New Design Arrival

After months of waiting, the new designs for Kevin’s Cards have finally arrived and are currently displayed at my house. They will be uploaded on another page sometime this month or the start of 2018. Plus, they will be turned into the next set of greeting cards along with designs from the past few years.

As mentioned before, all of these cards will have the new logo instead of my actual picture.

With the new designs finally in, these cards will hopefully sell like hotcakes and who knows which one will be the best seller!

Fun Fact

You may not believe it, but this month marks the one year anniversary of Kevin’s Cards. Although it might seem that it’s the anniversary of the website, it’s actually the anniversary of the actual cards because the website wasn’t ready until June of this year.

During that time, I only had a limited amount of cards and it was based off the God Bless painting after the death of my grandfather, Honesto Tria. Since then, my paintings from the past three years have been made into custom-made cards and a majority of them have been pretty popular.

As 2017 comes to a close and going into 2018, I’ll continue to use the previous designs and also add new ones as well so they can sell like hotcakes! In addition, all of the new cards will have the new logo instead of my actual photo.

With the addition of my new business cards, people can now find my website and also contact me if they plan to purchase more cards to share with their friends and relatives.

Let’s hope that these future cards and the future sales continue to make Kevin’s Cards a success! 

San Francisco International Auto Show

Yesterday, my best friend Sam and I attended the 60th Annual San Francisco International Auto Show at the Moscone Center. Although it may not be related to my art or cards, it’s been a tradition that I’ve been going to ever since my brother has been interested in cars when he was younger, and I’ve caught on as well.

Sam and I sat in nearly every 2018 model to see what was our favorite and which one we plan on driving. Out of all the cars we saw, Sam’s favorites were the Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner, along with the Lexus GS, IS, and RCF.

As for me, my favorites were the Lexus G460, Volvo V90, and pick-up trucks by Ford and Chevrolet.

The highlight of the show for the both of us was that a lot of them had new car smell because it made us feel like we might want to drive it ourselves. Plus, new car smell is one of my favorite scents of all time.

I may not paint pictures of cars because they may take a long time and it probably wouldn’t turn out right. However, I may use the car logos in future poster designs since they do interest me in a way. I’ll definitely return to International Auto Shows like this one because you’ll never know what kind of car could interest you the most!

Lake Tahoe Weekend Getaway

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!

Thoughts and Prayers

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!

Back to Painting

I returned to my art class at Laney College to start creating new designs for future greeting cards. We began by creating different styles of color wheels to show different shades/tints of colors. After showing my previous cards to others, there were great reviews from several students as well as professor Leslie. She mentioned to the class that you’re here to show off your painting skills because according to Bob Ross, “This canvas is your world. You’re the creator”.

Of course, it didn’t take long for me to jump right into painting mode. This week, I worked on a smaller 8×10” canvas instead of my usual 16×20”, and it was back to basic paintings to refresh the imagination. As I was working,  professor Leslie stated to me, “You paint like crazy!” Well, what can I say? The kid still got it!

As the weeks go on, there will be new masterpieces that will be developed into future greeting cards, including the color wheel. And I’ll try to upload pictures to see the progress that goes on. 

Hiatus/Back in the Saddle

I know I haven’t posted anything in a while, but I’ve been off for a while due to personal things going on. However, I do want to mention that I returned to uCamps for the second annual alumni camp at Camp Sempervirens in Boulder Creek.

Coming back to camp was like bringing back old memories and seeing people I haven’t seen in years. Of course, I sent them cards along with paintings that looked like camp. Camp director, Blake referred to them as post cards, but it doesn’t matter how you look at them.

Now I’m back at Laney College for another semester doing more paintings and studying graphic arts so I can further develop this website. Hopefully, I’ll start creating new designs for future greeting cards and a possible business card. 

Kylie Rothfield Show/Camp Reunion

Last night, I got an opportunity to see one of my friends from uCamps, Kylie, perform at the Village Theater and Art Gallery in Danville. Usually, I’ve seen them bits on social media and seen ads for her shows as well, but I’ve never got a chance to see them in person since most of them are in Southern California, where she’s currently resided.

After seeing an ad for her performance in the Bay Area on Facebook, I knew that this was the perfect opportunity for me to see it in action. The performance consisted of songs written by her, and also some from The Voice’s Season 10 contestant, Ryan Quinn. All of the songs were awesome, but one of the best parts of the night was reuniting with old friends from uCamps that I haven’t seen in about three or four years.

To top it all off, I was able to give her a bunch of my cards to congratulate on her awesome performance! When she got them, she was absolutely shocked and she asked, “Did you paint all of this?”

Overall, I was so glad that I got a chance to see her performance in person and to give her my greeting cards in return! I hope her music career continues to develop for years to come! 

One Year Later

A year ago today, the world lost my grandfather Honesto after being placed in hospice care for two weeks on his 88th birthday. During that time period, people came to see him on his final days from his closest friends and relatives, to fellow colleagues, and even those that never met him.

During the Save A Tahanan’s 30th Anniversary BBQ back in September, we paid tribute to his memory with a memorial wall and legacy table, even though I wanted him to be there in person.

In honor of him, one of my most popular greeting cards is entitled God Bless, with a blue sky and a cross to salute him and others who have gone before us, especially our fallen soldiers.

We will never forget you Papa Honesto! RIP 

Last Weekend

Friday was probably the best seller. Saturday came next and Sunday was the slowest, perhaps because of the heat. In the end, we managed to raise $95 for STI. Thanks to those who stopped by and saw my work. Thank you also to those who bought cards and paintings. Hope for a better turnout next year.