Art Night/Treasurefest

A lot of people have been complaining that I haven’t painted since I’ve been more focused on my graphic arts and creating projects with InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

Well, the wait is finally over! As it turns out, there will be new paintings for 2018 that will be transformed into the next set of greeting cards!

During the art & wine festivals I’ve attended, I’ve been searching for artists to collaborate with and also potential paint nights to attend. Last night was the perfect opportunity for me because I attended an art night hosted by my friend from uCamps, Valerie Herman.

After hearing an advertisement about it, I knew this was my only chance to get back into my painting mode. Even though it was just the two of us, it was totally worth it because we were able to collaborate our thoughts with each other while being able to create our own styles at the same time!

The paintings I created were reviews of previous paintings I’ve done, only this time it was in a smaller 8×10″ canvas as opposed to the original 16×20″ because of time and I felt that the smaller size would be a better sell.

These paintings will be uploaded sometime this year and who knows which one will be the best seller!


Today, I returned to Treasurefest after missing last month due to preparations for Artist Alley.

The biggest surprise was that Linda Cullen actually created bottlecaps with the Kevin’s Cards logo and one of my paintings, which was something I totally didn’t expect!

Even though I did plan to find other ways to use my paintings, I felt that Linda definitely influenced my art in a great way! Plus I didn’t think the paintings were going to fit in the bottle cap in the first place, but I’m glad she was able to find a way to make it fit! 

As for the entire festival, it was the same as past sales as I figured it was going to be, with the exception of some new booths as well! As I continue to explore more art & wine festivals, who knows what I’ll uncover next!

California State Fair

Yesterday, I attended the California State Fair at Sacramento’s Cal Expo.

This event is bigger than the Alameda County Fair, but it’s still America’s favorite summer pastime for all ages, whether it’s riding the carnival rides, eating fried junk food, and exploring the different exhibits.

Unlike the county fair, the state fair’s has exhibits that represent California’s different counties and cultures so visitors who never been to this state can experience what each area is like. They also have a monorail to show people around the entire fair. Unfortunately, it was closed that day due to mechanical problems. 

They did have an art exhibit similar to Artist Alley, however it was in an air conditioned building instead of an outdoor vendor. Some of them ranged from crafts, photography, paintings, and everything in between.

I don’t know if I plan to sell my cards at this particular place due to extremely hot weather, it’s farther from Fremont, and it could potentially be pricer than the county fair. However, if I was in Sacramento, then maybe I could consider it!

As I’ve said before, any art show, art and wine festival, or even a county fair could be a great place to sell my cards and display my art!

Artist Alley Recap

Yesterday’s final sale turned out to be a strong finish!

Once again, I had my first customer before opening, courtesy of Lisa Brightfire Photography. Also for the first time, I had more paintings sold which increased from the previous days. After Melanie Johnston bought a painting for herself, she bought one for her mom who made an appearance at my booth as well!

Probably my biggest disappointment was that the new Artist Alley coordinator Veronica Knowlton promised me that she would come to my booth and buy some cards. However, she couldn’t make it due to time restraints, although she did stop by to see how the sale was going.

While I was breaking down the booth today, I managed to stop by her office to give her a bunch of cards and a painting so she wouldn’t feel left out and I was so glad that she finally got to see it!

Overall, this was without question one of the best sales I’ve had this year because I was able to get more people to see it and buy stuff and I was able to get a busier time. One of the key things that attracted my customers was my new logo and business cards, which flew out the door like crazy, so people can keep in touch with me!

If I were to make any changes, probably the only thing I’d do is to make the sign larger so people could see the logo more clearly.

Special thanks to coordinators Melanie Johnston and Veronica Knowlton for their supporting me throughout the sale, my assistants for helping me put this together, and everyone who came out and bought something! Looking forward to the next card sale and future art shows!

Artist Alley Final Day

Yesterday’s sale got off to a great start because I had one customer buy some cards right before the fair opened, which has never happened in the last two years!

Other than that, it was a pretty slow day due to the hot weather. However, I did manage to sell another two paintings and more cards as well! But the business cards and logo were a huge success because it was one of the key elements to get customers to come see my booth.

With one final sale left, I’m hoping for a huge success and maybe a potential sell out of my paintings!

Anyone who hasn’t got a chance to see my booth and buy something, this is your last chance! Make sure you tell all your friends and relatives to stop by because you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!

Artist Alley Day 4/Price Reduction

Yesterday’s card sale was a little slow to start, but I did manage to get more sales including one lady from the UK and another two paintings sold from my former Artist Alley manager Melanie Johnston, and an old classmate from school. As I mentioned before, it’s usually slow during the first part, but crowds really fly in during the late afternoon and early evening hours!

Even though this is already one of the best sales I’ve had so far, I’m hoping for a great finish with two days left! Those of you who haven’t stopped by yet and bought anything, here’s your opportunity because the prices of the paintings have been reduced!

LARGE- $15

SMALL- $10

The prices of the cards will remain the same, since they are one of the best sellers so far! Make sure you get a chance to stop by and tell all your friends and relatives as well because you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!

Artist Alley Day 3

Yesterday’s card sale was a little slower, but turned out to be another good sale!

The main reason is because the morning hours tend to be slower, but it really picks up in the late afternoon and early evening. With another couple of paintings sold and more cards bought, it’s really keeping the customers coming in for more! 

I hope to continue with another good sale today and to get even more people to come as I did the last two days! 


Artist Alley Day 2/Rest in Peace

Yesterday’s 4th of July Card Sale at Artist Alley got off to a great start!

I thought no one was going to show up, but it turned out to be a great sale with the new business cards flying out the door and the new greeting cards being a successful sale!

Plus, for the first time, I was able to sale two paintings on the first day! The real highlight was people from uCamps making an appearance at  my booth to experience my art!

I hope to continue this success today with even more people coming by and purchasing my art! Anyone whose planning on coming now – July 8, just note that the fair will close at 11 PM from here on out, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the fair and stop by my booth!

On a side note, today marks the two year anniversary of my grandfather Honesto Tria’s death. For those who may not know, he actually made an appearance at my booth during my first year before he ended up in hospice care. Also, the God Bless painting was the first greeting card made to honor his legacy! RIP Papa Honesto!

Honesto R. Tria (1928 – 2016)

Happy 4th of July/Artist Alley Opening

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July! Thank you to all our men and women for serving our great country!

If you wanna make this the best Independence Day and not sure what to do, today’s your lucky day because Kevin’s Cards is officially starting the card sale today at the Alameda County Fair’s Artist Alley!

This year is going to be even bigger and better than before with all new greeting cards and paintings for sale. Plus, for the first time, the new Kevin’s Cards logo, business cards, and posters will make their debut, so you can see another artistic side of me and so that more people can contact me to order more cards.

As an added bonus, the posters I created with TV Nostalgia, Video Games, Fast Food, and more will be showcased in a photo slideshow, so some of your childhood memories will be brought back to life!

Here’s some reminders for my booth:

-Location- Building F (F17), next door to the Model Railroad Exhibit

-Hours- 11 AM – 6 PM (fair gates close at 3 PM)


Greeting Cards


6 for $5



LARGE- $25

SMALL- $15


Hope to see everyone today – July 8 and make sure you tell all your friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues to stop by, check out my art, and maybe buy some cards or paintings!

Happy 4th of July!