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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Posing for Modigliani in the Late Afternoon, My Shadow Fell Across his Studio Wall 2010.01.30

Pen and brush and ink on paper, distorted in Photoshop on my Mac.
60 minutes.
Directly from a photo and from imagination.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

That Handsome Devil Amedeo: 2010.01.29

Magic marker on paper, and Brushes and DXP Apps on my iThing.
From a photo of Amedeo Modigliani, and from imagination to add my hair and glasses, and a classic Modigliani neck.
60 minutes.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Week 48: Modigliani: Still Riffing on Modigliani 2010.01.28

Pollack, Brushes and DXP Apps on my iThing.
15-20 minutes.
From photos of Modigliani's paintings, mostly Portrait of Madame Hanka Zborowska

Thursday, January 28, 2010

About to Take My Chapeau Off to Brushes: 2010.01.27

Brushes app on my iThing.
20 minutes
From photos of Modigliani's paintings, mostly Jeanne Hebuterne with Hat and Necklace, 1917, and from imagination. My colors, of course, not Modigliani's.

This picture was drawn the moment before I took my chapeau off to Brushes for being part of the iPad announcement, and to Apple for at least acknowledging artists as a category by including Brushes, even if we *still* don't have a section in the App store.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

As Pollack Might Have Painted Me If He Were Modigliani 2010.01.26

Pollack App on my iThing.
Freehand from a photo of Modigliani's Portrait of a Polish Woman, 1919

Maybe 5-10 minutes to do this one, but had to do 15 to get one I liked.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Before Their Necks Were Long, They Were Covered: 2010.01.25

Inspire App on my iThing.
~60 minutes.
Freehand from a photo, and from life.

This is based on Amedeo Modigliani's early painting Head of a Young Woman, 1908. She has both a normal neck and actual eyeballs! To make it a self-portrait, I made the eyes blue and added the pom-pom from my hat.

Monday, January 25, 2010

As Modigliani Might Have Seen Me: 2010.01.24

Inspire App on my iThing.
40 - 60 minutes.
From a photo of Modigliani's Head of a Woman, 1917. (links coming soon)

I grew up with my mother's full-size copy of a Modigliani in the living room; seems like he was a member of the family, or at least his iconic woman was an ancestor.

I'm still into the graceful curves, long necks, and almond-shaped eyes, but really, what is the story with the frequent lack of eyeballs? How come it mostly works?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Long Nose, Short Forehead 2010.01.23

Inspire App on my iThing
30 minutes
From imagination

Can't believe it took me so long to 'get' Inspire-d. I guess it goes back to habit. I learned one interface and it seemed 'natural', so then I wanted all the interfaces to be the same.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's Time to Go to Bed, Young Lady! 2010.01.22

Talking to myself of course! (1:30 AM Again!)
Inspire App in my iThing.
20-30 minutes.
Directly from a photo.

Friday, January 22, 2010

I Was Nervous to be Presenting to the Planning Department 2010.01.21

Magic Brushes, Jackson Pollack, Magic Brushes and Brushes Apps on my iThing.
15-20 minutes
From imagination.

While someone else was speaking, I held up our old fashioned blow-ups of architectural drawings, which did not fit on the overhead projector, and then I spoke briefly.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Winter Glare: 2010.01.20

Winter Glare: 2010.01.20, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Inspire App on my iThing.
~30 minutes.
From life/mirror.

Tried pumping up the values in photoshop, decided I preferred the way these original colors skitter across my eyes when I look at them.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Color is Fun! 2010.01.19

Color is Fun! 2010.01.19, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Inspire App on my iThing.
45 minutes
Directly from a photo

Monday, January 18, 2010

Is it Paint or is it Memorex?: 2010.01.18

Inspire App on my iThing.
Freehand from a photo.
60-90 minutes.

Self-portrait as one of David Park's Two Heads. I've always liked the Bay Area Figurative Movement, and they've come up recently with the Petersen Wedding piece and the faces in the Aikido meditation piece, so I thought I'd take a closer look.

I still have lots of complaints about the Inspire App's interface but, and it's a big but, I'm really starting to get how paintier it is than the other apps. As a painter, I'm really groovin' on it.

Groovin' was probably last used in normal speech about the same time that there were TV commercials for a cassette tape brand called Memorex. They claimed you couldn't tell "Is it live or is it memorex". Of course, it was neither live or memorex - it was TV. This is neither paint or memorex - it's digital.

Now that I've shown my age, I'd better toddle off to bed...

From Jerry Waese's Hands to Mine 2010.01.17

Brushes and DoodleBuddy Apps on my iThing.
Two sessions, probably a couple hours total.
Freehand from photos

The "Women's Voices for Change" online magazine has invited me to write a monthly column on a selection from my Daily Portrait Project. Today's column discusses how I ended up with Jerry Waese's drawings in my hands. Please check it out and also leave a comment on *their* site, so they know this is a feature worth continuing. Thanks, everyone!

And be sure to check out Jerry's originals - I don't see how he fits it all in!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

We Sit Quietly and Meditate at the Beginning and End of Each Aikido Class 2010.01.16

Magic Brushes App on my iThing.
Freehand from a photo.
60 minutes.

Stylistically channeling the California figurative painters, especially David Park, in the faces.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

We Had a Record Turn Out for Kan Geiko at East Bay Aikido 2010.01.15

Magic Brushes App on my iThing.
50 minutes.
Directly from a photo.

Thank you to Natalie for the photos! And thank you, as always, to O'Sensei, Gambell Sensei, and all my training partners.

Kan Geiko is winter training. In our case we have class every morning at 6:30 AM.

