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Sunday, August 31, 2008

I Used to Have Big Hair

'I Used to Have Big Hair' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) As for the rest - I think the last couple days shows that drawing with both hands together and eyes closed leads to some creepy self-portraits!

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Miss Piggy

Friday, August 29, 2008

Mellow Day

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Shucks, No Kiss...

'Shucks, No Kiss...' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) There's no story to this title, it's just what the picture looked like to me.The cerulean blue is behaving better tonight, so it may be that the crystalized chalky stuff needs to be wet into a blob, and then allowed to dry, and then wet again to be used as paint, which is what has now been done to my sample. The first night I just wet the chalky stuff, waited a few minutes for it to dissolve, and tried to paint with it.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Send in the Clowns

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Can I Save the Cerulean?

'Can I Save the Cerulean?' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I'm finally going through all the old tubes of watercolors I've collected over the years, including many inherited from my mother, and seeing what I have and what condition it's in. The chemical data sheets for cerulean state that it ' tends to granulate or become chalky in watercolors' and indeed what's in the tube is not the usual sticky mass of dried paint but rather a crumbly powder. It is a fabulous color, and a tube runs about $12 so I'm trying to figure out if I can reconstitute it. I used it here for the 'sky' but it did not apply evenly nor in a proper watercolory manner.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Cap of Blue Hair

Sunday, August 24, 2008

If Nothing Else is Cooking, There's Always Blind Contour

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tennessee Valley Beach

'Tennessee Valley Beach' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay  in which she is dwaefed by the typical oceanside cliffs of the California Coast. (Click to view same image larger.) My friend, painter Anne Longo, and I hiked through Tennessee Valley and sat on the beach painting. I can't remember the last time I tried to paint 'en plein air' but it was easier to deal with now that I've had so much more experience with watercolors. I put myself in at the far end of the cove in my red hat and pants but I decided to leave out the dead beached seal.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Ow, I Banged My Head!

But it's not as bad as I made it look!

Also, since I've complained so often I'd also like to give credit where it's due. They swapped around rooms next door so that we wouldn't hear Rawlston Masoniai's music as much, and when I called him this evening because it was still vibrating in the rooms nearest their house, he did immediately turn it down. So thank-you to Rawlston, we really appreciate it!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Spare Hands

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Playing with Shadows on the Studio Floor

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

On the Aiki

...for Guy Steven's 40th birthday party. The Aiki is Guy's boat - I was amused to note that the colors of paint chips used included regatta, speedboat, catamaran and victory. I wasn't looking at the names when I chose colors - I see in retrospect that I actually rejected kayak. And can you guess which of those colors are purples and which are yellows?

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Urgent Rooter and Tiki Heads

'Urgent Rooter and Tiki Heads' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) We were so pleased with the job Urgent Rooter did for our clogged plumbing last month, that I asked to pose with their equipment so I could do a portrait - it's just taken me a few weeks to get to it. And yes, there really are giant Tiki heads across the street.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Let Your Fingers do the Walking

Peace

'Peace' cut paper self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay of her hand in the peace sign. (Click to view same image larger.) In the immortal words of John Lennon, 'You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one...'

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Ralph Lauren Power

'Ralph Lauren Power' cut paper self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay of her hand raised in a fist made from Ralph Lauren paint chips. (Click to view same image larger.) Another entry in my bad High School poster art series (the other one was my illustration of getting vaccinations before my trip to Thailand last year.) In any event, it sure looks political, but my only intentions were form and color and continuing to play with my 10+ years of collected paint chips.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

More iPod Touch Squiggles Fun

We take a break from this week's previously scheduled paper cuts, to bring you more silliness curtesy of the Squiggles program on my iPod Touch. This was based on my 2007.04.10 self-portrait, with overlays, tinting and distortion curtesy of Squiggles.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hand of Many Colors

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Plaid Green Hand

Monday, August 11, 2008

Ralph Lauren

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Driving My Car

'Driving My Car' kirigami paper cut self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay in the form of a mandals. (Click to view same image larger.) This weekend I made separate trips south to Los Gatos, east to Albany and north to Santa Rosa, making my unfortunate contribution to global warming.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Papercut of "I Think It's Level"

'Papercut of At today's demo of kirigami for the Los Gatos Art Association, I demonstrated cannabalizing your own imagery for papercuts by making this piece based on my collage 'I Think It's Level'.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Kirigami!

'Kirigami!' cut and old fold paper self-portraits of her hands by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay - here the papers are still folded. (Click to view same image larger.) 'Kirigami!' cut and old fold paper self-portraits of her hands by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay -  - here the first hand is opened up and found to be almost unrecognizably abstract. (Click to view same image larger.) 'Kirigami!' cut and old fold paper self-portraits of her hands by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay - here the second hand is opened up and found to be a spinning wheel of hands. (Click to view same image larger.) Tomorrow I'm giving a kirigami paper cut demonstration to the Los Gatos Art Association, so this evening I made two kirigami paper cuts of my hands holding scissors. As you can see, they look pretty similar when folded up, but quite different unfolded.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Black Dog, Green Garden, Red Pants

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Oba & I in the Garden

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Marble in Color

Monday, August 4, 2008

Marble Came to Visit us In Inverness

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Ocean Beach

Landscape is not my natural subject but it's always an inspiration. A week or so back printmaker Ruth Paesch and I bailed on waiting for the museum to regain power so we could see the Frida Kahlo show, and headed out to the beach instead.

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Asleep in a Heap

Friday, August 1, 2008

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