Art at the Shoppes curated by Snyder: December

On Saturday, December 9, Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder continued his partnership with The Shoppes at Carlsbad to provide the third and final live painting experience at the east end of the mall titled Art at the Shoppes.

Snyder chose LA based artist LeBA, Mexico artist Panca and Cardiff based artist Skye Walker as the third group of Art at the Shoppes artists.

Previous ‘Art at the Shoppes’ experiences:

Bryan Snyder doodles Super Donuts in Carlsbad

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One Sunday, November 26, Carlsbad Village artist Bryan Snyder painted his signature Doodle character at Super Donuts.

The piece titled ‘Doodle’s Christmas Gift to Carlsbad’ was painted as a gift to the Carlsbad community, but also hopes to inspire the gift of a Christmas morning swell.

Snyder’s window mural wraps around the corner just as you exit the Super Donuts drive-thru.

by voting for Super Donuts!

Augmented Reality comes to the Carlsbad Art Wall

Make the Carlsbad Art Wall come to life using Augmented Reality!

I am proud to announce that the Carlsbad Art Wall experience is now using Augmented Reality to bring the wall to life!

Are you stumped by some of the portraits in the current Carlsbad Art Wall mural? Now there is a way to make each portrait name appear directly on the mural via your mobile device!

1. Download the ‘Aurasma’ App on your mobile device
2. Create an account (it’s very easy)
3. Search ‘SnyderArt’ and follow
4. Visit the Carlsbad Art Wall and view the mural through the Aurasma App
5. Click the purple ‘magnifying glass’ and point your mobile device at the mural
6. Watch the names of each portrait appear!

Watch the Teachr interview!

View all the photos!

Art at the Shoppes curated by Snyder: November

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On Saturday, November 11, Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder continued his partnership with The Shoppes at Carlsbad to provide the second of three live painting experiences at the east end of the mall titled Art at the Shoppes.

Snyder chose Vista local artist Scott W. Prior, San Diego based artist Carly Easely and Parisian artist Sebastien Walker as the second group of Art at the Shoppes artists.

The next live painting experience coming in December 9.


Art at the Shoppes curated by Bryan Snyder

WHAT: Art at the Shoppes curated by Bryan Snyder
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 11, 12pm-6
WHERE: The Shoppes at Carlsbad (map)

Art at the Shoppes celebrates artistic expression by welcoming a selection of local and regional artists curated by Bryan Snyder to the Shoppes at Carlsbad for a day of live painting for shopper’s enjoyment.

Experience the creative process of:
Carly Ealey
Scott W. Prior
Sebastien Walker

Teachr paints the Carlsbad Art Wall

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On November 4 and 5, Los Angeles street artist Teachr completed a brightly colored mural consisting of some of his most iconic stencil imagery on the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

The sun shined surprisingly bright considering the forecast for rain. A few clouds tumbled, but Saturday morning began warm and pleasant.

A large figure stood at the base of the Carlsbad Art Wall staring at the recently buffed canvas. His eyes scanned while his mind mapped out a preliminary composition. Suddenly, as if a schoolyard dare shouted from the bare wall, the visiting artist stepped back and darted to his vehicle.

He returned with a box of spray cans, each as bright as the colors you find sprayed on the roadside asphalt mapping the underbelly of a city.

Teachr instantly grabbed an orange can and began spraying the outline of a giant letter, beginning where the grass-less dirt meets the wall and extending into the apex high overhead.

Working outward from the initial letter in both directions, Teachr continued with additional outlines, ultimately spelling an abbreviated version of his moniker, which is also his plea to local and federal governments to end education budget cuts.

The fresh scent of spraypaint caught the attention of many passersby as Teachr quickly covered the entire wall. The word TEACH became consumed by a vibrant abstraction of over-saturated shapes.

