New Painting And Spending Way Too Much Time Coming Up With A Title


This is Brady.
He’s 5″ x 7″ – acrylic on wood. If you’d like add this 5 eyed man to your collection he is $80 and is available online at Viva Paso.

That’s the simple description. If you love reading, you are in for a treat because there are a bunch of words ahead. Of course, after reading this and getting a glimpse inside my head you might be totally turned off the idea of reading for fun. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen though. Now strap in and enjoy the ride.

We’ll call this the Random Bonus Description.
I don’t use brown often, but because it is a neutral color it always seems to create a great color combo with almost any other color you choose. I think blue and brown are great together. About the 5 eyes.

I didn’t choose 5 for any particular reason. I just thought it would be more interesting than the the typical “blockhead” paintings I make with 2 eyes.

I usually come up with the title for my paintings after I photograph them. When I get to the point where I have to save the file on my hard drive is when I decide on a title. Having a bunch of files named something like “IMG.98237” just bothers me. Anyway, I started looking up what number 5 symbolizes and what spiritual significance the number has. Turns out there is quite a bit, but the one thing that I kept seeing over and over was that number 5 is related to personal freedom, motivation, and determination. There is a lot more too, but those 3 things are what seemed to stand out the most. I tried to come up with a silly or thought provoking pun, but nothing was working, so I looked up names that mean “freedom”. Brady was on that list and that’s how it became the title for this painting. To add more random thoughts to this I thought about Gary Vee when I came up with this title because in a lot of photos he holds up his hand with his 5 fingers spread out. You can tell that it’s very intentional. The number 5 is significant to him for some reason. Maybe it’s just his favorite number. I’m not sure, but I thought it was an interesting correlation with Gary that the number is related to motivation and determination. When I started typing this and I wrote about the blue and brown color combo it reminded me that Gary V had a shoe collaboration with K-Swiss and the shoe had blue and brown stripes on it. He named the shoes “Clouds & Dirt” and the blue and brown are a pretty obvious representation of that. I don’t remember how Gary worded it, but I think it was something like the clouds represent the dream and where you want to be and the dirt is the hard work it takes to get there. All of this seems pretty random, but I like to chalk it up to synchronicity because I like the idea that things happen for a reason or that things that are seemingly random actually have a meaningful connection.

I’m not really sure what possessed me to write all of this. It sort of started because I laughed at myself about how much time I put into coming with such a simple title and I thought, “If only they knew that actual research went into this.” I thought it was funny because there is no way anybody would see “Brady” and think, “Oh yeah…doesn’t that name mean freedom and the 5 eyes represent freedom. That explains the title. Gee, that Jeff guy sure is a clever one!” I truly am not a fan of art speak. It’s a big turn off for me because I like art to be fun. If this comes off as boring pretentious art speak mumbo jumbo please know that is not the intention at all. This is more like sharing the thoughts whirling around my brain at 3:30am when I can’t sleep.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading!
– Jeff

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2022 Drop #05: Watercolor And Ink

Writing this a bit late, meaning…this series dropped on March 16. Anyway…
For this drop I pulled out thee ole’ watercolors and Micron pens. I made 10 new pieces for this series. All of them are 5″ x 7″ with an abstract watercolor background and Microns for all the black lines. These are available unframed online and if you find yourself in Paso Robles, they are available framed. Sorry, I just don’t want to risk the glass breaking during shipping. Ok…on to the art!

First is a little video preview. There is a quick clip of what these look like framed, so you might want to check it out.


“Date Night”
5″ x 7″ – watercolor and ink on paper
$60 unframed – order here


“Let’s Have A Sleepover”
5″ x 7″ – watercolor and ink on paper
$60 unframed – order here


“Satisfy Me”
5″ x 7″ – watercolor and ink on paper
$60 unframed – order here


“Sprung”
5″ x 7″ – watercolor and ink on paper
$60 unframed – order here


“Garden Boy”
5″ x 7″ – watercolor and ink on paper
$60 unframed – order here
Here’s a quick time lapse of making Garden Boy.


“Brody”
5″ x 7″ – watercolor and ink on paper
$60 unframed – order here


“Bernard”
5″ x 7″ – watercolor and ink on paper
$60 unframed – order here


“Shelly”
5″ x 7″ – watercolor and ink on paper
$60 unframed – order here


“My Sassy Angel”
5″ x 7″ – watercolor and ink on paper
$60 unframed – order here


“Ego Loss”
5″ x 7″ – watercolor and ink on paper
$60 unframed – order here

And there you have it! A new series of 10 paintings. I hope you enjoyed them.

