ARCHITECTURE and APPLEJUICE

"One man's unique journey starting an architectural illustration business in one of the worst economies ever and raising a son with his wife in the beauty that is San Diego and the world beyond."

Latest renderings I completed for a new home in La Jolla Shores. Great clients. They actually signed me on for 5 more projects. It’s nice to be busy.

So, since #HurricaneOdile, this top floor condo will never be the same…until they rebuild it. So sad what is happening in Cabo.

keavenmattyarts:

CHAPTER 1: MEXICO


Ok, so if you don’t know me by now, I will quickly say that I work from home as an architectural illustrator and designer. See, that was easy, right?

Having said that, I work…A LOT. I will not say NO to a project. How can I? One month I am making a financial killing and the next month I won’t get one single project. Being self-employed is an “all or nothing” business and work life style for sure.

Fortunately, the work has been VERY steady for the last 6-8 months, soooo what better time to take the family for a quick trip to Cabo San Lucas. How can anyone complain about a 1.5 hour flight, a 18 minute rental car ride to an ocean front condo, right in front of 2 surf breaks? I’ll tell you who can complain about that…NO ONE!…Oh wait, maybe someone who isn’t currently in Cabo.

Having booked way too late, all the 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom condos in the building were sold out. Being Easter weekend really made it difficult to be booking late, so I got stuck with the penthouse suite. They hadn’t had anyone interested in it, so they last minute rented it to me for a discount! Still, having a budget of around $100 a night and jumping to $300 a night was a bit of a blow…BUT it normally rented for $450 a night. Deal. 

Holy crap, what a beautiful condo. The entire top floor was ours. 4 ocean view decks, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, huge open kitchen/dining/living area. Open all the doors, windows and front door and you get an all day ocean breeze that cools the condo without the use of the AC. Did I say what an amazing condo this was? Our son Logan, LOVED how much space the placed had and how many hiding places for hide and seek! Yes, we probably played that about 100 times. But, who care when you are on vacation and a fridge full of Modelo beers!

We spent 5 days eating, drinking, swimming pool and ocean, surfing, napping and re-lax-ing! OH, and NO WORK. Yes!

Best family vacation ever. Cabo San Lucas is the easiest in and out experience for an out of country trip.

Side note: I write this post as I am buried neck deep in projects…So I decided to take a moment and relive those 5 days within these words.

Regards,

Keaven Matty

KEAVEN MATTY ARTS : Rendering Studio….since 2004

www.keavenmattyarts.com

PACIFIC BEACH CALIFORNIA 2-26-14, 5:26pm
"If it wasn’t for the ocean, I’d probably die."
I have been all over the world and if I get more than 50 miles from the sea I feel a part of me shriveling up and decaying. I grew up in the SF Bay Area and lived in the ultra suburbia East Bay about 55 miles from the coast. My dead father introduced me to the sea, as a child, and it tattooed itself onto my brain for eternity. As soon as I could drive I spent my time in Ocean Beach SF, Fort Kronkite, Stinson and Bolinas. But living so far from the ocean took it’s toll on me. Eventually I moved to San Diego and my original birthplace. I moved right to Pacific Beach and have been there since 1990…which yes…makes me old. I fell in love the 1st day I cruised around PB, riding beach cruisers, drinking beer on the beach(legal then and not now), hitting the cool bars at the time, surfing everyday, watching amazing sunsets every night and meeting some of the most beautiful chic’s I had ever seen. Gina, Jessica, Katherine, Marianna, Jennifer, Heather, Toni, Jessica 2 and 3, Margo, Erin, Jackie, the mail lady(don’t remember her name), Cat, Karma, Sorin, Mamae, Angie, Brooke, the twins, Nancy, waitress 1 and 2, bartender 1, 2 and 3(Corinne?), Marla and finally Deborah the Brazilian who became my wife.
I was a young, fit, athletic surfer who had the time of his life. Living in a California coastal town thru the Grunge Era(which I LOVED by the way) I half-assed started and never finished several businesses…Clothing company, comic book artist, surf videographer, house painter, fine artist and eventually ended up becoming an architectural illustrator after bartending for about 12 yrs.
Now, I own an architectural illustration studio, I’ve been married since 2002 and have a 5 yr old(as of 2014). I barely surf even tho I live 2 blocks from the beach, but I have my ritual of getting my morning coffee and checking the waves EVERYDAY, just like I used too when I was single and without responsibility. The fact that I don’t get “wet” as often as I would like…I am happy, content and satisfied with the present. 
I no longer need to hit every happy hour or surf everyday or pick up on every chic or been with the “in” crowd.
I now cruise around the same town as a father, showing my son the beauty that this place has to bring and offer. I am slowly becoming the old guy in town who people give a head nod too, as if to say, “Hey man what’s up, I know you but I cant seem to remember your name.” I just smile and say to myself, “No worries dude, I remember when I used to serve you drinks for 8 yrs and you called me Carl, when my name is Keaven.”
I wouldn’t change a single thing:)

PACIFIC BEACH CALIFORNIA 2-26-14, 5:26pm

"If it wasn’t for the ocean, I’d probably die."

