2018 PIA Card Sale


Anyone who hasn’t got a chance to buy cards from me at my past card sales, here’s your opportunity because Kevin’s Cards will be returning to the Philippine International Aid (PIA) on November 18 at the Hyatt Embarcadero Grand Ballroom in San Francisco.

For those who don’t know what it is, they have a bazaar, which is like a boutique sale, in which different vendors from the Philippines sell their products from home goods, specialty foods, and even travel information to the Philippines. They also hold a luncheon and fashion show, and they raise money to help the poor children live a better life.

The bazaar sale will begin at 10 AM, and that has free admission to get into; while the luncheon/fashion show will begin at 12 NOON, which costs $150 for a ticket.

Be sure to tell all your friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleagues to stop by because this is a one day only sale and it’ll be the perfect opportunity to buy cards in time for the holiday season!

More details will be announced later on, so hope to see you there!

Kevin’s Cards Plaque

As I’ve mentioned in nearly every blog post, I plan to find new ways to use my paintings in different types of projects.

In the past, I’ve done my greeting cards, which has been the best seller, and I’ve also created posters and calendars using inDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. However, why should all of them be on the computer? Can there be other ways to do it?

After a recent class trip to the Laney College FabLab, it got me inspired to take my creative skills to a whole new level! One of the newest projects I created was a plaque to identify my business, inspired by one I saw someone had already done.

This was made of a clear plastic acrylic material with my logo, what Kevin’s Cards is about, and even one of my paintings engraved right on it. It also has a plastic K and C from my logo to give it some support.

This project took a lot of planning and adjustments to get it just right. First, I used Illustrator to create a basic design of what the final product would look like. Then, I had to do a test cut on a piece of wood to get an idea of how the lettering would be engraved.

Once that was complete, it was on to the block letters, which took the most adjustments to get to fit just right. In the end, it turned out to be even better than what I anticipated.

Now I can place it on my desk, or take it with me whenever I have another card sale, so people can now have a better understanding at what I do! The FabLab is definitely one of the places where my inspiration will develop and who knows what I come up with next!

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

Today, I returned to the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival after attending it last year.

Originally, I planned to go to another one in Santa Clara yesterday for a double round of shows, which was going on that same weekend. However, due to the football game at CAL, I ended up going to this one since this one was the most familiar to me.

As always, I was on a mission to discover new artists and find more inspiration for upcoming projects. One of the things I learned is that you can create art just about anywhere.

For example, an artist named Mark Bidstrup takes his easel and travels to a spot in nature to create a masterpiece based on where he’s at. Most of his creations were landscapes similar to ones I’ve done, except he used oil paints like Bob Ross, while I use acrylic paints to create mine.

Another thing I discovered was that an artist named Elisabeth Mahnken created jewelry with images from sports, pop culture, and other various items, similar to Linda Cullen’s bottle caps. Other than that, it was most of the stuff I saw in past shows.

As I’ve visited all these shows, I’ve discovered that everyone’s art is really creative whether it’s sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, or drawing. Even if people have no talent in art, they can create something whatever comes to mind! All it takes is inspiration, creativity, and imagination!

As with my art work, any of the shows I’ve been to can make an appearance! All I have to do is to find the right one! Who knows what I’ll discover next and where I might find inspiration for the next project!

Idaho State/CAL Game

Today, I watched the California Golden Bears take on the Idaho State Bengals at the California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA with my cousin TJ. This was his first ever college football game and my fourth overall after attending last year’s UCLA/Stanford Game with Justin.

The tickets were courtesy of my Uncle David Lambros, who’s part of the PAC 12 Officiating Crew, and interestingly enough, he was working that game, which made this experience extra exciting, even though we didn’t get a chance to see him in person.

Last time I went to a game at CAL, I sat near the end zone, when they played against Nevada. This time, we sat near the 10 yard line and we got really nice view.

The game itself was pretty interesting! Most of the first quarter was back and forth 3 and Outs, but CAL was ahead 28-3 at halftime. During the second half, Idaho State was trying to make a comeback for an upset win after a couple of pass-interference calls against CAL late in the fourth quarter. Also, one of CAL players was ejected from the game due to targeting, which is hitting a player with the crown of the helmet, just like I saw at the Stanford game last year.

In the end however, CAL was able to hang on and we won by a final score of 45-23. The biggest highlight of the game was an 89 yard kick off return for a touchdown. On the other side, my biggest highlight was waving to one of the officials on the field and he actually waved back at me!

Overall, this was one of the best college games I’ve seen so far this year, even though this wasn’t a PAC 12 match-up! However, it doesn’t matter whose playing the game or who wins. What matters most is being at the stadium in person and enjoying the whole experience!

As with my interest in college football, I’ve done several projects with this particular theme such as A House Divided, custom-made posters for conferences, combing all the teams onto one field, and more recently, I’ve done some with the actual stadiums they play in because where the game is played is just as important as the actual game itself.

As I continue to create these types of projects and continue to watch more college football games, who knows what I’ll discover next! Special thanks to Uncle Dave for the tickets and my cousin TJ for attending the game with me! Definitely look forward to the next game I attend!

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

Today, I returned to Mountain View to attend the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival after attending the Al A Carte and Art Festival earlier this year. As with all shows, I was on a mission to discover new artists, revisit some familiar faces, and find inspiration for upcoming projects!

Of course, there was my favorite booth, Linda Cullen and her creative bottle caps. Without question, this was definitely the one booth I’ve seen at nearly every show I’ve attended since meeting her at last year’s Harvest Festival in Pleasanton.

One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of paintings can be done on different kinds of materials other than an ordinary canvas. For example, one artist I met used different kinds of wood found at antique fairs such as doors, fences, or wood scraps, and uses them to paint different scenes. Maybe that’s something I’ll consider doing!

I also noticed an artist named Ben Teeter, who usually paints portraits of famous athletes, painting a landscape inspired by Bob Ross. When I saw him at several shows, I’ve usually seen him painting something with sports. However, I was actually surprised to see him change things up a little. He could be one of the people I can collaborate on my art with.

As I continue to explore these kinds of festivals and shows, who knows what I’ll find next! Also, any of these could be a potential places to sell my cards and display my art work! All I have to do is to find the right one!

Back to Football!

With training camp over with and the preseason complete, the 2018 NFL Season kicks off tonight at 5:20 PM PST on NBC with the defending Super Bowl Champions Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons in a rematch of the 2017 NFC Divisional Round.

Then on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers will go on the road to face off against the Minnesota Vikings at 10 AM PST on FOX, and the Chicago Bears will take on their divisional rivals the Green Bay Packers at 5:30 PM PST on NBC.

Monday Night will feature a doubleheader, with the New York Jets taking on the Detroit Lions at 4:10 PM PST, and the Oakland Raiders hosting the Los Angeles Rams at 7:10 PM PST on ESPN.

This will be a long journey to see who will compete in Super Bowl LIII at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA on February 3, 2019, and who will be the next team to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy!

If you want to find your favorite teams, check out A House Divided for the NFL or my custom made NFL posters! Recently, I created a poster featuring the different stadiums because where the game is played is just as important as whose playing it! In addition to that, I plan to create more like that, including one with the Super Bowl!

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