Sharpie marker and oil pastel on paper.
4 X 6 inches.
Freehand from a photo.
30-60 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is American Rita Flores (RitaFlo on flickr). Rita is a painter in acrylics and pixels, and expert digital image manipulator, applying varied effects from multiple apps on her iPhone to obtain her desired results. Her subject matter ranges from small town landscapes to portraits, figures, and montages – looks like she can get interesting results no matter where she turns her attention.

Rita’s flickr imagestream is here.:
www.flickr.com/photos/ritaflo/

And her blog is here:
ritaflores.wordpress.com/

Photos of Rita and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762359688…

Julia KayWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here’s Rita’s portrait of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

ArtStudio App on my iPod Touch.

Directly from a photo and from imagination.

30-45 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is American Mia Robinson (MiaBia_DC on flickr). Mia is a fantastic portraitist and figurative artist working mostly in digital media using various apps on her iPhone and artRage on her modbook. She’s able to get the most amazing painterly textures ranging from the feel of watercolor to the feel of oils. She’s also a great connector and facilitator, who gave us live streaming video from the opening of the iPhone/iPod Touch International Art Exhibit in Chicago, and traveled to NYC recently for an in-person meet-up flickr iPhone/touch artists.

Mia’s flickr imagestream is here.:

www.flickr.com/photos/34187834@N07/

Photos of Mia and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here:

www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762359413…

Julia for Julia Kay's Portrait PartyWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here’s Mia’s portrait of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

Inspire App on my iPod Touch.

Freehand from a black and white photo.

60-90 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is American Gail Siptak. I couldn’t resist working from a black and white photo of her as a young woman, I’m guessing in the 1970s. I love her paintings filled with communities of people and animals (and plants) hanging on together when life goes askew. I also enjoy her warm palette and the fantastic textiles hanging on walls and wrapped around shoulders in her paintings.

Gail’s flickr imagestream is here.:

www.flickr.com/photos/siptak/

She also has a website:

gailsiptak.com/index.htm

And a blog:

www.flickr.com/photos/siptak/

Photos of Gail and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here:

www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762359547…

JuliaWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here’s Gail’s portrait of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

Fountain Pen App on my iPod Touch.
From life.
15-20 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is American David Aaron Friedheim. David draws extremely beautifully but is primarily a figurative sculptor in welded steel. He makes fun, fearsome, foolish and flamboyantly colored creatures ranging in size from a couple inches to a couple stories tall. He works solo and also collaboratively with Trisha Kyner as Grendel’s Mother.

David is relatively new to flickr, so his photostream does not yet represent the full range of his work.:
www.flickr.com/photos/eldaf/

To see more, his gallery also has some photos of a recent installation:
www.flickr.com/photos/48222015@N07/sets/72157623583341378/

He also has a website:
www.grendelsmother.org/

I worked from life but photos of David and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762349361…

If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

2010.03.25 Marcella Viavisconti, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Layers App on my iPod Touch.
Freehand from a photo.
15-20 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is Italian artist Viavisconti. Viavisconti’s work is characterized by flat areas of vivid color which nevertheless cleanly and clearly describe the volumes of the objects she portrays. Although she has worked in traditional media such as acrylic paint, most of her recent work has been made digitally on her iPhone, using a variety of Apps (programs). I am especially a fan of her portraits, and thus very glad she has contributed 26 so far to the Portrait Party!

You can check out Viavisconti’s iPhone fingerpaintings and other work here:
www.flickr.com/photos/45076458@N06/

You can see the photo I worked from and other artists’ portraits of Viavisconti here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762368783…

Julia KayWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here’s one of Viavisconti’s portraits of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

Pollack App on my iPod Touch to draw, Photoshop on my Mac to lay out the page.
45-60 minutes.
Freehand from a photo.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is American Donna McMenamin. She makes fabulous, sympatico portraits in bright colors and with a light touch, and is also an illustrator and graphic designer.

You can check out Donna’s watercolor paintings here:
www.flickr.com/photos/11611455@N00/

You can see the photo I worked from and other artists’ portraits of Donna here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762346738…

JuliaKayColor.jpgHere’s Donna’s portrait of me. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

Title: I Imagined Artists Michel Guerin (French, based in Italy) and Andrew Mirzoian (Russian, based in Moscow) Hanging Out Together in Cezanne’s Cafe: 2010.03.22

Photoshop on my Mac to organize the composition, Brushes App on my iPod Touch to draw and color.
Directly from photos of Michel Guerin, Andrew Mirzoian, and Gaugin’s Man Smoking a Pipe.

Please check out Michel Guerin’s wonderfully colored paintings of subjects ranging from the figure to the landscape, and Andrew Mirzoian’s boldly drawn and painted portraits and domestic scenes.

More details to come, way past my bedtime again!



Anne Longo: 2010.03.21, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Pen and watercolor on paper.
5 X 6.5 inches.
20-30 minutes.
Left-handed drawing and painting.

Say, that’s not my face! My Daily Portrait Project ended – please read about it in my essay for Women’s Voices for Change:
womensvoicesforchange.org/it-ended-as-it-began-or-did-it.htm

I’m on to a more varied daily art practice. March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is American Anne Longo. She’s a fantastic oil & watercolor painter, printmaker, and photographer, with subject matter ranging from surreal dreams to landscape, still life, and portraiture.

You can see other portraits of Anne here:

www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762366696…

Anne is in the process of uploading her current work and has asked me to hold off on sending people to her photostream until there’s something more to look at.

If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

Jerry Waese (Canadian Artist): 2010.03.20

Typedrawing App on my iPod Touch.
Directly from a photo.
~30 minutes

Say, that’s not my face! My Daily Portrait Project ended – please read about it in my essay for Women’s Voices for Change:
womensvoicesforchange.org/it-ended-as-it-began-or-did-it.htm

I’m on to a more varied daily art practice. March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is Canadian Jerry Waese. He makes fantastic stop-action drawings of busy Toronto streets, in which he and his sketch pad must barely escape being run over on a daily basis. He’s also an excellent portraitist, with a great sense of balance in off-kilter compositions and a wonderful sense of color.

You can see many other artists’ portraits of Jerry here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762350381…

You can check out Jerry’s paintings and drawings here:
www.flickr.com/photos/waese/

And preview and purchase his three books here:
www.blurb.com/user/jerrywaese

If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

Pen on paper.
5.5 X 8.5 inches.
Freehand from a photograph.
15-20 minutes.

Say, that’s not my face! My Daily Portrait Project ended – please read about it in my essay for Women’s Voices for Change:
womensvoicesforchange.org/it-ended-as-it-began-or-did-it.htm

I’m on to a more varied daily art practice. March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is Sandy Schmidt, also known as Blue Sky Day. She’s a fabulous photographer and digital artist, with a wry sense of humor. She’s also the organizer and Top Dog of the IPhone/iTouch subect/artist each week group on flickr, which I’ve long been a member of without realizing it was her hand behind the scenes making it happen. Last, she has a wonderful series of paintings of her black and white cat Ed, ranging from realistic to cartoon, which seem sort of analogous to my Daily Portrait Project in that she’ll put him in a variety of scenes and situations, paint him in a variety of styles, and generally use him as needed to tell the tale she wants to tell.

You can see many other artists’ portraits of Sandy here:

www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762358963…

You can check out Sandy’s photos, paintings, vintage objects, and multi-faceted Ed here:

www.flickr.com/photos/digidex/

If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/