Las Vegas Tour (The Party’s Getting Starting!)

The Las Vegas Tour began with about an 8 hour drive with my dad and uncle from Fremont.

Upon arrival, the first stop at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign to officially kick off the tour! Then, it was no waist of time for me to go down to the Vegas Strip to get the party started! Stops included the New York New York, the Cosmopolitan, the Aria, and Bellagio Hotels and Casinos.

With the bright lights and colorful scenery on the strip and casino, this was definitely an enjoyable experience! There were also tons of slots, card tables, and casino games to choose from, great souvenirs to take home, expensive dining options, and night clubs to really make it a party!

This is only the beginning because there will be tons more fun and March Madness games going down!

2019 March Madness/Las Vegas Tour

Anyone who’s planning to watch March Madness, here’s the schedule of all the games leading to the National Championship Game:

-First Four: March 18 – 19

-First Round: March 21 – 22

-Second Round: March 23 – 24

-Sweet 16: March 28 – March 30

-Elite 8: March 31

-Final 4: April 6

-National Championship: April 8

This will be an intense tournament to see who will be crowned the next champion!

Along those lines, I’ll be traveling to Las Vegas for the first and second rounds of the tournament and to revisit places I saw on my last trip during my 21st birthday in 2014!

Looking forward to this trip and may the best team win!

2019 Cards/Kevin’s Cards Brochure

A lot of people have been complaining that no new cards have been made!

Well, the wait is finally over because the cards for 2019 arrived earlier this week and are ready to sell! Those who are interested in buying cards, they are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Also, for the first time, Kevin’s Cards has a new brochure that was created in my Graphic Arts Class at Laney College! This will give more information about Kevin’s Cards, how it’s evolved, and see some best selling paintings!

This will also be a great way to spread the word to new customers and will be displayed at future card sales and art shows!

With all this stuff ready, I’m hoping to sell a lot more than the past few years!

The Joy of Watercolor Painting

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been experimenting with watercolor paints in my art class to create new paintings for my greeting cards.

The first week began with mixing different colors to learn how to use the paints and see what color combinations I could come up with. Of course, it didn’t take long for me to jump into Bob Ross style painting method.

Even though watercolor was different from acrylic, I was still able to go through a lot of paintings in just minutes.

If I were to paint a still-life or portrait, it would be too time-consuming for me because I’d have to sketch everything out before I started. However, landscapes are easier because I’d start with a general idea of what I was going to paint and make it up as I go along without being too committed.

Today, while everyone showed their paintings to the class, professor Charles Chavez stated my paintings are similar to a German artist named Adolf Dehen, who’s like the Bob Ross of watercolor paints. I never realized that I painted like him!

As I continue to paint these landscapes, who knows what I’ll come up with next and I hope these paintings will sell like hotcakes, especially at Artist Alley!

Disneyland/Disney’s California Adventure

Is there anywhere else in the world I would go to?

After taking a last minute business trip with my dad to LA, a trip to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure was my next destination! This was my first time back since 2006 and I’ve never had an opportunity to go mainly due to the large crowds, until now! With perfect weather, I had only one day to enjoy the magic that Disney had to offer.

Here’s a list of all the attractions I went on:

-Space Mountain

-Splash Mountain

-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

-Disneyland Monorail

-Jungle Cruise

-Autopia

-Soarin’ Over the World

-Monster’s Inc

-Golden Zephyr

-The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

-Disneyland Railroad

Out of all the rides I went on, my favorites were Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad because they were the best roller coasters, plus I never been on Splash Mountain or Big Thunder during my last two visits.

I also enjoyed the monorail because its a convenient ride to Downtown Disney from Disneyland. The Disney Railroad was also enjoyable because it takes you around the perimeter of the park and you can get off where ever you want. The best part was getting a picture with Goofy and Pluto, but it would’ve been nice to get some with Mickey Mouse, Minnie, and Donald Duck.

Overall, this trip to Disneyland was definitely a magical experience because I felt like I was every kids wanting to go and every moment was totally worth it! If I had more time there, maybe I’d stay at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or one of the other resorts, so I can have easy access to both parks.

Can’t wait to return to Disneyland and to see where my next destination takes place!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day!

Be sure to the love to your loved ones and sweethearts, and tell them how much you love them!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kevin’s Cards Brochure

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

A new brochure for Kevin’s Cards is officially under development!

