Yesterday in the foreground


There has been a lot of talk lately about tomorrow; let’s not forget about yesterday.

Skye Walker paints the Carlsbad Art Wall

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Skye15_webWith the recent completion of five murals in its inaugural year, the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) began it’s 2nd season on Saturday, January 16, 2016 with Encinitas muralist Skye Walker on the east facing exterior wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

Unlike the previous CAW artists, Walker is a local. His work can be seen all over North County; it has graced the cover of the San Diego CityBeat and his canvas paintings can be found within the walls of many local collectors’ homes.

Skye28_webWalker’s newest mural titled Actuality reflects his San Diego roots with oceanic and environmental themed iconography symbolizing one’s place within their surroundings, the environment and the full circle of life.

This compartmentalized 25′ x 13′ mural includes a wide variety of imagery, each in itself a separate composition, but as a whole, a brightly colored collage of spray-painted talents.

Mother Nature, a seductive yet fragile woman with crimson lips gasps deeply as a arrangement of hammerhead sharks flutters overhead. A perfectly rendered skull radiates with energy as to represent life rather than death, and a collection of colorful abstractions holds the collage tightly together.

Skye35_webWalker promptly began work early Saturday morning by unloading his truck laden of GoPro cameras, reference sketches, Kind Bar snacks, sponsor hook-ups and multiple boxes of spray-cans, many which were emptied on Walker’s newest urban canvas.

As the sun raised high and the mid-winter sky shined a comfortable beam of warmth, Walker began covering the wall with his preliminary colors. Carlsbad locals and visiting enthusiasts, Skye39_webmany whom Walker already knew, watched from the sidelines. Others brought their own chairs and sat for hours in the moist green grass.

Walker worked feverishly though his mural, but always made time for requested photos, school interviews, a tasty Grubby’s taco and often welcomed conversation amongst the constant flow of fans, which occurred constantly throughout each day.

Skye3_webWithin a mural of many images, an eye for composition is crucial. Walker’s design could stand alone on the head of a needle. Day one ended with balance, day two began with detail. Carefully sprayed highlights of Mother Natures lips glistened, swirling abstractions balanced and diagonal stripes guided. Walkers sprays became smaller, tighter and more precise as his shapes took dimension.

Skye10_webPassersby awed at the colors, the perfectly rendered woman and the crowd favorite Hammerhead sharks as Walker sprayed his final touches. After two days, countless photos and unforgettable conversations with life-long friends, as well and new friendships, Walker looked at his newest mural with great accomplishment as the surrounding onlookers looked at him with gratitude.


The inaugural year of the Carlsbad Art Wall showcased visiting artists from LA including a collection of 5 murals introducing new and visually foreign design to the Carlsbad village. As reflected in Walker’s mural, the CAW 2nd year has returned to its roots making a full-circle back to local iconography, local talents—and a year long local yearning.

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Started in March 2015, Carlsbad Village based artist Bryan Snyder will be bringing a street artists/muralist every 2 months to paint a mural on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.
The goal of the Carlsbad Art Wall is to serve as a conduit between aspiring artists and professional artists, to provide a platform to engage and educate the Carlsbad community in the creative act of large scale public painting and to introduce a variety of new art and creative processes to the Carlsbad community.

Official Press Release

Directions to the Carlsbad Art Wall located at Señor Grubby’s

Snyder’s Carlsbad street art workshop

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workshop_snyder15On Tuesday, January 11, Bryan Snyder of Snyder Art and Design ran a community street art workshop with a group of interested teens from the Carlsbad Village Boys and Girls Club at Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad village.

Six teens listened to Snyder as he introduced himself, the workshop and Carlsbad’s first recreational urban art environment titled the Carlsbad Art Wall.

workshop_snyder13Snyder began the workshop with the history of street art and graffiti and how this movement has recently made the transition from vandalism to—in many communities—sanctioned and widely supported.


workshop_snyder5After a short introduction to the spray can, the teens were each invited to spray a giant circle on the freshly painted urban canvas. Snyder explained that the workshop’s lesson was to teach each teen how to transform the preliminary circle into a three-dimensional sphere focusing on shape, color, light source and shading.

The floating circles took form as Snyder offered guidance. Teens learned can control and technique while passersby watched and asked questions from the sidelines. The first half of the workshop was organized within a structured set of steps.


workshop_snyder8Though Snyder has been taught in the structured art academia setting, he believes it is important to balance structure with exercises in uninhibited bursts of creativity. Snyder encouraged the teens to freely transform their spheres into a design of their choice relying on instinct and creativity. The Carlsbad Art Wall quickly turned into a colorful collaboration of text, flowers and abstractions.

