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Making Our Shop Instagrammable And You Can Too

Yesterday, I uploaded a video to my YouTube Channel. Not a big deal when you consider the fact that 60 hours worth of video are uploaded to YouTube every single minute. That’s a pretty staggering number when you think about it. With that much video to choose from it seems virtually IMPOSSIBLE to get anybody outside of your direct circle of friends and family to watch anything you put on YouTube. In fact, it’s even hard to get those people to watch a video. Anyway…that’s a whole other post that I will probably never write.

So, this video I posted took me forever to finish. It’s the editing and my inner struggle with overthinking, which I guess is not really “inner” since I’m talking about it. I bet there is a lot of people out there that struggle with overthinking, but that’s such a broad term. To really get down to the heart of the matter I’d say the real issue is choice paralysis. You might be familiar with that term already, but if not here is what Wikipedia says about it: “Choice paralysis is the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A decision can be treated as over-complicated, with too many detailed options, so that a choice is never made.”

I take pride in my spontaneity and often think of myself as the type of person that jumps off a cliff and builds his wings on the way down. Despite that philosophy, there are some things that creep in under the radar and wreck me. Editing this video was one of those things. Allow me to take you on a journey inside of my head. This will be a glimpse of the inner dialogue I have with myself. Of course, I have it with myself. It’s not like you can have “inner dialogue” with others, but you know what I mean and since I already typed that I don’t feel like crafting a new, more appropriate sentence. Also, the last three sentences were just a way to prepare you for what’s coming ahead. Ok, here we go. The inner conversation I had (with myself) about this damn video.

Just make a video about spray painting the floor. Plain and simple. No, there’s an opportunity here to make a “how to” video and “how to” videos can get lots of views. What am I going to title the video so it gets the most views? Should I talk in the video or keep it strictly just a video of me painting the floor with stencils? Maybe this could be about Instagram. Am I supposed to include a slideshow of what used to be painted on the floor? I should probably not talk. I sound like a total douche nozzle when I talk to the camera. Why am I so awkward in front of a camera? Ok, no talking. Just turn this video into something that is 60 seconds long so I can put it on Instagram. Or toss it into some sort of compilation video like I did at Christmas. Who is this video for anyway? If it’s only painting the floor then maybe only fans of my artwork will want to watch. And if it’s more of a how to video then fans of my artwork will probably have no interest in watching, but it might get some views from people that are totally outside of my circle. Shit, man…I really have no idea what to do with this thing. It’s not like I can upload 4 different versions of the same footage just so I can attempt to please every possible person that might click the play button. That would be stupid. Why can’t I just decide?!?! ARGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

So, that is what was going on in my head every single time I sat down to edit this thing and it reminds me of this painting I made back in 2001.


(This dude’s head is about to explode with all that stuff going on in there.)

I’ve been attempting to edit this video since February. Despite how long it’s taken me you would expect a masterpiece, which it is clearly not. If I could just manage to harness the spontaneity I have with painting and apply that towards video editing, then this would have been uploaded months ago. In the end, it worked out fine and that delay in editing gave me the opportunity to collect photos on Instagram that people tagged Viva Paso on. Because of all of those IG tags and shout outs something really cool ended up happening and that became the deciding factor on what direction to take this video. Well, if I haven’t bored you to tears yet here is what this blog post is all about…sharing this video with you. Enjoy!

If the video doesn’t play for you then try this link.

This is the part where I ask for a little favor. If you know anybody that might find this video interesting or helpful in someway, please share it with them. You can copy and paste the following link into a text message, email or even paste the link onto their Facebook page.

https://youtu.be/y-dQ8ZrAr0w

Any of those things will help spread the word.
Thanks for watching! And reading.

– Jeff

Still Talking About YouTube

In my last blog post I stated that I set a goal for myself to make one video a week for three months and I’m happy to report that I am right on track. The first video I made was a late night resin coating session.


See the video at https://youtu.be/SI7AgImogZo.

The second one is a “day in the life” vlog.


