Hand Painted Hats (for a limited time)

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I had some extra hats so I decided to decorate them. $25 If interested email me with hat # at blackcattips@gmail.com

NOTE: 12-17-14 All hats have sold, thank you very much.

- kyle




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A Couple New Paintings (the leaves are now gone)

I finished these paintings last week. I like the direction they are taking me. Thanks to those who donated the wood for me to paint upon. The paintings are titled Mostly Out Of Reach and Bill For Sherrif. The purple eels were inspired by a line in Steinbeck’s Canery Row.

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You can always check out new paintings at blackcattips.com

- kyle



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This Is Life (a man making noodles)

This is life. This thing we are in right now. This world has all the action you could ever ask for. Impossible scenarios happen everyday. Planes crashing. Bombs exploding. Fire shoots out of the earths core. A whale bigger than a building leaps from the dark sea—never to be seen by human eyes again.

I sit in my tiny box condo. I paint in another tiny box condo. I think of people in far fetched countries making crafts and eating handmade food on street corners. A lone asian man around 77 years old hand-makes noodles everyday in his back room for his neighborhood lunch spots. I envy this man. I envy his ritual— his routine. It is a beautiful thing.

I feel isolated in a town full of people. Once in the mountains of the WEST I went out into the woods to see if I could get GOD to speak directly to me. I laid on my back in a field between green woods and boulders. No elk, no deer, no bear, no direct words from GOD. Maybe I wasn’t ready to receive.

We are animals with some sort of soul— a colorful spirit with feathers like a Siamese fighting fish. We fight and kill. We think we have to be working or doing something at all times. The obsession with busy. A bird sits on a limb. A trout floats in a stream. Maybe I will just sit a while and think and learn to breathe in the air that we ALL have inhaled for millennia.

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- kyle




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Mrs. Do Right (re-do)

Signs and art and other things out in the weather can take a beating. I grew tired of my “Be Nice Do Right” sign in Sam & Mrs. Gloria’s yard looking bad. The long pink arms were all warped and twisted. I took them off and made some new stronger arms, gave her a new paint job and a handful of fresh flowers. Then for the grand finale I gave her a fancy yellow top hat. Everyone needs one of those!

I want to give a bit of thanks to the kind lady named Sara who brought me a hot drink on a cold day as I was working. She went through a lot to get that warm mug in my hands and I appreciate it. I really do.

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Below is the before version… I made her about two years ago.

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- kyle



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Bears Around The World (2014)

I had some friends go to Japan in the last couple weeks. They had been planning on going since mid-summer. They had asked me if they could take one of my BlackCatTips Bear Heads with them. I let them pick one out for their journey. I saw the photos they took this week and started looking back through others that have been taken around the world in 2014. It is really something to not travel much yourself, but then see something you made go all the way around the world. I am really honored people want to take a bear head with them in their luggage. I started making the new ones out of plastic so that helps them travel better.

This year has included lcations such as Paris, Bengal India, Yucatan Mexico, Japan, Germany, Norway, Bolivia, Venice Italy and Melbourne Australia. Bears have traveled before to Red Square Moscow, Panama City, Panama and New Zealand.

If you keep traveling I will keep making bears. We all can keep smiling. Sound good?

You can always check out Bears Around The World. If you are interested in taking a friendly bear on your journey contact me at Blackcattips.com and we will make it happen.

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- kyle



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Open Studio Visits

Somehow it is December again.

I’m going to have 2 open studios this Holiday month. Sun 12/14 & Sun 12/21 both from 2-4 pm.

Please come by for a visit, buy some art, have a drink and share in some Christmastime Cheer.

RSVP at blackcattips@gmail.com

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- kyle



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BlackCatTips Bear Hats (pre-order and smile)

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Hey you! Pre-order your BlackCatTips bear hat now until December 9th at noon est.

Im excited to offer these.

I have had a lot of folks inquire about purchasing a hat like I wear, so here is your chance!

Only $22 with free shipping.

Go here to place your order.

- kyle



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Art By The Highway (gals and a hatchet)

My two nieces and I went throught the woods. I made a make-shift bridge over the creek and they walked on all fours across the rungs. We carried all my art and tools through the woods and up the hill. Maria supervised this outing. We were planning on putting some new art by the highway.

We walked past the ferns and tree trunks—from the dark woods to the grassy yellow light. I showed them how to climb the ladder. I showed them how to hold the nails in their lips while they held the signs and hammer. I showed them how you chop vines with the hatchet. I let them pick some of the art and where it should go.

It was a mighty good time. I am glad they wanted to help. I wore my hat and some folks honked their horns. Peace be with you. Peace be with me.

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Make What You Do

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Here is a little film about me and my street folk art. Thanks to Nathan Bolster and Ampers&nd for putting this all together.

We had a good time riding around putting up bears and folk crosses. He drank Red Bull and carried his gear. I wore a hat and toted my ladder. It was fun.

See the film below or here.

- kyle

 




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Clothes & Shoes (paper cut up art)

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Intro: (I made the green tea for her and then I drank the rest. Then I made the coffee because that sounded good too. The morning is rainy and cold. The leaves mostly brown now and half on the ground. I remember that in Atlanta they are usually gone by December 5-7. After that it is a clean type of cold. But for now it is rainy with cold on the way. I need to get over to my painting room. The room that will keep me going until hopefully we can move soon. I need to go away and start over in my mind. I want to start over, over, over, over …..echo.)

Sam and I have been working together on some art ideas. The other day I told him to work on one piece of paper and I would work on the other. It was actually 4 pieces that I had glued and cut into 2. Then I cut the corners and tips off. I rounded out the edges and points. I drove the paper faces to the corner donation box and I donated them to you.

- kyle



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