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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Tagged art, atlanta, blackcattips, folk faces, grant park, on my way home, painted stumps, painting, street art, street folk
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.
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.
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Tagged 20th anniversary, atlanta, atlanta intown paper, birthday cake, blackcattips, brooks, cover art, illustration, news, painting
Posted in painted van, painting
Tagged art, atlanta, atlanta ballet, auto tattoo, blackcattips, brooks, dogs are always naked, honda van, neofolk, one shot, painted car, painted van, painting, shaazam, street folk
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!”
Posted in painting, travel essay
Tagged art, blackcattips, folk painting, georgia coast, gnome, reynolds mansion, santa, santa claus, sapelo island, sapelo lighthouse, sapelo santa, tin art
Posted in mural, painting
Tagged alligator, art, bears, blackcattips, brooks, hog hammock, mural, painted bus, reynolds plantation, sapelo island, street folk, the georgia conservancy
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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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.
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.