– Jeff

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And, of course, if you want to see the artwork in person visit my shop:
Viva Paso
1628 Spring St
Paso Robles CA 93446
Open Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm

Unboxing: Die Cut Stickers From Sticker Mule

I don’t know what is crazier. That I have been turning my art into stickers for over 20 years or that I have never made die cut stickers in that 20 year span. It’s no doubt that die cut adds a level of fanciness that any sticker collector can appreciate. Embracing that added fanciness I am happy to add die cut stickers to my repertoire.

These new stickers are now available in person at my retail shop:
Viva Paso
1628 Spring St
Paso Robles CA 93446

And also online at: etsy.com/shop/jeffclaassen


“Puzzled Girl”
3″ x 2.61″ – available here.


“Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money”
3″ x 2.23″ – available here.


“Inez The Bunny”
3″ x 2.73″ – available here.


“More Amor Por Favor”
3″ x 2.68″ – available here.

In case you don’t make it to the end of the video and I somehow managed to hold your attention long enough for you to make it all the way down to this part, I will just tell you. I am stoked with how the stickers came out! Sticker Mule has never disappointed. The quality is awesome. The turnaround time is quick. Going through the order process on their site is super easy. So yeah, if you are looking to get stickers made with your own designs I highly recommend giving them a shot. Check them out at stickermule.com.

Enjoy!
Thanks for watching/reading/being alive.

– Jeff

2022 Drop #04: Wine Art

This is drop #04 for 2022. I’m trying to do these every other Wednesday. More on the details of that later, but because of poor planning and being out of town I missed the last one. Hopefully, this one is good enough to make up for the loss. Anyway…

I am very excited to have 10 new wine paintings. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed making them. And now for the details.

These are all hand painted one of a kind original paintings on watercolor paper. They are 18″ x 24″ and are all signed and dated on the back. I also write the title on the back. The paper has been stained with wine and all the black lines were painted using an acrylic ink.
These are $100 each, plus $11 shipping, unframed. Sorry…shipping prices have gotten a little out of control. These will ship rolled up in a tube and will be delivered by USPS. You can also choose “in store pickup” if you’d like to come by my shop to save on shipping and pick yours up in person. If you choose in store pickup, please come during our scheduled business hours, which are Wed-Sat. – 11am-5pm.

Ok, enough talking. Let’s see some art!
If you see one you would like simply click the image to order. And remember, these are one of a kind originals, so once they’re sold they are gone forever.


Belle The Kitty – order here


Burgundy Becca – order here


Irvine The Whale – order here


Loopy Bunny – order here


One Too Many – order here


Rehab Month – order here
There’s a little bonus prize for this one. If you can figure out why I made “Rehab Month” the title for this I will send you some free art goodies. Just send me DM on Instagram with your answer: @jeffclaassen


Rosey Rosé – order here


Spencer – order here


Stella – order here


Valerie Vino – order here

And there you have it. 10 brand new wine paintings! These paintings have been my whole life the past couple of weeks. A lot of late nights listening to music and putting ink down on the paper. Thank you for taking the time to look at these. If you order one it will ship out with 24-48 hours.

Also, I’m using my Viva Paso shop for this drop because it’s a lot easier to keep track of things on there.
Thanks again!
– Jeff

2022 Drop #03: Die Cut Sticker Pack With Bonus Art

I don’t know what is crazier. That I have been turning my art into stickers for over 20 years or that I have never made die cut stickers in that 20 year span. It’s no doubt that die cut adds a level of fanciness that any sticker collector can appreciate. Embracing that added fanciness I am happy to add die cut stickers to my repertoire.

To be a proper “drop” I wanted to do more than just a sticker pack, so after tossing around a couple of ideas I thought it would be fun to include a surprise one of a kind original Post-It Note drawing.

In my 20 years of selling artwork I have never offered Post-It Note drawings for sale and I’m not sure if I will again, so this might be your only chance to add one of these to your collection. The drawing will be a total surprise. I probably haven’t even made it yet, but that’s the fun part. You don’t know what the drawing will be, but I can tell you it will be black ink on a 3″ x 3″ Post-It Note. Please keep in mind, you will probably not receive one of the Post-It Notes from the example photo, but I do promise that what you receive will be the same size and done in a similar style.

This sticker/drawing pack is limited to 25.
$16 each, plus shipping.
If you’d like one of these packs please place your order HERE.