The sloppy white buff paint bled through the top of the wall reminiscent of the many past walls, electrical boxes and billboards Teachr has painted across the urban Los Angeles landscape. Old layers, cracking paint and peeling wheatpastes are the surfaces Teachr frequents—and this aesthetic followed him to Carlsbad.

teachr street art carlsbadA large grin found Teachr’s face as his put the final touches of his colorful background. He shared that it is rare for him to paint leisurely, freehand and on a large scale as many of his LA pieces are unsanctioned. Just as soon as Teachr found the tranquility of a permission piece, the shriek of a nearby siren snapped him back on guard.

The first day came to an end with an edgy background completed in a palette of insanely bright letters, shapes and freehand experiments.

Teachr returned to the wall Sunday morning while the early clouds burned off in the awakening sun. Along with the Carlsbad Art Wall mural event, the Carlsbad Street Faire began its early morning setup. 100,000 attendees started to fill the Village streets as the nation’s largest single day faire kicked into gear—the perfect opportunity for Teachr to do what he does best.

Teachr is known for remaining on top of the street art game for many years, being one of the most prolific street artists of our time and for developing a signature stencil technique, but many consider his desire to teach his creative process as his masterpiece. Teachr documents and shares each project on social media teaching aspiring artists all of his tricks. With 100,000 in the Village, Teachr could not pass on the opportunity to share his signature stencil technique with each and every one of them.

A large tarp was placed at the base of the wall. Teachr disappeared, but quickly returned with dozens of old stencils cut over many years, each one preserved through an ingenious stencil and mesh technique.

Rather than limiting himself to the traditional stencil technique of “islands” held in place by “bridges”, Teachr has introduced screen mesh and glue to his stencils allowing him to cut freely while maintaining design. Not only does this technique allow him to cut in more detail, but it preserves the stencil after use and during storage.

On occasion, a stencil artist will go into the archives to bring an old design back to the streets, that is, if the stencil survives the initial spray. Luckily, Teachr’s technique preserves even the most detailed designs.

The ephemeral nature of street art can vanish masterpieces at any moment. Weather, gentrification or urban “beautification” projects usually eliminate art placed in the urban environment. For the Carlsbad Art Wall, Teachr decided to bring back some of his favorite pieces, ultimately creating an urban retrospect mural showcasing designs that once lived in the LA streets.

In addition, Teachr provided an opportunity for the thousands of passersby to experience his creative process and stencil technique. Dozens of stencils hand picked from his archives were placed on the large tarp exhibiting his masterful arsenal. Inquisitive onlookers were given the opportunity to help spray stencils on the wall and others delved into the stacked designs questioning the artist’s inspiration.

A collection of portraits sprayed in black quickly spread across the wall. Teachr sprayed a faint white background behind some portraits, while others let the vibrant colors of the background shine through.

Teachr’s goal is to make his message heard. His passion pushes his talents and the well-being of his young twins motivates him. With a can and stencil in hand, Teachr strives to convince the importance of his messages on the most viewed canvas in the world—the streets.

Click HERE for all the photos

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Click HERE to submit a design

Click HERE for photos of past CAW murals

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.

Click HERE for photos of Snyder’s street art workshop: August 8

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.

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

TEACHR to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall

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TEACHR to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 & 5
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s (map)

Teachr is one of LA’s most prolific street artists who paints everything from the LA iconic electrical boxes to the high overhead billboards-all expressing his goal to teach peace!

Learn Teachr’s signature stencil technique during a day-long workshop on Sunday at the Carlsbad Art Wall.

View TEACHR’s website.

Sights and sounds of a Carlsbad sunset


Amazing sights and sounds of a Carlsbad sunset.

Carlsbad in motion

It’s fall, for now…

A quick storm blows through before another heat wave.

A Glimpse of Carlsbad Surfing

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Art at the Shoppes curated by Snyder

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On Saturday, October 7, Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder partnered with The Shoppes at Carlsbad to provide the first of three live painting experiences at the east end of the mall titled Art at the Shoppes.

Snyder chose Carlsbad local artist Sean Dominguez, San Diego/Mexico based artist Gloria Muriel and Los Angeles artist John MDMN Moody as the first group of Art at the Shoppes artists because professionalism, talent and varying styles.

