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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sketchbook - I'm Loving the Brushes but Hating the Interface: 2009.09.29

Sketchbook App on my iThing
Worked on it on at least three different occasions - still learning my way around the App.
Channeling the colorful style of my long-haired youth.

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Among Many Art Supplies, I Chose to Draw on my iThing: 2009.09.28

Monday, September 28, 2009

Don't Look at Me Like That, Young Lady!: 2009.09.27

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I Had an Idea: 2009.09.26


I Had an Idea: 2009.09.26, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Colors! App on iThing & Photoshop on macBook.
From imagination.
Me: 5 minutes
Light Bulb: 30 minutes.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Tonight We Chanted Ohm for Ann: 2009.09.25


Brushes App on iThing.
Drawn freehand from photos.
30 - 40 minutes (didn't seem that long!)
1890 X 1968 pixels.

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Self Portrait as an Evil Librarian: 2009.09.23

With no disrespect to the actual librarians out there, as they're among my heros, and I never have met an evil one!

I had a symmetry effect on so I drew one side and the program mirrored. Interestingly I realized after doing several of these that I was always drawing the left side...

320X480 pixels
sketchbookx on my ithing
5 min
from imagination

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

What, No Green?: 2009.09.23


What, No Green?: 2009.09.23, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

People I haven't seen in a few weeks are still commenting on how short my hair is after my buzz cut, but from my point of view it has already gotten quite long! I will need alot of haircuts to maintain it that short, which I'm not going to do, much as I liked it that way. I guess it will just grow out again for the winter.

Acrylic on paper.
4 X 6 inches.
10-15 minutes.
From life/mirror.
Left-handed/eyes open.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Flummoxed: 2009.09.22


Flummoxed: 2009.09.22, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Jackson Pollack and Brushes Apps on iThing.
From imagination.
I usually say how long it took... I did about half a dozen 'quick' drawings to get one that I thought was interesting. So do I count all the minutes of all the drawings or only the minutes of this drawing? Well, really I know an artist who answers 'my whole life' to that 'how long did it take?' question because all the art you made before helps to form the art you're making now and without your whole life you wouldn't be able to make what you're making...

OK, end of ramble - bed time for me!

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impossibly young in Pisa on an overcast day in the 80s: 2009.09.21

Flipping through some old photo albums, I couldn't believe how baby-faced I was in all the pictures from my 9 month trip around Europe 1987/1988. Back then you could still climb the tower and stand under the outer arcades; I understand it's closed now.

Brushes App on iThing.
1920 X 2880 pixels.
Freehand from photos.
At least an hour - I lost track.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Sunday Night, and Then the Week Begins Again...: 2009.09.20

Inspire App on iThing.
286 X 392 pixels
From imagination
~ 1 hr;

Conclusion: not as frustrating as last time but still not the most 'natural' to use of the draw/painting apps. Makes a nice enough mark but I'm not seeing it as much different than Brushes

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

On the Granite in the Sierra Nevada: 2009.09.19

Brushes App on iThing.
1920 X 2880 pixels.
Drawn freehand from a photo.
15-20 minutes.

In the mountains I know the world is huge and magnificent and I am small and insignificant; and this is a good thing.

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Color Makes Me Happy: 2009.09.18

Friday, September 18, 2009

Aristocratic Profile in Thin Green Lines: 2009.09.17

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Don't Worry About the Details: 2009.09.16


Brushes App on iThing.
Freehand from photo.
60 minutes.
320 X 480 pixels.

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I spent the evening flowcharting computer program logic: 2009.09.15

Pen on paper.
7.5 X 5 inches.
From life.
5-10 minutes.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Oh, no, can't keep my eyes open to draw!: 2009.09.14

Used nptr app on iThing for scratchboard effect over original oil painting from 1978.

297 X 465 pixels.
From imagination.
20 minutes.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Night Heat: 2009.09.13


Night Heat: 2009.09.13, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Acrylic Paint on Paper.
4 X 6 inches.
From imagination.
On and off for 60-90 minutes while waiting for layers to dry.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pink and Green: 2009.09.12

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Opthamologist Dilated My Eyes: 2009.09.11

There was nothing wrong but it was not fun!

Colors! App on iThing.
1242 X 1246 pixels.
Freehand from a photo.
15 minutes.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tired Eyes (From Staring at the Computer): 2009.09.10

Sharpie marker on watercolor paper.
4 X 6 inches.
3 minutes (or less?)
From imagination.
LHB (left hand blind)

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Suspicion: 2009.09.09


Suspicion: 2009.09.09, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Acrylic paint on paper.
4 X 6 inches.
~30 minutes.
From imagination

I swear the purple paint on my palette multiples every night, necessitating another purple portrait...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Thinking a Little More Concretely About Volume: 2009.09.08

Acrylic Paint on Paper.
4 X 6 inches.
90 minutes.
From imagination.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Fun With Filters: 2009.09.07


Fun With Filters: 2009.09.07, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Chalk pastel self-portrait from the 90s with multiple digital filters applied on my iThing using the Vigho, ArtCam Lite and PhotoTwist Apps.
319 X 414 pixels.
Original drawing from life.

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Pensive: 2009.09.06


Pensive: 2009.09.06, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Marker and acrylic paint on paper.
4 X 6 inches.
From imagination.
Modified LHB.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Don't Pout! (Day 3 -Slow Sketch Became Fast Painting): 2009.09.05

7 X 9 inches.
Acrylic paint over pencil sketch on paper.
Sketch from life, painting freehand from photo.
3 sessions over several weeks.

You can see all three stages in the Multiple Stages of the Same Piece set on Flickr.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

No Eyebrows: 2009.09.04


No Eyebrows: 2009.09.04, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Marker and Acrylic Paint on Paper.
4 X 6 inches.
15-20 minutes.
From imagination.

In the spirit of left-hand-blind (LHB)... I did draw with my left hand, and I started with my eyes closed. However, I peeked a couple times :) And since I used acrylic paint, which is opaque, I did change a couple things in the painting process, which I don't usually do for a full-on "LHB" painting.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

iDraw: More Fun in the Fairmont Washroom: 2009.09.03


Paintbook App on iThing.
1400 X 1225 pixels.
~60-90 minutes (and still not completely satisfied)
Freehand from a photo.

The faucets were those modern ones without knobs, where you wave your hands around in the sink trying to set off the detector until suddenly the water comes on and sprays all over the counter...

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

iDraw: Fairmont Bathroom Lounge: 2009.09.02

There were many opportunities for multiple "me"s in the Fairmont's fancy bathrooms.

Can't believe I'm actually posting before midnight!!

Paintbook App on iThing.
1049 X 1400 pixels.
About 15-20 minutes.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

iDraw: Taking a break at the Fairmont: 2009.09.01


Brushes 2.0 App on iThing.
1184 X 2880 pixels.
15 - 20 minutes.

This week I'm attending the "Western Users of SAS Software" conference in San Jose, California, USA. It's only about an hour's drive from my house so I'm not staying at the Fairmont Hotel where it's being held.

However, the hotel has lots of windows letting in lovely light to all the corridors, grand sweeping carpeted stairways and enormous mirrors everywhere. So how could I resist taking a break from the conference to draw?

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Too Many Late Nights Painting: 2009.08.31

Acrylic on Paper.
6 X 9 inches.
2 hours.

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