Today Nathan and Whitney came over for a good time talkin’. I sat in a rocking chair and they sat up their gear–microphones and stands and cameras in bags and sacks. I did not know what we would talk about but somehow I said a lot. Whitney must be a truly fine questioneer! My dog just laid in her little round bed.
They are going to make a little film about me and my art and the things I am trying to do around our city. They wanted to know the origins of some of my creations and the thoughts behind all of my painting. I told them how I fell down once by a chicken coop and how my Mom catches squirrels for fun. I told them where the bears came from and how I started painting on wood. My neighbor poked his eyes around the corner and looked. A crow flew up and watched. The wind blew.
I told them how I saw things. Then I did some painting for them. Whitney said I painted with the “spirit of a grandma looking over my shoulder.” I think it went pretty well. I can’t wait for the film to be finished and see what they come up with. Thanks guys.
P.S. My dog is still laying there.
I want to say something. All my life I have had ideas and questions. Sometimes there is no one to ask. Sometimes there are no answers. Sometimes there isn’t just one answer but many. Sometimes people do not want to hear the truth or the reasons why. I have many words in my head going round and round. Some are really funny and some are not for you to hear. I needed more room in my brain so I decided to get a few out.
I hope you enjoy reading them.
I have a limited amount of these prints left from my Festival of the Bears art show. They are 2 color silkscreen prints. Each have been individualized with hand painted elements. They are printed on card stock. Please contact me here if you would like to purchase.
$25 (free shipping) in U.S. / While supplies last
Silkscreen – hand painted – 18″ tall x 12″ wide. 2013.
Last Thursday was the first ever Festival of the Bears. This was an art show with my paintings put together by Jason Dominy and Batdorf & Bronson Coffee. It featured food by Far East Dogs, King of Pops, Dancing Goats Coffee. Moreland Magic Three and Muleskinner Macqueen Trio performed. Artist Hilary Yarbrough also had some of her paintings and prints for sale. The event was held at the Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters in Atlanta, GA.
Those are the facts.
I would like to thank all those who attended. Thank you to those who bought art. It was great to see you all. I think it was a great few hours with some good music and fun friends. Thanks to Jason Dominy and his efforts to better our community. He is a happy man with a great love for our town and all the good things it can be. I tip my hat to you sir.
See many more event photos here.
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Tagged artshow, batdorf, bears, blackcattips, brooks, coffee, folk, folk art, jason dominy, kyle brooks, The Festival of the Bears
I am making a limited edition silkscreen print for my upcoming show — Festival of the Bears. My friend Peter helped me. We did the printing this weekend at his house. He has a screen printing setup in his basement. He wore his fancy green shirt for good luck. I appreciated that.
Before I screened the prints I painted on the paper. I wanted to make them all a little different. After the prints are dry I will do a few more things to them to give them all a unique touch. Splatter splatter splat!
I took some photos during the process. I also walked around bent over because the ceiling was low. On the way over to their house I saw a plastic Santa on the side of the road. I told them about it and Peter’s wife and boy went and picked it up. It must be a Christmas miracle! (The Santa looked surprised.)
I think the prints turned out really nice. I am looking forward to the show this Thursday, May 30th. Hope to see you there between 7 and 10.
Old fences chopped up. Bits and sections of ticker tape. New colors. Primer and brushes and a mind full of words. I make these signs out of colors I have on hand.
Something speaks to me and I then speak to you. A flow of consciousness through us all. A flow of ideas over old wood scraps and through paints left over from other projects. A message in my hands. A collection of feelings I need to share.
I sit on the edge of the woods. A small voice asked me if we will see any turtles today. A black hawk flies above. Shadows creep all around. A flower blooms.
Things are smaller than you will ever know. The world is all around us. The Spirit flows over an around and into. I try to remember this everyday I am alive.
Sometimes in life we get a second chance. Sometimes at first it seems like a let down or like you have failed. Then after a bit you realize that a second chance was what you needed. You have an opportunity to make things bigger and better– add more color, make it more fun. That is what happened to me with my signs I created for Turning Sun School.