Each artist has also painted the Carlsbad Art Wall, a rotating art wall also curated by Snyder.

The next live painting experience coming in November.

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Bryan Snyder commissioned by the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa in Carlsbad

On September 9, Bryan Snyder began painting a walkway mural at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa resort in Carlsbad. Snyder and Carlsbad based artist Sean Dominguez completed the 75 ft. mural after four consecutive days of painting.

MarBrisa Resort wanted  to create a very special sense of arrival for their  Owners and Guests as they entered through one of the main gates to The Cove Pool Deck through a walk way that has lush tropical landscaping and palm shaped shadows that line the path. It’s a very pleasant spot to stop and take in the moment as you arrive at the pool deck or on your way to the fitness center, the Cove or the pool area.  It was the perfect location to create the mural to highlight and pay tribute to a lifetime of travel. From the first road trip in the family roadster to your first ticket to fly on an airplane…all the way up to the big trips across the globe. Special moments that happen in life to make it special from childhood to grandchildren, graduations, family, pets, new cars and other fun times.

Interested in working with Snyder on a creative project?
Email at theartist (at) snyderartdesign (dot) com

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Bryan Snyder paints the Carlsbad Art Wall in Collaboration with Alex Gall

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On August 12 and 13, Carlsbad artist Bryan Snyder completed an interactive mural project in collaboration with metal sculptor Alex Gall on the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

Words by Bryan Snyder
photos: Jack Lungu | Supporting photos: Chad Richmond, Chris Donez, Bob Gric

The CAW project was developed with the idea of bringing new art to the Village, as well as creating an educational setting where aspiring artists can experience the creative process of mural painting. It was never about my art—I never thought I would paint it.

That was, until the Carlsbad Magazine ran a story chronicling my art career in the Carlsbad Village over the past decade. The article experience continued on my new website, but I felt the CAW provided the perfect opportunity to continue the article’s street art and community theme back to where it started—in the streets, on walls and among the residents and visitors of the Carlsbad Village.

The wide urban canvas with a high pointed apex provided the perfect composition for the “Power Plant and Barrel” design I had previously drip painted on canvas for my Snyder Art 2010 solo show. I had a few other designs in mind, but since the wave was used for the cover of the Magazine, I knew it was perfect.

I had been experimenting with the idea of taking my drip paint aesthetic to a vertical wall, but never found the right opportunity. I wanted to simulate the overlapping lines of varying color values, but keep the hard edge of stenciling. I had never painted a mural in this technique—what better way to experiment than on a large and highly visible wall within a hugely promoted community event!

This new labor-intensive technique was only one part of the experiment. Many urban artists, including myself, have implemented community engaging designs on walls. The 2nd CAW artist Morley encouraged hundreds of passersby to scribble thoughts on his mural. I feel the relationship with the wall and the community is paramount, but I had also been experimenting with the idea of expanding that interaction by adding another element to the equation.

Along with the painted wall, and the interacting community, I imagined the introduction of a third element—a sculpture. Not only would the community be engaging with the design on the wall, they would also be interacting with the ground, specifically a sculpture commissioned for this project.

I had been watching ex-pro skateboarder Alex Gall of Gall Artworks via Instagram. His skill and attention to detail was impressive, but what really attracted me was his passion. I related to his uncontrollable desire to create. I approached him with the idea of welding a life-size surfboard which would ultimately be installed at the base of a new mural I would be painting. There was never any hesitation—he was in.

Alex and I visited the CAW site multiple times in preparation. Alex was confident that he could meet my vision of a very authentic looking metal surfboard, but we were both concerned with the installation. It had to be safe, secure and angled appropriately in relation to the background wave. Alex made his measurements and returned to his studio to begin fabrication.

Alex kept me up-to-date on all his progress through photos and video. I was able to follow his creative process, which allowed our visions to stay inline from beginning to end.

The wall greeted me on the morning of day 1 with a fresh coat of white paint and a thin design outline. I stood at the base staring at the wall imagining the finished project, the installed sculpture and the interacting community. I knew it was going to be a long weekend, but I had no idea how far this project would push me.

