folk art freak–and I think this is a splendid example of it. Did you click on it twice? It gets huge. It's such little painting!

  • Candace

    Very cool. AND it has llamas! 😉

  • Okay, now you're just showing off.

  • I know: llamas! That's pretty much all I need, right there.

    Anita: No, see, I didn't paint it.

  • Candace

    These paintings of yours are peaceful, John. Bucolic, but not in a trite way.

    I am back here on the blog looking at them again, after drawing a legal blood alcohol on the fifth or sixth belligerent, potty-mouthed, reeking, handcuffed-and-held-down drunk of the weekend.

    Looking at these paintings is lowering my blood pressure and restoring my perspective. Thanks for sharing them.

  • John, I was raised in our local museum where my mother volunteered as a docent. I LOVE art and I am very impressed with you collection. I am a still life kinda girl who can appreciate a good abstract, but I must admit something about your paintings put a smile on my face. The one by the Alejandro guy was kinda stark and peaceful to me, this one and the one by Ali were just fun and full of life. Thank you so much for sharing. I only have one original painting. It was a gift given to my mother when she left the museum. It is nowhere near as interesting as your pieces though. Mine is a watercolor of lilies and tulips.

    Thank you for sharing! You are really one cool dude!

  • FreetoBe

    I, too, like the bold colors. And I like how the frame is part of the picture. Very interesting collection you have there, Mr. Shore.

  • BTW thanks to candace I learned a new word.

    Bucolic: Rustic. Arcadian. A Peasant or Shepherd.

    Thanks for the vocab increase. Now I have to spend the whole week trying to use it in a sentence. This should be interesting.

  • Free: Yeah, the frame is incredible. On the back of it, you can see how the skin is stretched and nailed to it. It's stretched tight: I wasn't kidding when I said it's a picture AND a drum. Yay.

    Ingrid: I LOVE the word bucolic. It's been my experience that no two words ever really mean or connote the same thing, but I will say that I use "bucolic" and ANOTHER awesome word, idyllic, pretty darn interchangeably. I like the way they both connote something just beyond this world.

  • Oooh, I love that one! I prefer the bold colors, I think. And I’ve always been a tad folksy.

  • so much detail in a 9 inch by 11 inch space……..bucolic? good word!

  • Sam

    John Shore's art collection blog entries – where the adjectives come out to play.

  • weesandy

    Lovely painting. Thanks for sharing!

    PS – "bucolic" — not to be confused with "bubonic"

  • weesandy


  • Or "vitriolic."

    Maggie: Nice thought! Thrift storing reminds me of how many people like to glue stuff to other stuff.

    Um. Yours is definitely better.

  • I love it! Where do you find all of these great pieces, John?! Your home must be a veritable museum.(hopefully your new place provides plenty of wall space)

  • Thanks, mormon! As I say, with these two pieces–the little one above and the one I posted right before it–I bought them in a THRIFT STORE, which is fun. And … insanely inexpensive. Which rocks.

  • Very cool. I SO LOVE thrift store purchases, and this is beautiful!

    Thrift storing reminds me that Jesus saw value in me when I was in the dumps!

  • arlywn

    I love llamas! It reminds me of the Emperor's New Groove!

  • Live & Learn

    Just checking on you, John; is everything ok for you after the quake?

  • Although we obviously don’t share the same tastes in art, John … I’m just glad you aren’t investing in that awful Thomas Kinkade stuff!

  • live and learn: Yes! Thank you! I really appreciate your concern. I was actually just BLOGGING about what happened with the quake! Thanks again.

    Chuck: We DON’T share taste in art??

  • Dan Harrell

    OK John, I know this is late, but goat skin? A goat gave his life for a painting?

    It is a nice painting. I'm not using my leather wallet now. Nylon only.

  • Empty Mirror

    What a stunner! It is easy to get lost in that scene, it just pulls you into it’s bright little world.

    It’s really something, how much powerful art winds up in thrift shops. I always wonder what led to its being left there, and who might have owned it before.

    I have a friend who has collected a tremendous number of artworks African-American, self-taught, folk artists, much of it at thrift stores. Some of it is on his website at

  • Oh, man. This is so cool. Thank you!