Granite Falls artists take cheap paintings and make them their own

Give a dozen budding artists thrift-store paintings to adapt to the Halloween themes in their minds and you can get some pretty funny results.

Brandon Fowlkes decorates a painting.
Brandon Fowlkes, 15, augments an angel with a demon during Halloween Graffiti Art at Granite Falls Library on Oct. 3.

Or maybe scary. Just depends on who’s doing the painting.

Granite Falls Library staff member Craig Burgess set out an array of prints the artists could alter however they wanted.

“If there’s a painting there and you want to ruin it, go for it!” he said.

Artists gather around the table at Granite Falls Library
Artists gather around the table and prepare to make thrift-store paintings their own.

There were ghouls, ghosts and goblins. A cauldron of blood and bright jack o’ lanterns. A giant orange alien. A menacing UFO with a tidal wave. A princesses’ reading party.

Accacia Scherrer, 11, took her time to get started on a sepia-toned portrait. “What to do, what to do, what to do?” she mused.

Forty-five minutes passed.

“I started with a girl in a straightjacket,” she said. “Now it’s a boy in a prison shirt.”

Kortnei Schramm painted princesses
Kortnei Schramm, 11, ended up with “a mix of Anna Elisa and Rapunzel having a party while reading a book.”

Persephone Pudgeon, 7, daubed scary shapes onto a foggy forest scene: “I’m drawing what’s coming out of my head. It’s creeeeepy.”

Brandon Fowlkes, 15, carefully augmented an angel.

“It’s Halloween,” he said. “The opposite of an angel is a demon.”

Burgess admired Brandon’s work.

“I was going to make him into (KISS band co-founder) Ace Frehley if I got him,” Burgess said of the print Brandon worked on.

Erin Schramm appreciated Burgess’ efforts as her daughters painted. Kortnei created “a mix of Anna Elisa and Rapunzel having a party while reading a book.” Miah made a print of an English fox hunt called “The Death” just that much “more deathly.”

“The librarians are great with teens,” Schramm said. “They let kids learn as they go. I appreciate them being good examples for kids. And it’s good to show the library is more than just books.”