UCLA/Stanford Game

Last night, my friend Justin and I watched the Stanford Cardinal take on the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. The tickets were courtesy of my uncle David Lambros, who is part of the Pac 12 officiating crew. This was Justin’s first ever college football game, and my third overall. One of the craziest moments was when two players were ejected from the game due to targeting, which is hitting a player with the crown of the helmet. One was against UCLA in the first quarter, and one against Stanford in the third. In the end, we managed to destroy UCLA by a final score of 58-34. The highlight of the night was meeting a lady named Kelly Macabe, who was sitting directly behind us. She asked us if we went to school at Stanford, and obviously we didn’t. Then, I told her that Dave got us the tickets, and that’s when we realized that she knows him because her husband, Mike is also a Pac 12 official, who happened to be officiating the game. We thought that we were talking to a random person! Of course, I had to tell her about my web page. In link to my interest in sports, I’ve been doing a lot of research on the biggest rivalry games because even though I enjoy watching my favorite teams, the rivalry ones to me are more intense. My future project might have something to do with all the rivalry games in sports, especially college football, such as Stanford/CAL, UCLA/USC, Army/Navy, etc. This would be a great way to decide which side people are on! Of course, my paintings will never go away since there the one thing everyone can agree on! It’s just a way to mix things up a little! 

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival/More Inspiration

If one art and wine festival wasn’t enough for me, another one gave me another chance to find more inspiration for my art. That’s where the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival came in to play. As usual, different artists displayed their styles of art for people to experience. Some of them returned from the Mountain View festival, and others were there for the weekend only. Overall, they all had great styles of art and it was kinda hard to choose one. However, there was one artist that just edged it out a little. An artist named Daniel Mason was giving a free painting demo at the State Farm booth. Of course I had to do it! He did have a sample for us to paint, but we were allowed to change it a little. With only a limited amount of equipment, how was I going to approach this? By breaking the rules and just showing off my artistic skills because in art, you can do whatever you want! Of course, it was a Bob Ross style painting. At the end of the demo, I decided to give it him just as a way to say thanks! During both festivals, I collected business cards from other artists and shared my website with them. This was a way for me to see their perspective of art and to get some ideas of how I can turn it into something created by me. In return, it’s also a chance for them to have some of my cards for them to send to their friends and relatives. Maybe someday my cards will be selling like hotcakes at festivals like these. On a side note, I picked up a book yesterday at a farmer’s market in Napa entitled Happy Little Accidents: The Wit and Wisdom of Bob Ross, to give me inspiration for new paintings that might turn into future greeting cards. Who knows where I might find more inspiration! 

Future Business Card

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! A potential business card for my new website may be coming in the near future! I’ll be starting to create some creative designs during the next couple of weeks in my graphic arts class. Hopefully, I’ll have it ready sometime this month! Once they’re released, the word will now be quickly spread out to people who plan on getting cards and potential posters. 

Thoughts and Prayers

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City. In addition to that, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated Houston, Texas and the Florida Coast. To those who have lost their lives and those who have survived, but currently struggling, my thoughts and prayers! Please be safe out there and let’s work together to get their communities put back together again!

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

This weekend, there were two events happening in the Bay Area: the Castro Valley Fall Festival and the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival. It was a tough decision for me to choose which event to attend. In the end, I decided to check out the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival. It turned out to be the best choice cause there were a lot more booths to explore and to see what would be my inspiration for future greeting cards and paintings. As I was discovering each one, I learned that there’s more than one way to make a card and there’s other things you can do with them aside from cards. For example, an artist named Alain Fastre’ created his masterpieces and turned them into serving trays. Another artist named Niklas Lyback used the same idea, but she used maps of the Bay Area and other places instead. I may not do serving trays, but seeing paintings and photographs of different landscapes definitely gives me the inspiration for future paintings. However, I wanted to expand my creativity with my interest in sports, such as baseball, basketball, and football. After developing an idea in the graphic arts lab at school, I wanted to see what else can be done. There were a couple of ideas that I got that could be turned into something that I plan to do in the future. One was from an artist who uses team logos and welcome signs out of stone. Another one used the same idea, only with wood, and bamboo for the front yard. The one thing they both had in common was that they created a thing called “A House Divided” where they use two teams to created rivalries such as the Oakland Raiders vs the San Francisco 49ers. Although I may not use stone or wood, it did give me an idea I can use in the graphic arts lab, and maybe they’ll be used for greeting cards or even a poster. The one rule I will use for myself is to only paint landscapes and create sport logos on the computer. Whenever I go to an art-and-wine festival, an antique fair, a flea market, or a swap meet, I’ll definitely find inspiration and use them in my future designs. Who knows, maybe someday I can sell my creations to other people at places like that. 

