29 May 2012

PAINTING OVER LEMONS






What do you do when art gives you lemons? You paint!

I found this crappy, mass-produced lemon painting from the thrift store last year for like ten bucks. It's about four feet. And I got it not because I loved love the painting, I just wanted to paint all over it. I enjoy painting but it gets pricey with the stretching or mounting and framing, especially for something this big. So, instead of buying the raw materials, I like to dig up cheap paintings from thrift stores and then slap some paint over it to make it my own. This shit be worth millions now! Ha! So, next time you're at a thrift store, find an old painting and get painty with it!

32 Comments so far

  1. This is fantastic, Dab. This idea is so cool and your painting does like worth a million! I love it!

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  2. Brilliant idea. Wish I had thought of that when I did art at school, would have saved so much money.

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  3. When I think of all the ugly art I could've brought home & re-painted over the years, my mind boggles! Fab idea. Works great on so many levels - aesthetically, artistically, eco-consciously, and just plain thrifty fun.

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  4. As an artist I have to say.....not a bad idea!

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  5. love it! the bf does that too... he's found super huge canvases at the goodwill on beverly at fairfax.

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  6. This is fantastic. I have an old canvas for the same purpose... just can't figure out what the heck to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. genius idea and cool painting too.

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  8. A Dab original masterpiece! Worth millions I'm sure!!

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  9. I've done this before too. It came out so nice, I showed it at a gallery. I recommend really drab pieces that you can spice up.

    By the way, Dabito, I've been meaning to tell you how much I love your header. It's fantastic!

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  10. Haha!!! This is brilliant Dabito! I'll be thrift shopping with a whole new purpose now, thanks to you!

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  11. Love that idea! Gives the picture an interesting history and you save a few dollars in the process.

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  12. You are so stinkin' amazing!! What an artist...

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  13. Oh man- it's gorge.

    Shame you painted over it so soon- you could have brought it to London for the Bad Art Salon at the Vintage Festival. You take your thrift portrait nightmare treasures and the worst one wins gin. Though...your lemons were actually recognizable as lemons. Some of the artwork entered boggles the mind!

    Your re-mix, however, loverly. OF COURSE.

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  14. Awesome. i love cheap surfaces to paint on - and your new version is way cooler.

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  15. too genius--really love this. please do a series!

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  16. I like it. I too have purchased paintings via the thrift store to paint over, I'm such a slacker I haven't done not a one. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  17. Reynolds... I think that's the signature on a lot of giant pieces that sell at furniture stores? Maybe I am wrong. Anyway, I love that you have repurposed it to suit your own needs! I have a thrift find that I bought with the same intention, only it turns out my husband likes it as is :/

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  18. Hey, I did that painting! Just kidding. Great idea!

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  19. What a great idea!

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  20. great idea! this also helps with the intimidating blank canvas feel...

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  21. I just saw the post about this on apartment therapy... I firmly believe that once you buy or receive art it is yours to do with as you see fit. period. i have given people my work and if they choose to throw darts at it that's ok because it belongs to them now. whatever makes them happy!

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  22. this is an absolute killer idea!!!

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  23. what kind of paint did you use to paint over it?

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  24. what kind of paint did you use to paint over it?

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  25. Gah! That's genius. And gorgeous.

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  26. Hey. Does anyone know if acrylic would work for this idea???

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