Today I organized, and put away, the tubs of gear used Friday night for my vendor booth. I also counted my t-shirts, updated the website inventory, and figured out how many I sold in each size & style. Besides counting & cleaning up, I started preparing for an upcoming exhibit I'll be announcing very soon. This is on top of the mural I'm currently designing and the new job I recently started (both of which I haven't made public yet). One thing that has been announced is that I'm DJing & MCing Local Color's Estate Sale on Sunday, September 26th.
Today was great! I slept in after working the Street Mrkt event last night. Later on, I went to the local craft brewery, Narrative Fermentations, where local bad-ass artist, Patrick Hofmeister, is painting his latest mural. I had an alcoholic slushy from the bar and a fried chicken sandwich from Scratch Cookery food truck while I was there. Pretty damn good! Afterwards I went to The Arsenal art supply store & gallery in Japantown. I went to see the current exhibit by my friend Amy Brown and cousin Alyssarhaye. There was also a pop-up outside the store where a couple other artist buddies were selling their merch so I bought a few items to support them. I went home after and checked movie showtimes and bought a ticket to see Shang-Chi, the latest Marvel movie. I loved it! It was a perfect end to a good day!
This afternoon I was told that the mural project is back on! Yesterday it was put on hold and it kinda bummed me out. Thankfully it was only one day! Hopefully there are no more hold ups going forward. I just want to get this thing going!
I got word this morning that the mural I'm scheduled to paint was put on hold. The news bummed me out a little, even though I knew things like this could happen. The good news is that the project is on hold, not canceled. Hopefully, whatever issue caused it gets resolved quickly because I'm ready to go!
I made some more sketches today for the upcoming project I'm working on. It's still super early in the design phase and I'll share more details as the design gets fleshed out over time. I'm pretty excited about this and can't wait to share with everyone!
I sent out a few new mockups today for some custom tees. Some toddler & youth size crew necks and adult women's V-necks for my friend and her two daughters. It'll be so cool to see them all wearing my shirts! I think I'm going to call last-call for preorders tomorrow then place the order on Friday and hopefully have the shirts shipped early next week. In other good news, I had a meeting today regarding a mural that I'll start working on next month. I'll share more details on that after the agreements are signed and everything is in place. It's a pretty exciting project and I can't wait to tell everyone about it!
The Valley Verde Mural Celebration event was so much fun! My buddy, Mario's mural looked great in it's new home, the live band made me want to dance, the vegan tacos were delicious, and the paint-by-numbers activity was hit! As soon as I started pouring paint, people were ready to go. They were painting during the whole event up until it was time to pack up. I didn't have to paint at all, it was great! The best part was seeing so many friends in-person at the event after being stuck at home for the last year and a half. I can't wait to do more fun stuff like this!
I forgot to take a picture of the finished panel but the pictures below are of the map screenshot, my rough sketch, the original color mockup, the outlines with numbers, and final variation based on the paints I used.
Another busy day getting ready for tomorrows event at Valley Verde. I went through all my paint buckets and made swatches. Then used Adobe Illustrator to assign colors to every shape and a number to every color in the digital image. Then I went to panel and wrote all the numbers on it. Tomorrow I'm gonna print some simple instructions for guests (the numbers & colors) then take apart the frame and take everything to the site and reassemble it and get set up before the event starts. I hope it's a good turn out and people want to come and paint-by-number.
Holy shit, what a long day! I put two coats of primer on the 4'x8' panel, built the frame, hung the panel on the frame, then transferred the image outlines from my laptop using a projector. Luckily I don't have to paint it till the Valley Verde event on Saturday with help from guests & passerby's.
I started building the frame for the 4'x8' panel we'll be painting on Saturday for the Valley Verde event. I cut some 1"x3" pieces to make a 4'x6' support frame then glued and screwed it to the 4'x8' panel. I'll continue working on it tomorrow, after the has glue set, and and figure out how I'm going to build a stand for it. I'd like it to sit two feet off the ground so no one has to squat to paint the bottom portion. I'm eventually going to transport it which means I might have to take it apart then reassemble it on site. I love building stuff like this, I only wish I wasn't pressed for time!
Today was busy! I worked on a button order. Followed up on another design job and sent an invoice. Went over to Local Color and picked up paint and supplies for this Saturday's event at Valley Verde. (RSVP here) Bought an 4'x8' panel to paint, lumber to build a stand, and more supplies at Home Depot. Then drove to my brother's studio at night to borrow his projector. Tomorrow I'm gonna prime the panel and start constructing the stand and hopefully go for a hike in the evening.
My idea for the live outdoor art activation on June 26th has been approved so I'll be moving forward with it. Next on the agenda is getting the supplies and figuring out how I'm going to set up. It's going to be a small 4'x8' paint-by-number mini-mural where passerby's can jump in and paint. I was invited to do this by the amazing folks at Local Color, San Jose's own arts non-profit. That's all I have to share about the project & event for now. More details to come!
