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!

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

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. 

Back to Football

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! 

San Francisco 49ers Game

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. 

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. 

Niles Antique Fair

Today, I went to the Niles District of Fremont for the annual Antique Fair to see what people were selling. The items that were sold ranged from old antiques from back in the day, to newer stuff, and everything in between. The booths that I enjoyed the best were the sports wear such as jerseys, hats, T-Shirts, trading cards, and fan signs.

The highlight of the day was buying a painting from a seller that painted it himself. At first glance, I knew that I had to purchase it, and he sold it to me for $5 because this painting was inspired by Bob Ross.

After seeing all the things at the antique fair, it gave me the inspiration to create my own masterpieces that could turn into a future greeting card, whether it’s a Bob Ross style painting or something in the sports industry.

In addition, I plan to continue to explore more antique fairs, flea markets, swap meets, or art-and-wine festivals, so I can find more hidden treasures to discover. Who knows what I might find! Maybe my cards can also be sold at these types of events. 

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! 

Third Times the Charm/Giveaway

Last night, my friend Justin and I returned to the Oakland Coliseum for our third consecutive A’s game this year, and also for the free Rickey Henderson jersey giveaway. Even though we managed to arrive at the stadium early, the lines were pretty long. At least we were able to get the jerseys!

Although we lost twice to the Houston Astros the first two times, we were able to get a miracle win, thanks to a walk off homer by A’s LF, Khris Davis, and a final score of 5-3.

Speaking of giveaways, even though I plan to sell my cards, I also plan to give them away for free, especially for people who never ask, so that way, they won’t feel left out.

For example, after buying a used suitcase from a local garage sale, I was generous enough to return the offer by giving away some of my cards to the sellers.

Whether it’s buying a card, sending a card to a love one, or giving them away to other people, the cards just keep coming around!

Huge Card Sale

Yesterday during my grandma Rosie’s 85th birthday celebration in Fremont, about 30 cards were sold to friends and relatives, even though I wasn’t there in person.

The most popular cards that were sold were the “Snowman” because everyone was thinking about Christmas in July and “God Bless” to honor the one year anniversary of Honesto’s passing.

Overall, the card sale has started to increase since the Alameda County Fair, and we managed to raise $72 for Save A Tahanan Inc. I hope these card sales will continue to grow and I hope to create new designs for future cards!