SVMUG Monthly Meeting Oct 15, 2018 Creating Digital Art on the iPad - Kim Smith

posted Oct 11, 2018, 5:14 AM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 5:17 AM ]

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is Oct 15, 2018 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! 

We are meeting in our “usual” place:  

Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

TOPIC: Creating Digital Art on the iPad

iPad artist and instructor Kim Smith joins us in person to discuss some popular art-making apps for the iPad. She will give a demonstration using the Procreate app and highlight the benefits of digital art. She will also review options for bringing your artwork into the real world in the form of prints, cards, clothing, phone cases, and more. Download Procreate ($9.99 for iPad) or Procreate Pocket ($4.99 for iPhone) and bring your device if you’d like to paint along. Bring a stylus if you have one!

SPEAKER: Kim Smith

Kim Smith has been attending SVMUG meetings since 2015. Her artistic talents started emerging as a child (who loved to doodle - mostly horses) and continued during her college art classes. Then real life and demanding jobs took over, and she spent 30 years working as a public servant for the cities of Oxnard, San Buenaventura, and Cupertino. In the last few years of her employment as the Cupertino City Clerk, she transitioned the City Council and Planning Commission to digital packets and iPads, resulting in thousands of dollars saved per year on paper and printing costs. She also taught other city clerks and council members how to use an iPad and soon her encore career as a trainer was launched!

She channels her creative energies into photography and creates photo greeting cards which are sold in a few boutiques in the Silicon Valley Bay Area. Most of her best-selling cards were created using photographs taken with an iPhone and edited on her computer, iPad or a variety of specialty apps that manipulate digital work. Kim continues to teach iPad skills to individuals and groups, and has expanded this into the world of digital art and photography as well.

NOTE: Download Procreate ($9.99 for iPad) or Procreate Pocket ($4.99 for iPhone) and bring your device if you’d like to paint along. Bring a stylus if you have one!

OPEN SOURCE: Simplenote - Dan Foy

Simplenote is a cross platform note taking app with built-in cloud synchronization. It’s fast, even on older machines, supports Tags, and does not lock your text up in a proprietary format - your notes are available as text files. Simplenote is now available for iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, and the web.


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

The room is located in the back of Building 1950 — Looking at the Interactive Google MAP link below, this is the right "leaf" of the 3-building Charleston complex. Near the room's entrance, you'll see a large white awning/tent with tables and chairs underneath. There is also a Google employee cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room.

NOTE: We have heard that the regular car/phone map instructions can be confusing so please use the interactive Google Map url below so you can view the target building and surrounding areas. Once you get there, all of the buildings tend to look alike and you may not see the building numbers as you are driving around the parking lot. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. If you are lost, call 408-480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 



-- From Highway 101, take the Amphitheater Parkway exit, which is also Rengstorff Avenue; Head North.

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.


-- If you are driving North on Highway 101, take the North Shoreline Blvd exit and turn right at the end of the off ramp.

-- Turn Left (West) onto Charleston Rd.

-- There is a small bridge/creek crossing under the road (see the interactive map, as it's easy to miss). Turn Right into the driveway 50 ft after the creek, or turn right into the main entrance just after that.

-- Go along the right (East) side of the 1950 Google building. There are a bunch of EV parking spots and a white tent near the spot where the meeting takes place. You want to park near here, though you may need to circle around the complex to find an open parking space.



If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay) is, as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".


6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge from our host.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: Creating Digital Art on the iPad - Kim Smith

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open SourceSimplenote - Dan Foy

8:45 PM - Q&A, followed by a raffle at the end

9:30 PM - All done! Clean up after ourselves and go home.


Oct 15 – Kim Smith - Creating artwork on the iPad

Nov 19 – Chuck Joiner - Buy What You Use, Use What You Buy

Dec 17 – Annual Holiday PotLuck! (speaker to be determined)


Jan 28 – open

Feb 25 – open

NOTE:  We are busy working on getting speakers for future months! Is there a new product or technology you think the group would like to know about? Who would you like us to bring back? Do you have a contact for us? Let us know.


You’ll receive 2 raffle tickets when you bring food to share. Please feel free to bring in items for raffle if you have them or if you obtain them from a vendor. When in doubt, ask one of the volunteers if the item would be good for raffle. If you have something else that you think would be good for the FREE pile, bring it, mark it FREE and place it on one of the tables near the food table. Just be sure to remove it at the end of the meeting if it does not go to a new home. We have enough to carry in and out each meeting. Thanks!



SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

SVMUG meetings occur on the 3rd Monday of each month (with some holiday exceptions such as Jan and Feb). Meetings are free and open to the public. Audience members may arrive or depart at their convenience, so feel free to arrive late, or leave early if you wish.

SVMUG started as the South Bay branch of the Berkeley Mac User Group (BMUG), and lives on after the dissolution of the main organization. We hold monthly meetings on the Google campus in Mountain View, focusing on user support, vendor demonstrations, and community contacts.



Did you know that we have a Yahoo Group Email List? You can join here:

The email list is where the announcements are sent and members can ask questions at any time. You can set your email settings to get individual emails or a daily digest or only the special announcements like this one. Or, if you prefer no emails, you can just go directly to the yahoo group to read the messages there. You can always check the website for announcements.


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