Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Woodie Long – Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Blog – Outside Art

 Woodie Long
[ This painting was on eBay ]
I have been encouraging my readers to take a good look at art as a way to fulfill the 31 Steps in our race to the millions. It was my thought that a person who became knowledgeable about the artists in their region would have a good chance for success. I received an email, however, that might just put a different twist on that thought.

Mason, one of the members of the Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Club, wrote that he had been focusing on WWII memorabilia, but was changing his direction after purchasing a few pieces of outsider art. Outsider art is work done by artists who have no formal training. I believe that Mason’s story might carry some weight with my readers.

It seems he was able to purchase a Woodie Long painting for just a couple of hundred dollars and feels quite sure it will sell for $2000. He also purchased a Bernice Sims painting for very little that could easily bring his total for the two paintings to over $3000. This may give you second thoughts about outsider art.

Yes, you know I have been saying that art is again on the move and that the time spent in researching paintings could change your life rather quickly. After receiving the email from Mason, I checked our marketplace to see if the Doug Odom paintings were still listed and sure enough they are and perhaps even under priced. He is perhaps the leading outside artist painting today. There was a controversy between him and Michael Banks a few years ago, but I haven't heard anything about that for a while. Jessie LaVon is another outside artist represented in the marketplace on our website.

You should definitely keep your eyes open for paintings by these artists: Woodie Long, Bernice Sims, Doug Odom and Jessie LaVon. It would also be wise to research if there are any outside artists in your region and make a list of them. This would be helpful while you're on the hunt and not able to keep them all in your head.

Outside art can often be found in second hand shops, garage sales and flea markets. Many people completely disregard this art because they think it is so primitive that it couldn't have any real value but boy, are they wrong. Just look at Grandma Moses and her paintings, I once offered $85,000 for one of her pieces and the gentleman said he would burn it before he would sell it at that price. I guess art is like everything else. Its value is in the eyes of the beholder.

Be sure to check out the paintings that we have in the marketplace on our website www.darylelambert.com

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