See the video at https://youtu.be/pau4Adg3s4w.

Making this video gave me a better appreciation for the people out there posting daily vlogs. It’s a lot of work. It’s more work than you might think. Everything you do takes longer when you’re trying to document it. You have to do things like pull over while driving to adjust camera settings. Then you have to set up your camera in the car so you can still drive safely among so many other things. I know some vloggers just turn the camera on and talk to it for 5 minutes, which is hard, in a way, because being alone in a room talking to a camera feels awkward, but that sort of vlog is still a lot easier than one where somebody is setting up shots. Of course, the setting up shots method is more fun to watch because it plays like a short movie which is usually more engaging than watching somebody talk straight to the camera for an extended period of time. Anyway, blah blah blah…

Thanks for reading (and watching)!
– Jeff

PS. If you like the videos I’m making please SUBSCRIBE to my channel so you don’t miss out on all the new ones I’ll be uploading. I’ll be making at least one a week for the next 10 weeks.

Let’s Talk About You Tube

I started my YouTube channel in January 2007. I didn’t do too much with it until I started selling graffiti supplies in my shop. It’s amazing how many people watch videos of graffiti supplies. In most of the videos I wasn’t even using them. I would just sort of scan over new products when they arrived. I’m sure to graffiti artists it just looked like pure heaven to see 50-100 markers displayed across my table as they drooled over their computer screens.

I’ve uploaded about 60 videos and my second most watched video is a 58 second clip of me scanning over a table full of graffiti markers. There’s no talking or explanation of the goods. I uploaded it 7 years ago and it’s been viewed 44,000 times. There are youtubers that get the same amount of views within 10 minutes of posting their videos, but 44,000 of anything is still a whole heck of a lot.

Although I’ve always loved YouTube it’s been kept safely on the back burner. For one, I am EXTREMELY awkward in front of a camera. On top of that, editing video takes me a long time and I’m not about to pay somebody to do it for me. One of the best things about sharing content these days is the immediacy of it. You can literally record some video footage on your phone and have it on YouTube a few minutes later ready to be seen by the whole world. This is why I want to edit my own videos. It might take me a long time, but I don’t have to work around somebody else’s schedule.

What I’m getting at is that this past December I finally started focusing some energy on my channel. I’ve posted 10 videos since December 9, 2015, which is pretty good for me. I would love to post at least one video a week. I mean, that’s my goal, but goals without deadlines are never met because that’s impossible. You can’t just say “from now on I’m doing _____.” So, I’m stating here that my goal, starting in April, is to make one video a week for the next 3 months. It will be a challenge for me, but I also think it’s attainable and those are two of the key ingredients to setting a worthwhile goal.

Here’s a video I posted almost two weeks ago that I haven’t shown here on the blog yet. This is a road trip vlog from a day trip Coral and I took to San Francisco back in January. Enjoy!

If you’re a regular visitor to YouTube please subscribe to my channel and give a thumbs up to the videos you like.

Thanks for reading and watching!
– Jeff

The Stump Painting Adventure Continues

You would think that painting on a broken tree out in the country wouldn’t bother anybody. Guess again. I had seen this tree in a ditch for a couple of months. One day I finally painted it and within a week it was removed.

I’m tempted to call this one “Sloth”. Goonies.


This is my most recent stump, but now that I think about it this could very well be the first one that sparked the idea in me to start painting on stumps. It happens to be on the roof of my house just outside our bedroom window.

Here’s a short time lapse of the roof stump. I’ve made two time lapse videos of painting these and both times I forgot to film the first step, which is painting the background color. Next time I’ll try to remember to record the whole process. Also, I’ve really been trying to beef up my YouTube Channel, so please check out the other videos after you watch this one.

