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

 

 

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

Hey gang! Here’s the complete  Van Conversion video! Check out some of my trials and tribulations of building my new home.

 

Thanks for checking out my blog and my van conversion video! First of all I would like to say thanks to my friend Gene from “Okanagan top shelf renovations.” The van conversion would not have gone so smooth without his help. I also owe a lot to my buddy Wes for wiring all the components together without burning down the van! There was one close call when a wrench and a power wire didn’t get along though… haha! All good, just some burnt insulation 😉

This is my second attempt at making a video using my new computer and even newer programs! I am still very new to all of this so please bear with me. Being an online guru does not happen overnight and I’m learning quickly that this kind of work ins’t as easy as everyone thinks. That said, I’m looking for some creative criticism or any tips on how to make better movies.

I dislike making the videos…

…The most out of everything that is going into this blog. At first I thought I would hate typing and writing all the time. I thought video blogging or “Vlogging” would be the easiest way to share my story. I stand corrected as I find it easier to lay out a bunch of text versus editing a video for hours on end. Especially now that my GoPro doesn’t work, It’s harder to take videos with my camera.

I’m still working on a complete parts/materials list for the entire job so stay tuned for that! In the mean time, I am in Brookings, Oregon just catching up on some rest and maybe some laundry! It’s been a week on the road so far and I’m loving it and making some cool connections along the way. Please comment and share!

OneLove

JD

Lots of winding roads and huge oaks, here’s some beauties from Oregon State.

The interior of Oregon State is captivating with its mossy oak hollows and intense green forests. I was drawn to this one area on crooked finger road where there is a campground called Camp Dakota. It was home to a unique zip line and adventure park in the rain forest. Unfortunately it rained the whole time so I wasn’t able to enjoy the amenities.

The rain was a burden for me, it was depressing and it limited what I could do outside. That said, I had an opportunity to catch up on rest and do some video editing. Being a van dweller you must also be an opportunist and get stuff done when you get the chance. Even if it means doing stuff that intimidates you, like making movies for the world to see. I feel like I’m a bit out of date when it comes to technology these days. There is so much to know and I’m a huge procrastinator when it comes to learning new skills. Either way I won’t let fear or lack of knowledge slow me down. Da PeaceTrain is going to show the world a better way to live and perhaps how to have fun doing it!

The sun gods are beckoning..

…Me to head to the coast and I am going to listen! I really want to get some use out of my new bike and kayak although the rain isn’t letting me do that. I am going to make a move towards the coast tomorrow and hope to be soaking up the sunshine in a couple days. Stay tuned and don’t forget to sign up for Da Newsletter!

OneLove

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

Solo Travel In Da PeaceTrain with no destination!

I have become a master of solo travel and I have put on lots of miles in the last 24 hours. Coming to you from Tacoma, Washington. It’s been an amazing trek so far and I got to sleep at an awesome lookout by the Grand Coulee Dam last night. After checking in at the State Park Service Office, I now have a paper map of all the parks in the country. This makes it easier than using data or always seeking a coffee shop for free wi-fi. Here’s a couple shots of  the 9 Mile Falls dam..

Being a solo traveller makes it easy to decide where and when to stop. There are many attractions and sights to be seen in Washington state and I’m sure I could spend months seeing them all. I’ve allotted for only a few days in Washington unfortunately. I have to make my way south to  the San Fransisco valley for May 5th. I do have some time to burn but I also know that Oregon and the coast will consume a lot of it.

I’m still working on some videos for the blog so please be patient as I’m pretty new to all of this stuff haha! Anyways I should cut this post off here and go find another sick vantage point to post up and relax in Da PeaceTrain. I must say, this thing is massive and it’s not easy to stay hidden while trying to find places to sleep for free 😉

Stay tuned for more updates and adventures soon! Please leave a comment or ask me a question!

ONELOVE,

JD