Man or Mountain? 2010.08.27, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Here is the missing ‘Daily Art’ from 9/24-9/27, when I was camping. I held off on posting these so they would coincide with the publication of my essay on what I learned by spending a couple hours every day making these bad paintings. Please check out the essay here:

womensvoicesforchange.org/why-paint-the-unpaintable.htm

All comments anywhere are always appreciated, but they’ll be especially appreciated on the essay’s website. (Thanks!)

Magnadoodle
3 X 4 inches

After Etch-A-Sketch and before Mobile Digital Art – there was MagnaDoodle! I almost snatched the first one I saw out of the hands of the 10 year old happily entertaining herself at a party for adults, but I controlled myself and politely asked to borrow it when she was done. Then we went out and bought half a dozen in different sizes to have around the house and give as gifts.

This was done after I got home, from photographs. Naturally I see faces everywhere, even in the mountains…

Here is the missing ‘Daily Art’ from 9/24-9/27, when I was camping. I held off on posting these so they would coincide with the publication of my essay on what I learned by spending a couple hours every day making these bad paintings. Please check out the essay here:

womensvoicesforchange.org/why-paint-the-unpaintable.htm

All comments anywhere are always appreciated, but they’ll be especially appreciated on the essay’s website. (Thanks!)

Magnadoodle
3 X 4 inches

After Etch-A-Sketch and before Mobile Digital Art – there was MagnaDoodle! I almost snatched the first one I saw out of the hands of the 10 year old happily entertaining herself at a party for adults, but I controlled myself and politely asked to borrow it when she was done. Then we went out and bought half a dozen in different sizes to have around the house and give as gifts.

This was done after I got home, from photographs. Naturally I see faces everywhere, even in the mountains…

Here is the missing ‘Daily Art’ from 9/24-9/27, when I was camping. I held off on posting these so they would coincide with the publication of my essay on what I learned by spending a couple hours every day making these bad paintings. Please check out the essay here:

womensvoicesforchange.org/why-paint-the-unpaintable.htm

All comments anywhere are always appreciated, but they’ll be especially appreciated on the essay’s website. (Thanks!)

Watercolor on paper
4 X 6 inches
Painted on locationc

Here is the missing ‘Daily Art’ from 9/24-9/27, when I was camping. I held off on posting these so they would coincide with the publication of my essay on what I learned by spending a couple hours every day making these not-so-successful paintings. Please check out the essay here:

womensvoicesforchange.org/why-paint-the-unpaintable.htm

All comments anywhere are always appreciated, but they’ll be especially appreciated on the essay’s website. (Thanks!)

Watercolor on paper
4 X 6 inches
Painted on location

The best of the batch happened the first day.

Digital collage using PaintBook App on my iPod Touch of a previous Paintbook drawing, an acrylic painting on paper, and a digital photo.
Drawings were from life, imagination and photos.

PaintBook is definitely a contender with Juxtaposer for collaging as you can fully resize, rotate, and erase (to transparency) parts of each layer, and it has seemingly infinite numbers of layers which you can also show, hide, merge etc.

Juxtaposer’s interface for doing this is much better but Juxtaposer’s resolution is pathetic, while Paintbook’s is excellent. Of course it will depend on your source images, too, but you can save files up to 16 mg in size.

I bet those ladies on the bench are happy to be transported from the train station, where they started out…

FacesiMake on my iPod Touch
15-30 minutes
From imagination

This just goes to show how contrary I am. As followers of my Daily Portrait Project know, I’ll make a face out of anything – from macaroni on a plate to TrippingFest, an iPhone App meant to draw abstract patterns of geometric shapes in random colors. So here comes an App that’s designed to make faces from objects and what do I do? I make other things…

This App is alot of fun and I recommend giving it a try (it’s free).

Naturally, though, I have some feature requests…
- Please allow us to resize objects – they’re not in correct relation to each other anyway.
- Please allow us to turn objects using pretty standard two finger touch and turn rather than having to grab the ring
- Please make the ring easier to see on dark backgrounds
- Please make it clearer where we need to tap to grab an object – I get frustrated so I imagine kids must get very frustrated.
- Allow us to set a default head and background so we don’t have to get rid of the lime green with every new picture

And superuser features:
- Allow us to import our own objects (png files)
- Allow us to import an image to use as the background.

In any event – thanks for this App – I had a good time with it this afternoon.

Inspire App on my iPod Touch
Freehand from photographs
60-90 minutes

It was about an 800 mile round-trip. We drove down over two days on scenic routes, then plowed straight home on the interstate in one day.

This was heading North out of Los Angeles over what seems to be universally referred to as ‘the grapevine’ but is properly I5 leading up to and crossing Tejon Pass at 4100 feet (~1200 meters).

Inspire App on my iPod Touch
Freehand from a photo
15-30 minutes

Brushes App on my iPod Touch
Freehand from a photo
15-30 minutes

Inspire App on my iPod Touch
15-30 minutes
Freehand from a photo

Before the Portrait Party took off, I thought when my Daily Self-Portrait Project finished, I’d spend some time exploring landscape. Looks like I’ve taken myself back to that idea…