Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day!

Be sure to the love to your loved ones and sweethearts, and tell them how much you love them!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kevin’s Cards Brochure

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

A new brochure for Kevin’s Cards is officially under development!

This will give you more information about my website and see some paintings from previous years! Plus, it’ll give me a chance to spread the word so that people will get a chance to see my art and maybe order some cards!

This project will take several weeks to develop and hopefully it’ll be a great advertisement for Kevin’s Cards!

Super Bowl Champions

Congratulations to the New England Patriots for winning Super Bowl LIII!

Although it was a low-scoring game, the Patriots came out on top by a final score of 13-3 over the Los Angeles Rams, giving them their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy, which now ties the record with the Pittsburgh Steelers!

With football season now officially over with, its now on to the off-season with players being traded to other teams and getting contract extensions during the free agency, the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in March, and the NFL Draft in Tennessee on April 25 for the new players entering the league.

Before you know it, it’ll be a long journey to see who will compete in Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida on February 2, 2020 and who will be the next team to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy!

As mentioned before, I’ve done lots of projects revolving around the NFL including A House Divided, all NFL teams, stadiums, logos, and recently the Super Bowl because its fun to see whose playing against each other and all the variety of logos there are!

To all the teams, players, coaches, and referees out there, hope you had a great year and good luck next season!

Seattle Tour (University of Washington)

The final stop of my Seattle tour was a visit to the University of Washington.

This school is part of the Pac 12 Conference and is home to the Washington Huskies. This was also one of my top sites to visit because I’ve never seen it during my last two visits and now I finally had a chance!

The tour began with stops at Husky Stadium and Edmundson Pavilion, which are the sites for football and basketball, complete with a gorgeous sunrise over Mt. Rainier.

Then, it was onto the main campus itself, with a stop at the Drumheller Fountain while going through the Rainer Vista. This was the main entrance to the campus and it was the most picturesque site, especially facing toward Mt. Rainier at sunrise.

Then, it was onto touring the different halls around the campus, including the Smith Hall, named after me. Out of all the different classes they offered, my favorite was art because I could see myself taking any one of them and showing off my talents to everyone on campus! Maybe one of my projects would be something around the university or a landscape in Washington State.

Of course, no trip on campus would be complete without visiting a library, so the Suazzllo Library was the one I wanted to see because of the large reading room to study or read books, and that room reminded me of a colonial library. There was also a room named after me as well like the Smith Hall, so I guess you can say I found three Smith’s in Seattle!

Out of all the places on campus I saw, my favorite area was definitely the Husky Union Building (“HUB”) because it’s one of the best places to hang out when students aren’t in class.

This building had everything from a book store, a food court, and a Game Center with bowling, billiards, video games, foosball, and board games. When I visited the University of Maryland, their game room was closed.

However, this one was open and I had to try it out for myself. So, I played a couple rounds of pool and a did a little bowling. Even though I haven’t done it in a while, it was definitely worth the experience!

If I was in Seattle, I would definitely attend this campus and be part of the Washington Huskies while taking my favorite classes, living in a fraternity group or dorm room, hanging out at the Game Center with friends, and of course watch a live football or basketball game.

Overall, this tour of Seattle was definitely better than last year’s because I got a chance to see even more places and the weather was absolutely perfect with lots of sunshine and no rain!

I can’t wait to see where my next destination will take me!

Seattle Tour (Space Needle & A View of The City)

The tour of Seattle continued with more places I uncovered than yesterday, thanks to an earlier start and sunny weather!

First stop was the famous Space Needle, which is the main landmark of Seattle. Although a lot of visitors go there to get a view of the city, I wanted to see the view from a different building and I already did it the last two times I was here!

Then, it was on to the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). This museum has artifacts and the history of pop culture both through music and movies. My favorite parts were the tower of guitars and the Sound Lab where you can create your own music or try out different musical instruments.

Another exhibit I enjoyed was the Holodome, which is an immersive reality space that transports you to incredible places, such as the Seattle Seahawks football field or a journey into a Black Hole.

Then, it was on to the Waterfront, where I got to see the Seattle Aquarium and the Seattle Great Wheel. What I enjoyed best about that area was riding Wings Over Washington, which is a simulator ride that makes you feel like flying over Seattle and the entire state of Washington.

To top everything off, I stopped by the historic Smith Tower because its my last name and its one of the oldest buildings in Seattle. However, the highlight of it all was getting a spectacular view of the city from the Sky View Observatory.

This was definitely without question one of the best views of Seattle, especially during sunset because it looked like something out of a book or postcard. But that’s nothing compared to seeing the view in person!

With one more day of sightseeing left, this is my last chance to uncover more surprises on my tour of Seattle!

Seattle Tour (Pike Pier Market & Other Places)

If one travel destination wasn’t enough, why not go to another?

This concept led me back to Seattle, Washington because my dad had a business trip to attend to and I came along for the ride. While helping him out, it gave me the opportunity to revisit some places I saw last time and to see some new places as well.

First stop was the famous Pike Pier Market. This large open air-market has tons of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and other delectable bites.