The street art workshop taught these kids basic elements of drawing, street art techniques using the spray can, and concluded with each teen taking turns buffing the wall completely white—ultimately teaching a lesson that street art is ephemeral—beautifully temporary.


This workshop is funded in part by a community arts grant from the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office.

Skye Walker to to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall: Jan. 16


Carlsbad Art Wall returns in 2016 with a City of Carlsbad Community Arts Grant

Encinitas artist Skye Walker kicks off the 2016 Carlsbad Art Wall project

WHAT: Skye Walker to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-17, 2016, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s (map)

January 6, 2016 – Carlsbad – The Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) project begins its 2nd season in 2016 under a partial funding City of Carlsbad Community Arts Grant. Encinitas muralist Skye Walker kicks off the CAW season on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village. Mural to be completed Sunday, January 17.

In 2015, the east facing exterior wall of Señor Grubby’s rotated through 5 different CAW murals—each painted by a new Los Angeles street artist. Each artist was curated by Carlsbad village based artist Bryan Snyder with the goal of introducing new urban art to the Carlsbad community, as well as providing an educational setting for aspiring urban artists.

Snyder plans on continuing the rotation of artists every two months like he curated in 2015. Differences in 2016 include involving local artists in the rotation. In addition, Snyder will host an urban art workshop for teens prior to each new mural through a community collaboration with the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club.

“2015 introduced Carlsbad to some amazing visiting Los Angeles talents,” Snyder said. “I am very excited to open up the wall to local artists too, and use the CAW urban canvas as an urban classroom environment where I will teach teens from the Boys and Girls Club some basic drawing skills in the urban public space—think Mark Kistler street art!”

The first 2016 CAW artist Skye Walker will bring his life-long love for illustration, design and mural painting to the CAW with his signature colorful composition of nature and environmentally conscious iconography. Walker found his love for art in his early youth while traveling the country with the family bluegrass band named EarthWalkers. They logged over 2,000 shows nationwide singing about preserving the environment. During this time, Walker’s father taught him the art of lettering and murals. His father was an accomplished sign painter and muralist in the 70’s and 80’s.

Walker’s early art talents earned him a four-year scholarship to Oregon State University in route to a BFA in graphic design. Walker’s art career has taken him to professional collaborations with many companies including: Rip Curl, Redsand, prAna, Dragon and Nike, as well a commercial murals for Whole Foods and the California Coast Credit Union.

An end to a first



Reflecting on the colors of 2015 and looking forward to a glowing 2016.

Happy New Year!

Scooting along the 101


Scooting to school on a scooter.

Air, water and sand





From the air, the sand and the water, the Carlsbad coastline surged with visual excitement.

Viz Art Ink: Holiday Event


WHAT: Holiday Event at Viz Ink Art
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 28 | 5pm-9pm
WHERE: Viz Art Ink Gallery (map)

Viz Art Ink want sto make your holiday shopping experience fun and easy with over 20 unique local artists throughout gallery. On Small Business Saturday, come join Greg Visintainer for his Annual Holiday Gallery Event.

Chris Moberg will be playing LIVE and Samantha Dulay Designs will be a featured artist. There will be FREE wine & beer, chocolate treats from the Carlsbad Chocolate Bar, 15% OFF storewide and a chance to win over $200 in art and prizes.

WIN a Viz Art Ink prize package, custom bangle by Samantha Dulay Designs and much more! Winners must be present to win. Contest drawings will be at 7pm and 9pm.

VIDEO: MDMN paint the Carlsbad Art Wall

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Kirk Passmore tribute mural at Pizza Port







Kirk Passmore: A Legend Rides On

On Friday November 13, 2015, Bryan Snyder painted a tribute mural marking 2 years since Carlsbad local Kirk Passmore’s passing while surfing Alligator Rock on the North Shore Oahu. Snyder invites you to visit the mural located on the west exterior alley wall of Pizza Port in the Carlsbad Village where you are encouraged to leave a chalked message or memory.

The ocean took an amazing friend 2 years ago, but like all legends, his story will ride on for eternity.

