San Jose Holiday Craft Fair/2018 Art Shows

The final art show of 2018 led me back to the San Jose Craft Fair at the San Jose Convention Center. This place had a lot of stuff for the holiday season and was the perfect place for people to find the best Christmas present.

Was I going to bet that Linda Cullen was going to show up at this show? My instincts thought that she wasn’t, but to my surprise she actually did! I don’t know what it is!

There was another booth that I definitely enjoyed! An artist named Tracey designs custom-made signs using recycled license plates found off of old cars and the best part is that she lets her customers design any kind of sign they want to.

They can be used as racks to store car keys or other things. I don’t know how I’d make greeting cards like that, but anything can happen!

As 2018 comes to a close, there were a lot of shows that I went to this year and I’d like to review them all:

-Treasurefest

-Sacramento Toy Con

-Mountain View Al A Carte & Art

-Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival

-Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival

-Livermore Art & Wine Festival

-Artist Alley (Card Sale)

-Fremont Festival of the Arts

-Niles Antique Fair

-Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

-Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

-San Carlos Art & Wine Festival

-Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-San Jose Holiday Craft Fair

With 2019 around the corner, I plan to revisit these shows and see some new ones and who knows what ideas will inspire me to create a new project and where my next card sale will take place!

Where in the World is Kevin’s Cards?

After my trips to Seattle and the East Coast with stops at Washington DC, New York, and Philadelphia earlier this year, I’ve been thinking about where my next destination would be because of my interest in traveling.

Recently, I’ve done projects based off places I’ve been to and plan to visit next. Each city that I did had the name of the city, skyline, city map, subway/metro map, sports teams, and major landmarks.

In addition to the cities, I’ve also done some with airports, train stations, and hotels because I feel that their the most important elements of travels.

With so many places to choose from, how do I decide where to go and what to see out there? Here’s a list of my top choices for destinations to visit:

CALIFORNIA:

-San Francisco

-Oakland

-San Jose

-Sacramento

-Lake Tahoe

-Wine Country

-Gold Country

-Santa Cruz

-Monterey

-Los Angeles

-San Diego

EAST COAST:

-New York City

-Philadelphia

-Washington DC

-Boston

MIDWEST:

-Chicago

-Indianapolis

-South Bend

-Cincinnati

-Cleveland

WEST COAST/SOUTHWEST:

-Las Vegas

-Seattle

-Oregon

-Grand Canyon

-Santa Fe

TEXAS:

-Dallas

-Houston

-San Antonio

THE SOUTH:

-New Orleans

-Atlanta

-Orlando

-Tampa Bay

-Miami

CANADA:

-Vancouver BC

-Edmonton

-Calgary

-Saskatoon

-Winnipeg

-Toronto

-Ottawa

-Montreal

EUROPE:

-London

-Paris

-Amsterdam

-Berlin

-Florence

-Rome

-Naples

-Venice

-Madrid

-Barcelona

ASIA:

-Hong Kong

-Shanghai

-Beijing

-Tokyo

-Manila

-Bangkok

-Singapore

AUSTRALIA:

-Sydney

-Melbourne

-Brisbane

-Canberra

HAWAII:

-Honolulu

-Maui

-Waikoloa/The Big Island

No matter if it’s a major city or a small town, there will always be something for me to explore wherever my next destination will take place! Now the only question is where to go? That’s definitely a tough decision for me and whole other story!

2018 College Bowl Games

With the regular season over, it’s now on to the 2018 College Bowl Games which will lead into the 2019 CFP Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium on January 7.

Here’s a list of the games to be played and which teams are competing in:

Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State/Arizona State

Potato Bowl: Western Michigan/BYU

Hawaii Bowl: LA Tech/Hawaii

Armed Forces Bowl: Houston/Army

Quick Lane Bowl: Minnesota/Georgia Tech

Cheez-It Bowl: CAL/TCU

First Responder Bowl: Boston College/Boise State

Independence Bowl: Temple/Duke

Pinstripe Bowl: Miami/Wisconsin

Texas Bowl: Baylor/Vanderbilt

Camping World Bowl: West Virginia/Syracuse

Alamo Bowl: Iowa State/Washington State

Music City Bowl: Purdue/Auburn

*Cotton Bowl: Notre Dame/Clemson

Belk Bowl: South Carolina/Virginia

Peach Bowl: Michigan/Florida

Arizona Bowl: Arkansas State/Nevada

*Orange Bowl: Oklahoma/Alabama

Sun Bowl: Stanford/PITT

Military Bowl: Cincinnati/Virginia Tech

Liberty Bowl: Missouri/Oklahoma State

Red Box Bowl: Michigan State/Oregon

Taxslayer Bowl: NC State/Texas A&M

Holiday Bowl: Northwestern/Utah

Outback Bowl: Mississippi State/Iowa

Rose Bowl: Washington/Ohio State

Citrus Bowl: Kentucky/Penn State

Sugar Bowl: Texas/Georgia

Fiesta Bowl: UCF/LSU

The winners of the Orange and Cotton Bowls will face off in the 2019 CFP Championship Game. With several undefeated teams, this will make the bowl games even more exciting! What will the overall outcome be? You never know what can happen!

To all the teams competing in the Bowl Games, good luck and may the best team win!

Two Years with Kevin’s Cards

This month marks two years of Kevin’s Cards!

The idea began after the passing of my grandfather, Honesto Tria in 2016, where the God Bless painting was transformed into custom-made sympathy cards to honor his legacy!

Since then, a lot of my best paintings have been made into greeting cards for all occasions and I’ve been selling them at different shows such as Artist Alley at the Alameda County Fair, and also gave them away to people who couldn’t afford to buy them.

