Happy Magnet Faces (paint can make you smile)

A long time ago I was going to make giant BlackCatTips BEAR to go on a stainless steel beer brewing tank — a BlackCatTips Beer Bear to overlook the interstate. After I purchased the magnetic material I was told on the phone by my friend at the brewery that magnets do not stick to stainless steel! Oh. Now you tell me. Dang. Through our trials we will become all the wiser.

I did find other uses for my magnetic material. I made all kind of things and then I bought some more. Recently I decided I would like to make some round magnet faces — similar to my paint lid can men I make. I have created 17 that I will release for sale this Wednesday August 9, at noon Atlanta, Georgia time.

At high noon, the link for purchase will be on BlackCatTips.com

Now… let’s see…where did I ever put that hot coffee?

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Photo by Maria Brooks. Coffee by Batdorf and Bronson/ aka Dancing Goats

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see you soon,
Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Thinkin’ A Lot (without thinkin’ too much)

You will give an ARTIST TALK to a crowd of people in an auditorium. You will stand on a stage and tell about yourself and the things you make out of a part of your mind you don’t completely understand. You will speak of your inspirations and feelings. I will ?! Yes…. you will. So I did.

Last Wednesday July 26th I gave a talk in conjunction with my current show at Spalding Nix Fine Art. I spoke to a room full at ADAC. I even played a little harmonica.

I enjoy talking to folks. I enjoy telling little stories and jokes. Sometimes it is difficult for me to wrangle in all my thoughts into a presentable speech — but I usually enjoy the presentation portion and interacting with a crowd. I think it helps to speak about something you know well and something that is close to you heart and soul.

Big thanks to Reid Childers of Eyesome Productions. He filmed and edited this event into a really nice video. He even told me some crazy stories. I am very thankful to him and his time.

So take a little time here and there, and  watch your ol’ pal BlackCatTips talk about his thoughts and his paintings he started while on an art residency at Hambidge  in North Georgia.

BlackCatTips Art Talk from Eyesome Productions

see you soon,
Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Lookin’ For Lost Keys (swamp swap shop)

Recently, I was lucky enough to meet a couple fellas down in the swamps of the Doll’s Head Trail. I was just down there looking across the water for birds and turtles. These guys in black outfits walked up and told me their names were Zach and Matt. They said they ran a little store called Williams Street Swap Shop. They even said they didn’t believe in money. Now who says a thing like that?!

Zach and Matt asked for my help in finding their lost keys. I didn’t have much better to do at the time, so I walked along with them and told them a few stories. We spoke about grandpas and geese and bears. We talked about a lady in an elevator. Something about those guys was a little off, but I decided to help them out anyway. By the time we were finished looking, they gifted me a saw — The finest saw I ever seen!

I am glad I met Zach and Matt of the Williams Street Swap Shop.

You have 11 minutes don’t ya? Then sit back and watch our little adventure here.

see you soon,
Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Xfinity Rooftop and BlackCatTips (floppy ears and a red snout)

I had a big day yesterday at SunTrust Park as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks. I signed autographs in the Xfinity Rooftop lounge for all the folks who waited patiently for the new BlackCatTips // Atlanta Braves T-Shirt. This event was part of the new Xfinity Atlanta Artists Series.

I have been working several months on the artwork and it was great to see it all come together. Big thanks to Walker Anderson for making this all happen. Thanks also to those who made the event run so smoothly — all 500 shirts were handed out and lots of BlackCatTips baseball cards. Yesterday was my first visit to the new stadium. It was all so fresh and new. I was even interviewed up on the giant 120′ wide jumbotron screen over outfield. Now that was a pretty crazy thing to see!

Now… if I could have only shown them my long slow wind up and my killer fastball.

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see you soon,
Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Interview With 11Alive WXIA ( talking picture taking)

11Alive News came out the other day. I put on my big hat and waited on them. Jennifer Leslie was real nice. She asked me questions and I told her some stories.

We spoke about my relationship with MoxieUSA and the mural project we did for Delta Airlines Big Thank You event.

Thanks to everyone involved for making this happen. It was a fitting end for the Big Thank You project.

see you soon,
Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Talkin’ Totem Poles (forward warrior 2017)

I painted for Forward Warrior 2017, an annual street art event in Atlanta’s Cabbagetown neighborhood. Instead of painting a brand new mural, I decided it might be fun to decorate 2 existing ones. I added my talkin’ totem poles to murals by Ally White and Sanithna. I cleaned up some places and made some fun faces.