MDMN paints the Carlsbad Art Wall


madman_WEB45The Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) located on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s has once again become the focus of artistic expression in the Carlsbad Village with its newest mural painted on Saturday, November 7 by Los Angeles street artist MDMN.

madman_WEB46Fresh of his successful solo show at Gallery 38, MDMN visited the Village by the Sea and became the 5th artist to paint the popular rotating urban canvas transforming it into a colorful explosion of urban comic adventure.


madman_WEB8Para, MDMN’s powerful signature character bursts through ultra-saturated colors, comic book-esque iconography and shards of carefully arranged debris. Subtle shadows and strategically balanced gradients weave within the perfectly organized panel.

madman_WEB6MDMN began under the early sun with dark outlines and early background color blocks. His ever growing talents with the spraycan immediately showcased his clean technique. As the sun rose high and the mid Fall sky shined hot, MDMN navigated the rungs of the rusted ladder within a sugary cloud of Ironlak paint fumes.


madman_WEB24Lured by MDMN’s low-browed character and the large crowd of gathering spectators, the Carlsbad community watched every spray eagerly awaiting their next chance to converse with the visiting artist. Along with village locals, Los Angeles art enthusiasts followed their beloved street artist from LA to Carlsbad including the editor of Colors in Los Angeles. Word of MDMN’s visit to the Carlsbad Art Wall also reached down South resulting in a visit from editor of SanDiegoStreetArtOfficial.

madman_WEB39In addition to the constant gifts of praise and encouragement, one enthralled spectator went as far as gifting the shirt off his back—apparently a rare pattern of Andy Warhol and James Dean portraits perfectly colored to match the palette of MDMN’s blossoming mural.

The first day concluded with a dawn-to-dark display of color blocking, photos, visits from family and friends eventually concluding with a late night on the beach under shooting stars and stories. The apparent UFO sighting prompted a return to civilization where MDMN’s beachfront room—graciously donated by the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort— awaited.


madman_WEB51The final day began with sandy toes and coffee, ultimately returning to the CAW and MDMN’s looming low brow character. MDMN immediately began rendering the face with hard edged shadows and feathered highlights. Para, MDMN’s reoccurring character in an ongoing collection of mural-centric storytelling, soon glared down Carlsbad Village Drive exuding confidence, importance and merit.

Like MDMN’s character, The Carlsbad Art Wall has grown from an early idea into a fully developed member of the Carlsbad community exhibiting the fundamentals of culture, community and artistic enthusiasm. It’s presence has grown to that of a destination for both the informed and the unexpected.


With the 5th and final mural painted on the Carlsbad Art Wall in its inaugural year, the CAW has grown to unprecedented heights—ultimately supporting a stronger, more confident and relevant artistic culture within the Carlsbad Village.

Click HERE for all the photos

Click HERE for all press

Click HERE to submit a design

Started in March 2015, Carlsbad Village based artist Bryan Snyder will be bringing a Los Angeles street artists/muralist every 2 months to paint a mural on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.
The goal of the Carlsbad Art Wall is to serve as a conduit between aspiring artists and professional artists, to provide a platform to engage and educate the Carlsbad community in the creative act of large scale public painting and to introduce a variety of new art and creative processes to the Carlsbad community.

Official Press Release

Directions to the Carlsbad Art Wall located at Señor Grubby’s

MDMN to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall: Nov.7


Carlsbad Art Wall mural project continues with 5th professional Los Angeles street artist MDMN

WHAT: MDMN paint ths Carlsbad Art Wall
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 – all day
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s (map)

The Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) project continues with its 5th mural to be painted by Los Angeles street artist MDMN on Saturday Nov. 7 (all day).

The east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s located at 377 Carlsbad Village Dr. has become an urban canvas for each visiting Los Angeles street artist rotating every 2 months curated by Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder. Snyder hand picks each artist and is very excited to introduce you to MDMN.

MDMN is an LA-based street artist with an educational background in animation and graphic design, MDMN has gone from gritty posters on the streets to doing exceptionally clean acrylic and aerosol work in a matter of just a few years. Inspiration from a 90s childhood filled with bright action figures, creepy extra-terrestrial villains, and armies of robots can be seen on every piece of his work.

In September, MDMN had his first solo show EVER, PARA, at gallery 38 in Los Angeles featuring over 10 large scale original paintings. He has recently released handmade original action figures and a 25 minute mini documentary.