I have been all over the world and if I get more than 50 miles from the sea I feel a part of me shriveling up and decaying. I grew up in the SF Bay Area and lived in the ultra suburbia East Bay about 55 miles from the coast. My dead father introduced me to the sea, as a child, and it tattooed itself onto my brain for eternity. As soon as I could drive I spent my time in Ocean Beach SF, Fort Kronkite, Stinson and Bolinas. But living so far from the ocean took it’s toll on me. Eventually I moved to San Diego and my original birthplace. I moved right to Pacific Beach and have been there since 1990…which yes…makes me old. I fell in love the 1st day I cruised around PB, riding beach cruisers, drinking beer on the beach(legal then and not now), hitting the cool bars at the time, surfing everyday, watching amazing sunsets every night and meeting some of the most beautiful chic’s I had ever seen. Gina, Jessica, Katherine, Marianna, Jennifer, Heather, Toni, Jessica 2 and 3, Margo, Erin, Jackie, the mail lady(don’t remember her name), Cat, Karma, Sorin, Mamae, Angie, Brooke, the twins, Nancy, waitress 1 and 2, bartender 1, 2 and 3(Corinne?), Marla and finally Deborah the Brazilian who became my wife.

I was a young, fit, athletic surfer who had the time of his life. Living in a California coastal town thru the Grunge Era(which I LOVED by the way) I half-assed started and never finished several businesses…Clothing company, comic book artist, surf videographer, house painter, fine artist and eventually ended up becoming an architectural illustrator after bartending for about 12 yrs.

Now, I own an architectural illustration studio, I’ve been married since 2002 and have a 5 yr old(as of 2014). I barely surf even tho I live 2 blocks from the beach, but I have my ritual of getting my morning coffee and checking the waves EVERYDAY, just like I used too when I was single and without responsibility. The fact that I don’t get “wet” as often as I would like…I am happy, content and satisfied with the present. 

I no longer need to hit every happy hour or surf everyday or pick up on every chic or been with the “in” crowd.

I now cruise around the same town as a father, showing my son the beauty that this place has to bring and offer. I am slowly becoming the old guy in town who people give a head nod too, as if to say, “Hey man what’s up, I know you but I cant seem to remember your name.” I just smile and say to myself, “No worries dude, I remember when I used to serve you drinks for 8 yrs and you called me Carl, when my name is Keaven.”

I wouldn’t change a single thing:)

liberalsarecool:

Ted Cruz steps up his idiot reputation.
Via Democratic Memes

liberalsarecool:

Ted Cruz steps up his idiot reputation.

Via Democratic Memes

Artshow by Keaven Matty Sat Jan 18th 5-9 pm at Turquoise Cellars in Pacific Beach CA

"A digital watercolor presentation of the power, the life and the sparkle of human eyes and the influence they have on our mood, attitude and judgment of others. No words are needed. Eyes have the ability to speak for themselves, with a lasting impression…before they one day fade away, as all things do."

In memory of my best friend who passed away almost 2 yrs ago from a short and brutal fight with one of the rarest forms of cancer. Last case of this type was a 10 yr old in Japan, 29 yrs ago.
Miss ya buddy
humansofnewyork:

"They say that you’re supposed to stand up to bullies, but there’s not much you can do when the whole class is like that." “Why do they make fun of you?” “Let’s see. My weight, obviously. The fact that I read for fun. Mostly sci-fi and fantasy. I watch Nova. I don’t like sports. You know those loud, obnoxious kids you see hanging out in groups, screaming at people? That’s my whole school.” “So what do they do to you?” “Just yell at me and throw stuff at me. But I am proud of one thing. Most kids who get picked on completely spaz out at some point, and get violent. That hasn’t happened to me yet.”

humansofnewyork:

"They say that you’re supposed to stand up to bullies, but there’s not much you can do when the whole class is like that."
“Why do they make fun of you?”
“Let’s see. My weight, obviously. The fact that I read for fun. Mostly sci-fi and fantasy. I watch Nova. I don’t like sports. You know those loud, obnoxious kids you see hanging out in groups, screaming at people? That’s my whole school.”
“So what do they do to you?”
“Just yell at me and throw stuff at me. But I am proud of one thing. Most kids who get picked on completely spaz out at some point, and get violent. That hasn’t happened to me yet.”

(via darksilenceinsuburbia)

Do not deny grant money to struggling Sandy victims

"FUN WITH EDUCATION AND iPHONES"


Last night I was on daddy duty while momma went out bowling with work friends. Bowling? Yes, people still do this and actually it’s quite hip in San Diego these days.

Anyway, we watched enough TV, read enough books and played enough trains, so I decided to mix it up with some iPhone camera play and post the outcome on Facebook. Was quite a hit with the FB folks.

Love my daddy time with my little man. 

CANADA…shhhh
Monterey Bay CA
Nature Preserve South Africa
Trestles…the calm before the storm
Watercolor, colored pencil, oil paint, pen & ink and digital enhancements. 18x24 printed on canvas. By Keaven Matty Arts© 2013