Painting In The Summer (heat or treat?)

Here is how my summer studio is looking these days:

In the summer you can go to the lake.
In the summer your mind can bake.

In the summer the Desert Rose will bloom.
In the summer you will feel the monsoon.

The rain and the  heat and the fumes and the bugs.
The garage studio floor is concrete, not covered with rugs.

The Pointy People appear and things painted on wood.
Colors and brushes make you feel so good.

I paint in the summer. I will paint a whole bunch.
I will paint after breakfast. I will paint after lunch.

So cook me some ramen. Let’s have us a meal.
I’ll be in the garage. Painting how I feel.

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Hot Fish (fast or fresh)

One hand behind my back. I have 8 miles to go.  I try to take advantage of all the untied shoe laces. I try to see something new in all the old faces.

You might not understand if you tried. And I probably will never understand you.

So if you don’t want to look you don’t have to— and if you don’t understand that is ok too.

FISH (a) Hot (b) fresh (c) fast

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Colony Square Mural (invasion of the pointy people)

I painted more of The Pointy People this week for Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta. I’d like to paint a mural like this most every week. It makes me feel good. I hope The Pointy People make all the Colony Square people feel good.

Thanks to all my friends who came to see me. Thanks to WhiteCatTips for all my snacks and help. Thanks to Liz for asking me to paint.

Thanks to the Mockingbird for not pulling out my beard when we got to close to your baby.

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Frenchy Fry Land (blackberries and grasshoppers)

Along the roads you pass everyday on the way to the “far away Mexican” and the grocery store and the movie theater there are lots of blackberries and grasshoppers. There are also lots of signs. Some of them you look at and some slide on pass with no glance.

I made a sign for Frenchy Fry Land. I put the sign about 3 miles away. If you try real heard and look in the right direction you can smell ’em now. I really want a big helping of good frenchy fried potaters — with the salt and the sauces. That sounds real tasty to me. I hope the grasshoppers don’t take my ketchup and mustard. They don’t have very good manners and some of them cuss and spit.

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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European Sole (Converse by BlackCatTips)

I decorated four pair of Converse Chuck Taylors for a friend and his family. They then walked on over to Europe. The other day I received these images back from their travels. I am glad a little bit of my soul could go to Europe with them. Thanks Bobby and Alex :)

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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The Pointy People Mural (forward warrior 2016)

Don’t climb a ladder if you have had a whisky. Don’t drink Columbian coffee in the evening if you want to sleep.

A friend recently told me sometimes the art looks better 2/3 finished. I am trying to improve by learning to paint worse.

We can not touch neither dreams or our soul or the internet.

Friends can help you unthink your way out of trouble.


This weekend we painted a mural for Forward Warrior 2016. I named my mural ‘The Pointy People’. Big thanks to my friends Angie, David and Carlos. They assisted WhiteCatTips and I battle the heat and paint in style. We had a picnic and drank hot chocolate and they helped us so much.

I love to paint.

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Before we painted The Pointy People we covered up my mural from last year. Watch us
un-erase it here.

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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A New Place To Think (and be)

Times of transition. Times of change.

They are upon you and me.

Here is my new painting studio— creative area if you will. A place to think.

We traveled through the woods and forest and then the fields before we ever saw the desert. The swarms of insects that fed upon us— The rotten grain and moldy bread. Then we saw was desert and wasted land for weeks upon weeks. – Raul Miller, 1878

The travel. The journey. The path.

I speak in metaphors but times are changing. I am in a new place. A more peaceful place to work and just be. This will lead to another place. Hopefully a more permanent one.

a new studio - a new place to paint

Photo by Maria

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Stable|Kernel Art (many pieces connected together)

I was asked to create artwork for the offices of Stable|Kernel. They are a fast growing company in Atlanta and will need more space in the near future. This made us think twice about a permanent wall painting in their lobby. So, I came up with an idea to paint something on multiple pieces that could be relocated if they need to find a new work space.

I like the idea of painting and then dissecting, rearranging and connecting together again. I like the way it makes my mind work and I find new patterns, connections, faces and ideas to let my creative process feed from. (munch munch munch)

I discussed with Jason and Jami from Stable|Kernel my idea and we began to cook up a plan. I appreciate their willingness to let me create as I was led through the process. I hope the folks in the office enjoy and are inspired by my work. I also hope they see new things as they walk by the new art.

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Two Mouths (more options)

This blue green fella has two mouths. One is wide and the other is long. One can eat pie while the other one eats cake. One can speak to you while the other speaks to them. One tells mostly all truths and the other speaks many tall tales. One can whistle like a bird. The other barks like a dog. One can talk to squirrels and the other  whistles for hogs.

Now, if I had two mouths I would tell you what I would do. I would chew gum with one and eat crackers with stew. I talk and holler and sing and shout. I would speak real quiet and then tell you what its about. I would hold my breathe with one and blow bubbles all at once. I could call up my friends and enemies on the phone at the same time. I could eat soup and a salad and drink some wine. I could eat with two forks cause I have two hands. I could learn Spanish and French and speak to a woman and a man.

But you see, I’d say two wrong things and get in trouble twice as much. I’d probably swear a lot and spit and even cuss. I would run off all my friends lickety-split. Ruining my reputation would be just the start of it.  I would make YOU more angry than I already do.  Then I would have no one to talk to with mouth #1 or mouth #2.

So, after thinking it over, I better just stick with my regular ol’ plain mouth that I have right now. I’ll just talk out of it, that’s the way I know how.

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Blue Laced Eternity (old blue vans)

(Life is full of changes and sometimes you have to move the old shoes out the door. So, I wrote this as a “fare thee well”)

Old blue shoes
You were good to me
You were good to my shins
You were good to my feet

Old blue Vans
We sure painted a lot
We painted some stripes
We painted all them dots

Old Blue Shoes
You gonna be missed
I’ll miss your smiley eyes
You were at the top of the list

A good old sole
That’s what you were to me
Happy feet, happy mind
Blue laced eternity

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see you soon,
Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks

 

 



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