I began rolling out the background colors of the mural around 8am. I mixed an assortment of valued blues at my feet and the early sun was already unforgiving. Early passersby eagerly asked what the design was going to be; I hinted at a nearby stack of Carlsbad Magazines. These early conversations were just the beginning, as I later found out the difficulty of balancing the many aspects of this project within a tight deadline.

I quickly found myself behind schedule in terms of painting, but I was having amazing conversations with the community. Within the first hour I had met knew friends, caught up with old and discussed topics ranging from local politics to Olde Carlsbad memories. I could have sat on the wood fence deep in conversation while doodling Magazine covers all day, but the wall loomed near.

Alex and his wife Laura arrived shortly after to inspect the site and prepare for the following day’s installation as I continued rolling out the base coat of the wave, sky and power plant.

Day one concluded with all the colors in place. Many thought the mural was finished, but I assured everyone that day 2 would transform the flat colors into a textured design of varying and interweaving values of blue, brown, green and tan. I packed up a day’s debris and returned home around 9pm.

A bit tired, soar and sunburned, I returned back to the wall at 7am Sunday morning to tackle the task of outlining each section with masking tape and introducing my new technique that quickly was termed “squiggle painting”. Wild and gestural lines were applied to the wall using one of the 35+ spray cans I had at hand. The wave itself was broken down to three sections including dark, medium and light. I used three values of blue for each section totaling nine different values of blues in the wave alone.

The sun increased its intensity as the crowd grew in size. I found myself chasing multiple cans of paint around the dusty ground, climbing up and down the feeble ladder and engaging in the most conversations I have ever had in a 12 hour period. Well before noon and I already felt worn down.

I painted through the morning and into the afternoon with sporadic Doodle illustrations drawn in Sharpie on the covers of Carlsbad Magazines. I promoted the opportunity to receive an original Doodle to anyone who brought a copy of the Magazine, but I had no idea how popular that opportunity would be. A long line often formed along the wood fence. This was one of the most amazing moments of my career. No matter how behind schedule, how far up on the ladder or how tired I was, if I saw someone with a Magazine in hand, I found the nearest Sharpie, introduced myself and began Doodling.

Alex and his team were on site all day preparing for the installation of his sculpture, interacting with the community and catching up with friends. The project quickly turned into a Carlsbad reunion with many friends Alex and I had not seen in years. Our families spent hours at wall, a City of Carlsbad Arts Commissioner visited multiple times and urban art enthusiasts visited from afar. Bob, one of these enthusiasts, photographed his ’63 Impala in front of the mural adding the CAW to his collection of nearly 500 murals documented behind his car. The mural was well behind schedule, but the engaged culture was a masterpiece.

The Sun had begun its descent on the final day and I knew it was time install the sculpture. Like a surfer waiting for sunrise the early morning before a foretasted swell, the crowd became antsy. They wanted to surf and the swell was building. I frantically buzzed around the mural while Alex grabbed some cans and assisted. I was really feeling the pain of 20+ hours moving up and down a ladder; my voice was nearly gone and I was filthy from the sticky spray paint air infused with the ever-present dust cloud.

Alex began digging the holes while I focused on the center of the mural. I knew if I could finish the strip in the middle, the board could be installed and I could maneuver the ladder around the sculpture. My last spray at the top of the wall was finished as Alex and crew began mixing the quick-dry cement.

The two vertical posts were sunk into the dirt elevating the board 18in. off the ground directly in front of the barreling wave. The cement was poured around the posts and a blanket was removed exposing the metal surfboard sculpture. The gathering crowd applauded. Alex and I caught grins as the visions that had consumed our lives finally came to fruition.

At this point I was approaching delirium, but saw the finish line as the mural base coat disappeared behind thousands of sprayed lines. At the moment when I thought it was finished, I stood back and noticed areas that needed touching up. After an hour of up-and-down the ladder and back-and-forth from the base of the wall to a wide view, it was finished. I tossed the last spray can in the air and announced the completion of Carlsbad’s newest mural.