One of the things I'm really enjoying about Magic Brushes is making brushes that have just enough texture that you can see the direction of the strokes - it allows me to have 'flat' areas of color that aren't actually flat. When I thought of doing this, I conceived it almost like a paper cut - where it would only be about the shapes. I love being able to have the greater complexity and the simplicity at the same time.

You can't see it even if you blow it all the way up, but the white I used here is a clip-art bearded santa face that I made into a brush for my holiday pieces. :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Aikido is About Connection 2010.01.14

Magic Brushes App on my iThing.
60 minutes (including making three new brushes)
Freehand from a photo.

After stretches, we practice Tai No Henko.

Thank you to Sensei Gambell and all my training partners, always!, and a special thank you to Cliff & Marvin for taking photos and providing wrists.

We Start Aikido Class With Stretches 2010.01.13

Magic Brushes App on my iThing
15-20 minutes at 5 AM (Yawn)
Freehand from a photo.

Early to bed, early to rise... not online much this week... catch up with everyone soon!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Kan Geiko 2010.01.12

Kan Geiko 2010.01.12, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Magic Brushes App on my iThing.
30 minutes.
Freehand from a photo.

It's early morning training in Aikido this week with classes every day at 6:30 AM.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Variations Converge 2010.01.11

Variations Converge 2010.01.11, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Dxp app on my iThing to layer 3 monoprints taken from the same plate.
Uploaded directly from my iThing for the first time, no wonder everyone uses abbreviations!
More info when I'm actually at a computer!!

Stop, Thief! 2010.01.10

Stop, Thief! 2010.01.10, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

DXP ("Double Exposure") App on my iThing.
This is an overlay ("difference" filter) of previously made artworks: 2-3 oil paintings I think but I tried so many combinations I'm not sure... 40-60 minutes of fooling around with DXP and loading in different pieces until I got a combination that gave me the movement and exciting color but was not too chaotic to be readable.

The title is because I made this by stealing my own images from myself.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I Held in My Hand 2010.01.09

I Held in My Hand 2010.01.09, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Brushes App on my iThing.
Freehand from a photo.
Seems like it took forever just to draw (and redraw and redraw and redraw) my thumb. At least 60-90 minutes so far.

Ooops... drew and posted this to flickr on 1/9 but didn't push the button to get it onto the blog until 1/11.

Friday, January 8, 2010

I Couldn't Attend the Opening of the iPhone Therefore iArt Show in Chicago 2010.01.08

Or could I?

Screenshot of live video feed of this evening's opening of the ChicagoArtDepartment's iPhone Therefore iArt show featuring national and international iPhone/iPod Touch artists, including moi.

My attendance at the opening courtesy of Brushes App on my iThing with some tweaking in Photoshop on my Mac.

You can see some selections from the show, and find links to opening night videos, news coverage (including the New York Times and the Chicago Sun) and artists' websites, at the show's flickr group:

No Photography Allowed: 2010.01.07

...but that doesn't always stop me! This is in a deserted corridor in a museum which shall not be named.

Magic Brushes on my my iThing.
20 minutes.
Directly from a photo :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Yesterday, on my Way to San Jose, I Stopped at the Foggy Vista Point 2010.01.06

Brushes App on my iThing.
Freehand from a photo.
60-90 minutes.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Juicy Paint 2010.01.05

Juicy Paint 2010.01.05, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

I imagined myself at Roland Petersen's Wedding Feast with Five Figures at the Juicy Paint exhibition that was part of my art tour today in San Jose, California, USA.

The story of how I came to make this piece is told in my column for Women's Voices for Change, an online magazine. They've invited me to write a monthly feature on a selection from my Daily Portrait Project. Please check it out and leave a comment on *their* site, so they know this is a feature worth continuing. Thanks, everyone!

Inspire App on my iThing.
2 sessions, probably about 60 minutes.
Freehand from the painting while in the museum and a little tweaking later from a photo on the internet which did not do this luscious painting justice!

Taking the Photos for the Split-Shadow Pieces: 2010.01.04

Pen, brush, and ink on paper.
Directly from a photo.
30 minutes.
6 X 6 inches.

Monday, January 4, 2010

This Morning I Went for a Walk by Sausal Creek 2010.01.03

Magic Brushes App on my iThing.
10-15 minutes.
From imagination.

Sometimes, at the creek in the early morning, I can almost imagine that the world is young and all its creatures in harmony.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Split Shadow Abstraction: 2010.01.02

en and brush and ink.
Freehand from a photo.
20-30 minutes.

Ha! I had to wait for this to dry before scanning it in (that never happens with digital).

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Fabulous Socks Gretchen Knit for Me (final): 2010.01.01

Largely done with pencil and fibracolor markers on paper. But, I didn't like the face (see all stages below) and I do work in many media, so... I scanned it in and worked on it with the following apps on my iThing: ColorSplash, Photoshop & Layers, and then some more in Photoshop on my Mac. I would have preferred to use Brushes for a particular brush, but it completely distorted the image when importing it, so it wasn't possible.

7-8 hours on 4 different days.

Freehand from a photo for the socks and from photo, imagination and verbal description of my smile for the face.

You'd think after almost three years of daily portraits I could easily draw myself smiling without looking insane but it's a struggle every time!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Sun Burned by the Reflected Glory: 2009.12.31

Happy New Year to the wonderful online arts community!

Pencil/graphite and fibracolor markers on paper.
3-4 hours total.
Freehand from a photo.

Personally I liked day 2 better than day 3 (today) but I have an idea about how to fix it for day 4...