Monday, June 30, 2014

Postcards from the Edge

The incredibly fertile and imaginative minds at Art by the Sea have done it again, they are asking you to take your art and put it on a postcard and send it to them and let them sell it off for the good of folks with less talent, imagination and drive and you know that is a good thing so I am sure that you are already working up your entry and if you aren't you are probably using the ole “I just don't know how I would put my wonderful art on a teeny, tiny little postcard” excuse.

But I have no intention of letting you get away with that lame bit of whiny reasoning. No, by the end of this post there will just be no good reason why you cannot do any art on any postcard and I will even show you how to print it off on your own computer so there is no crying about and wringing of hands because of the cost.

Yesterday I asked you to go to Photoscape and download the exe and set it up on your computer. Did you do that?

Okay I put the link back up so if you didn't you have another chance and you should cause having this free software will make things a lot easier and it is good and did I mention free and you should always have a free photo editor on your computer.

So now you have Photoscape up and running and I want you to bring it up, let it load and then click on the Print section of the tools menu. On my computer it is in the lower right quadrant of the selection wheel.

Once the Print section is up it will probably have a bunch of small frames in the center of the screen and one or more sections of your computer where your images are stored. On the right there is a bar with 5 x 7cm in it. Click on that bar and it will pull up a drop-down menu and four from the bottom you will see 4 x 6 which just happens to be the size of an official, actual, real and genuine U.S. Postcard. That's what you want and you can go ahead and select landscape orientation cause that will work for both horizontally and vertical images.

Now go back to the left where you see your images and select two really good ones. Drag them one at a time until they lock inside the frames of your 4 x 6 print form. Okay so if you have followed along you should have two images in the forms and you can now print.

I won't tell you how to print cause every printer is different and on some you may have to select photo printing or some other setting to get the right quality image.

Did you get the Xerox 80 lb semi-gloss paper I told you about/ sure you can use any paper but this type does a really good job of taking the ink and holding up as a card. There are a lot of papers you can use which will do one or the other but not too many which can do both. Try this stuff, it will amaze you.

So you printed out the image and now you have two images in the center of your 8.5 x 11 page and you don't know what to do next.


We have to have a word about what happens if you haven't used the Xerox paper or even if you have and your printer uses extra ink to get photo quality images.
In most cases if you haven't used the Xerox paper or even if you have and the printer uses extra ink you will need to allow some time for the print to dry. If you don't it will smear ink all over your printer and extra paper and the stuff which gets inside of your printer can be the very devil to get out so just take a minute and let it dry.

When you think it is dry enough not to smear take the paper by the right bottom corner as it faces you in the tray and turn it over. Again the right way to do this depends on the printer, my Epson has a straight paper path as does the Log Sufferin's Canon so that part is easy for us but if you have an HP they do a curl print path and you'll have to reason out how to get the orientation right.

Now for the part where I help you out again...

See I told you I was going to help you. Just download this image to your computer and you'll be ready for the next step. Be sure to name it Postcard Back or something which will help you remember what it is cause sometimes Windows hides downloads in strange and curious places and you'll have to know what you called it to find it when windows hides it from you cause it knows better than you do what you want to do with things which you download.

Now go back to Photoscape, you still have the images in that print form so they need to go. You can right click them or at the top of the page you will see thumbnails of these images and you can right click them and select delete. Now find the postcard back you downloaded and drag it into one of the forms. Then do it again with the second form. Yes, Photoscape is smart enough to know that you don't want to actually use the master image for this, it loads a temporary copy and now you should have two postcard backs in the printer form. Print.

Nope no special instructions for this cause any printer setting will do for the back part of the print job. If you followed my direction and rolled the page over from right to left it will have the correct orientation and the forms will print on the back of your images and now all you have left to do is trim away the excess making sure that you don't cut off either the edge of the picture or the postcard back.

