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?
Posted in art festivals, painting
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
I had to take a painting apart. It was 8 feet tall. The original title was Ten French Squid. It can be seen here.
The reasons for its disassembly are personal so don’t think about asking me. Please do not even try. It wouldn’t be worth your while.
Now the painting is about 4 foot tall– 4 feet high and rising. I painted it last summer during a solo show I had. It was June 2nd and the air was thick with humidity and tentacles.
The painting is acrylic and aerosol on wood panel. I want to find this half painting a good home. If it interests you please send me a note and we will make it happen.
I think we should make it happen.
A real nice guy gave me some cardboard. He works for a TV making show and gave me some scraps of wood and cardboard to paint on. So I did what seemed logical and painted a HOT FISH sign.
I painted it this week and then put it up today. I was going to put it up the other night but in the exact hour I was going over the store next door had some sort of emergency bomb scare issue. In the end I think it was all hype but I stayed away– far away. No FBI or SWAT teams please.
I went over today and put the sign up. A couple guys were hanging out so I talked to them. They were named JR and KW. They were happy to pose for a photo.
Hope you see the “smilin’ hot fish” on your way home.
I also made a film of my hot fish painting so watch it here.
Lately I have been doing a number of things. Little bits of this and that all stacked up in a pile. I thought I would just share a few photos of what I have been working on.
I delivered some new paintings to Tomatillos in East Atlanta. This painting of Jungle Cat and Red Birds was one of the new ones.
I painted a hot fish sign. It will be installed soon. I made a film about painting it. You can see it here.
I made a t-shirt out of my Trinity Bear Sign I had painted. Three eyes are better than one. I thought the shirt looked really nice. You can order one here.
I saw my art tattooed on someone’s arm. This is the final colored version. I still can’t believe this is real. I think I might need to get ny art on my own arm soon.
I delivered this Red Goat painting.
Last night I put this sign up. Not only was I lost but I forgot how to paint the word “think.” Oh well.
I have been thinking about a lot of things lately. I think about why I have problems. I think about why planes in the sky leave trails behind them. I think how I always see people around town that I have met before. I also think how in different cities around the world they all breathe the same mass of air. I think about how the water on the Earth is the same water we have always had– Over and over and over. Recently I started thinking about pie. So I made The Pie Sign.
I painted the sign at home and about the time the paint was dry my friend Chimento gave me a call. He said he would help me so I went and picked him up. I gave him the camera and a few pointers and he documented the pie sign install.
While on the side of the road a guy walked up. His name was Mr. Mike. He was sad I only had a pie sign and no real pie to offer. Made me think perhaps I should open a pie store. I think I would call it “Ye Olde Pie Store.” Mr. Mike was nice enough to hang around for a handshake and a photo with yours truly.
A car rolled up as I was about down and rolled down their window. A lady stuck her head out and said, “Will you draw a bear in the pollen on my hood?” Next thing I knew I was drawing a big bear in the pollen dust on the hood of a fancy car! Her name was Erika. I told her I bet my Dad might drive by and think he saw me cleaning windshields at the corner gas station. She said her daughter had a blackcattips bear in her room.
It makes me happy to make signs and paint pictures. Even if the signs are for nonexistent stores, it still makes me happy. Maybe because I have aways liked to do pranks as I was growing up. Maybe because I just like doing odd things no one else does. Maybe I am just trying to survive in the human shell I was given.
I hope your Pie is always Fresh and Hot!
I made a film about the installation of the Pie Sign. Chimento helped me film it all. I think it turned out really nice. Please watch it here.
Posted in street art
Tagged art, atlanta, blackcattips, brooks, east atlanta, hand painted sign, i-20 east, pie, pie sign, street art, street folk, the pie sign
Yesterday I went and painted at Sam Flax – Atlanta. They are having 30 artist for 30 days. It is all to benefit One Love Generation. Then on May 3rd there will be a showing with a silent auction at Kai Lin Gallery.
I had a good time talking to people– Lionel and Leonard Flax, Jerry, Ish, Zach, Pierre and Lauren. It was good to meet you all.
I painted a Cheshirelephant. I hope he will wrangle in plenty of money for One Love Generation with his long elephant trunk.
See you soon.
Since I showed the time lapse of me painting the Turning Sun School sign really fast I thought I would show part of the install too. It was the first day of April and the sun really got warm. I had to shed my vest and trade it for a straw hat. I hope you enjoy watching me move really fast. Also, I hope no beavers chew the sign down.
Watch the movie here.
I went back in some better light and took a few photos of the final signs.
Posted in hand painted signs
Tagged art, atlanta, blackcattips, brooks, eastlake, hand lettered, hand painted, oakhurst, signs, time lapse, turning sun