Saturday, October 19, 2013

It's a Keeper

Look what I found at a yard sale last weekend lurking behind a pile of ugly pictures in plastic frames.  A portion of the right side of this 14" x 18" oil painting was sticking out from behind the other frames and I was immediately drawn to the pretty colors, the signature, and that sweet cow staring at me.

I knew it was a keeper the moment I rescued it from the pile.  Hmm, I'm thinking it needs a different frame, maybe something lighter and a little larger?  

The woman I bought it from thought it might have been painted by an artist from Santee, in Southern California.  The signature looks like Jan DeBoer.  I did a little research and came up with a Dutch artist with the same name (1877-1944), but his style looks much different and this painting looks more recent.

I'm not sure if it was the cows that sold me.....

the barns.....

or the little row boat tied to the dock.

I rarely keep any of the treasures I find, but this one will definitely be finding a special place
 in my home.

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26 comments:

  1. Love, love this. The colors are wonderful and those cows! Love the cows.

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  2. I am so happy you are keeping it! I once sold a yard sale painting that I really loved (I put it in my shop for way more than I thought I could get, hoping it wouldn't go). Regretted it ever since.

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  3. Something calming to look at at the end of a long hectic day, enjoy!

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  4. Sweet, sweet, sweet...definitely a keeper! happiness~~~Mickie

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  5. This is a very nice painting and a great find! Love the rowboat!!

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  6. People often tell my husband that they want to live in his paintings and that is what I think about your painting. Wouldn't it be nice to walk along the stream.

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  7. How pretty. Wouldn't that be a lovely place to spend time, without TV, computers, and phone?

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  8. There are a lot of DeBoers in Wisconsin and we do appreciate our cows!

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  9. Nice find!
    Looks like a nice place to visit away from the noise,traffic and rush of everyday life.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

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  10. The cows and the barn got me right away! I just recently purchased a cow print to hang in my farmhouse kitchen.
    ~Cindy

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  11. Oh, definitely a keeper! Love the colors and the trees are wonderful! That little cow looking right at you is just so sweet. xo

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  12. It's a very pleasant scene. The more I look at it the more I like it.

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  13. What a find! I love the cows and I love all of the little bits of interest, what a fun picture to stare at and find something new the more you look!

    Carol

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  14. Hi Betsy! This is indeed a treasure. I actually love the painting too. It surely landed on your hands because you are the best custodian for this priceless piece.

    Have a great weekend!

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  15. Such a sweet painting! LOVE the cows! :)
    Susan

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  16. It has the adorable folk art quality to it! Great find.

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  17. That is a true treasure Betsy! That is a beautiful painting! A lucky find indeed!
    xx
    Anne

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  18. Such a pretty painting! Love the details, I think I would have kept it too! :) Happy new week Betsy! xo Holly

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  19. Adorable! The cow paintings are so popular they are hard to find. That's a real keeper.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  20. I pick all of the above, the cows, the stream and the barn. I was sold on this beauty the minute I saw it. It is definitely a keeper to me as well. Great find, Betsy. I can see why you are hanging onto this one.

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  21. Betsy,
    GREAT find my friend!!! I luv those cute cows.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. Sometimes you just have to "pick" for yourself. Great find....I'm loving the stream AND the cows!!!

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  23. I'm glad you're treating yourself -- we all have to do that now and then with our finds!

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