The community immediately jumped on the board while cheers and laughter echoed off the wall. Alex and I sat back and experienced the vision come to life. I set out to create art, but art not as a mural, and not as a sculpture—but art in the form of an experience created by all whom interact with it. I simply facilitated the creative process and the community created the finished masterpiece.

I turned to Alex and told him—while pointing at a father on the sculpture with son on shoulders and mom taking a photo—and a line of families eagerly awaiting—that is why we did this!

Click HERE for all the photos

Click HERE for all press

Click HERE to submit a design

Click HERE for photos of past CAW murals

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.

Click HERE for photos of Snyder’s street art workshop: August 8

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.

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

Snyder hosts another teen street art workshop

On August 8, 2017, Carlsbad Art Wall director Bryan Snyder hosted another teen street art workshop in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.

This project is partially funded by the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Department.

Bryan Snyder to paint Carlsbad Art Wall as collaboration

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WHAT: An Interactive Mural and Sculpture Collaboration
WHEN: August 12–13, 2017
WHERE: Carlsbad Art Wall @ Señor Grubby’s (map)

For the first time in the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) three year history, project creative director and founder Bryan Snyder will be painting the wall beginning  Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

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Continuing Snyder’s theme of interactivity in public spaces, he will be inviting the public to interact with the mural, as well as with a metal sculpture to be installed on Aug. 13. Metal sculpture by Alex Gall from Gall Artworks.

Snyder will be the 13th artist to paint the CAW since its inception in 2015. The artwork changes every 2 months. Each artist is curated by Snyder.

“I have been asked many questions about the CAW project over the years,” Snyder says, “but the one that stumps me every time is when I am asked if I will ever paint  it myself. I have always seen my role as curator and project director, but with the recent release of the Carlsbad Magazine article chronicling my last decade of art making in Carlsbad, I felt like the timing just made sense. It being a collaboration with Alex, I still get to bring in a new artist!”

Commissioned welder Alex Gall is a longtime Carlsbad local who currently works out of Vista, CA and has work in private collections, on exhibition in galleries and in city commissioned public spaces.

Snyder is inviting the local community to bring a current Carlsbad Magazine to the CAW on August 12 or 13 where he will add an original and personalized Doodle to the pages.

Relating the the Carlsbad Magazine, Snyder will be recreating the painting that is exhibited on the magazine cover. For the first time, Snyder will be attempting to replicate his signature drip art technique aesthetic on a vertical wall using spray paint. Gall’s sculpture is being kept a secret, but will complete the project idea transitioning the art viewing into a complete interactive experience engaging directly with all whom walk by—and it will be the ultimate photo opportunity.

Carlsbad Magazine Chronicles 10 years of Snyder Art

The Artist

Bryan Snyder has left his mark on Carlsbad with his work—and the village has left its mark on him

by Wendy Hinman

A homeless man sat on a bench in Carlsbad Village. He’d sat there since people could remember, cane in hand, seemingly asleep. People didn’t really look at him, they looked through him. But one day the man disappeared. Soon after he reappeared, but this time as a life size reproduction piece of art. It turned out to be a street installation by Bryan “Doodle” Snyder, who theorizes that the homeless are “visibly transparent—you only notice them when they are gone.”

He was a real person,” Snyder says. “The homeless man went missing; I assume he passed away. Shortly after that, I installed a reproduction sculpture to test my theory that homeless people become invisible through the repetitive passive routines. This was an experiment to test how long, if ever, it would take the public to notice the figure was indeed a reporuction sculpture.”

It’s hard to find an artistic medium that Snyder has not worked in: sculpture, street art (Snyder was L.A.’s street artist of the year in 2012) installations, murals, digital art and traditional painting on canvas. For much of his work, Carlsbad has served as both canvas and muse.