However, this market is known for the freshest seafood that’s caught locally everyday from fish, crab, and lobster. What I enjoyed best about it was being able to catch a fish from the men who threw it to you.

Another spot at the market was the Gum Wall, where a section of the wall is covered with chewing gum that people left behind, although it sounds kind of disgusting!

I also went to the original location of the first Starbucks that opened in 1971 because Seattle is best known for its coffee. Along those lines, I also visited the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. This is where people can get a chance to see the freshest coffee beans get roasted and they can also have a sample of it.

Other stops included the King Street Amtrak Station, Seattle’s Chinatown, and the Pioneer Square.

Overall, this tour got off to a great start because I was able to cover more ground than last time. However, this is only the beginning and there will more surprises to be discovered as this tour continues on! 

2019 Paintings

A lot of people have been complaining that I haven’t been painting and creating new greeting cards out of them! Well, luckily the wait is finally over because the paintings are back!

For the first time since 2017, I’ll be taking another painting class at Laney College and create new paintings using water color paints instead of acrylic, which I usually use.

Even though it’s a different material, it’ll give me a challenge to try a different technique of painting, while still being able to create my own ideas in the style of Bob Ross. All of them will be uploaded on the website sometime within the next few months and will also be created into the next set of greeting cards.

I hope that these paintings and cards will sell like hotcakes, especially at Artist Alley at the Alameda County Fair!

Super Bowl LIII

With the regular season over and the playoffs complete, the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will face off in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, GA on February 3.

The last time both of these teams met was in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 in New Orleans when the Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams by a final score of 20-17, thanks to the game winning field goal by kicker Adam Vinateri, giving them their first Lombardi Trophy.

The Patriots had an opportunity to go for their 6th win in Minnesota last year, but fell short to the Philadelphia Eagles.

As for the Rams, their last Super Bowl appearance in LA was way back in Super Bowl XIV in 1980 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and their last win was in Super Bowl XXXIV against the Tennessee Titans in 1999, when they were the St. Louis Rams.

What will be the overall outcome be of this game? A sixth win for New England or a first for Los Angeles? You never know what will happen!

May the best team win!

Washington DC Tour (Recap)

After a long week of touring Washington DC, it’s great to be back in California!

Last night was my 6 hour flight from Washington Dulles (IAD) to San Francisco (SFO). However, I did want to stay another week to explore even more places!

And now, here’s a recap of all the places I visited this time:

-Newseum

-Union Station

-Union Market

-US Capitol

-RFK Stadium

-FedEx Field

-Nationals Ballpark

-Capital One Arena

-Georgetown

-Georgetown University

-Dupont Circle

-Washington Circle

-Faragut Square

-The White House

-National Christmas Tree

-Washington Monument

-Jefferson Memorial

-World War II Memorial

-Reflecting Pool

-Lincoln Memorial

-Vietnam Veterans Memorial

-George Washington University

-University of Maryland

-Madame Tussaud’s

-Eastern Market

-Fashion Center Mall

-Arlington National Cemetery

-John F. Kennedy’s Grave

-Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

-Pan AM Flight 103 Memorial

-Ronald Reagan Airport

-Alexandria, VA

-Torpedo Factory Art Center

-Carlyle House

-Gadsby Tavern

-George Washington Mansonic Memorial

Overall, this was an amazing trip to Washington DC, even if I had to deal with a snow storm, but it didn’t slow me down because I enjoyed seeing the National Mall in the winter! Also, riding the Metro was also a great experience because it’s fun seeing where it’ll take you!

If I go back to the East Coast, my top three choices would either be New York, Philadelphia, or Boston because those are trips all by themselves as opposed to taking the train from Union Station or driving at least 8 hours. Can’t wait to see where my next destination will take place!

Special thanks to Uncle Noel, Aunt Malyn, and cousin Brianna for letting me stay with them in Ashburn, VA! Hope to see you again soon!

 

Washington DC Tour (Alexandria, VA)

The final stop of the Washington DC Tour was a day trip to Alexandria, VA. This was one of the places I wanted to visit the last time I was here, but never had an opportunity, until now!

The highlight of the entire visit was the Torpedo Factory Art Center near the Waterfront. This was an artist’s dream come true with tons of galleries and studios to explore and the art ranged from painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, jewelry, and anything else creative!

While browsing through all the exhibits, it made me want to create a painting with one of the local artists and exchange some ideas! If I lived in Alexandria, I would definitely have a studio at that place so people could experience my art as well!

Other stops included tours of the Carlyle House built by Scottish merchant John Carlyle in 1751, and the Gadsby Tavern where George Washington ate meals and celebrated his birthdays, and Thomas Jefferson had a banquet for his inauguration.

What made this day trip the best was seeing all the historic colonial style buildings because it made me feel like I was back in 1600’s – 1700’s and I can imagine living in one of those buildings with an office in the style of a colonial library for Kevin’s Cards. To end my trip, the final stop was a quick glance of the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

As this tour comes to an end, I have to say that this was one of the best trips I’ve taken in 2019 because I got an opportunity to see more places than I did last year, even if I had to deal with a snow storm in the beginning, but seeing Washington DC in the winter made it even more special!

I can’t wait to see where my next destination will take me!