Find of the Week (maybe!): Vintage Seaside Watercolor Painting

Gosh, I don’t know if this is my “find of the week.” It could be…or not! I found it at Goodwill this morning. I was there as they opened the doors and five of us trooped in. Instead of starting down my usual aisle (dishware), a voice in my head said, “Go to the art wall.” So I did!

And sure enough, mixed with all the posters and mass-produced “art” were two original watercolor paintings. Hallelujah!  Both were water pictures, but one had a more interesting subject matter. I looked up both artists and didn’t find anything of use. Hmmm. Both were big which makes shipping a pain in the tuckus. And, alas, the more appealing one had a bit of foxing and water damage, mostly on the matting. Hmmm.

Both had been put out just yesterday and I knew wouldn’t last long. Okay. Okay. I grabbed my favorite one (all 32″ by 24″ of it) and had the salesclerk put it on hold for me behind the counter.

The painting is of a bay (in Maine?) with fishing boats, a shack and lobster traps.


It’s by W.G. Evans and was framed by Ferdinand Roten, an art gallery in Baltimore.

I think one of the reasons this painting appeals to me is that it reminds me of one of my favorite ’80s TV shows “Murder She Wrote” set in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine. Oh, I know the plots and acting were a bit lame at times, but still it’s a fav and whenever the episode was set in Cabot Cove we were sure to see some lobster traps. Here’s some from Season 1, Episode 3 “Deadly Lady.”


Have I got a winner with this watercolor? I don’t know. But at least it’s a real painting showing some skill and I can almost smell the sea and fish.


Thumbs up? Thumbs down?


  1. Hi, Karen — I found your website doing a search for paintings by W.G. Evans. He was my wife’s grandfather. We’re always searching for his paintings. Any chance you’d be willing to part with the one you found? Please let me know. Thanks! — Todd Rubenson

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