Learning to Doodle

Carlsbad seems to be a nature that nurtures. Snyder us a world-class artist, but before that he was a kid blessed to be sculpted by Carlsbad. “The first 14 years of my life I moved every year,” Snyder says, but fortunately, “we had to live in Carlsbad.” Chinquapin, La Costa, Laguna Riviera, Oak Ave, Home Ave in the Village, Chinquapin on both sides of the tracks Magnolia against the 5 and Sierra Moreno are the neighborhoods he knew intimately. Snyder comes from Carlsbad stock. Both his parents and those of his wife, Susanna “Jingle” Kurner Snyder, are CHS grads and were married in the Village.  That Bryan and Susanna’s son, Henry, goes to the same preschool, Pilgrim, he did seems to complete the circle.

Besides the beach and baseball, two of the biggest influences that informed Snyder’s creativity in the 1980s and ’90s were skating and Mark Kistler. Snyder went to Magnolia and Kelly elementary schools, Valley Middle School and Carlsbad High School (class of ’99). During Snyder’s Magnolia years, Commander Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad, “blew open my mind. When he taught me how to draw a three-dimensional box my world changed.” Like Kistler’s mentor, Bruce McIntyre, before him, Kistler believed drawing developed a child’s critical thinking and drawing “secret cities” expanded their imagination. Snyder was also a skateboarder. “It was a really big part of my life in Carlsbad,” he says, adding that his skate crew was part of the reason late Mayor Buddy Lewis outlawed skating in the Village. Hanging out at XYZ Skate Shop was his first lesson in graphic design. The underbelly of a skate deck hides some incorrigible art.

Doodle Grows Up

After high school, Snyder was going to become an accountant, but Europe happened to him. “After winning a nationwide short film contest, resulting in a six- week backpacking trip through Europe, I redirected my education to art and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to follow my true passion,” he says.

Snyder went to California State University East Bay from 2002 to 2005. There, he honed his traditional and digital art skills. When he was not in his own classes he was crashing Dr. Levy’s art history lectures. Van Gogh to Cezanne, Klimt to Pollock, Warhol to Banksy—Snyder studied and dreamed.

“I discovered my passion for illustration at a very young age, but for the first time I began to evolve from one who solely reproduced art to someone who expressed himself artistically, conceptually and critically through original, thought-provoking art.”


Snyder returned to Carlsbad—2664 Jefferson St., apartment #8 to be exact—but he found it a bit vanilla compared to San Francisco’s napoleon. Carlsbad was carefully manicured and bland while SF was a colorful and visually creative. “Carlsbad has always had a thriving art scene,” he says, “but the environment was not necessarily encouraging.” Snyder set out to change that.

As Snyder worked various jobs as a digital illustrator, his one-bedroom apartment became both a studio and communal art refuge. When the parties happened they were art jam sessions. There were murals on the walls and the “living studio” was dubbed “The Art-partment.”

Drawn to the insight and humor of British artist Banksy, Snyder created his own stencils for the street in the Art-partment for “unaware commissions.” The walls of the art-partment filled with stencil images, the furniture hidden by stacked cardboard practice and finished canvases and the floor dusted with stencil shavings.

The Eureka Moment

When you see a Renoir, you know it’s a Renoir. When you see a Gauguin, you kniw it’s a Gauguin. It was in the Art-partment’s carport that the universe gave Snyder his signature technique. He’d been pondering Pollock’s drip method when he looked at the storage closet at the end of his carport. Some of his first stencils were bulging out of it. Eureka, he’d found it: drip method with stencils.

He laid out an old blanket on the concrete, bought $100 of “oops” paint from Home Depot, ran an extension cord from his second-floor apartment for his paint dryer and began his experimenting with the technique. “Completely engulfed in the discovery of what has become my signature drip painting style, I began producing a body of artwork at an uncontrollable rate,” Snyder says.

Riding his bike in the Village one day, Snyder saw an empty store front. He inquired at the plumbing shop next door and found the owner’s name was Art Brown. That seemed to be a sign. Snyder leased the place and “I sat in Snyder Art on day one of my new studio staring out the front window and brainstorming how I would connect with each and every community member of the Carlsbad Village.”

