I went to Folk Fest at the
A big trade show for outsider art. Woodie Long was there.
Several galleries sold his work. Owen used to stay with Woodie
and Dot in
Also, later, one in
I talked to Dot. She said Woodie painted 1,000 paintings
a year. That’s three a day. By now I was writing a book a month.
A folk artist is prolific. I considered myself a folk artist. I called a character
Art “Home” Brew, compare art brut. Art brut is outsider art. Naïve art. Visionary art.
I called a book VISIONS OF FLORIDA. A folk artist is regional. Souls Grown Deep:
African-American Vernacular Art of the South. I was the Two Egg, Sopchoppy,
Money Bayou, Hogtown Bayou quadrangle, with Wewahitchka in the center.
I had Vernacular Writer business cards made up.
The card followed me from Lilburn, to Tucker, to
VISIONS OF FLORIDA was about being excluded.
Or taking the path not taken. Exploring. Who wants to follow the pack?
Better to light out for the territory.