Friday, December 24, 2010

Florida highwayman art

Merry Christmas everyone.

And happy birthday to my wife Carol.

She's old.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010 art market

Just goes to show you, once again, art is a good investment.

Here's who made money in 2010.

Auction houses and multi-millionaires.

What about us penny-ante thousandaires ?

We had to sit and watch. C'est la vie.

Here's the story.

And here's the music.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Florida's highwaymen.

I don't think that this was one of our guys. They don't fool around in Pakistan, right ?

Highwayman killed by friendly fire Pakistan News Blog
Dec 16, 2010 ... Police said the highwaymen blocking the road near Dhudial were looting the passengers for two hours.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Vintage highwaymen vs. current works

Maynor vs. Lewis

These are OK looking and are original highwaymen paintings.

Are prices like these watering down the market in general ?
You be the judge.

John Maynor, highwayman, current work 10 x 8 (on the left)
Winning bid:
US $68.00

R. L. Lewis, highwayman, current work 10 x 8 (on the right)
Winning bid:
US $152.50
Does this mean every Robert Lewis painting is worth twice what a John Maynor painting of the same size is worth ?
Au contraire, mon frere.
Some people think that's how this market works.
Strictly by the numbers, like Wall St.
Some of these people are highly advertised accredited appraisers who have purchased memberships in various organizations with impressive initials.
Caveat emptor, boys and girls.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Lemuel and Harold Newton Poinciana

Scrounging around, looking at some old files, I came across an old communication I had with Rosetta Newton Humphries regarding her two highwaymen artist brothers. Lem and Harold Newton.

I didn't intentionally save it, I found it in some magical cyber scrap-heap of a half a dozen saved emails that AOL seems to show me at random times. Don't know why that happens.

(As you may know, the third artist brother, Sam Newton, wishes to be disassociated from the group, despite the benefits he receives from being included. I don't believe he declined the Florida Artists' Hall of Fame inclusion, but I could be wrong. )

This is a copy/paste from September 9, 2004 regarding the picture above, a 24 x 36 oil on masonite, which I think was the first one she sold for Lem after his release from prison.

Hi, again
9/9/2004 9:30:55 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Reply To:

Hey, good for you, Rosetta. Lem is going to make a wonderful living this way. This painting is gorgeous.
Congratulations to Lem, especially for overcoming his ordeal.
I hope this was the first painting you sold, I would be quite proud to have been the first to help him get started in his new life. I've always thought his talent was comparable to both his brothers, but Harold was the best. Period.
If you would like to, see if Lem will paint me a half dozen various poincianas (not poinsettias, by the way) with shacks, maybe a few roads, in a smaller size, say 16 x 20, as a commission deal. I'll pay a flat deal price of $ 2,000.00 for the 6 paintings. It's about $ 350 apiece.........................Regards, BOB

Anyway, she got him to paint the six pieces, three were great, one was average and two were marginal. I sold them for $ 450 to $ 750 each within a month or two.
Good value for the quality, those of you who got one.
Lem seemed to lose focus shortly thereafter, moved back to Florida, had some other folks sell for him, but he didn't seem to be interested in quality, more in the quantity area. You know, like Alfred Hair, a true higwayman.
Someone told me he's back in prison now for some violation, I suppose it's true, but I won't swear to it.
I had forgotten that Rosetta confused poinsettia with poinciana.
The big one that's on the website took a little longer to sell, but it brought $ 2500.00 when the right customer got around to finding it in my booth at the West Palm Beach show.
At that time, in the dinosaur ages of the highwaymen market, I had four different Harolds depicting Indian River Drive scenes, including a 48" River Rd, also shown above, all with blue skies, white clouds, nicely matched, and I would line up the horizons and hang them in my living room between shows.

Made quite a panorama. Hard to believe it was six plus years ago.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

McLendon highwaymen

Roy, Roy Jr. and Ray.
R.A., R.A. Jr.
Confused ?
Look at the Florida Artists Hall of Fame list and see how many McLendons are on it.

The story I refer to is about a talented artist who is kind to children.

It's a nice story, too.


Any male who uses a highway is a what ?

What if his name was Johnson ?