Saturday, January 19, 2008

Leaving San Francisco

Pals (and artists) Jeremy Sutton and Peggy Gyulai picked us up at the Moscone Convention Center, then drove drove us to the Lobby at Battery & California where Peggy's one-person show, Tone Interludes, is hanging. She gave us a personally guide tour of the exhibit. Beautiful work.

Then Jeremy drove us to their art studios in the Mission District. Fabulous studio spaces and beautiful work inside. Jeremy gave me one of his latest Painter Creativity DVDs. Fabulously designed and produced.

The DVD title is "How to Paint from Photographs Using Corel Painter X, Createive Techniques with Jeremy Sutton." As I mentioned in an earlier posting, Jeremy is one of the top Corel Painter experts in the world, and an inspirational, charismatic teacher. And, he's agreed to visit Santa Fe in early October, 2008, to make a presentation to the Santa Fe Mac User Group, and, better yet, to hold a 3 or 4 day workshop about using Painter (the fabulous "Natural Media" painting software that simulates real world brushes, oils, watercolors, chalks, pencils, etc). Details will be posted on the Santa Fe Mac User Group web site as they become available.

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Robin and Jeremy in Jeremy's studio. Not shown is the other half of his studio, including a space for at least six students and their laptops (for the digital painting classes he teaches).

Peggy's studio is next door to Jeremy's. Great spaces in the Mission District.

We didn't get to meet track star Michael Johnson (world's fastest human) as I indicated in an earlier posting. I guess I had that information wrong. Although, now that I think about it, I did feel a breeze while I was there, so I guess that could have been him (he's famous for being fast, you know).

After a nice lunch and coffee at the Coffee Bar (shown below) located on the ground floor of their studios building, they gave us a ride to SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), which was just a half block from our hotel. Jeremy is a member of SFMOMA, so he ran inside, got a couple of free tickets for us, and said goodbye. We enjoyed the museum for 30 or 45 minutes then grabbed our bags at the hotel and snagged a cab for the airport.


Farewell Macworld

We took one last stroll around the exhibit floor. The show was winding down. The Quark booth had a few people attending one last demo presentation.

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For many years Quark had a pretty arrogant attitude about their dominance of market share in desktop publishing, and they (the founder or president or some top guy) even publicly expressed disdain for the smaller Mac user market, and usually didn't bother to show up at Macworld. So now it's payback time, especially with Adobe InDesign treating Mac Users with respect. Ha! (Oops, sorry, that slipped out).

Meanwhile, the Adobe booth was still at standing-room-only capacity. But, to be fair, Adobe wasn't showing InDesign, Quark's competitor. They were showing the amazing Photoshop Elements 6. If you don't want to buy the very expensive Photoshop, Elements 6 does almost everything Photoshop does, except convert files to CMYK color space (necessary only if you're preparing files that are to be printed commercially by big, expensive color printers, or published in a magazine that's printed by commercial printers).

This panorama created from 3 separate shots opened in Photoshop CS3, but you can do the same thing with Photoshop Elements 6.