Enjoy!
– Jeff

Tutorial: Making A Starburst With Spray Paint

As you might have noticed, I’ve been exploring and experimenting with YouTube the past month. It’s been challenging because I’m not a fan of being in front of a camera and it feels really awkward for me to talk to a camera. You could say I am overcoming my fear and connecting with you in a new way. Also, if you’re not willing to embarrass yourself from time to time how can you ever grow as a person? At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed the videos so far. Like I said, I’m experimenting…trying out different ideas for videos and checking my statistics to find out what gets the best response. With that said, I recently made my first tutorial. The white background behind the character in this painting is called a starburst.


(This piece is available as a limited edition print.)

I’ve been using this effect since 2004 and it’s so cool and fun to do that I have to limit myself to how often I use it because I don’t want to overplay it like a new favorite song on repeat.

This video doubles as part tutorial and part “making a painting time lapse”. Enjoy!

If you like the video please give it a thumbs up or leave a comment. Making these videos take a long time for me and any interaction will give me a good idea of what types of videos I should focus on. If you have any ideas for future videos or questions you’d like to ask let me know. It just might be the inspiration for a new video.

Thanks for watching!
– Jeff

Art Vlog #2: Five New Paintings

Wow…vlogs two days in a row. I’m an addict! Well, not quite yet, but it’s fun getting better acquainted with Adobe Premiere. This three minute video took about six hours to put together. Not six straight hours, but with Coral sick today and Elliott (our three year old) wanting my attention every 30 seconds it took me all day. And when I say “all day” I mean…All. Damn. Day.

If you’d like to purchase any of the paintings in the video please check out my online shop. “Mystery Owl” found a new home super fast, which makes me feel like a rockstar. The other four are still up for grabs. Since these are newly listed I am offering 20% off as an early bird deal. Use code EARLYBIRD during check out and watch 20% magically disappear. This offer expires Saturday November 8 at 11:59pm.

Thanks for stopping by.

Oh hey, if you have any questions or topics you’d like to see in a future vlog please leave a comment.

I hope you all have a good weekend.
See ya!

– Jeff

Art Vlog #1: Hidden Opportunities…In The Bathroom

Go easy on me…I hate being in front of a camera. For some reason I am determined to overcome my awkwardness. I’m not sure why, but I feel it’s something I should learn to do. And learning is good. At least that’s what I’ve been told. Anyway…

I’ve been in this art game for awhile and although I’m not on the cover of Art Forum, High Fructose or Juxtapoz and I’m not represented by Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Boone, Tony Shafrazi or Larry Gagosian I am still making a living at this and have learned a thing or two. Because of that I get asked a lot of questions by young artists that are getting started.

When I got the idea to start vlogging on youtube I asked myself, “What are the go-to stories I find myself repeating to young artists?” and this story about being the “Bathroom Artist” is one of them.

If you watched the whole video the story actually goes further because I’ve gotten my work into another gallery because of being in the Morro Bay gallery. Anyway, it’s cliche, but opportunities are everywhere and you never know until you try.

If you liked this video and want to see more please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. And if you have any questions to ask please leave a comment. It might be one of my future vlog topics.

Thanks!
– Jeff

Late Night Painting Session – GoPro Time Lapse

When I painted this batch of small watercolor paintings I did it like a nerd with a GoPro strapped to my chest. Here’s how that turned out.

I’m trying to learn video editing and putting that together took WAY to long than it should. Now that I have five months of GoPro video collected it would be really nice to do something with it all.

All of those painting are still available and in the shop.

Oh yeah, sorry if you got motion sickness watching that.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

James And Evy Spinning Stop Motion

This is the second stop motion video I made using Frameographer for iPhone. Like the last one I posted, this is best thought of as a preliminary sketch for something greater.

My main goal was to get the kids interested in making their own stop motion movies. Since the process is tedious and time consuming and children have zero to little patience my theory was that if I put them in a movie and they thought the result was cool or funny then they would learn that all the effort was worth it when you see the final result. Lucky for me, it worked. James has become addicted to making stop motion movies. Evy has made some too. Not quite with the same enthusiasm as James, but it’s been awesome watching both of them get excited about being creative with the camera.

Eventually, I’ll get around to posting some of their movies on here.

Thanks for watching!
– Jeff

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