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

Support DaPeaceTrain’s New Life Campaign

Hey Everyone! I have started a new life campaign to raise money for my travels. This may seem like a long shot but I truly believe my family and friends want me to keep this life going! I’m not saying I’m completely broke but it’s nice to have a cushion when on the road. Honestly if every one of my friends of FaceBook donated $5.00 I could keep the dream alive for months to come.

It wasn’t easy to make this transition in my life and now I could use a little support. I know I would gladly support any of you if you took a plunge to better yourself by finding true happiness in everything you do. Pursuing a dream is never easy and I’m not ready to give up. I have sold a couple paintings while on the road and I know this is what I was meant to do. Until I gain enough of a following or sell some really expensive pieces, I am seeking support from you.

Find some love in your heart and please help the cause! Thanks to all those who have donated already! I love you all!!

Click the link here to support DaPeaceTrain: Donate through GoFundMe

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OneLove

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

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