This will give you more information about my website and see some paintings from previous years! Plus, it’ll give me a chance to spread the word so that people will get a chance to see my art and maybe order some cards!

This project will take several weeks to develop and hopefully it’ll be a great advertisement for Kevin’s Cards!

Super Bowl Champions

Congratulations to the New England Patriots for winning Super Bowl LIII!

Although it was a low-scoring game, the Patriots came out on top by a final score of 13-3 over the Los Angeles Rams, giving them their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy, which now ties the record with the Pittsburgh Steelers!

With football season now officially over with, its now on to the off-season with players being traded to other teams and getting contract extensions during the free agency, the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in March, and the NFL Draft in Tennessee on April 25 for the new players entering the league.

Before you know it, it’ll be a long journey to see who will compete in Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida on February 2, 2020 and who will be the next team to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy!

As mentioned before, I’ve done lots of projects revolving around the NFL including A House Divided, all NFL teams, stadiums, logos, and recently the Super Bowl because its fun to see whose playing against each other and all the variety of logos there are!

To all the teams, players, coaches, and referees out there, hope you had a great year and good luck next season!

Seattle Tour (University of Washington)

The final stop of my Seattle tour was a visit to the University of Washington.

This school is part of the Pac 12 Conference and is home to the Washington Huskies. This was also one of my top sites to visit because I’ve never seen it during my last two visits and now I finally had a chance!

The tour began with stops at Husky Stadium and Edmundson Pavilion, which are the sites for football and basketball, complete with a gorgeous sunrise over Mt. Rainier.

Then, it was onto the main campus itself, with a stop at the Drumheller Fountain while going through the Rainer Vista. This was the main entrance to the campus and it was the most picturesque site, especially facing toward Mt. Rainier at sunrise.

Then, it was onto touring the different halls around the campus, including the Smith Hall, named after me. Out of all the different classes they offered, my favorite was art because I could see myself taking any one of them and showing off my talents to everyone on campus! Maybe one of my projects would be something around the university or a landscape in Washington State.

Of course, no trip on campus would be complete without visiting a library, so the Suazzllo Library was the one I wanted to see because of the large reading room to study or read books, and that room reminded me of a colonial library. There was also a room named after me as well like the Smith Hall, so I guess you can say I found three Smith’s in Seattle!

Out of all the places on campus I saw, my favorite area was definitely the Husky Union Building (“HUB”) because it’s one of the best places to hang out when students aren’t in class.

This building had everything from a book store, a food court, and a Game Center with bowling, billiards, video games, foosball, and board games. When I visited the University of Maryland, their game room was closed.

However, this one was open and I had to try it out for myself. So, I played a couple rounds of pool and a did a little bowling. Even though I haven’t done it in a while, it was definitely worth the experience!

If I was in Seattle, I would definitely attend this campus and be part of the Washington Huskies while taking my favorite classes, living in a fraternity group or dorm room, hanging out at the Game Center with friends, and of course watch a live football or basketball game.

Overall, this tour of Seattle was definitely better than last year’s because I got a chance to see even more places and the weather was absolutely perfect with lots of sunshine and no rain!

I can’t wait to see where my next destination will take me!

Seattle Tour (Space Needle & A View of The City)

The tour of Seattle continued with more places I uncovered than yesterday, thanks to an earlier start and sunny weather!

First stop was the famous Space Needle, which is the main landmark of Seattle. Although a lot of visitors go there to get a view of the city, I wanted to see the view from a different building and I already did it the last two times I was here!

Then, it was on to the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). This museum has artifacts and the history of pop culture both through music and movies. My favorite parts were the tower of guitars and the Sound Lab where you can create your own music or try out different musical instruments.

Another exhibit I enjoyed was the Holodome, which is an immersive reality space that transports you to incredible places, such as the Seattle Seahawks football field or a journey into a Black Hole.

Then, it was on to the Waterfront, where I got to see the Seattle Aquarium and the Seattle Great Wheel. What I enjoyed best about that area was riding Wings Over Washington, which is a simulator ride that makes you feel like flying over Seattle and the entire state of Washington.

To top everything off, I stopped by the historic Smith Tower because its my last name and its one of the oldest buildings in Seattle. However, the highlight of it all was getting a spectacular view of the city from the Sky View Observatory.

This was definitely without question one of the best views of Seattle, especially during sunset because it looked like something out of a book or postcard. But that’s nothing compared to seeing the view in person!

With one more day of sightseeing left, this is my last chance to uncover more surprises on my tour of Seattle!