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J R's Art Collection
After Willard "The Texas Kid" Watson died, I went to his estate sale, where this weather vane topped a crude, squarish wooden arch over the sidewalk from the street to his front door. For the price I paid ($25, I think), I had to disassemble it myself, and that process took at least a half hour with me hanging off a six-foot ladder. But it was worth every minute.
Willard was a friend and we'd talk about stuff every once in a while, usually on the phone. He was on the cover of the very first edition of Dallas Arts Revue on paper, and he always addressed me as "Mistuh J R." I'm sure he didn't create this rooster. There must have been thousands of them at one time. But he did paint it.
I also have a straw cowboy hat that he decorated and this hat band (detail above) that he beaded, both of which I bought at his various benefit auctions over the years. I also bought two car-shaped, colored, translucent cologne bottles he had, at the estate sale. Both still have his cologne in them.
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