Hey everyone!

Sorry for the much overdue blog post. I have been insanely busy building a stockpile of paintings for the Electric Love festival near Chilliwack. I will be vending an art booth and would like to have a decent selection of pieces to better my chances and be a successful booth owner.  This means many hours of playing with paint and different techniques/styles.

I have a month to prepare for Electric Love and am bringing more than just paintings to the event. I have started making buttons and vinyl decals to cater to more people. The festival scene is a great place to network and build my brand. This could prove to be lucrative as well. There is room for growth here and this market might be the perfect place for me to expand and flourish as an artist.

What’s funny about this is I actually manifested a job working at festivals last summer in the States. The only problem was, I was working for someone else. I felt like I was suppressing  my own dreams and taking the easy route. The knowledge gained from working with Liquid Dreams helped me understand the requirements for being a vendor. Now I can take these new skills and improve my own presence as an artist at these amazing events. It’s really exciting to broaden my talents and embark on this adventure in becoming a successful artist.

from canvas to wall…

I am eager to turn my art into a grand scale and start practicing my style in murals. I believe once I get more comfortable with murals the possibilities are endless in the art game. The idea of travelling and doing art to sustain that lifestyle is extremely appealing. I know now what I have to do to achieve greatness in this field. Time to start practicing on some big walls!

I’m not going to start tagging public property, but I do want to get some sheets of plywood and experiment. Some of the art I’ve seen throughout my travels has been beyond amazing. It’s time for me to step up and bring my best self to produce some quality mind blowing art.

Check out the latest works of art I have completed over the last month.  Please comment below to inquire or just give some feedback to this new style I’ve been practicing.

Thanks for reading!

ONE LOVE,
JonnyD

 

 

Montana’s Pirate Parrrrrty!

Hey guys! I was recently up in Montana for the Pirate Party Music Festival with my new friends at Larva designs. It was a great event with lots of northern freaks coming out to party in the forest! We had a really great time mingling with all the people from that beautiful state.

I believe there was an attendance of around 3,500 people from all walks of life and even some children! It was actually cool to see parents get to bring their kids to the festival so they can both enjoy the weekend camping and get down to some good music.

The weather fluctuated considerably, it was 90 degrees during the day but dropped off to at least 55 at night. This was challenging for me because I didn’t exactly prepare for the massive change in temperature. Lucky my friend James Freeborn lent me a blanket the second night so I wasn’t shivering cold like the first night. Keep that in mind if you’re ever going tent camping in the mountains of Montana.

The music was pumping and the light shows were phenomenal, Especially in the forest with all the dust in the air. It looked like another atmosphere floating above the crowds. I would like to give recognition to the production crews, they did an amazing job setting up the stages and it was really impressive.

After the festival, the crew and I drove south through Yoesemite National park and down into Denver, Colorado. I flew from there to San Diego to pick up my van and make my way up the coast to Napa Valley for my PSI seminar. On the way I called my friend Mark and he told me about another smaller fest in Long Beach this last weekend. How could I resist?

Love Long Beach Music Fest..

..Was full of amazing people from all over the SoCal area, it was a great mix of  souls and was also child friendly. The future ravers were carried on their parents shoulders with ear muffs and huge smiles! There were tons of great food vendors, live artists and merchandise.

It’s a neat dynamic having this as a family event, I’ve never seen kids having so much fun! there were art workshops and a kids yoga tent and many other things to keep the kids occupied while their parents danced or just took a break. I was fortunate enough to sit as a model for a live artist named Zachary Arenson who uses fire as his medium. He is a master blowtorch artist that creates amazing realism with burnt wood.

He eventually did my entire face but I did not have my camera on the second day. You can check my FB or Instagram pages to see the full portrait.

The Dj’s were the big hit for me this weekend as I am a huge fan of house music/techno. The vendor tents were positioned perfectly right in front of the main stage which had bumping beats to dance to all day! I wasn’t actually working but I did assist when needed at the booth. It’s nice to make these good relations as I go because they could end up being a major link to my success in the future. Here’s some more shots of the Love Long Beach festival where there was no shortage of admiration.