I've been asked to do some live interactive painting at an outdoor event on Saturday June 26th in Downtown San Jose. The invite came from Local Color. The location is next to a gardening non-profit organization called Valley Verde. They'll be unveiling a new mural painted by a couple buddies of mine. Today I went to check out the place and talked to a couple people working there to get ideas for my project.
You might have seen it on your way in. If not, go check it out. (just click on the images below) I also created a contact form for anyone interested in bulk pricing, custom color combinations and mural opportunities.
I took my bike to Good Karma to get it serviced today. The rear wheel became off-centered and the tire rubbed against the frame when I rode it. They took care of it and now it's back to normal. I also bought an extra wide cushioned seat and they installed it. No more uncomfortable tiny seat halfway up my asshole!
After the leaving Good Karma I drove to Campbell to check out local artist Drew Roulette's mural-in-progress on the Los Gatos Creek Trail. I can't wait to see it completed and without the scaffolding.
I took my bike for a test ride down the street today. A rode for few blocks and noticed the front derailleur wasn't letting my shift into the high gear. I watched a couple Youtube videos when I got home to try and troubleshoot and fix it but decided I'll take the bike back to Good Karma Bikes tomorrow so they can do it and/or show me how. I then spent most of the day working on creating a new resume from scratch. My old resumes were never that good so I wanted to do a complete overhaul. I took a break from the resume to enter the mileage I logged for the Casitas US map mural project into my newly updated spreadsheet, made to make next years tax preparation a little easier.
I went back to Casitas de Esperanza on Friday, not to work on the map mural but for their Easter event. It was open to all Amigos de Guadalupe residents They provided food for all guests and an Easter egg hunt & toy donations for the kids. Right before they released the kids to go hunt for Easter eggs the staff used my map to help line them up based on age. It made me so happy to see the map being used and to see all the kids running around having fun. I posed for a few pictures while was there too.
Crap! I forgot to post on Wednesday. Here are pictures of the Alaska stencil before getting chalked, after getting chalked and then primed with a white base coat before getting colored.
Aside from a bit of touch ups and a good cleaning, the contiguous United States are done. I still need to lay down Alaska, and color in Hawaii to be officially done-done. In a few days Casitas de Esperanza is having their first annual Easter egg hunt, for all the kids housed via Amigos de Guadalupe, and they’re accepting donations for pre-filled Easter eggs. I bought a bag of plastic eggs and chocolate candies and loaded them up. I also drew a different smiley face on a each egg.
Another fun, busy and productive day working on the map. My friend Catrina came to help paint then my other friend, Carolina, came and she brought her goddaughter, Natalie. Alex, one of the staff members at Amigos de Guadalupe, hung out and gave us a hand too. We made so much progress and we’re a lot closer to being done.
We had 5 volunteers today to help us with our murals. We covered a lot of ground, no pun intended. I was so busy I forgot to take pictures but we did stop for a pizza break. Tomorrow I’m hoping to finish painting the top half, lay down the stencil for the bottom and Alaska and start painting some more.
I had a few volunteers help me paint today and we still didn’t get far. I thought the whole top half was going to be finished and the bottom half chalked by the end of the day. The asphalt is really difficult to paint with a brush and the mini rollers work better but some letters are too small for the roller. There was a fair amount of trial and error today. I hope I can finishing painting the top half tomorrow and be 100% done by Monday night.
I didn’t start painting today after some difficulty laying out the first stencil. It was too windy to lay out both so I only did the top half, and by the time I finished chalking it was almost quitting time. I learned the kids were still walking & playing on the map even though I put cones and caution tape up last night so I tonight I covered the the chalked area with a few tarps and taped & weighted it down the best I could. I want to get in early Saturday and start painting the top half before chalking & painting the bottom.
Another busy day! This morning I went to Local Color to pick up and pounce the missing piece of the map that didn’t print last time. At home I cut the new pieces and taped them to the main stencils. Later, I went to Home Depot for some supplies before going to Casitas de Esperanza and priming the Hawaiian islands with white paint. I’m hoping that on Friday I can start painting the states in color after making another stencil transfer.
Another busy day working on my map mural. I taped the long printouts that I pounced yesterday into a couple larger, and slightly easier to manage, sheets. I then packed them in the car, along with other gear and paint, and drove them to the Casitas site where we’re painting the playground murals on the ground. Carman and Emily both helped me line up the two extra large sheets, weigh them down so they wouldn’t fly away, chalk the perimeter of the map and paint the base layer. I was so busy I didn’t take pictures of the process. Tomorrow, with a little help, we’ll set the stencil again, chalk the whole thing and hopefully start to paint the states in color.