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Friday, April 30, 2010

After the Daily Portrait Project...

After three years, the Daily Portrait Project ended on March 15, 2010. It was just in time for blogger to decide that you could no longer maintain your own content on your own website. Therefore my new blog, for my new Daily Art practice, is using Wordpress and can be found here: http://studiojuliakay.com/dailyArt The best place to follow everything I'm up to - published essays, International Portrait Party on flickr, websites and blogs, is here: http://studiojuliakay.com/art Thanks for following the Daily Portrait Project and hope to see you on one of my new adventures! Julia

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Last One: It Ends as It Began: 2010.03.15

Brush markers or Brushes App, you decide! From life/live video feed. ~30 minutes. It ends as it began, with a simple green line drawing - tousled hair and mock turtleneck, large glasses and double chin. It ends as it began, and yet it doesn't. I'm much more facile now, the drawings have a different ease. I'm much more confident - not worried about the muse leaving me, knowing that if I draw every day I'll get some duds and some beauties, and neither matters very much, because it's the process of engaging with the visual world which compels me. It ends as it began except it doesn't. The first drawing was done with magic markers on paper and this one was done with my finger on my iPod Touch using the Brushes App. The first one was done staring in a mirror, this one was done staring at a live video feed on my computer. It ends as it began except... the world and I have both changed in these three years. It ends... and something new starts. To celebrate I'm throwing a Portrait Party - lots of artists exchanging photos and drawing each other from them. If you'd like to play, please join this group & start a discussion thread with some photos of yourself: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/ I hope to draw at least the first 30 artists to post photos. Although I'm not actually starting on this project until tomorrow, the party started a week ago & many of the other artists have already gone gang-busters. It's a load of fun, so check it out! This is the final piece of my Daily Portrait Project, in which I made a non-photographic image of myself every day for three years, and posted it on the web. Please follow my new Daily Art blog at http://studiojuliakay.com/dailyArt

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Ole' Self-Portrait Stare 2010.03.14

Brush markers or Brushes app - you decide!
30 minutes.
From life/video feed.

Not angry, not angsty, not even exhausted - just staring at myself!

1 more day of my Daily Portrait Project!

March 15th will be the third and final anniversary of my Daily Portrait Project, in which I've made a non-photographic self-portrait every day and posted it on the web. To celebrate I'm throwing a Portrait Party - instead of drawing myself I'm going to draw other artists.

If you'd like to be one of the artists I draw, please join this group & start a discussion thread with some photos of yourself: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/ I hope to draw at least the first 30 artists to post photos. It would be great if you also want to draw me and/or the other artists who have posted photos of themselves, but its not required.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hell, Baselitz, Ode for NPTR: 2010.03.13

Took on three challenge 'assignments" from flickr in one piece... the theme of hell, the works of artist Georg Baselitz, and memorial for nptr, a fun app for iPhones and iPod Touches that is no longer available.

30 minutes.
nptr, magic brushes, brushes apps on my iPod Touch.
Directly from a photo.
30 minutes.

Taking Off My Glasses 2010.03.12

Brushes App on my iPod Touch.
20 minutes.
Freehand from a photo.

Friday, March 12, 2010

More Colors Your Mother Told You Not to Wear Together: 2010.03.11

Fibracolor magic markers on paper.
Freehand from a photo.
8.5 X 11 inches.
~30 minutes.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I'm Glad the Sheetrock Isn't Actually Green 2010.03.10

Fibracolor magic markers on paper.
8.5 X 11 inches.
25 minutes.
From life/live video feed/computer as mirror.

Mixed techniques, mixed success.

5 more days of my Daily Portrait Project!

March 15th will be the third and final anniversary of my Daily Portrait Project, in which I've made a non-photographic self-portrait every day and posted it on the web. To celebrate I'm throwing a Portrait Party - instead of drawing myself I'm going to draw other artists.