There it is a beautiful, sturdy postcard, suitable for mailing and you made it yourself. And the nice part is if the first image you select doesn't work right you can try it with another. After all you are doing all of the works so there's no lag time waiting for the printer to get the thing Mastered Up and printed and sent back and no extra add-on charges and no lost in shipping just a new card whenever you want to run one

Now wasn't that fun?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

As Time Goes By

It's been a while and I admit to a bad case of the donwannas. There has just been too much to do and the days have been too bright and the nights too warm and there is no way that even a dedicated night crawler like the Ole Trawler could stay inside. Besides you know I have a new (to me) camera to play with and all sorts of wonderful bells and whistles and then there;s the ability to change lenses and that just throws gasoline on the fire and so I have been outside playing in the dirt when I should have been inside pecking away at the blog.

Then there have been those pesky little life things which have gotten under foot and in the way, the car went into the shop, the dog went into the shop and the printer, my beloved Epson Photo Printer went to the big PC in the sky.

Now as a kid of the fifties being without a car is just about the WORST thing which can happen. I mean, maim me, beat, me, disfigure me but leave my keys alone. The first thing any red, white and blue bloodied boy of the fifties wanted was his driver's license.

And you know why. That's right, living at home, under the watchful eye of the parents there was never going to be an nookie getting.

Don't start that with me, you know in your heart of hearts that ya'll wimmen wanted that nookie getting just as much as the guys. Okay, maybe not just as much but pretty much and if the guy didn't have a car there was no place for you to defend your honor until you were ready to give it up and let him have his way with you, so long as he was thoughtful, clean, generous and practiced safe sex.

Back then there was no clinic so you had to make sure you didn't need the morning after pill and there was no pill, morning after or not and practicing safe sex involved a lot of prayer and sacrifice and blood, sweat and tears, lots of tears, but without that diver's license it was all a bunch of day dreams anyway so the first step was getting your hands on the car.

All that was before car payments, gas bills, (gas was 29 cents a gallon), insurance and city, state and fed tax and then probably license and inspection fees so all we thought about was the steamed up windows at the drive in. You fibber! You do know about steaming up windows at the drive in. Maybe it was the submarine races or the nightbird hunts or the constellation counts but you did it and you know you did.

So losing the car was a fate worse than walking. Sure you're married and don't have to hunt up a backwoods road or a dark park even though that can be fun if you don't mind the off chance of making it on to YouTube. So there I was putting the car in the shop and sweating bullets until I decided to rent a car.

If Congress had to pass as much inspection when they voted a Bill into law we'd have a lot fewer laws. You have to have a credit card, insurance which will completely cover any deductible and then you have to agree to fill the tank with gas, mind all the scratches and keep all of the original equipment in its right and proper place all while not eating, drinking or doing any other legal or illegal act which might cause alteration or damage to the vehicle. Sort of takes all the fun right out of it?

Assuming you get the car then you actually have to drive it. Do you know how hard it is to drive a car you have never driven before after years of getting into ole Blue and just sticking the keys in and letting the car do the rest? And then it rained..

Can't speak for you, but driving a rented car in the rain is just what I need to make my system squench.

So I had a rented car and headed back to the ranch where I try to work on my novel which I have been putting off since I fell into the hand of the Croakers and my printer goes belly up. Okay it was an old printer. I don't even remember when I bought it. It was an Epson photo printer and that makes it wonderful for a photographer and there is just no way any other printer can do as well and I have just bought five new ink cartridges and they cost as much as the rented car in the drive and now they were useless and I'd have to get used to buying new cartridges and that was another story anyway, but there I was needing to print out three hundred pages and I had no printer.

So I got on the Net, I could still do Internet searches without a printer, but that was about all, and went to work. I narrowed it down to about half a dozen printers some of which I could afford and some of which I wanted and tried to find one in the middle.

You see for me a printer has to be good at both printing text, (Not verbage, yuck what a horrible wordette!) and photos. I do a lot of both and if the printer can't handle the two jobs I'm in a lot of trouble.

