2018 PIA Card Sale

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!

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!

Niles Antique Fair

Today, I attended the Niles Antique Fair in my hometown of Fremont with my friends Sam, Justin, and Anthony.

With a really early start to the day at around 6 AM, this gave us a lot of time to enjoy the whole experience and to see what kind of treasures we could find. Most of the antiques we found ranged from old school to modern, and everything in between.

Anthony got a rare Joe Montana 49ers jersey from 1989, an old school PlayStation, and a paper mache’ clown. Sam got a couple of video games from Crash Bandicoot, crash team racing, and spy hunter, a couple of local 49ers plaques of Joe Montana and Jimmy Garapollo, and some local honey. Justin got a 49ers book and some football cards.

As for me, I got a card game and an easel for future paintings to be created into the next set of greeting cards. In addition to buying stuff, a lot of the items we saw brought us back to childhood memories and flashbacks to life back as far as the early 1900s.

As I’ve mentioned before, antique fairs like this one could be one of the potential places to sell my cards and display my art. No matter what kind of art show it is, any of them could possible because you never know what you might find!

2018 College Football Season

This weekend, the 2018 College Football season will kick off!

Schools from all different conferences will compete in a bunch of intense match ups and they range from the PAC 12, BIG 10, BIG 12, SEC, ACC, and everyone in between! Here’s a list of some of the must watch games to see:

-Colorado vs Colorado State

-Michigan vs Notre Dame

-Iowa State vs Iowa

-USC vs Stanford

-USC vs Texas

-TCU vs Texas

-Texas A&M vs Alabama

-Stanford vs Notre Dame

-Florida State vs Miami

-Texas Tech vs TCU

-UCLA vs California

-Baylor vs Texas

-Michigan vs Michigan State

-Florida vs Georgia

-North Carolina vs Duke

-Kansas vs Kansas State

-TCU vs Baylor

Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma

-California vs USC

-Utah vs Colorado

-Stanford vs California

-USC vs UCLA

-Oregon vs Oregon State

-Washington vs Washington State

-Michigan vs Ohio State

-Kentucky vs Louisville

-Arizona State vs Arizona

-BYU vs Utah

-Notre Dame vs USC

-Stanford vs UCLA

-Auburn vs Alabama

-Army vs Navy

This will be a long journey to see who will compete in the next set of Bowl Games and the 2019 CFP Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, and who will be the next College Football Champion! 

If you want to see your favorite teams, check out my custom-made college football posters and A House Divided posters for college football! In addition to the ones I already have, I plan to continue to create more like these!

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

New Designs/Kevin’s Cards Calendars/Discontinued Giveaways

With a new semester under belt at Laney College, my plan is to create new designs while learning new techniques at the same time in typography and elements of graphic arts.

In the past, I’ve done some with TV, sports, and even some from Kevin’s Cards. So, why should this year be any different? It’s time to shake things up a little bit! In addition to revisiting previous designs, I also plan to update them in any imaginable way as possible.

Also, I want find other ways to use my paintings in addition to my cards. For example, I have created a new Kevin’s Cards Calendar for 2019, which was requested by Melanie Johnston’s mom at Artist Alley. This was one of the projects I had in mind since starting graphic arts and this is a great way for people to see some of my previous paintings. Of course, the cards will keep on rolling since it is one of the best sellers!

As with selling my cards, there will no longer be free giveaways starting today, which means people will now have to buy my cards. Luckily, the prices of the cards will remain the same:

$1 Each

6 for $5

Although someone requested that I should sell my cards on Etsy, it could be a consideration, but will take some time to set up!

As I begin to create and develop these projects, who knows what will be the best seller! 

uCamps Alumni Reunion

The uCamps 3rd Annual Alumni Camp was originally scheduled for this weekend at Camp Jack Hazard in Dardanelle, CA. However, it was postponed due to the Donell Fire that occurred in the area, which was a huge disappointment for a lot of former campers, counselors, and staff; especially to those who were planning to travel to California for the event! 

Luckily, camp director Doug Cembellin organized an alternative reunion to make up for lost time and to have a chance to reunite with everyone. The event took place at Sauced BBQ in Downtown Walnut Creek, which was a reasonable location for most people to get to.

With the extremely hot weather that occurred, I thought that only a few people were going to show up or this event was going to be cancelled too. However, to my surprise, about 25 people were able to attend, which was something I didn’t expect at all.

The alumni who attended ranged from old time campers and staff from 2003, to some newer ones as early as 2015, and everyone in between, and we basically caught up on things that’s been happening recently and of course sharing favorite camp memories.

Of course, there was plenty of delicious BBQ to enjoy since it was a BBQ joint after all! Although Doug and some people from camp came to my last card sale at Artist Alley and bought cards from me, I didn’t get a chance to bring some leftovers to distribute. However, a few people have asked me about how the sale went overall. 

Following the dinner, a late night “campfire” took place at Civic Park, which was a short walk from the restaurant, and a majority of the performances were people who played on the guitar.

However, the one crazy moment was that Doug and several others requested for me to do my hypnotist shows, as I’ve been doing in the past at camp since 2012. I totally didn’t expect to do it in the first place since I wasn’t prepared at all, but I had to do it anyway! Of course, it was enjoyable!

Overall, this was definitely one of the best camp reunions I’ve ever attended! Even though we weren’t at Camp Jack Hazard in the great outdoors, it was definitely worth it because it doesn’t matter where the reunion takes place! What matters the most is that this event is about spending time together!

Special thanks to Doug Cembellin for organizing the event, and to everyone that attended! It was great seeing you guys and I look forward to reuniting with you soon and hopefully we’ll get a chance to be at the actual camp in the Summer of 2019!