Bitter Southerner Film (the biscuit house)

I’m so happy to show you this little film Bitter Southerner made about me. Thanks to Troy Stains and Jason Travis for riding around in my truck and filming me talking about biscuit houses and thunderstorms. If you ever are going to be on camera you should wear a red sock hat and a red bandana. I heard it takes the weight off that the camera puts on. All evens out..you see?

- kyle



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BirdMan Monster (Forward Warrior phase 2)

I painted another mural for Forward Warrior. There was an empty wall and the boss man asked me if I wanted to— so I said I would. There was a mural being painted as a collaboration between four guys based on Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are book. I painted my section to blend in with theirs. I took my insipration from the giant parakeet bird monster in the book. I drew it and the undrew it and came up with what you see here. It was fun to paint a big old non-scary monster man. He is clean and bright and was fun to paint.

Thanks to Greg Mike, Big Teef, Corey Davis and Catlanta for letting me tag along and paint an addition to their project. And thanks to Peter Ferrari for asking me to be involved with Forward Warrior 2015.

You meet so many folks when you paint on the street in the sunlight. People help you out and bring you things and tell you great stories. It makes you feel glad inside.

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- kyle




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Folk Truck (alligator extra yellow)

This is the brand new 1984 Chevy S10 pickup Folk Art Edition (FAE) equiped with an extra yellow alligator and a crazy dood in the back. Great for picking up a load watermelons or hauling a mess of sticks. You might as well have some fun while you drive around town. Country dogs like to ride in the back too.

This was my grandpa’s truck he used to drive to work. I think he would have been proud to drive it now.

Bless This Truck!

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- kyle



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Pool Party (Forward Warrior 2015)

So hey— I painted a mural last weekend for Forward Warrior 2015. Over 30 artists painted this year in coopoeration with CSX and the Cabbagetown Neighborhood Association. I was supposed to paint with some other realy talented guys but things got kind of busy and then I said,”I am going to paint over those bushes there!

And then I did. Splish Splash. I always love painting. I love it so much. If you drive down Wylie street slow down and say,”HI” to the swimming fish.

P.S. It was Father’s Day and my Dad stopped by.

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- kyle



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Doggy Dogg Hobo Mural

I finished work on the new Doggy Dogg hotdog restaurant in Decatur. It sits on Howard street across from  Kimball House. James HotDog, aka Mr. Doggy Dogg, asked me to paint some hobo hotdogs so I ran with the idea. I am wishing him the best of luck. He has a vision and is making it happen. That inspires me so much.

Doggy Dogg will open for business soon. When you stop by walk all around the little building and see all the happy Dogg folks! Tell ‘em I sent ya.


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- kyle

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Black Sheep (black heart)

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I have been painting in the sun— the bright sun where I look for shade. The bright sun where dark glasses and long sleeves and a bandana are a must. The sun makes you think.

I have been thinking about the 23rd Psalm. The Lord is my shepherd. He leads me to green pastures. I want to find green pastures. I want to find peace. I don’t know where these thoughts come from. They just show up and I look at them a while. I see a babbling creek and cool green grass and a tree to lean against and daze the afternoon away. I want to daydream about daydreaming— Smoke a pipe and watch the birds fly by. I need a shepherd. I need a break.

I used to own four goats and I learned what it means to be a shepherd. To lead wandering brainless idiots through peril.— lost in the woods. I understand the metaphor.  I am a black sheep.

I am a black sheep that can’t seem to do anything right. A black sheep who wanders and does the same stupid things over and over and almost eats the poison plants and almost falls over a cliff and cuts up his legs on the briars of despair. I understand because I am the black sheep who needs more hope than all the rest. I know I am. I live with myself.

I know I am saved and I know about the miracle of Grace but how can one like me with my dark thoughts and wandering mind be worth saving? I paint black hearts because of the symbolism inside of me. I want to be full of love and I know at times I am but I feel plagued by this dark black heart. I paint the black heart because I deal with it everyday.

I am a sheep but I am a black sheep and the sun is so hot.

- kyle




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Thank You Card

 

Sometimes it is good to give Thanks. So you send a card that looks like this.

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- kyle



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Painting Hobo Hotdogs (doggy dogg decatur)

I have been painting for my friend James HotDog who owns Doggy Dogg.  James is opening a hotdog cart concept in a walk-up restaurant in Dectaur across from Kimball House. I am doing some decorating for him.

I have been painting hobo hotdogs. These hotdog guys I am painting make me laugh. I will paint one and then it is just so funny to me. It helps even out the stress. I am thankful for things like that. Things that take the trouble away for a little bit without side effects— just pure goodness.

I also like painting on location because I get to meet new people. I have met a whole bunch of folks from the buisnesses around that area: a nice old walking fella named Leehe is 71, walks twice a day, hung sheet rock all his life and his family lives in Athens, William & Kizzy from Kimball House who wear fancy clothes, Phillip the meat cooker— who wears a bandana and smokes the brisket behind the buiding, and Charles the real country worker man—he says PABLO in a super slow syrupy country way. I love it. I really do. (When they arent around I practice talking like Charles and Phillip.)

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Street Folk Poems

Have you ever had anything to say but it wouldn’t come out right? Have you had the words but not in the right order? Finally said them but they came out upside down? That is how I feel- a lot.

I installed a series of Street Folk Poems in Taproom coffee in Kirkwood Atlanta. They will be there for a little while. See a few of them down here below.

I feel pretty tired. Bye.

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Self Portraits (new paintings in my hands)

I have made a lot of new art in recent days. I took pictures of myself holding some of my new paintings. Everything it temporary.

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- kyle



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