Now that wonderful shiny Epson WorkForce 7010 would be just what the doctor ordered but the $200 dollar price tag was a bit out of my reach so what else could I find? Oh my that WorkForce all-in-one XP-950 makes my mouth water but I'd never get the Long Sufferin to stand still for $300. No, better set my sights a little lower, now that WorkForce 2540 has most of what I want, but it uses a three tank color system and I don't know that that will be good enough.

Bought it anyway and at $89 it sailed through Long Sufferin approval and went straight to my computer.

Of course then there's the process of setting it up before you can print with and see if you've done it right or have a bright, pretty boat anchor.

The damn thing set up so quickly I was left with nothing but the manual and a silly smile. In fact I set it up with the wireless connection and connected my computer, the Long Sufferin's computer, the Long Sufferin's laptop and after a bit of blood, toil, tears and sweat, along with a liberal selection of violent swearing I connected it to my Ubuntu laptop and still had time to run a test print and see if the thing would actually print.

Turns out it does that too, so I am after a bit of gut-wrenching anxiety back in the printer business and all I have to do now is learn all of the bells and whistles of this modern technowonder.

And finally I could actually sit down and write for this blog with the understanding that the words would come out as I planned.

Which brings me to the present. Now that I am able to write and have all of the tools to write with and the inclination to write, what do I write about? Good question but fortunately I have an answer. I am going to tell you how to make the postcards you need for the Art by the Sea postcard show and do it all on your trusty computer and do it with just one piece of software and the help of the nice folks at Xerox which is a trademarked name and not a description of what the folks do and when you say that you are going to take your painting down to Staples and Xerox it on one of their color copiers you are in violation of the U.S. Trademark statutes and while it is possible to do art from prison you will miss out on all of those openings where the public comes to oh and ah over your work and tell you all of those wonderful things about how brilliant you are and so the next time you make a copy on a machine made by Xerox remember it is a photocopy and not a Xerox.

Now let's get the ball rolling, you want to go to and go to the download page and download Photoscape.

And if you have the time and some extra cash you can go to Amazon and buy a package of Xerox 3R11458 Semi-gloss 80 lb paper. Yes, Staples can probably order it for you or even the Office Supply downtown.

Do that and install Photoscape and we'll do the rest tomorrow,

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Come One, Come All

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So you think only SOME people get selected form the shows at the Museum? Could be, but here is a chance for all you photographers to come and get it. I'm already in so you have an uphill fight cause of course the Ole Trawler is the best but if you want to fight over what's left...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Play Post Office

Collage: Postcard Play Day!
with Susan Lehman
Sunday, June 29th 1-4 pm
$16/all materials supplied

Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio, Old Town Bandon

Create postcard art suitable for framing or giving; or show them by mailing to the co-op for their postcard show.
Details are in the Call to Artists at Art by the Sea,
Old Town Bandon.

Call 541-347-5355 to reserve your spot; drop-ins welcome!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Warmer Days

Warmer, lazy, sun-filled days, long, drosing afternoons in sunlight and a smile...

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Fading Rosie

   575 B Highway 101, Florence, OR   (541)997-5996
Dear Susan,

It's been a great ride, but it's time for someone else to have the fun.  I want you, my wonderful customer, to know that Rosie's Art Carnival and BeauxArts are looking for an enthusiastic buyer (or buyers) to take these special shops to the next level.  Jil and I have similar reasons for leaving: spending more time with family, traveling, teaching and devoting time to our own art.

The businesses are available together or separately.  Personally, I would like to see a buyer (perhaps a current customer?) take over the store and let me remain as instructor.  With someone focused on just the store, it will become even better.  And with me focusing on just the classes, they will become even better.  And Florence will continue to have a first rate art/craft supply store. 

Until we find a buyer, if will be business as usual.  Thank you for letting us provide your art/craft needs. 


