Thanks, Dcam, for the reply.
I'd love to see what you do (or did) with the two frames you shared. Or are they the finished product after you tweaked the finish? Nice paintings, by the way.
Re tweaking my ready-mades, I'm thinking along the lines of rubbing down the surface down to the underlying bole with fine steel wool to achieve a little more distinctive, hand-worked look, then finishing with a topcoat of shellac. I am curious if others have done this, or perhaps even added color from their paints (oil or acrylic) to complement their painting?
There's got to be ways to personalize the ready-mades and transform them from the overused seen-one-seen-'em-all look to something more custom.