Ohh the fumes. The gloves and the paint and the coffee and the fumes. The air blows cool this late August morning. A fall preview. The light is different. The Earth rotating and on it’s trip round the Sun. Things are changing. So am I— I like a fresh start.
This early morning I have an oddly early studio guest— But what a nice way to start my day. They brought me kind conversation, creative thoughts and encouragement. They give me money for art and tell me to make more.
The morning’s cool breeze makes me feel alive. Blows my troubles away.
I’m thankful for air conditioning. Im thankful for friends. And I’m thankful for colors that are pretty. Also I saw an incredible spider web last night and I looked at that spider and wondered how she had all of that intelligence in her tiny spider brain.
I drew this smile on top of a bolt sticking out of the sidewalk yesterday while at Plywood Presents Conference in Atlanta.
Hi. This is part of a painting im almost finished with. It really makes me happy. I started it recently when Jason Hales was taking my picture and asking me questions. I find it easier to discuss things if I painting or drawing. I bet if you lived in this painting you wouldn’t have to pay bills or deal with jerks. I bet we could eat funtime sandwiches for lunch and sit in the warm sun and at night we could look at our glow in the dark appendages and let our toes sit on the cool grass. Yes yes we would.
I put art wherever I go. A lot of times I do not go too far so the streetfolk art stays near my house. Other times I get a chance to take art way out in the country.
Sometimes my art might not mean much on the surface. The words I say might not resonate with you. You might be confused to the purpose. Other times I have a more direct mission with my signs. This was one of these times.
Carmen40. Well you can figure out the rest but I know Carmen and she lives way up in the country. If you know Carmen then you would love her too. So Happy Birthday to my sister-n-law :)
Street folk in the country…. #bearsaroundga
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Tagged art, bears, bearsaroundga, blackcattips, carmen40, georgia, hand painted signs, painting, roadside art, street folk
Hello. Last week I had a day with more hours unbusy than busy so I painted the other side of my family’s old truck. I painted the driver’s side earlier this summer. I think I need to drive this thing around— see what happens. If you see it rolling around you should HONK and WAVE a few times.
P.S. It is a shifter truck.
I have been working on my prints for the upcoming Inky Mixtape screen print collaboration show. This set was printed by three other guys and then handed to me. Some of them I painted over more than others. I struggled a bit and had to let them sit a while. In the last few days my mind opened up and I painted my layers on top of the previous ones.
Who knows what they will look like by the time of the show, but this is how they look currently. It is nice to switch up mediums and paint with new supplies on new surfaces. Sometimes it takes a different type of project to make that happen.
Change can inspire you.
Stay tuned for the show details in the near future.
It is such an honor to be asked by Coca-Cola to create posters for their 100th anniversary of the Coca-Cola Contour Bottle. I made three posters and this one was chosen to be displayed in the World of Coke Museum in Atlanta from May 2015 through May 2016.
We went yesterday to see the display. The exhibit is called Kiss The Past Hello.
I grew up in Atlanta and my family always had a Coke somewhere near by. My mom always treasured the little glass bottle ones. They would also try to convince me that they were medicinal and would help my ails. Must have been ol’ Pemberton whispering in their southern ears.
I am very excited to be part of this Kiss the Past Hello anniversary exhibit. Thank you Coca-Cola for asking me to create some art for you.
My BlackCatTips BEAR told me to tell you what I said on that poster is true. It Does Makes Your Belly Grin…
See the original blog post and Coke posters I designed here.
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Tagged art, atlanta, bear, blackcattips, folk art, kiss the past hello, makes your belly grin, mashupcoke, painting, pemberton, poster, streetfolk, world of coke museum
Thursday evening I was lucky enough to have a film about my streetfolk art showed at the Plaza Theater in Atlanta. It was one of three shown with HomeSpun. I did some Q&A with the crowd and showed them some of my art.
Quite an experience to see yourself on a movie screen. I was impressed with the crowd size too. I even took my parents and my wife. Not sure my parents knew what to think.
Thankful to those who made this little documentary and Homespun and the Atlanta Film Festival for showing it in such a big way.
See the film here. “Making what you do” by Whitney Reed and Nathan Bolster, edited by Brock Hanson.
I did a little more to my project up on the corner. I built a cyclops lightning rod and painted it up real good. I was asked if I was building a peach stand so I said,” Yes.” Just say Yes. Don’t say No.
While Joel Doll Head helped my install the cyclops, a little kid walked up. He stood there holding his mother’s hand. He started to read. Then he said,” Ultra Happy Corner Project.”
We hollered out in delight. It worked!
Check out this article about the corner project.