I spent 4 hours on the road today when I drove my grandma from San Jose to Sacramento then I had to come back right away to watch my friends perform downtown at an open mic talent show. I didn’t get any work done but it was still a good day.
I worked a little while on this project today. I did quick sketches of the street signs and tried to figure out the best way to arrange all the pieces. It still doesn’t feel right so I’m gonna tweak it again before moving on.
Tonight I traced the pictures I took of SAP, Drive-In, Tropicana shopping center and the barn at Emma Prusch Park. The object was to reduce the photos to line art before composing the layout. Next will be coloring and outlining. The final image will be painted on a wall and used as a backdrop for a YouTube show.
I was still feeling worn out from the weekend but I was invited to go for a walk along the Guadalupe River Trail and walked almost 3 miles. My friend and I saw a mural soon after it was completed and explored the trail and streets we’ve never been down before.
I’m still recovering from Saturday’s hike at Grant Park and live painting at Viva Calle yesterday. I wanted to stay in bed all day. I only got out to run some errands and take reference pics for the new project I’m working on.
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!
I just finished inking what Im going to paint at Viva Calle Sunday morning. My car’s already loaded with paints and everything needed to live-paint and my t-shirts, which I’m hoping to sell a few. Now I just gotta get some sleep before my alarm goes off in a few hours. Should be fun!
I and the rest of the TWC (Together We Create) crew will be setup in Japantown on 5th & Jackson from 1- am to 3 pm.
Sunday morning I’ll be live-painting with friends from TWC (Together We Create) at Viva Calle. I believe we’ll be setup in Japantown near 5th & Jackson. My friends posted these stories on Instagram and the pictures they chose cracked me up!
Today I was commissioned to paint a small mural that’ll serve as a backdrop for an internet tv show. The mural will feature San Jose landmarks, the Capitol Drive Ins, SAP Center and the Tropicana Shopping Center and Emma Prusch farm on Story & King Road. It also includes the street signs for Tully Rd, Monterey Rd and Seven Trees Blvd. all per the client’s request. These are the rough & colored sketches. Next, I’ll redraw the artwork and get it finalized before transferring it on the wall.
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’ve only gone hiking once a week for the last three weeks but I’ve been making them count. Today was another 7+ miler along the South Rim at Alum Rock Park. I’m working my way up to hiking both the north & south rims in one trip. I’m calling it the “Rim Job.”
After an eventful week it’s “back to life, back to reality.” That meant cleaning & chores. This weekend I’ll be live-painting again with my friends in TWC (Together We Create) at Viva Calle. That’s where they close down a few miles of city streets to car traffic and open it up to bicyclists, pedestrians & skaters. We’ll be posted on one of those streets painting 8’x8’ mini murals. I need to figure out what I’m going to paint before Sunday.
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.
Flea Market Day was a success! I made over $200 and got rid of a bunch of stuff. It was also fun talking to people, haggling, and seeing them get excited about my junk. Maybe I’ll be back in a few years after accumulating too much stuff again.
I spent the day getting ready for the flea market tomorrow. My car is packed to the gills with stuff to sell. Now I gotta sleep for an hour and half to be out the door by 5:45 AM to get in line for a spot. I’m going with my cousin. We’ve done this before a few times and it’s always fun.
After a 7 mile hike on Tuesday and working the 420 event yesterday, today was a much needed rest day. Tomorrow I gotta prepare for a flea market day on Saturday. My cousin and I will be vending.
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!
I’m still preparing my taxes. All my income & expenses are in order and I’ve started plugging numbers into TurboTax. Tomorrow is the deadline and, I think, I have until midnight to file. Hopefully it won’t take me that long.
I spent most of the day reviewing self employment expenses & income. I want to make sure my records are bulletproof before I plug any data into TurboTax. I wish I had done this part sooner.
Today I started pulling documents for tax prep and reading my notes from last year. Tomorrow I’m going to review all my business expenses and income and maybe start plugging away at Turbo Tax.
I’m still recovering from yesterday’s hike up to Mission Peak. My feet, legs and even shoulders are sore so I took it easy today. Tomorrow, and this weekend, I’ll be working on my taxes so everything will be ho-hum till Monday. After tax day I’m gonna try to get a hike in at Grant Park then prepare for a flea market day on Saturday to get rid of a bunch of stuff.
Ho-lee-shit! My friends Jackie, Peterman and I hiked Mission Peak in Fremont today. It took us almost 5 and a half hours to finish the 6.6 mile loop with 2,100 feet of elevation gain. It kicked my ass! Definitely my hardest hike in the last 6-7 months. I’m gonna sleep good tonight!
Tonight I started inking this handsome fella. I’d like to stay up all night to finish it but I gotta get up early to hike Mission Peak with a couple friends. It’s a 5.8 mile long hike with 2,100 feet of elevation gain so I need the rest. Otherwise I’m gonna look like this guy.