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!

California State Fair

Yesterday, I attended the California State Fair at Sacramento’s Cal Expo.

This event is bigger than the Alameda County Fair, but it’s still America’s favorite summer pastime for all ages, whether it’s riding the carnival rides, eating fried junk food, and exploring the different exhibits.

Unlike the county fair, the state fair’s has exhibits that represent California’s different counties and cultures so visitors who never been to this state can experience what each area is like. They also have a monorail to show people around the entire fair. Unfortunately, it was closed that day due to mechanical problems. 

They did have an art exhibit similar to Artist Alley, however it was in an air conditioned building instead of an outdoor vendor. Some of them ranged from crafts, photography, paintings, and everything in between.

I don’t know if I plan to sell my cards at this particular place due to extremely hot weather, it’s farther from Fremont, and it could potentially be pricer than the county fair. However, if I was in Sacramento, then maybe I could consider it!

As I’ve said before, any art show, art and wine festival, or even a county fair could be a great place to sell my cards and display my art!

A Day with My Friends

Today, I spent the day in San Francisco with my friends Justin and Anthony. This was the first time we’ve hung out in a while and every moment of it was well worth it.

One of the main reasons was that they wanted to buy the Jimmy Garrapollo’s San Francisco 49ers jersey after being signed to a 5 year deal of over $2,500,000. Plus, he helped turned their season around after an 0-9 start, finishing their record at 6-10 with a 5-0 record as a starter.

They bought the jerseys at the NFL Pro Shop at Pier 39. Even though it was over $100, it was well worth it! This pro shop is definitely one of my favorite stores because they have a collection of items for everyone’s favorite teams, from NFL, to MLB, NCCA, and everything in between.

Even though I didn’t buy a jersey, I did get a lot of inspiration for future poster designs in the sports category. Although I have started a few, the jersey colors, helmets, and team logos provided me with more creativity at what can be done, especially with A House Divided, which will probably take the longest to create because of all the teams I have to do. 

Aside from the jerseys, we also went through Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, Chinatown, Union Square, and my local hang out spot, the Westfield Shopping Center inside the Powell Street BART Station. Of course, those two bought a lot of stuff from team caps, to a sword, a knife, and other things I couldn’t keep track of!

Even though I have been going to San Francisco alone, I feel that sometimes it’s more fun to go with friends because you’ll always have someone to hang out with and you’ll create lasting memories! Who knows where our next destination will take place! Maybe I’ll even take them to some of the art festivals or flea markets I plan to go to! 

Poster Project Developments

Over the past three weeks, I’ve been using the Adobe apps on the computer to create some posters while learning how to use the tools on Illustrator and Photoshop at the same time.

A majority of the projects have been created on inDesign because I find it easier to download images and fit them to size. Here a list of the ones I’ve created so far:

-A House Divided (NFL)

-TV Nostalgia (PBS/Nickelodeon Game Shows)

-Custom Made Sports Posters

-Transportation (Freeway/BART)

As the weeks go on, I plan to create more of these posters while developing the skills. For those who are wondering why I am creating these posters, the sports posters are for my interests in sports and it’s fun seeing rivals face off against each other.

As for the rest, they brought back childhood memories and I’d like to relive some of those good times so other people could remember how great a lot of these treasures were.

Most of the titles remain the same, but there are a few new updates:

-Freeway Series (Freeway Interchange Signs)

-Transit Series (BART, MUNI, Caltrain, etc.)

-Video Game Nostalgia

-Pop Culture

I hope to complete these projects so I can upload them on the website and maybe display them during the Alameda County Fair this summer, along with my paintings and greeting cards! All it takes to complete is lots of research, inspiration, and creativity!

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!

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!

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