This is a list of what you will receive:

1 – “Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money” die cut sticker, 3″ x 2.23″
1 – “Inez The Bunny” die cut sticker, 3″ x 2.73″
1 – “Puzzled Girl” die cut sticker, 3″ x 2.61″
1 – “Sketchy Pirate” sticker, 3″ diameter
1 – “Sketchy Kitty” sticker, 3″ diameter
1 – One of a kind original drawing on a Post-It note, 3″ x 3″, signed and dated on the back

All of these stickers are:
– Full color on vinyl
– High quality, scratch resistant
– Great for phone cases, water bottles, laptops, bikes, helmets, skateboards, etc.

Thank you so much for the support!

Happy sticking!
– Jeff

* In case you missed the link earlier, please CLICK HERE to place your order. Thank you!

2022 Drop #02: Responsibility Is For Losers Screen Print Bundle

This drop was officially on January 19, but I did the main promotion on Instagram and Facebook. With a new drop coming tomorrow I figured I better mention this Screen Print Bundle before Drop #03 just so these drops don’t get all mixed up. It feels better to keep them posted in chronological order. Ok…so, on with the goods!

2022 DROP #02 – “Responsibility Is For Losers” Bundle!

This is a brand new limited edition print. It comes with a matching pin and 3 stickers.

There are only 10 prints available, so when I say limited, I mean very limited. Each print has a one of a kind spray painted background. No two prints are the same. It’s so fun making prints like this because each one is essentially an original. They all have the same main character printed over an abstract background. To keep the edition cohesive I only used three colors: turquoise, lime green, and black.
Bundle includes:
1 – 16” x 20” limited edition screen print, signed, numbered, and dated on the back.
1 – enamel pin, 1.25” tall.
3 – full color vinyl stickers, 3” diameter
$60, plus shipping.
Available now at vivapaso.com


Number 1/10


Number 2/10


Number 3/10


Number 4/10


Number 5/10


Number 6/10


Number 7/10


Number 8/10


Number 9/10


Number 10/10

And there you have it! Thank you so much for taking a look at this new edition. If you would like to order one of these please visit: vivapaso.com

Thank you so much for the support! I hope you enjoy this new print as much as I enjoyed making them.

– Jeff

PS.
Since it’s been almost 2 weeks since this first dropped I have now made the pins and stickers available individually.
Order pins here.
Order stickers here.

Thanks again!

Coming Soon – New Screen Print Edition, Sneak Peek

I spent the weekend working on a new edition of prints. It’s a very small edition of 10. The official launch time is 12pm on Jan. 19, 2022. Here is a little sneak peek at 2 of the prints.

Each print has a totally different spray painted background. It’s so fun making prints like this because each one is essentially an original. They all have the same main character printed over an abstract background. To keep the edition cohesive I only used three colors: turquoise, lime green, and black. I used stencils for some and others I did some free hand spray painting.

Here’s a quick 33 second preview to show you a little bit of the process.

This will be the second “Art Drop” for 2022 and this time around it’s going to be a bundle that all focuses on my “Responsibility Is For Losers” character. The bundle includes one limited edition print, an enamel pin, and a sticker. The pin has never been available online before. I’ve been holding onto it for awhile because I knew I wanted to do something other than just a random “check out this new pin” announcement. I just didn’t know what until this screen print idea hit me a few days ago.

This drop will be happening on the Viva Paso site. I hope you like the new edition as much as I liked making it. And please keep in mind, there are only 10, so if you see one you like get it before it’s too late.

See you tomorrow!
– Jeff

Screen Printing On A Donut Box

I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. I only wrote two blog posts in 2021 and those were in January. Needless to say, this blog has become a ghost town. Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook got most of my online attention in 2021. If you follow me on any of those then you are probably up to date with any new artwork I made in 2021.

Here are some screen print works I made towards the end of Summer. This first one is a one of a kind original on a donut box.


“Faces In The Sky, With Donuts”
17.5″ x 23″ – acrylic and screen print ink on donut box
$100, signed and dated on the back.
To order: add to cart

I also used this same image for a small run of limited edition prints. When I say “small” I’m not kidding. I only made 6 of these in this color combo. The blue background is different on each one making each print its own unique art piece.


“Faces In The Sky”
16” x 20” – screen print ink on paper
$40, signed, numbered, and dated on front.
To order: add to cart

On the order page you’ll see a drop down menu so that you can pick the exact number/background print you would like. Also, 16″ x 20″ is a standard frame size, perfect for do-it-yourself framing, so you can avoid custom framing costs.