Due to weather and unforeseen circumstances, the first signs had to be replaced. I decided after talking with Alicia and Stephanie from the school to make them more art and less signs. I installed them this week and like them a lot better than the first go-round. The school is very happy with them too.
Thanks for my second chance.
P.S. They gave me the shirt I’m wearing on the photo.
Today I woke up angry– really angry. I felt pretty mad too. After stomping around for an hour I went over to do some live painting at the KirkWood SpringFling in Atlanta, Georgia. There were a bunch of other people doing paintings too. I reckon there were about a dozen artists working.
All the artists were given 4 foot by 8 foot panels. This was in collaboration with the Kirkwood Festival and Sam Flax Art Store. I spent a few hours painting. I worked out my angry feelings on some cat paws and tail. I painted a dog too and some spotted mushrooms. The fun came back.
The weather was just right with a little warm wind. The paint dried quickly. A bird flew by. I hardly even made a mess.
I had a bunch of folks walked by and looked. If you came by and spoke to me I sure do appreciate it. I had a few special comments that really made my day.
I finished my painting and the rain held off. Then I walked around a while. I went home feeling “Un-Mad.” I suppose painting did the trick.
Did you know art is good for things like that?
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Tagged art, blackcattips, cat, dog, festival, fun, kirkwood, KirkWood SpringFling, live painting, mushrooms, paint, psychedelia, sam flax
I am walking around and I look down. I see some charcoal thrown out or left over from a camp fire or a grill. I bend down and pick it up and now I have something to draw with. A drawing tool made by nature.
It is the same compulsion as when I am in a room with a piano or guitar. I want to go and make some sounds. I want to go and draw on the ground. I feel the need to create something. I want to leave my mark.
Last night at the East Atlanta Farmers Market I found some charcoal chunks. I picked them up and started drawing. The next thing I knew I had a crowd of kids around me asking me questions– talking in my ear. It is funny how just the act of drawing attracted them. They were so excited. We drew some bear faces and a dog. One of the kids said a bunch of fake words and gibberish. I suppose he wanted to keep me guessing.
Funny what a burnt up chunk of wood can do.
You know there is that old saying about “making some people happy some of the time…” Well I encountered that this week. Some people were and some people were not.
I have a lot of folks that write me and tell me what my work means to them. Nice people with nice things to say. Those words mean a lot. They make me feel good about what I am doing. I had some folks the other day bring me some painting supplies and talk for a while. They were nice in their hearts and full of friendship and love. I could tell and when they had left I felt happy.
Other people seem to take issue with the same things that make some folks happy. I do not understand but it seems to be true. My friend Hudson found my PIE SIGN that had been torn down. A guy was putting it in his truck and Hudson said that he would like to take the sign back to me.
I decided to repaint it and put it back up. So I did. I went over to Hudson’s driveway and painted a Pink Pig Pie Party! Hudson supervised the process. When we picked it up to load it in the truck I noticed a message of sorts on the back. It appeared as if the people who took it down left me a note. I thought about what they wrote for a while. You can see the message they wrote me on the image of me in the yellow hat (above). It appears as if they take great issue with what I am doing.
I was happy that they used the word “preach.” I really just set out to say things that I feel. A lot of time it is a roadside confessional– a message to myself. I need to get things off my chest. A lot of time these things just flow out. I do not plan them. I actually have a lot of tension and stress so I laugh at how my signs are about “Love and Peace“, as they wrote. A while ago I asked God to just use me as He wanted. I am not going to worry anymore about the rest.
It is a simple message with a simple goal. I just want to share some fun and happy thoughts with others. I just want to make people think for a minute and laugh. I want that little kid in the backseat to see the happy faces in the woods or the elderly woman being driven somewhere to see that bear looking back at her. Even if the people who took my sign down want me to, I can’t really turn it off or stop. I just make and paint as the images show up in my brain. I will not apologize for that.
I do have soul. I have had one for a while now and I don’t plan on selling it.
Posted in street art, writing
Tagged art, atlanta signs, blackcattips, folk art, hate mail, love, painting, peace, pie, pink pig, some people happy some of the time, soul, street folk, the pie sign