I suck at self promotion... This weekend, Friday & Saturday night, from 5-11 pm, on South First Street & William, I’ll be vending at the Subzero Street Fair. I’ll have a fresh batch of San Jose shirts available, as well as USA prints, and variety of buttons. I might even do some live drawing too.
The SubZero Street Fair is next weekend. Friday & Saturday. It’s an art festival that I’ve been vending at for a few years now. Today I went online to order blanks to print more San Jose tees but they were sold out at all the places I shop at. Luckily, I have 45 blank tees sitting in a box that were originally going to used for my original Eyes, Mouths & Noses design. EMN will have to wait because the San Jo’ tees sell better. I’m waiting to hear back from my screen printers to get the ball rolling and drop off the blanks. I hope I can get them back in time before next Friday.
Another day running around. This time to the Capitol Flea market & Berryessa Art and Wine Festival. Then downtown to a small concert organized by my friend. Tomorrow I’ll get back to work…
I had way too much fun today painting live with the TWC gang (Together We Create) at Viva Calle. I was glued to my mural for hours, getting organized, transferring my sketch, coloring and doing the line work. It turned out a bit wonky, especially the bottom half, but I didn’t mind. It was gonna get torn down and reclaimed after the event. It was exercise in painting quickly, and in a way that bystanders can see and understand what’s happening on the wall during the process. It was also my first time in years using spray paint on a mural and only second time live-painting and vending at the same time. Major learning experience!
It was a long but fun day. It started with visiting a few comic book stores and thrift shop I’d never been to before and bringing home a few sweet books. Later, I went to Meeting of the Minds to paint. I got paired up with my buddy, Henry. We made graffiti-like 3,W, E or M, depending on how you look at it.
I went to a friend’s EP release show and watched her and other musicians perform at a beautiful outdoor venue. Afterwards I went downtown and met up with other friends for pizza & beer before going to the SoFa Street Fair and running into more friends. It was great catching up with everyone. I only wish the day was longer. I’m really looking forward to more events later this year.
I had so much fun today vending and live painting with my friends at Local Color at a 4/20 event this afternoon. I sold a couple shirts and a USA print while I painted pot leaves and on this 2 ft x 4 ft panel. It was inspired from the pot leaves I used to doodle in class when I was in high school.
I did a 7 mile hike today. My first hike since Mission Peak on Wednesday and first time hiking this route in 7 months. I might regret it tomorrow. I gotta get get up early for a 4/20 live painting & vending gig at Airfield Supply, a local weed store. Should be fun as long as I’m not too sore.
My 2021 federal & state tax returns are filed. After 3 days of staring at spreadsheets I was mentally done as well. I spent the rest of the day in bed watching movies. Tomorrow I might go for a hike before prepping for a last minute vending & live painting event on Wednesday. It’s at a weed store on 4/20 so it should be interesting!
After the 31 Skulls event yesterday I was beat. I spent the day resting in bed and watching movies. I only went out to get food, buy some supplies and pick up my buddy's projector to use for the Eastridge mural. This thing is huge, compared to the other projector. I think it weighs like 30 lbs. I hope it works out for me tomorrow night when I go back to Eastridge.
After months of work on the 31 Skulls Fundraiser for Local Color, and all the frustrations that came with it, I still had a fun time MCing the giveaway this afternoon in front of a live audience and online via Instagram Live. I'm so glad it's over.
Friday night is when I officially start working on the Eastridge mural. I'm going to use a projector to trace my design on the wall and I need to run an extension cord across the floor so I'm going to wait till after the mall closes, when there's less foot traffic, to get started. I might be there all night. Then the next day is the 31 Skulls event at Local Color. I'm going to be really busy the next couple of days before I can focus my full attention on the mural. I'm a bit anxious but also excited about it all!
Tonight I went into work to prep for the 31 Skulls Giveaway + Art Party we're having on Saturday. I laid out black linens across the counters where we'll have all the skulls on display. A couple weeks ago I mounted some lights above the counter to light the skulls as well. There's still much more work to do in preparation so I'm going back in tomorrow to do some more.
Here's the link to register for a chance to win a skull on Saturday.
Today I took a break from working on the mural design. Instead I worked on the 31 Skulls campaign for Local Color by posting some pictures of the skulls to social media, made a minor website update, and went shopping for food and drinks for the event on Saturday. I can't wait to finally be done with 31 Skulls so I can focus on the upcoming mural!