The LBC was hot this weekend and there was a fantastic turnout for a really great festival in an even better spot! Thanks to my friend Mark from Laser Trees for giving me the heads up! And thanks for reading!!

 

 

 

ARTIST ON THE ROAD

Did this painting yesterday in a beach parking lot in San Diego. Was a good release to get some paint on the canvas. It’s still intimidating being a public artist just painting out of the back of my van! Although it’s getting easier the more I do it  🙂

For this painting I used acrylic for the background, then layered spray paint using stencils and cardboard cutouts. I am trying to build up a bit of a gallery in the van so I have some examples to show people. I also am working on a piece for my friend Manny who lives in Pahrump, NV. Once I establish myself here, it shouldn’t be too hard to maintain this lifestyle.

The tricky part is finding a niche that I like and sticking to it. The more I talk to people, they ask what my style is. I find myself struggling to find an answer because I have lots of styles! I think the best description for my work is is Impressionism/graffiti. I still refuse to stick to one style as I think it limits my customer base. At the same time I’m worried if I don’t have a go to style that makes me stand out, I may be overlooked. I will keep practicing and trying new things until I nail this technique. Until then, please give feedback on new art posts from me.

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MESSAGE ME FOR DETAILS ON YOUR OWN CUSTOM PAINTINGS FROM MYSELF, OR TO VIEW SOME OF MY WORK THAT IS FOR SALE!

ONE LOVE

JD

Greetings from San Diego!

I built this video to show you a bit about my first three weeks on the road. Van life has its pros and cons for sure. But as long as I keep smiling, I can’t help but attract good times and good people! This is the best life ever! I really recommend everyone try living in a van to see what you really need in your life.

I have brought some things on this trip that I haven’t even used yet. My camp BBQ is the biggest space taker that I use the least. I might try selling it to make room for other stuff and put a little cash in my pocket. This trip is costing me more than I originally planned so I’ll have to be diligent with my money.

So far it’s comfortable sleeping in the van at night, the temperature has been perfect. I’m sure if it gets really hot then I’ll be looking for options to cool the van down. There is a few YouTube videos that show how to build a homemade Air Conditioner out of a cooler and a 12v fan and ice. I will cross this bridge when it comes but for now, I’m loving the sleeps in the van.

Getting used to parking where I please and not worrying about what people think is getting easier. Finding refuge for Da PeaceTrain every night has it’s challenges but I’m getting better at it. It’s especially hard in California as they do not allow overnight parking in most of the parking lots/parks. Oregon however, is a lot more relaxed when it comes to van dwelling and parking anywhere for free. I haven’t got a ticket yet so I must be doing something right!

I’m headed up to LA today so wish me luck! Van life in big cities is a little harder haha.

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Cheers!
JD

Living off-grid in Washington state

Waking up in a different part of the country everyday is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a great feeling stepping out of the van to take in the beautiful scenery that surrounds me. Here’s my camp for the first night, a little 4×4 pullout that had great views of the Grand Coulee Dam.

There’s two sides to every coin however.Being a van dweller with a goal to spend the least amount of money to see the whole country has its challenges. Last night for instance. I was in the downtown Seattle area as it was getting dark. Thinking to myself, I should make my way out-of-town to find a good rest stop for the night. So I looked up the nearest truck stop/rest area on the GPS. After arriving, I noticed this rest stop had been out of commission for years. It was now 10:30pm and I was tired. I had to drive around for a while to find a pullout on a country road that was big enough for Da PeaceTrain. I slept well despite the inconvenient place I chose to call home for the night. 

Now I’m on a mission to find a shower!

I just got denied by Anytime Fitness to purchase a membership because I don’t live here. The manager was not very understanding of my journey and he gave me a bad vibe a soon as I walked in. Thinking this was going to be my meal ticket for showers and gym privileges. Unfortunately I was mistaken and now I’m back to the drawing board.  Using wifi now seeking out less expensive campsites with showers and bathrooms. I will figure this out soon but it had me a bit frazzled this morning when I got shut down. I am glued to my computer before making any big decisions on where to go next. The coast is calling my name so I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up there tonight 😉

Cheers and thanks for reading!

JD