Here’s a video to show you part of the process of making this edition.

If you have any questions about these art pieces, let me know.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

2022 Drop #01: Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money, NFT Collection

Kicking off 2022 with a collection of 22 “Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money” NFT’s!

Each of these NFT’s is a 1/1 minted on the Tezos Blockchain. They are available for 5 TEZ each on OBJKT.

The images in this collection were not created digitally. Each one was created as a one of a kind original art piece. All of these were made on wood panels of various sizes. I’ve used all sorts of media to make these: acrylic paint, spray paint, vinyl cut stickers, stencils, wood stain, and paper cut outs. The original pieces are all coated with a thick layer of epoxy resin. They are now available as 1/1 collectible NFT’s, which means only one of each will ever be minted to the blockchain.

I created this character back in 2004. After I drew it I thought, “this poor little girl looks like she got beat up.” There was something about her that also made me think she was a bit of a badass. Then came the title, “Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money.” Over the years I’ve used this character for numerous things. She’s been featured on buttons, stickers, keychains, hats, screen printed onto shirts, hoodies, tote bags, pillows and more. She was even printed onto underwear at one point. Around 2019 I started to make new mixed media paintings with her. Some were as small as 5″ x 7″ and some were big 36″ squares. The smaller pieces were vinyl cut stickers over an abstract background and the bigger pieces were paper cut outs adhered to the wood panel the same way a street artist adheres their posters to a wall. Sometimes the paper wrinkles, other times you find a slight rip. Personally, I love this raw and gritty aspect of wheat pasting and it also makes each piece uniquely its own. For this NFT collection I have not altered any of these images in Photoshop. I want the NFT’s to look just like their “in real life” counterparts. On close inspection you can still see these unique details.

This collection will start off with 22 different images to celebrate the new year. I’ll be adding to this collection in the future because I have a lot more paintings I’ve made using this sad little tough girl. And I’m sure I’ll be making some brand new ones in the future.

If you are new to NFT’s and are interested in starting your digital art collection you will need a “digital wallet”. I am no expert, but as far as I know each blockchain is compatible with a different wallet. This collection is on the Tezos Blockchain and for that I use Temple Wallet.
You will also need to buy some Tezos cryptocurrency. For that I use CoinBase. There are several sites where you can buy crypto, but I use CoinBase because when I got started in NFT’s about a year ago that seemed to be the industry standard.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and checking out the collection.

Enjoy!

NFT Collection: Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money

There is a 250 character limit for the description on the page for this collection, so I made this post because I have a lot more to say than what a meager 250 character limit will allow.

The images in this collection were not created digitally. Each one was created as a one of a kind original art piece. All of these were made on wood panels of various sizes. I’ve used all sorts of media to make these: acrylic paint, spray paint, vinyl cut stickers, stencils, wood stain, and paper cut outs. The original pieces are all coated with a thick layer of epoxy resin. These images are now all available as 1/1 collectible NFT’s, which means only one of each will ever be minted to the blockchain.

I created this character back in 2004. After I drew it I thought, “this poor little girl looks like she got beat up.” There was something about her that also made me think she was a bit of a badass. Then came the title, “Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money.” Over the years I’ve used this character for numerous things. She’s been featured on buttons, stickers, keychains, hats, screen printed onto shirts, hoodies, and tote bags. She was even printed onto underwear at one point. Around 2019 I started to make new mixed media paintings with her. Some were as small as 5″ x 7″ and some were big 36″ squares. The smaller pieces were vinyl cut stickers over an abstract background and the bigger pieces were paper cut outs adhered to the wood panel the same way a street artist adheres their posters to a wall. Sometimes the paper wrinkles, other times you find a slight rip. Personally, I love this raw and gritty aspect of wheat pasting and it also makes each piece uniquely its own. I have not altered any of these images in Photoshop. I want the NFT’s to look just like their “in real life” counterparts. On close inspection you can still see these unique details. 

Enjoy!

* To see the full “Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money” collection click here.

Hiking With Aliens

Took the kid on a hike and we found where the aliens left behind a chunk of metal from their jalopy of a spacecraft. The story going around town is that the aliens were too busy texting while flying and ran into a rogue asteroid in low earth orbit. Obviously, a piece of their wing fell off, fell through the sky like a giant metal dart impaling the top of a hill like a skewer in a martini olive.

We also discovered this tree that would be a perfect slingshot, Angry Birds style. We didn’t see any pigs around, so they must have ran off with all the eggs before we showed up.

