This weekend, I took a trip to Lake Tahoe for a getaway trip. Upon arrival, the weather was perfect and the scenery was picture perfect with the fall foliage in the mountains with the colors of gold, brown, red, and orange. One of my favorite places in Tahoe is the casino. Although I enjoy gambling and playing slot machines, I loved seeing the bright colors and hearing the sound effects as well. The biggest highlight was winning $20 on a quarter slot machine at Harrah’s Casino. My other favorite spot was the historic town of Virginia City, Nevada. Being in that city was like stepping back in time, with old antique stores, small eateries, and older casinos. One of my favorite stores was the Superchicken Store, which had a lot of sport logos created into posters, banners, signs, and lots of other things as well. I enjoyed this store the best because of my interest in sports (as mentioned in my bio), and it inspired me to create a graphic art collage that could be made into a future poster or greeting card. Although I did plan on doing a lot of gambling during the entire trip, I didn’t want to miss a chance to capture the beautiful fall scenes of Lake Tahoe because a lot of them were similar to the paintings created in art class. No matter where I travel to and what I do there, there will always be time to stop and enjoy the great outdoors that nature has to offer!
Art & Wine Festivals have been becoming a big interest to me because I’ve always enjoyed seeing what other artists do and how I can incorporate them to make something that’s completely my own. Since there was one in San Carlos this weekend, I knew I had to check this one out! The only downside of this event was that it was a little smaller than the ones in Mountain View and Lafayette, but it didn’t stop me from seeing what other people did. However, I did wish that there was a lot more going on. Just like the other festivals, I did collect business cards from other artists in case I plan to keep in touch with them. On the flip side, there are two other art festivals that I plan on visiting soon! One at the Alameda County Fair, and the other at the Sacramento Convention Center. Maybe I’ll get even more inspiration from artist at either fair.
While painting a landscape from Bob Ross’ Happy Little Accidents book in art class today, one of the other students decided to follow in my footsteps and do one of his paintings as well. I didn’t think anyone would do one of his paintings since they all have their own styles of art work. However, it was just like Bob Ross said, “This canvas is your world!” Maybe someday, she’ll paint landscapes like me!
Development for my new business card is officially underway! In addition, there will also be a new logo for kevinscards.com to really make this website pop. This will take a while, but hopefully it’ll be ready within the next couple of months!
Last night, my friend Justin and I watched the Stanford Cardinal take on the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. The tickets were courtesy of my uncle David Lambros, who is part of the Pac 12 officiating crew. This was Justin’s first ever college football game, and my third overall. One of the craziest moments was when two players were ejected from the game due to targeting, which is hitting a player with the crown of the helmet. One was against UCLA in the first quarter, and one against Stanford in the third. In the end, we managed to destroy UCLA by a final score of 58-34. The highlight of the night was meeting a lady named Kelly Macabe, who was sitting directly behind us. She asked us if we went to school at Stanford, and obviously we didn’t. Then, I told her that Dave got us the tickets, and that’s when we realized that she knows him because her husband, Mike is also a Pac 12 official, who happened to be officiating the game. We thought that we were talking to a random person! Of course, I had to tell her about my web page. In link to my interest in sports, I’ve been doing a lot of research on the biggest rivalry games because even though I enjoy watching my favorite teams, the rivalry ones to me are more intense. My future project might have something to do with all the rivalry games in sports, especially college football, such as Stanford/CAL, UCLA/USC, Army/Navy, etc. This would be a great way to decide which side people are on! Of course, my paintings will never go away since there the one thing everyone can agree on! It’s just a way to mix things up a little!
If one art and wine festival wasn’t enough for me, another one gave me another chance to find more inspiration for my art. That’s where the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival came in to play. As usual, different artists displayed their styles of art for people to experience. Some of them returned from the Mountain View festival, and others were there for the weekend only. Overall, they all had great styles of art and it was kinda hard to choose one. However, there was one artist that just edged it out a little. An artist named Daniel Mason was giving a free painting demo at the State Farm booth. Of course I had to do it! He did have a sample for us to paint, but we were allowed to change it a little. With only a limited amount of equipment, how was I going to approach this? By breaking the rules and just showing off my artistic skills because in art, you can do whatever you want! Of course, it was a Bob Ross style painting. At the end of the demo, I decided to give it him just as a way to say thanks! During both festivals, I collected business cards from other artists and shared my website with them. This was a way for me to see their perspective of art and to get some ideas of how I can turn it into something created by me. In return, it’s also a chance for them to have some of my cards for them to send to their friends and relatives. Maybe someday my cards will be selling like hotcakes at festivals like these. On a side note, I picked up a book yesterday at a farmer’s market in Napa entitled Happy Little Accidents: The Wit and Wisdom of Bob Ross, to give me inspiration for new paintings that might turn into future greeting cards. Who knows where I might find more inspiration!