This year, the cards have been updated with the new logo I created last year to replace my original picture and it turned out to be a better fit!

Since the holiday season is right around the corner, there will be new Christmas cards coming soon to send to loved ones!

As 2018 winds down and 2019 begins, I hope to create new projects and who knows what art show will Kevin’s Cards showcase next! 

San Francisco International Auto Show

Today, I attended the 2018 San Francisco International Auto Show at the San Francisco’s Moscone Center to check out the new cars for 2019.

All of them ranged from cars, pick-up trucks, SUV’s and everything in between, and the brands ranged from Ford, Chevorlet, Toyota, you name it.

Even though I don’t have a driver’s license, I still enjoy sitting in the driver’s seat in nearly every car I sat in and imagined I owned that car. In addition to finding my favorite one, I looked for cars similar to other people’s, like my friend Sam’s Toyota Camry.

If I were to pick my favorite car, it would be really difficult to decide because there’s a lot to choose from. However, my top choices would be either a Lexus GX or a pick-up truck from either Ford, Dodge, or Chevy, or Toyota, so I can carry lots of people if I’m driving.

None of my paintings or cards have cars in them because their not that easy to paint. If they did, they would definitely have a spot and people will rave about it!

Of course, this isn’t related to my art, it’s just an event I enjoy going to; and who knows, this can be a work of art!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! I’m sure you have a lot to be thankful for! Hope you eat lots of turkey and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and NFL games!

Happy Thanksgiving!

2018 PIA Card Sale

Today, I had my second card sale of the year at the 2018 Philippine International Aid (PIA).

When I did it last year, it was the debut of my new logo and business card so people could contact me to order new cards. In addition, I also displayed paintings from the past both through a slideshow and having the actual one.

The problem with that was the limited space that we had since I was sharing the space with someone else.

As with that sale, it was a little slow because a lot of people bought stuff from other booths and none of the paintings were sold. However, the business cards were a huge success. Plus, the set-up and clean-up took a lot of time. 

This year, I only sold cards which was a better idea because it didn’t take up a lot of space and the set-up and clean-up took virtually no time at all.

However, there was a rumor that I wasn’t going to sell anything at all because a lot of people would simply walk by my booth since it was shared with another person.

At first, it started out slow; then to my surprise, I started to get some sales and in the end, I made about $40. So at least it was better than selling nothing at all!

While I was selling my cards, some people having been giving me suggestions to use my paintings in new ways, such as T-Shirts, fridge magnets, or other things along those lines.

I have been finding new ways myself and the only projects I’ve done so far were posters and calendars, and I plan to create more.

If I were to do PIA again, maybe I’ll try to get my own table so I can have more room to display my stuff without having to share a table with someone else.

To those who attended and bought cards, thank you very much and I hope you enjoy my art! 

Logo Anniversary/PIA Card Sale

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Kevin’s Cards logo!

It was created in my graphic arts class at Laney College using inDesign. The design is a replication of a open greeting card with the initials K & C, although some people might refer it to as Kansas City.

This logo is used on all the new set of greeting cards and business cards, which is why the cards look better than the original ones. It also made its debut at last year’s PIA Card Sale.

Speaking of which, Kevin’s Cards will be returning to Philippine International Aid (PIA) this Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco from 10 AM – 4 PM.

Here are some reminders of event in case you plan on going: 

-Boutique Sale is Free Admission

-Luncheon/Fashion Show is $150

-Cards will sell for $1 Each or 6 for $5

This is a ONE DAY ONLY EVENT, so make sure you tell all your friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues because you don’t want to miss this! Hope to see you there!

Happy Veterans Day/San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Hope everyone had a great Veterans Day!

Thank you to all our brave men and women who served in the Armed Forces to keep our country safe!

How I spent my Veterans Day was a visit to the San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. Most of the stuff I saw were previous items from the past shows and gift ideas for holiday season.

When I was at that show last year, it was the first time I bought a bottle cap design from Linda Cullen with the Sacramento Kings logo after meeting them for the first time in Pleasanton, and I still have it to this very day!

In addition to that, I’ve mentioned about ideas for new projects with sports, television, fast food, travel, and other things along those lines.

Ever since I’ve being taking graphic arts classes and using some of these ideas, I’ve created a lot of posters and making a few updates here and there using inDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, and each one has its on personality.

Some of them are currently on the website, while most of them I have to myself to look at. Every once in a while, I’ll show them to other people to see what I’ve created.

However, everyone likes my paintings the best since they’re the ones used for my greeting cards. As I said, anything I create is a work of art no matter if it’s on canvas or a computer.

Going along with my art, any art show that I’ve been to can be a great place to display my creations and sell my cards because I know people will really enjoy it. The Harvest Festival in San Mateo is one example, along with San Jose or Pleasanton.

What other show can I do it at? The best thing for me to do is to keep visiting them and to see which one would work!

2018 College Basketball Season

Tonight, the 2018 College Basketball season will kick off!

Schools from all different conferences will compete in a bunch of match-ups which range from the PAC 12, BIG 10, BIG 12, SEC, ACC, and everyone in between!

Unlike college football, there are more schools to deal with and it’s really confusing on what school is in what conference, and of course they don’t call it March Madness for nothing!

Speaking of which, it’ll be a long journey to see who will make it to the 2019 March Madness Tournament and who be crowned the next champion!

I’ve already done some projects involving these schools including A House Divided because most of the rivalries and divisions are pretty much the same with college football, but maybe I’ll try one with basketball as well, even if it takes a lot more effort!

To all the teams out there, good luck and have a great season!