I showed up the first day to paint but my brain wasn’t in the right place. I came back a few days later and tried to find my groove. I am pretty sure I found it. The bugs and the mud and hot times tried to take it away but I showed them :) Put good music in my ears and some paint on my brush and I can paint for days. Thanks Forward Warrior.


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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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An Examination Of Time (things I did)

Here are some photos from the last couple days. You can see some of the art I have made and delivered. I drove around. I painted outside at home. I have been shifting gears. I liked the dry days more than the rainy ones. I enjoyed working in the sun.

Thanks to those who support what I do. It means the world to me.

I also had some flowing thoughts about our place in time —or eternity, if you will.


They were only with us for a little while. You see, they were here for a season to place a feeling in your mind— an emotion in our soul. They were here as mind farmers. Mental seed planters. Now they are but ghosts — spirits from our past.

Time has ticked on. Time has rolled on to the next segment. You are still an important part of time but your role is now new and different. The years move on. Will you embrace this new season?

I’m struggling with the new age. In my mind I am still reaching back to the old — what is now somewhat archaic and covered in a yellow crackly tinge. I’m still reaching back to what was— but isn’t anymore.  Do you see? Do you hear what I am telling you?

I realized a little while ago that time has these seasons or segments. Time as a whole seems cyclical and patterns emerge. But your life continues to evolve into new eras. Our lives are all interconnected yet looping away and then back towards one another. A large turning net of energy and memories that sometimes overlaps. Sparks fly. Energy shifts. These are benchmarks of your life. Remember when….?

My life today is very different than my life a year ago or four years ago.

I think it is the same, but it is not. I want the past to stay present but that can not be. I should tuck those thoughts and memories away and use them to grow into this next phase. Fertilize the tree of your life.

Time moves on down the line.

It is a new season.

What will I become in this new segment of infinity?

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Bowl Full Of Happiness (show opening)

My new show, A Bowl Full of Happiness, had an opening reception Saturday June 24th. I have been working on a new collection, of paintings on canvas, since February of this year. This is the first time I have worked with Spalding Nix Fine Art  located in Buckhead neighborhood of  Atlanta, Georgia.

I took the canvases with me to Hambidge Center for my art residency in early March. The cold blue winter days were still hanging on in the north Georgia mountains. The paintings began to take shape there. I was cold and making a lot of hot soup. I was walking everyday alone in the mountains. I was studying the trees and rocks — watching the water flow and looking at the green moss. I finished the paintings back at my new studio in Arabia Mountain U.S.A. by the time summer was moving in.

Saturday evening was the big opening event and I was excited to debut this new collection of 17 paintings. You can see them all here.

The show will be on display until September 1st of this year. Please feel free to contact Spalding Nix Fine Art for hours and stop by soon to experience the new art.


Read what the AJC (Atlanta Journal – Constitution) had to say about my show here.


 

Here are a bunch of photos from the opening. All photos by Amanda Greene .

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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Painted Paper Letters (i used to love you)

The pink petals unfold and there are hand painted paper letters inside. I unfolded them and I lined them up on the ground. They read…. I USED TO LOVE YOU. The brown man in the turban was chewing gum.  My dog started to dig a hole. The wind blew lightly from the east.

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Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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The Puzzling Pointy People (1000 pieces for charity)

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Hi.

I painted the Puzzling Pointy People recently for this project with 25th Century Games. They have taken my painting and converted it into a 1000 piece puzzle as part of their new project to benefit 4 Atlanta non-profit organziations. I am glad I just was in charge of the paint because that is a lot of pieces to cut out. Whew!

We are happy to announce that the Community Piece Project is now live! Learn more about these Puzzling Pointy People and how you can help support these local Atlanta organizations: Atlanta Community Food Bank, 48in48, Lifeline Animal Project, and the Historic Oakland Cemetery.

Visit Community Piece Project for all the info on how you can get a BlackCatTips puzzle and signed framable giclee prints.

Note: Puzzle, prints and the original painting are all  20″x 28″ in size.

see you soon,
Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks



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