A Studio, A Pit, A Wall and a Way

Snyder was logging 10 to 12 hours a day as a full-time artist. There was an open-door policy at Snyder Art on State St. He wanted it to be “a cultural hub for creativity.” Having sharpened two skills, the street stencil and the drip stencil, as well as introducing his signature character Doodle—the innocent yet mischievous character who resurfaces long forgotten childhood memories, Snyder set his eyes on the single goal of creating a more artistic culture in the Carlsbad Village. “I knew if I was able to help inspire the emergence of a new culture based on creativity and community, it would benefit residents, visitors and local businesses alike.”

Ideas were popping at a prodigious rate. Snyder encouraged people to interact with art in real time and space, but also connect in cyberspace. He hosted Christmas ornament and Easter egg crafting parties. The resulting crafts were tagged with numbers and logging instructions, hidden in the Village, found in real time and stories shared online. His Doodle hunts go on throughout the year. Snyder has had many art shows of both his Doodles and Drips, but speaks with great passion about his You-Create-the-Art Shows. (we explain the drip style—do we need to explain the Doodle as well?) I think it is important as many people identify me most with my Doodle Art. I think I accomplished explaining above.

Snyder knew his small street art needed a bigger canvas so he practiced at the Buena Vista Reservoir, or “The Pit” as it is known to skaters and street artists. Snyder has been a major driving force behind the emergence of the Village mural scene; there are six large Doodle murals in the Village. He’s also the director and curator of the Carlsbad Art Wall. “I had been developing the idea of a rotating mural wall for many years,” Snyder says, “but the vision never came to fruition due to the lack of the necessary high-profile wall to support the project. This provided just what I had been searching for over the years.” In the Carlsbad Art Wall process, a local artist paints a mural on Grubby’s east wall and it is there for two months. Then Snyder buffs it—that is as painful for him as it is for us—and holds a teen street art workshop in conjunction with the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Clubs. That work gets buffed and a new artist paints the wall.

A World-Class Canvas

It might be rare for someone to find their true passion. If you are lucky enough to discover it,” Snyder says “You will realize you have been doing it your entire life.” Snyder has had a love for doodling and Carlsbad since childhood. Like his dandelion symbol which represents a single idea, Snyder continues to follow his passions one planted idea at a time—always hoping to inspire the growth of more dandelions along the way.

Win a Doodle Book
1. Visit
2. Find all 10 dandelion icons hidden on the website.
3. Take a screenshot of each one.
4. Email screenshots to theartist(at)snyderartdesign(dot)com
5. Email email subject: “10 years of Snyder Art”

New Website

State Beach Classic Surf Contest: June 4

WHAT: State Beach Classic surf contest
WHERE: Tamarack Beach
WHEN: Sunday, June 4, 2017

The State Beach Classic (A Tribute to Banning Capps) is a surfing event to carry on the lasting positive spirit of its inspiration, Banning Capps. Banning was one of Carlsbad’s favorite sons who’s life was cut short by a tragic accident.

This event is put on “ By Carlsbad Surfers for Carlsbad Surfers” to not only join together as friends and family of our awesome surf community, but to also ensure that the legacy of surfing in our community will last for generations to come.

Pink Trio in Carlsbad Village | 360 VR/video

On Friday, May 19, PinkTrio performed in the Carlsbad Village. The performance was captured in 360 VR/video by Snyder Art.

The PinkTrio is a group of young jazz musicians in San Diego, California founded in 2015 after meeting at various jazz camps and performing at the San Diego House of Blues. PinkTrio specializes in classic and modern jazz tunes.

To view in 360 VR/video:
On Desktop:
Click play. Click screen and drag to rotate the camera view.

On Mobile device:
Tap play. Rotate body to change camera view. 360/VR experience not compatible Apple devices and will not work in the Safari browser. If you have an Apple device, download the Youtube app and search “Pink Trio in Carlsbad Village.”

The Carlsbad Lagoon Moon

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