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Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Power to Know

'The Power to Know' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Work followed me to the airport in the form of a SAS billboard. I did not see advertisements for any other databases or programming languages...

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Orange You Glad You Aren't Blue?

'Orange You Glad You Aren't Blue?' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Tomorrow I'm off to the East Coast for the Annual General Meeting of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. I'll still be drawing every day but I don't know how frequently I'll be able to post.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

It's Been a Stressful Week, But Today I Had Some Good News

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Continuous Contour

Here's another variation on the theme. This was drawn right-handed, and allowing myself to look at the paper periodically. But the game for continuous contour is that you can't life the pen off the paper, so the whole thing is one continuous line.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Traditional 'Blind' Contour

'Traditional Blind Contour' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) In a traditional 'blind' contour you look only at your subject and not down at the paper. However, you do often have a sense of the paper and where you are on the paper in your peripheral vision since your eyes are open. That's how this was done, and you can see that it's different than the previous 10 days when my eyes actually were closed, and the only clues I had to where I was on the paper came from feeling for the edges. In both cases, the drawing was left-handed and the painting right-handed.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Like San Francisco, My Brain has Been in a Fog All Weekend

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Kiss Me, Baby!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Day Did Not Go as Expected

Friday, May 23, 2008

Finally, the Long Weekend!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Why Are You Looking at Me Like That?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I'm Still Congested

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I Have the Sniffles

Monday, May 19, 2008

"My God, What's That??!"

Sunday, May 18, 2008

My Eyes Are Getting Ahead of Me

Saturday, May 17, 2008

What's the Big Deal with Spock Being Able to Raise One Eyebrow?

Friday, May 16, 2008

Revisiting the Hall of My Most Colorful Ancestors

Thursday, May 15, 2008

It's Hot, I'm Wilted

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Some of my More Colorful Ancestors

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I Come From Remulac, a Small Town in Southern France

'Bull-headed and Pig-nosed' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I periodically have alot of trouble uploading images to blogger via ftp from my mac to my website hosted outside of google-land. On the assumption that others are having similar difficulties, I thought I'd share what I've figured out. I used third-party ftp software to look at the uploaded_images folder on my web server, and it looks like often when there is a failure message, the error is happening after a successful upload of the image. The problem is that in order to reference the image in your post you need to know what it is called - your original file name with blogger-generated numeric suffix. However, using the third-party FTP software I could see the names and sizes of the uploaded files, so I was easily able to deduce which was the thumbnail that appears inline in the blog, and which was the full-size image that it links to. I copied the 'a' tag from a previous successful post and then changed the names of the files based on my preview via the ftp client, and voila, it worked! For mac users I recommend cyberduck, though there are many fine free and/or inexpensive ftp clients out there. (In case you're wondering, .ch is Switzerland)

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Bull-headed and Pig-nosed

'Bull-headed and Pig-nosed' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I tried to turn my mouth up into a smile but it didn't work... so I don't look too happy here about my 500th post (and this is still just a subset of my lifetime self-portraits!). Still, we like round numbers and 500 seems like a good one.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Revisiting the Hall of my Ancestors

Saturday, May 10, 2008

When I Don't Get Enough Sleep, I Get Dark Eyes

'When I Don't Get Enough Sleep, I Get Dark Eyes' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) and apparently dark nose, too = oh, well!

And Happy 50th Anniversary to my parents, even though neither of them is here to celebrate.

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Why Did I Make Such an Early Appointment Yesterday?

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Why Did I Schedule an 8:00 AM Appointment?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Four Quick Studies for 'Albany Bowl'

'Four Quick Studies for Albany Bowl' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) 'Four Quick Studies for Albany Bowl' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) 'Four Quick Studies for Albany Bowl' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)'Four Quick Studies for Albany Bowl' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) 'Four Quick Studies for Albany Bowl' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And if what you're doing isn't working - try someting else! I suppose that applies equally to drawing and bowling. In any event, this is from our TAEC class trip to Albany Bowl to observe and teach the Alexander Technique in activity - working on each other while working on bowling.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

In the Mirror World (Final)

Monday, May 5, 2008

In the Mirror World (Day 4)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

In the Mirror World

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Two Studio Views (Reading 'The Art of Peace')

Friday, May 2, 2008

What's Missing?

'What's Missing?' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Can I call it a self-portrait if I'm not in it yet? What if I leave it this way - portrait of my studio as a kind of self-portrait?

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

It Was Awfully Hard Getting Out of Bed this Morning