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!

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!

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!

Fremont Festival of the Arts

Last weekend, I attended the 35th Annual Fremont Festival of the Arts in my hometown of Fremont, CA. As with all the other ones I’ve attended, most of the stuff was pretty much the same.

The biggest surprise was seeing Linda Cullen in my own neck of the woods, and I had a feeling she wasn’t going to be there. But, hey! You never know what can happen!

For the first time since meeting her at the 2017 Harvest Festival in Pleasanton, she was able to get some of my greeting cards after creating the bottle cap necklace with the Kevin’s Cards logo. As they say, what goes around, comes around because if people do contribute to your art, you should do the same for them!

The other highlight was hanging out with my buddies Justin and Anthony during both days of the festival and they seemed to enjoy it as much as I did, even if it was really hot outside! Although I didn’t buy anything in particular, they bought some items from the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers such as a poster and a spray painting replica.

Since Fremont is my hometown, this is definitely one of the best festivals to sell my cards along with the Niles Antique Fair because it’s closer to my house and I’m sure I can get a lot of locals to come by and check out some of my works of art! 

You never know what can be found at any art show or festival!

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!

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)