If you'd like to be one of the artists I draw, please join this group & start a discussion thread with some photos of yourself: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/ I hope to draw at least the first 30 artists to post photos. It would be great if you also want to draw me and/or the other artists who have posted photos of themselves, but its not required.

This is part of my Daily Portrait Project, in which I make a non-photographic image of myself every day and post it on the web. This series of self-portraits can be viewed in it's entirety at studiojuliakay.com/portraitproject.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sleep-Drawing 2010.03.08


Sleep-Drawing 2010.03.08, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Brushes App on my iPod Touch.
From dreams.

Literally fell asleep after each stroke on this one. I think this is the closest I've come to actually not completing a self-portrait since I started this almost three years ago. But - phew! - managed to get it "done".

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Self-Portrait as Rick Tulka in Washington 2010.03.08

Inspire App on my iPod Touch.
~60 minutes.
From photos and imagination.

I've been meaning to do this one for at least a week. This was the first night I wasn't too exhausted when I sat down to draw.

You can view the whole Rick Tulka portrait party with everyone's riffs on his photo here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leselect/4378912902/

And you can view Rick's great drawings here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leselect/

March 15th will be the third and final anniversary of my Daily Portrait Project, in which I've made a non-photographic self-portrait every day for 3 years and posted it on the web. To celebrate I'm throwing a Portrait Party - instead of drawing myself I'm going to draw other artists.

If you'd like to be one of the artists I draw, be one of he first 30 artists to join the group I set up & start a discussion thread with some photos of yourself: http://www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/ (I may get to more than 30, but no guarantees!)
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Monday, March 8, 2010

Purple Night Cap (It's a Good Thing I Wasn't Using Real Paint!): 2010.03.07

It's a good thing I wasn't using real paint, because my face would be a mess from the two times I fell over asleep while doing this. Of course I probably wouldn't be attempting to paint with real paint while in bed - though I believe both Matisse and DeKooning did so in their later years.

SketchBook Mobile on my iPod Touch.
10 -15 minutes stretched out between naps.
From imagination.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tilting Towards Bethlehem 2010.03.06

ArtStudio, new App on my iPod Touch. Thank you to Corliss and Simki for letting me know about this App.
Freehand from a photo.
~10 minutes.

App looks like it has great brushes and lots of controls - my problem is I want all Apps to have Brushes' interface. *sigh*.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Were Germs in my Nose Responsible for her Infections? : 2010.03.05

Brushes App on my iPod Touch.
From imagination.
~20 minutes.

Apparently staph lives all over most of us but our healthy autoimmune systems deal with it. When your autoimmune system is compromised, on the other hand, you become susceptible to infection when exposed...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Minimalism 2010.03.04


Minimalism 2010.03.04, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Brushes.
Quick.

I Imagined it Was One of My Paintings on the Hospital Room Wall 2010.03.03

Layers and Brushes Apps on my iPod Touch.
2 sessions, 30-45 minutes.
Room from life, my painting from imagination.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Thankful for the Support of Family, Friends and Community2010.03.02

With special thank-you to A, G & B, PVB and the Flickr gang,

Vellum App on my iThing.
5-10 minutes.
Freehand from a photo.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tired of Being Tired: 2010.03.01

Vellum App on my iThing.
10 minutes.
Freehand from a photo.

Looking at all the self-portraits dated 3/1 that I just uploaded to Flickr, I see that...

Twenty years ago at this time, I had just moved across the country for a dubious business venture.

Nineteen years ago at this time, I had a brief spate of almost-daily self-portraits in a bound drawing journal - and was wondering how to sort out the bad business venture.

Two years ago at this time, I was sick with a nasty virus.

Last year at this time I was extremely stressed at work.

This year I'm stressed at home.

Funny the unexpected life patterns that become visible from the simple act of making drawings.

BTW things at home are going in the right direction, but it's all still quite exhausting.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Follow my Yellow Brick Nose: 2010.02.28

...especially if it leads to the field of poppies and blessed sleep.