Folksy Update

South Coast Folk Society

Jun 7 at 11:19 PM
No contra dancing and no international folk dancing till September, but how about sing-along, a guitar accompaniment workshop, folk dance lessons and a music and dance campout?
Sunday, June 8, 4-6 p.m., at the North Bend Library. We've got the Rise Up SInging songbooks. Singers, guitarists and pianists welcome! Teach us a new song.
Question: What happens when we have multiple rhythm players at a session?
Answer: The melody gets buried by conflicting rhythms and overpowering volume. 
Calling all guitar, bouzouki, and other rhythm players! A special June workshop is being offered and YOU are invited to learn how to play WITH other guitar players! The workshop will cover learning to play in a group setting, listening to others in a group, making adjustments in your playing to accommodate other players, specific techniques enabling less to become more for accompaniment, and a practice session with melody players. 
 Guitar Accompanist Workshop
Monday June 9th 7pm - 9pm and Monday June 16th 7pm - 9pm (offered twice - take your pick or come to both!)
Don & Jennifer's house in Coos Bay
RSVP / call for directions 541.808.3507 or email
This special workshop is being offered with the intention of making sessions more enjoyable for players and listeners. However, this skill-building opportunity will have far-reaching implications in all settings of your musical growth. Hope you can make it! Feel free to pass the invitation along.
Hola Amigos!
We're slowly but surely getting our act together on the OPEN BAND SUMMER CAMPOUT & DANCE.
Fri-Sun Aug 1,2, & 3.
To be held here:
8451 Lower Smith River Rd Reedsport OR 97467
DANCE, to be held at 7pm on Saturday night 8/2, will be a mile down the road here:
Smith River Grange Hall #585 - 9850 Lower Smith River Rd Reedsport OR 97467
We have the facebook page up for the event: RSVP there, if you will please. Also, post questions & suggestions and volunteer for whatever fun you want to cook up...
The purpose of this campout is to socialize, play tunes & have a dance. This is YOUR campout so you get to create it the way you'd like. Please participate in the planning by utilizing the comments on facebook or emailing me. I am picturing the "KISS" method, everyone is responsible for their own campsite, meals & transportation. It IS a small campground, so we will have to double up on some of the spaces. First come, first served on the best spots so pencil in that weekend and plan on being there early! will give us a group rate of $20/ night RV's/boats & $10/night tents.

Smith River RV Park & Marina has been around for decades. Located right on the Smith River just 10 miles north of Reedsport, offering RV spaces, a marina for boating & lots of beauty. For direct questions about camping contact Jessica (541) 707-0841 at the RV Park.
We will offer workshops & host a dance at the Smith River Grange Hall on Saturday night at the nearby Smith River Grange Hall #585 - 9850 Lower Smith River Rd Reedsport OR 97467
Do you have an idea for a workshop or circle or some mischief of some kind? Offer it up!
We can paddle around in our kayaks during the day... play tunes by the campfire at night.
We will provide a cd and pdfs (before the campout) of some new open band tunes to work up in time for the fall SCFS Open Band Dance.
Jennifer Sordyl
Vice President/Contra Dance Coordinator
South Coast Folk Society

Are you looking for a fun, new exercise class this summer?
Do you enjoy music from Israel, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, and other faraway lands?
Stacy Rose, dance instructor, will teach two 5-week sessions of beginning level international folk dancing this summer.
June 17 - July 15: Israeli folk dancing
August 5 - September 2: Balkan folk dancing
Singles, couples and beginners are welcome! Most dances are circle or line dances, so no partners are necessary. Harding Learning Center – in the all-purpose room inside the building; 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Summer sessions are $25 each or both for $40 Wear comfortable clothes.
For more information, contact Stacy or 541.808.1002
To learn more about the South Coast Folk Society, visit or find the South Coast Folk Society on Facebook.

Tut Tut Don't Miss the Boat

Dear Carol & Roland,
We have an exciting weekend coming in June as we reopen the doors of the Egyptian Theatre on June 20th  and the cities of North Bend and Coos Bay celebrate "Connect the Boardwalk" with a community walk on June 21st.

Please join us for the most memorable weekend of the summer!