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! A potential business card for my new website may be coming in the near future! I’ll be starting to create some creative designs during the next couple of weeks in my graphic arts class. Hopefully, I’ll have it ready sometime this month! Once they’re released, the word will now be quickly spread out to people who plan on getting cards and potential posters.
Today marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City. In addition to that, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated Houston, Texas and the Florida Coast. To those who have lost their lives and those who have survived, but currently struggling, my thoughts and prayers! Please be safe out there and let’s work together to get their communities put back together again!
This weekend, there were two events happening in the Bay Area: the Castro Valley Fall Festival and the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival. It was a tough decision for me to choose which event to attend. In the end, I decided to check out the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival. It turned out to be the best choice cause there were a lot more booths to explore and to see what would be my inspiration for future greeting cards and paintings. As I was discovering each one, I learned that there’s more than one way to make a card and there’s other things you can do with them aside from cards. For example, an artist named Alain Fastre’ created his masterpieces and turned them into serving trays. Another artist named Niklas Lyback used the same idea, but she used maps of the Bay Area and other places instead. I may not do serving trays, but seeing paintings and photographs of different landscapes definitely gives me the inspiration for future paintings. However, I wanted to expand my creativity with my interest in sports, such as baseball, basketball, and football. After developing an idea in the graphic arts lab at school, I wanted to see what else can be done. There were a couple of ideas that I got that could be turned into something that I plan to do in the future. One was from an artist who uses team logos and welcome signs out of stone. Another one used the same idea, only with wood, and bamboo for the front yard. The one thing they both had in common was that they created a thing called “A House Divided” where they use two teams to created rivalries such as the Oakland Raiders vs the San Francisco 49ers. Although I may not use stone or wood, it did give me an idea I can use in the graphic arts lab, and maybe they’ll be used for greeting cards or even a poster. The one rule I will use for myself is to only paint landscapes and create sport logos on the computer. Whenever I go to an art-and-wine festival, an antique fair, a flea market, or a swap meet, I’ll definitely find inspiration and use them in my future designs. Who knows, maybe someday I can sell my creations to other people at places like that.
Tonight, the 2017 NFL season kicks off with the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at 5:30 pm PST on NBC. Sunday will feature a bunch of match ups, featuring the Tennessee Titans hosting the Oakland Raiders at 10:00 am PST on CBS, the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Carolina Panthers at 1:25 pm PST on FOX, and the Dallas Cowboys hosting their division rivals, New York Giants at 5:30 pm PST on NBC. The bad news is that the Battle of Florida match-up between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins is postponed due to Hurricane Irma, and will be rescheduled for week 11. Monday Night will feature a doubleheader on ESPN with the Minnesota Vikings hosting the New Orleans Saints at 4:10 pm PST, and the Denver Broncos hosting their division rivals the Los Angeles Chargers at 7:10 pm PST. It’ll be a long journey to find out which two teams will play in Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on February 4, 2018, and who will take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. For anyone whose a football fan and can’t find any greeting cards with that theme, I have just what you’re looking for. As of now, my current ones have an actual football on it, and it’s currently one of the most popular. To continue with the theme, I’ll try to create some for both 49ers, Raiders, and all other NFL teams, so everyone will be happy. It may not look exactly the same, but they should sell like hotcakes. To all of the NFL teams out there, good luck and have a great season!
Last night, my friends, Justin, Sam, and I watched the San Francisco 49ers final preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi’s Stadium. This was Justin’s first time to watch a live football game, my second time, and Sam’s third time. When Sam and I went to the game two years ago, our seats were way up high, and we had to walk all the way to the top, even though it was a nice view. This time, we were closer to the field near the 10 yard line and we got to watch the game much better. In the end, we got an easy win with a final score of 23-13. Highlights included a 62 yard TD by quarterback CJ Beathard and 92 yard punt return by Victor Bolden. The real highlight for me was saying hi to referee John Hussey, and him waving back at me, although I did want to talk to him in person. With the regular season just around the corner, I’ll start designing cards with an NFL theme, although I do have one with an actual football to start with.