Sunday, February 22, 2009

DON'T SUCCUMB TO THE COMPUTER WORLD


Just yesterday a local artist phoned me (note that she did not email me) to bemoan the unfairness of being forced to acquire an email address, perhaps a computer, and at the very least, some knowledge of the digital world.

Now, I adore working on the computer, for its speed, possibilities, and creative purpose, but I certainly don't expect everyone else to feel the same way. It is, after all a tool, and not a necessity. Or is it? Ads on TV constantly direct the viewer to theirstore-dot-com. You can't even read all of the articles at the New York Times or in Entertainment Weekly magazine (the two paper periodicals I subscribe to) without going online. There are many art shows today that require a digital image, sometimes to be emailed in, or on a disk.

But this artist friend, who is not of the computer age, but more accurately "is of a certain age," doesn't want to be the dog learning new tricks. Yet if she wants to receive newsletters, participate in group activities, be informed, and even apply to art shows, she must get with it.

Yet isn't she of a minority whose needs should be addressed, and even catered to, much as we do those with physical or mental handicaps? Shouldn't she force the art group to send her a real paper newsletter? Isn't that her right as part of the club, or even as a citizen of the world?

Part of my job is to help those people who can't figure out computers, so I've volunteered to go with this artist to the library, to help her set up a simple, free email, and to guide her through her tentative new steps into the cyber world. I hope, for her own sake, she doesn't get sucked in.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

FREE DIRECTORY LISTINGS


I finally took a few minutes and sent in my information to obtain a listing at the Maine Arts Commission. It's free and I'd bet all states have a similar type of directory. When I initially looked at some of the entries I noticed most didn't have any photo to go with them, which seemed to be a total waste of free PR space.

Link here to my Maine Arts listing

So the lesson of the day is take advantage of free listing wherever you can!

The image you see is for my picture disk of stock art for businesses. I did the paintings in gouache and used an overlay of acetate, inked it, and scratched off some ink line to create a woodcut look. Visit my web site and see more samples under Illustration- Stock Art.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Combine Pictures into One

Knowing some photo editing can come in handy when you are only allowed to send in one image to a site, or don't want to pay for extra images when creating an eBay auction, for instance. In this picture you'll see a variety of poses and close-ups of a vintage action figure I was selling on eBay. It's pretty fancy editing for an auction, but by composing two or more pictures in one jpeg, you're saving space and possibly money.
I use photoshop but these days most digital cameras come with an editing program that will allow you to combine several images into one final picture. If using Photoshop remember to flatten layers and save as a jpeg to reduce the size!