Brushes App on my iThing
From imagination
5 minutes (2 lines and a dot)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Longest Day Ever 2010.02.27


Longest Day Ever 2010.02.27, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Jackson Pollack App on my iThing.
<=15 minutes
From imagination.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Nodding Off 2010.02.26


Nodding Off 2010.02.26, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Inspire App on my iThing.
<=15 minutes.
From imagination.

Friday, February 26, 2010

At the Purple Gate 2010.02.25


At the Purple Gate 2010.02.25, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Brushes App on my iThing.
Directly from a photo.
20 minutes.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Just Keep Going 2010.02.24


Just Keep Going 2010.02.24, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Brushes App on my iThing.
From imagination.
5 minutes or less.
Left handed and eyes closed.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

In a Fog, but I Can't Blame San Francisco 2010.02.23

Brushes App on iThing.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Day That Ends with a Shower... 2010.02.22

is better than a day that ends falling asleep in your sweaty clothes!

Brushes and JacksonPollack Apps on my iThing.
From imagination.
15-20 minutes.

Different Strokes 2010.02.21


Different Strokes 2010.02.21, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Can you match the lines to the App (all on my iThing)?
- TypeDrawing
- Jackson Pollack
- Vellum (graphite)
- Vellum (ink)
- Inkling
- Eastern Drawing
- Fountain Pen
And DXP to pull some parts of it together.
From imagination.
~15-30 minutes.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Shape-shifter 2010.02.20


Shape-shifter 2010.02.20, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Zeus Draw on my iThing.
15-20 minutes.
From imagination.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Julia Edbrandt Mashup 2010.02.19

Brushes App on my iThing.
From imagination directly over Blue Sky Day's portrait of Ed as seen by Rembrandt. (see below)
< 15 minutes

Thank you thank you to Blue for letting me do this. Here's her original - she gets the credit for 99.9% of "my" self-portrait today:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Too Tired to Take Out the Trash 2010.02.18

Brushes App on my iThing.
From photos and imagination.
<20 minutes.

'Nuff said.

Things Seem Stable, But it's Been a Long Week 2010.02.17

Meritum Paint, Magic Brushes, JacksonPollack, and DXP apps on my iThing.
From imagination.
~20 minutes

You can read about my dilemma about how much to say about my personal life in my Daily Portrait Project, at Women's Voices for Change: Drawing The Line Between Private and Public.

This is part of my Daily Portrait Project, in which I make a non-photographic image of myself every day and post it on the web. This series of self-portraits can be viewed in it's entirety at studiojuliakay.com/portraitproject.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Empty Waiting Room 2010.02.16


Empty Waiting Room 2010.02.16, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Brushes App on my iThing.
Quick.
From Life.

We were the only ones waiting on Sunday of a holiday weekend.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Through a Narrow Window 2010.02.15

Meritum Paint, Magic Brushes, Brushes, and Inspire Apps on my iThing.
From imagination.
15-20 minutes.

I've been so single-mindedly focused on personal business this past few days that I think I actually have less peripheral vision.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Eye'm Tired 2010.02.14


Eye'm Tired 2010.02.14, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Brushes App on my iThing, Photoshop to collage without losing resolution.
From imagination.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Waiting, and Impatiently Tapping My Foot 2010.02.13

Inspire App on my iThing.
From life.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bad Week Got Worse 2010.02.12


Bad Week Got Worse 2010.02.12, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Inkling App on iThing
10 minutes.
From imagination.

Still trying to find humor but it's tough at the moment...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Father's Rolleicord 2010.02.11

Brushes and Inspire Apps on my iThing.
Directly from a photo.
15-20 minutes.

From a self-portrait taken with this twin lens reflex camera pointed at a mirror in the mid to late 80s.

It Has Not Been a Good Week 2010.02.10

Inkling, Brushes & DXP Apps on my iThing.
20-30 minutes.
From imagination.

Inkling is a cool new (I think) $2 App that makes a kind of inky charcoal line (see above) that varies thickness by speed of stroke. A limited number of undos but it does have erase. Color added with Brushes and put it all together with DXP.