I had so much fun painting a mural alongside my friends TWC (Together We Create) at Viva Calle this morning and into the afternoon. I was so so focused on my work (being in the zone) the 5 hours just flew by. I painted the EMN sketch I drew last night. I used yellow because it was the paint I had the most of. I wasn't happy with the black paint because it didn't cover well but it looked fine from a distance, and in pictures. I had to rush to get as far as I did before the event ended. I didn't completely finish. The eye with two pupils, at the bottom, didn't get a white fill. I also didn't outline the pink hot-dog shape (with my name) or anything above it. I'm still really happy with the way it turned out. In the end, the panel was taken apart and hauled away. Some day, the folks in TWC, will paint at another event and reuse the panels and paint over them. I knew that going in and was totally ok with it.
A few things I learned:
I recently got invited by my friends in TWC (Together We Create) to join them in live-painting at Viva Calle tomorrow. Viva Calle is where they close down some streets to car traffic and open them up to bicyclists, pedestrians, skaters, etc. I rode my bike at the last one and visited the TWC folks while they painted. Now it's my turn to paint. I just finished a sketch for tomorrow which I'll be painting on an 8 foot square panel. It's my EMN design.
I started drawing/painting on my skull with black markers this evening and it's starting to come alive. I have to be really careful not to smudge the wet paint while I'm holding the it so I only did half the skull tonight. I was running out of spots I could hold. I hope I can finish it by tomorrow night.
In other 31 Skulls news, the video I edited finally got posted on Local Color's Instagram & Facebook pages to promote the skulls giveaway + art party on November 20th.
After a bit of a hiatus I'm back to working on my skull for Local Color's upcoming 31 Skulls Fundraising Event. Tonight I penciled in all the remaining eyes, mouths and noses and did a few white fill-ins, mostly on the eyes and teeth. After I'm done with the fill-ins I'm going to do the line work in black. I'm using Sharpie brand oil based markers on spray paint for this project and kinda wish, half way through, that I'd found a better solution as the spray paint bleeds through the white paint of the marker. Oh well. I'm going to follow through with it and just add extra coats where it's needed, like the cloud shaped eye below.
My finished skull, along with 34 other skulls painted by bay area artists, will be given away in a sweepstakes on November 20th, and Local Color's Keystone location. More details to follow.
After a bunch of setbacks trying to coordinate the 31 Skulls fundraiser for Local Color, I think we've finally settled on an event date and a game plan. November 20, at Local Color's Keystone location. More details TBA (I'm so tired of saying that). I had to make a few edits to the teaser video I put together and added an extra artist, resized the text, and added the date and location at the end. Hopefully now we can put this on the Local Color social media and follow through with the plan.
Today I picked up the 5 drawings I had on display at Orange Moon Salon. They'd been hanging there since last October. Now I'm gonna take them out of the frames, photograph them (to make prints later), and put them back in the frames before moving them to the Martin Luther King Library to hang with the other pieces I have currently have up there.
Today I made a little bit of progress on the skull I'm painting for Local Color's upcoming 31 Skulls event. I'm drawing Eyes, Mouths & Noses on it. I'm using oil based markers, white for fills and black for outlines. I hope I can finish it this weekend.
Today I worked on the sponsorship packet design for Local Color's 31 Skulls fundraising campaign. This was a first for me. I've seen them before and recently learned more about them. Organizations use them for fundraising. They have different levels based on contribution amount, each with different perks for those who choose to sponsor events. I had a little involvement with the actual content of the packet but I handled all the design. I did have to look at a few examples to get an idea of what to do. I'm waiting on the team at Local Color to get back to me with edits and to finish writing out all the content before the board members start sending them out to potential sponsors. I hope this makes us lots of money!
I'm behind schedule on the skull I'm painting for Local Color's fundraiser, 31 Skulls. I spent most of the day trying to decide what I was going to draw on the skull. I was torn between the Eyes, Mouths & Noses motif or the brains I usually draw. I also tested out different markers, paints and brushes.In the end I went with EMN using oil based markers.
I'm also a day behind on my Inktober drawings. I't's day 10 but I'm on drawing 9. I drew this chunky demon guy marching along.
I finished the background on the ceramic skull I'm painting for Local Color's 31 Skulls fundraiser. I think I'm going to draw a bunch of eyes & mouths on it like my previous work. When it's all done I'll give it back to Local Color and it'll be used as prize for their fundraising raffle.
Tonight I knocked out my Inktober drawings for days 7 & 8. I had to catch up and draw two today because I didn't draw one yesterday. Earlier, I started painting my ceramic skull for Local Color's 31 Skulls Fundraiser. I spray painted the bottom and some of the sides and still need to do the top. After spray painting I'm going to draw on the skull with an oil based marker and clear coat it when I'm done. I'm hoping to finish it this weekend.