Painted Stumps (WOOD you?)

On my way home from a afternoon of mural work I went by a couple stumps that needed attention. I had them in mind since seeing them on our drive last Sunday afternoon. You must make note of things like this!

After a short visit, they now have eyes and a mouth and they can speak again. Now they will make people laugh. WOOD you like to smile?

p.s. (keep paint in your truck)

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Yellow Moon (like a thin banana)

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I wanted to make the moon.
Yellow and shaped like a thin banana.
Hanging from a thin wire painted black against the sky.

Over the ridge and down into the canyon.
That’s where I wanted to escape.
I took my rifle with me.
Occasionally I would look back over my shoulder and fire off a couple rounds just to hear the echo and let them know I as still angry.

I sold my home and moved away.
I left those bastards behind.
They had caused me trouble long enough—lies and backstabbing. Crimes and muck.
I had a few good neighbors that always were there but the bad ones wore me thin.
My soul worn ragged like a split tire halfway from Oklahoma to Salinas.
Tomorrow is always a new day.
Tomorrow is always over the knife ridge.
Tomorrow is the colors I paint and the happy faces I see in the distance.
Happiness is feeling tired from an honest days work while looking at the pink velvet sunset.

Happiness is something I share with you.

- kyle



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Atlanta Intown Paper 20th Anniversary (talking birthday cake)

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Way back in the sunny days of summer I got a call from Collin at Atlanta Intown Paper. They wanted me to create a cover for their 20th Anniversary issue. I said, “Sure” and several months later I woke to find out it was out on the street. There were a few more twists to the story but basically that is what happened. I am really thrilled they asked me and used my art throughout the special issue. Now I think I will buy a fancy hat.

You can read a digital version of the paper here.

- kyle




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Dogs Are Always Naked Van (Mom why are those people waving?)

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I painted a van. I mean to say I painted on a van— an automobile-tattoo job you might say. Some nice folks asked me if I would paint their 2004 Honda Odyssey. I spent five days in Cabbagetown, Atlanta painting and eating peanuts in a gravel driveway. In my time there I was serenaded by cello, drawn pictures, sang songs, brought coffee and recited lines in English accents by two little girls. I had a happy tail-flappin’ dog keep me company too. Thanks to John & Paige for giving me this opportunity.

“Peanuts in the morning, peanuts at lunch, peanuts in your mouth go crunch, crunch, crunch!

Maybe you will see this unique van around Atlanta. If you do, you can wave or scream they won’t mind. I promise.

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- kyle



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Sapelo Santa (Ho, Ho, Ho, Sapelo)

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While on Sapelo Island, Bryan from the Georgia Conservancy gave me a couple pieces of tin. He had found them in a field on the north part of the island. I started painting on one of them while I was there. I painted on the old tin near the beach, in front of the Reynolds Mansion and along side a salt marsh. For some reason, when I looked at the rusty metal I saw a gnome-styled Santa—  so Sapelo Santa was born. I am donating him back to the Georgia Conservancy. He will have a good new life. “Ho, Ho, Ho, Sapelo!”

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Sapelo Island Bus (the wheels go round)

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Last weekend we traveled again with the Georgia Conservancy. This time we rode the ferry to Sapelo Island, Georgia. As part of our service project we painted an old bus that is used on the island to move people and luggage. Over the years folks had written on it and treated it kind of like a bathroom wall. We freshened it up a bit and gave it some new clothes. Now when people see it waiting when they exit the ferry they can smile. If you ever visit Sapelo and go to Hog Hammock or the Reynolds Plantation you might just see it. Thanks to Bryan and the Georgia Conservancy for making this happen. It was a lot of fun painting somewhere you had to take a boat to get to.

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- kyle



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Sunday Drive

Sunday drives go down the road. One must always drive down. Unless of course you were headed up. Then that is different story. Away we go!

Yesterday we drove to visit my sister and my nieces and nephew. It was a really nice sunny afternoon. Along the way I kept stopping in the grass along the road and aside fields. Maria was feeling a bit woooozy with all of my stopping and starting. I put up a number of street folk or country art pieces — messages to you as you travel life’s highway. I am thanksful for nice days. I was also thankful for the little stormy morning we had last week too. I like change. Life makes sure you get a good dose of it.

If you travel along the same roads we did, you should look at the art on poles and tell a friend. I am sure it will be a good conversation starter.

P.S. When I was high on the pole I saw the neatest airplanes you ever did see.
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Up In The Stars (Moon Man watches)

The other day we had our heads up in the stars. We climbed a ladder in the city and took a look around. The Moon Man was out and keeping watch. I hope you see the what is above the clouds from time to time. Sometime the night is nice.

After we climbed back down we walked on the Atlanta BeltLine and saw some of the new art on the EastSide Trail. Picured below is a sculpture from my friend Charlie Brouwer.

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- kyle



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East Atlanta Strut (4th time around)

The East Atlanta Strut was last weekend. This was my 4th time around with this event. Actually 4 years ago it was my very first festival show. Ain’t that something?

These type of shows are a lot of labor but it is always great to talk to people and have a little street party all day long. Parties are good. The parade was really long and loud. I saw no clowns but I heard a few tubas. Boy they “sho can play those drums.” Maria brought me a veggie corndog. The sun came out. I paint bears.

Thanks to all those who came by and took some art home with them. It makes me glad you understand. I hope it makes you happy. Friends are good.

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Things I Have Done (since Monday)

  1. Had weird dreams and woke up stressed.
  2. Worried about things. For example: Willl the belts inside the washing machine snap during the spin cycle.
  3. Drove to Snellville, GA.
  4. Got really excited when a new glue mixture worked out.
  5. Washed most everything I owned to get rid of mystery bugs that came back from Ossabaw Island with me.
  6. Was gifted a walking stick.
  7. Climbed up a telephone pole.
  8. Worried about a homeless man who seemed to have some OCD issues. He lives at a closed gas station where I put some art up. He seems to havea lot of papers to organize.
  9. Looked for really big airplanes to fly overhead. Instead I saw a weird airplane shadow projected on the clouds.
  10. I am painting a Kitchen-Aid mixer.
  11. Preparing for the East Atlanta Strut.
  12. Drew a blue bear in a parking lot and bought a burrito from some really strange people.
  13. Got jealous and cussed.
  14. Itched my legs and arms and cussed.
  15. Drew a cool card for Maria.
  16. Cussed.
  17. Realized I can’t see very well at night.
  18. Bought a new grow light for my orchids.
  19. I was gifted a cool hand made knife from a guy in St. Paul named Workerman.
  20. Realized it is cool to paint blue and pink over black.
  21. Listened to Tripper by FruitBats, Lost In The Dream by The War on Drugs, and some old Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
  22. Started painting a large canvas with a lot of neon paint. (you will never catch me until I die/ and then it won’t matter anymore)
  23. Ate a bowl of vegetarian sancocho cooked with love by Yvonne.
  24. Wondered if you and I will be alright in the end. Dear GOD up in the sky will we?

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- kyle



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