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Thursday, July 31, 2008

I Have Lots of Ideas

'I Have Lots of Ideas' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I have lots of ideas for more interesting portraits but with these long, busy days and short, underslept nights, it's hard to find the energy to execute them.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Rawlston Masaniai Was at it Again

'Rawlston Masaniai Was at it Again' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay showing her exhaustion after her neighbor, Rawlston Masaniai, once again cranked up the music in the middle of the night and woke her up at 3 am. (Click to view same image larger.) Last week on Wednesday, this week on Tuesday - he woke both of us with thumping music at 3AM. Has he no mercy? We've spoken to him, we've sent him letters, today we spoke to him on the phone. He always promises it won't happen again, but guess what... he doesn't keep his word.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Big Plumbing Emergency

Monday, July 28, 2008

Kewpie or Cyclops?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Big Schnozz & Secret Smile

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wooly Julia

'Wooly Julia' digitally altered magic marker self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

The latest little ap we've downloaded to my iPod touch is Wooly Willy, which allows you to draw 'magnetic shaving' mustaches and other hair on either the traditional Wooly Willy image or any image of your own. Here Ann and I have collaborated in giving a previous portrait some additional facial hair. The truth is my eyebrows are a little wild and getting wilder as I get older - so this may not be so far from some future truth. As Picasso famously replied when told Gertrude Stein did not look like his portrait of her "She will...".

This image also seems apropos of printmaker printmaker Ruth Paesch & my attempt to see the Frida Kahlo show at SFMoMA today... I can't say I was directly influenced by the show, however, because the museum was having a power outage and we went to Ocean Beach instead.

Ann says as long as I'm mentioning such fabulous women as Ruth, Gertrude and Frida, let's not forget Patti Smith.

OK, bed time...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Too Tired To Draw (But I did Anyway)

'Too Tired To Draw (But I did Anyway)' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay depicting how tired she is after being woken up periodically Wednesday night by Rawlston Masaniai of the San Francisco Seals.. (Click to view same image larger.) Not surprisingly, I'm still tired from being woken up periodically Wednesday night by our neighbor Rawlston Masaniai (Masaniani) of the San Francisco Seals, Unlike Rawlston, I don't get to sleep all day the next day.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Early Night Cap

'Early Night Cap' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay illustrating how tired she is after being kept up the night before by her neighbor Rawlston Masaniai (Masaniani) of the San Francisco Seals' booming party music. (Click to view same image larger.) I'm tired after a day with three meetings following a night of our neighbor Rawlston Masaniai (Masaniani) of the San Francisco Seals waking us up periodically with his booming loud party music. So I've got my night cap on early and I'm heading to bed - so far it's quiet over there tonight though one never knows when he's going to come home and crank up the volume.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Neighbors Are Partying Again on a Wednesday Night

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Green Sweatshirt

'Green Sweatshirt' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Strangely, I no longer look like my eyes are quite so rolled up. I didn't fix those weird nostrils, though - they're still weird!

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Rolling My Eyes to Heaven, Day 2

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Rolling My Eyes to Heaven (But I Don't Know Why)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Worrying About My Friends

'Worrying About My Friends' digital and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) There's something High School angst-y about this, which seems appropriate to wondering about my High School friend Chris Lombardi's big move from NYC to Philly today.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Just an Ordinary Drawing

... in traditional watercolor media. Somewhere in the middle of the range from 'all natural beet juice' to 'nothing natural about it high-tech'. Well, I do like to play with different media.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

iTouch!

'iTouch!' digitally drawn self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I drew this with my finger on my iPod Touch - fabulous!

With vers 2.0 of the iPod touch/iPhone software, released last week, there are now independently developed applications - including several promising draw/ paint/ scribble/ doodle programs. Reviewers are whining about the $2 - $6 costs, but obviously they've never paid full price for photoshop (OK, these programs have a long way to go before they can be compared with photoshop). I downloaded the four most interesting ones and took them for a spin. Although the interface for Lint Labs' No. 2 (like No. 2 pencil) has some clunky-ness (double-click would be a much better way to turn the pencil on and off, for instance), it is the one that gives the most precise control and allows you to really draw - and erase, for goodness sake! Can't wait to see how these grow as the developers, um, develop them!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay drawn over a previous landscape painting. (Click to view same image larger.) I cut up an old landscape watercolor painting, planning to draw portraits on the back. However, I was drawn to the front and drew right over the old attempt at trees.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Last of the Beet Juice Paintings (for now)

'Last of the Beet Juice Paintings (for now)' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This was done with borscht and a brush. I was having a good time, though I certainly look very serious in that way that I do...

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Still Playing With My Food

'Still Playing With My Food' beet-juice self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Drawn with day-old peeled beet skins in water. Much more range of color than I expected. Not a very exact medium, however, nor very permanent, I suspect. Wonder if all the pink will go orange, and then brown, and then...? But maybe not, yesterday's hand print is still pink...

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Holy Borscht, Batman!

'Holy Borscht, Batman!' beet juice self-portrait of the artist's hand by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) And I say, play with your food! Have a good time! This was done during a break from grating fresh beets from Danelle & Tor's garden. Mmmmm.... thanks, guys!

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Noisy Neighbors

Friday, July 11, 2008

I Just Dashed This One Off...

'I Just Dashed This One Off...' magic marker self-portraitdrawn entirely with dashed lines by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Yuck, yuck, yuck... Doing better than yesterday but still not breathing as well as I would like!

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Worst Allergy Day Ever!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wicker and Herringbone

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Wooden Duck

Monday, July 7, 2008

Over My Shoulder

'Over My Shoulder' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay featuring Tomales Bay in the late afternoon sun. (Click to view same image larger.) Over the shoulder of my purple pullover, sparkling Tomales Bay estuary in the late afternoon sunlight is bounded by lines of dark green trees curving around the distant golden grassy hills and a patch of pale blue sky. You can see all that, can't you?

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Grounded!

'Grounded!' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay with the abandoned fishing boat named Point Reyes in Inverness, California on Tomales Bay. (Click to view same image larger.) This is the 'Point Reyes', an old, abandoned fishing boat grounded on a grassy sandbar in Tomales Bay at Inverness. I'm not the only one to have photographed or painted this scene!

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Mesmerized and Horrified

'Mesmerized and Horrified' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I haven't actually owned a TV for at least 25 years, so I'm particularly susceptible to their hypnotic effect when they're on. Although happy enough to be hypnotized by a Harry Potter double feature on our last night in Inverness, I was horrified at the number of repeating ads whose message was that we were unclean, contaminated, and a threat to our friends and family unless we sprayed ourselves, our children, our furniture, our pets, our rugs, our cars, etc., with the product being advertised.

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Friday, July 4, 2008

We Made a Friend in Inverness Park

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Land is Large, and I am Tiny

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Grey Extension Lamp of my Youth

'Grey Clamp-Lamp of my Youth' contour line self-portrait in pen by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay  with clamp lamp and other studio objects around her.. (Click to view same image larger.) This lamp was given to me when I went to college - we won't say how many eons ago that was. Many extension lamps have come into my studio since then - hovering over my drafting table for a few years before breaking - the socket burns out, the switch stops working. Sometimes repairs are possible, sometimes not. But this old, grey, somewhat battered, all-metal work horse has provided light in my life for... OK, let's admit it - almost 30 years - without faltering. So the old aphorism really holds - they just don't make things like they used to! And while I'm appreciating the lamp, let me also tip my hat to Dave Alsop - thanks for the gift, all those years ago!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Peering at Myself in the Studio