On the way down we found a great shortcut and I totally beat Elliott to the bottom of the hill. Is it acceptable to take pride in beating a 9 year old in a race? You bet your sweet ass it is! If you had any idea how much this kid tortures me on a daily basis you’d be surprised I didn’t leave him on the hill to fend for himself in the wilderness. Let’s be honest though, if you know this hike you know referring to it as “wilderness” is quite a stretch. Anyway…all you need to remember is that I won.

Oh yeah, Elliott totally befriended/kidnapped this alien we met on the hill. Despite the alien’s initial hesitation to mingle with humans, they’ve since become inseparable besties.

Stay tuned for more shenanigans.

Thanks for reading!
– Jeff

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Did you miss the last post about Viva Paso temporarily closing? If so, read all about it.
Also, without a retail shop for you to visit it would be super awesome if you checked out the online shop. Thanks!
Oh yeah, on the real. We did not find and kidnap the alien. Do you honestly think I would let my son take a piece of a random public art sculpture? We brought that silly alien from home. We should have left it on the hill though because the squeaking it makes when you squeeze its belly is driving me insane. It’s one of those things where if you are the one doing the squeezing/squeaking it’s super fun, but as soon as somebody else is doing it you want to rip the thing out of their hands and feed it to the garbage disposal.

Closing Shop And Looking For A New Space

In case you haven’t heard by now, my shop, Viva Paso, is no longer at 1211 Pine St. We have NOT permanently closed. In fact, we are very much ALIVE online and are on the hunt for a new retail space. We’re calling this a “to be continued” situation. A mere intermission, if you will.

That’s the short version.

And that might be all you are interested in, but if you’d like to read more about it then get ready because here it comes…

The truth of the matter is that we had a 5 year lease and the 5 years was up on December 31, 2020. It’s really that simple. We did not close because of the pandemic or lack of sales/customers. The rent on that space is more than what we want to pay and signing on for another 5 years seemed more dreadful than it did fun. Who would choose dread over fun? Not me. So, after 5 years of being open 7 days a week I am happy to have a little break right now.

Giving a fully detailed run down of my history being a retail shop owner is something I’ll avoid for now, but I will say this. Since I first opened shop in 2004 until closing Viva Paso 2 weeks ago I have had some sort of retail/gallery space to show and sell my art from. In the past 16 years there are only a few little pockets of time where I had no space for a couple of months, but that’s about it. The biggest gap I can remember when I did not have a retail space at all was the 5 months it took for the construction to be done at Viva Paso before we could open the doors. I’ll bore you with all of those details when I publish my memoir, “Thai Iced Tea, Donuts, And Me”, coming out by Penguin Random House in 2055. Anyway, the point is, I have had a store for a long time. It’s what I know and it’s what I’ve done. Opening in a new location is nothing new to me. I’ve done it before and I can do it again.

The question is, will I do it again? Probably. I mean, right now that is the plan. This is a chance to look back, reevaluate, and open shop in a new space with a fresh vibe. Viva Paso, version 2.0. I look at spaces all the time and am just waiting for the right one that checks off all the boxes I want/need. Decent location, affordable rent. Seems simple enough.

Part of me daydreams about renting something in an industrial area so I can be more of an artist and less of a retail clerk. That would mean very little foot traffic and I’d have to rely on selling more stuff online and through galleries and retail shops that aren’t mine, but I like that idea. It feels more risky than renting a retail space downtown, but I would have the opportunity to make more artwork and that sounds super fun to me. Luckily, this isn’t something I need to decide today. So…

For now, I welcome this break from retail with open arms.

See, I never had a chance to paint rocks with the family on a Friday afternoon before.

Without the retail shop I am now strictly online. So, if there is anything you would like please check out all the goodies online.
For my artwork: jeffclaassen.com – This site is dedicated to everything I make. You’ll find original paintings, limited edition prints, shirts, sticker packs, pins, patches, etc.

And, of course, I always encourage you to see artwork in person. For that, I have a good selection of pieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery. They are at 900 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA.

For Viva Paso: vivapaso.com – Here you will find everything you would have seen in our retail shop. There are about 300 items available right now. Everything from serape blankets to stuffed animals, greeting cards to Chilewich mats, books, and even David Bowie socks.

I’d like to give a HUGE thanks to any and all of you that ever stepped foot in Viva Paso. With any luck we’ll be seeing each other again when we find a new space to call home.

See ya!
– Jeff

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