Back to Football

Tonight, the 2017 NFL season kicks off with the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at 5:30 pm PST on NBC. Sunday will feature a bunch of match ups, featuring the Tennessee Titans hosting the Oakland Raiders at 10:00 am PST on CBS, the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Carolina Panthers at 1:25 pm PST on FOX, and the Dallas Cowboys hosting their division rivals, New York Giants at 5:30 pm PST on NBC. The bad news is that the Battle of Florida match-up between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins is postponed due to Hurricane Irma, and will be rescheduled for week 11. Monday Night will feature a doubleheader on ESPN with the Minnesota Vikings hosting the New Orleans Saints at 4:10 pm PST, and the Denver Broncos hosting their division rivals the Los Angeles Chargers at 7:10 pm PST. It’ll be a long journey to find out which two teams will play in Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on February 4, 2018, and who will take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. For anyone whose a football fan and can’t find any greeting cards with that theme, I have just what you’re looking for. As of now, my current ones have an actual football on it, and it’s currently one of the most popular. To continue with the theme, I’ll try to create some for both 49ers, Raiders, and all other NFL teams, so everyone will be happy. It may not look exactly the same, but they should sell like hotcakes. To all of the NFL teams out there, good luck and have a great season! 

San Francisco 49ers Game

Last night, my friends, Justin, Sam, and I watched the San Francisco 49ers final preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi’s Stadium. This was Justin’s first time to watch a live football game, my second time, and Sam’s third time. When Sam and I went to the game two years ago, our seats were way up high, and we had to walk all the way to the top, even though it was a nice view. This time, we were closer to the field near the 10 yard line and we got to watch the game much better. In the end, we got an easy win with a final score of 23-13. Highlights included a 62 yard TD by quarterback CJ Beathard and 92 yard punt return by Victor Bolden. The real highlight for me was saying hi to referee John Hussey, and him waving back at me, although I did want to talk to him in person. With the regular season just around the corner, I’ll start designing cards with an NFL theme, although I do have one with an actual football to start with. 

Back to Painting

I returned to my art class at Laney College to start creating new designs for future greeting cards. We began by creating different styles of color wheels to show different shades/tints of colors. After showing my previous cards to others, there were great reviews from several students as well as professor Leslie. She mentioned to the class that you’re here to show off your painting skills because according to Bob Ross, “This canvas is your world. You’re the creator”. Of course, it didn’t take long for me to jump right into painting mode. This week, I worked on a smaller 8×10” canvas instead of my usual 16×20”, and it was back to basic paintings to refresh the imagination. As I was working,  professor Leslie stated to me, “You paint like crazy!” Well, what can I say? The kid still got it! As the weeks go on, there will be new masterpieces that will be developed into future greeting cards, including the color wheel. And I’ll try to upload pictures to see the progress that goes on. 

Niles Antique Fair

Today, I went to the Niles District of Fremont for the annual Antique Fair to see what people were selling. The items that were sold ranged from old antiques from back in the day, to newer stuff, and everything in between. The booths that I enjoyed the best were the sports wear such as jerseys, hats, T-Shirts, trading cards, and fan signs. The highlight of the day was buying a painting from a seller that painted it himself. At first glance, I knew that I had to purchase it, and he sold it to me for $5 because this painting was inspired by Bob Ross. After seeing all the things at the antique fair, it gave me the inspiration to create my own masterpieces that could turn into a future greeting card, whether it’s a Bob Ross style painting or something in the sports industry. In addition, I plan to continue to explore more antique fairs, flea markets, swap meets, or art-and-wine festivals, so I can find more hidden treasures to discover. Who knows what I might find! Maybe my cards can also be sold at these types of events. 

Hiatus/Back in the Saddle

I know I haven’t posted anything in a while, but I’ve been off for a while due to personal things going on. However, I do want to mention that I returned to uCamps for the second annual alumni camp at Camp Sempervirens in Boulder Creek. Coming back to camp was like bringing back old memories and seeing people I haven’t seen in years. Of course, I sent them cards along with paintings that looked like camp. Camp director, Blake referred to them as post cards, but it doesn’t matter how you look at them. Now I’m back at Laney College for another semester doing more paintings and studying graphic arts so I can further develop this website. Hopefully, I’ll start creating new designs for future greeting cards and a possible business card.