MDMN has painted numerous murals around LA, Miami, Chicago, San Diego, New York, Denver, Phoenix, and the newest work in Honolulu. Focusing on contributing to neighborhoods nationwide (and eventually worldwide) with large animated looks into his world of illustrations of super heroes, his goal is to inspire and encourage creativity from entire communities. Sometimes people lose imagination and dreams through the disheveled paths heaved at us, but through MDMNs artwork you can at least lose yourself for a while in a beaming fantasy world of luminescence and adventure.

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Past Carlsbad Art Wall artists:
Devin Liston
Annie Preece

Vincent Van Gogh: The Artist by Bryan Snyder

vangogh_snyder6The briskness of an early Fall shiver unearths me from my warm covers and drops me atop the souls of my cold and damp boots. Out my bedroom window, early birds chirp the sounds of hunger, filling my ears with a recognizable sensation of emptiness, desire and despair. I attempt to deflect the day’s offering of pessimism and anguish as I prepare myself for the morning.

Yesterday’s labors ended with a violent stripping of one’s confidence within the yearning walls of my studio. Like each morning, I shuffle back to yesterday’s battlefield, a small yet perfectly utilized art studio laden with paints, canvases and torments.

Within my studio, my hat, a woven nest of straw splattered with the hues of a working man’s wardrobe, is placed on my head with earnest confidence. My jacket, dampened by the tears of a sleepless night, slowly climbs upon my aching back.

The sun awakens with a snarl through the surrounding pines, glistening off an unused cutting blade. Sharp and clean, the blade begins the day with assaults, insults and irrefutable accusations. The morning turns mad. I grab the blade in a tantrum of strangles. With a slash across my face and through my ear, the blade sends a stream of blood splattering onto the studio wall. My trembling hand goes limp as the crimson blade falls into a warm puddle of blood.



My wound seeks comfort in the arms of a lost love; a muse who is as colorful as miles of springtime flowers and eyes as deep as a thousand poems.

Under the pelting sun, against the pushing wind and engulfed in the heat of a cloudless sky, I share with you the life of an overly passionate—the artist.

Halloween in the Village


WHAT: Halloween in the Village by C3
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31
WHERE: Carlsbad Village

Thanks to non-profit C3 Community Causes and its generous sponsors, along with the enthusiasm of many village merchants, trick-or-treating will be in full force this coming Halloween on Saturday, October 31st.  In addition to that, other spooky events are planned Friday night for both the little ones and adults who are young at heart at both the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club and the Yoga Co-op.  Come have some ghoulish fun in Carlsbad this Halloween!

Bryan Snyder interviewed LIVE by CHSTV



Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder was recently interviewed by Carlsbad High School TV from his Carlsbad Village based studio. To conclude the interview, Snyder visited the CHSTV campus studio where he was interviewed LIVE while the entire CHS student body watched.

Watch the videos to see Snyder describe why he creates art professionally, his young son Henry’s early interest in art and a exclusive Carlsbad Art Wall announcement.

Just a simple wipe down


Lots of change is happening in the Carlsbad Village including the installation of new infrastructure under Grand Avenue, local business closures and new upscale eateries.

Don’t worry, just a simple wipe down here!

City Construction Effecting Local Business



In the past months, Grand Avenue in the Carlsbad village has been jack hammered, gutted and lined with an updated infrastructure.

Some businesses have not been effected, others have reduced outside dining and at least one has been forced to close shop entirely. After 45 years of business, Sea Waves Salon on Grand Avenue is closing and blaming it directly on the city construction:

City Construction Puts us out of Business After 45 Years

How has the city construction effected you?

Carlsbad Art Splash this weekend

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WHAT: Carlsbad Art Splash
WHERE: Armada Drive above The Flower Fields
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Click HERE for more info!

Citizens of Carlsbad submit 9,000+ signatures

Carlsbad votes strawberry field development








On September 25, Diane Nygaard and concerned Carlsbad Citizens for North County in opposition of the proposed mall development on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon presented their collection of signatures to the City of Carlsbad.

More than 9,000 signatures were collected in less than 1 month overturning the Carlsbad City Council ‘s decision—if confirmed by registrar— to approve the mall development by proposed by Los Angeles billionaire developer Rick Caruso.

Signs of a transition



Another sign indicating that we are currently witnessing a transition in the Carlsbad Village that justifies a name change to… the Carlsbad Town.

After nearly 30 years, the local favorite The Grand Deli has closed and will be replaced by a trattoria Italiana & seafood restaurant.

Click HERE to visit Cicciotti’s website.

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