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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I Go Blindly Into the New Year

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

iDraw: What is that Strange Sound - Foghorns in the Mission?

'What is that Strange Sound - Foghorns in the Mission?' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) For the past couple nights we've been hearing a repeating sound sort of like a fog horn - but the skies seem clear, we're too far from golden gate bridge, the sound isn't regular enough nor quite as deep as the 'average' fog horn - in short, it's a mystery!

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Dutch Cap

Sunday, December 28, 2008

iDraw: I Can't Help Worrying

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Think Warm Thoughts

Friday, December 26, 2008

Best Stocking Stuffer

'Best Stocking Stuffer' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Mini Paint Set! I wanted to try painting with just what was provided - the mini pans, the tiny brush, mixing in the lid. As it turns out, the paints seem OK but the brush is extremely difficult to work with. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow using a better brush... Poor little paint set is no longer so pristine, either.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

iDraw: Elf-Portrait

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

iDraw: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

iDraw: Listening

Monday, December 22, 2008

iDraw: I Put My Cards on the Table...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Looking Down at the Mirror

'Looking Down at the Mirror' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) As any photographer can tell you, the view from below is rarely complimentary.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

iDraw: Never Assume

'Never Assume' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Never assume that just because something is easy one day, it will be easy another day. Hubris, hubris, hubris. Had to do about 20 drawings of myself today to get one I was willing to post....

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Friday, December 19, 2008

iDraw: Trouble in Mind, I'm Blue...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cockeyed

'Cockeyed' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Gee, if you believe everything you see, I've gained alot of weight since yesterday!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

iDraw: It's Getting Easier

'It's Getting Easier' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) The process of drawing these is definitely getting more facile, which is appropriate to something I do every day. Still, there is an unexpected pleasure in it getting easier, and in being able to see the ease in the drawings.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

iDraw: When I'm Determined...

Monday, December 15, 2008

I Pulled My Flaps Down Over My Cheeks

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Both Flaps Down

Saturday, December 13, 2008

iDraw: Yellow Sweater

Friday, December 12, 2008

I Can Wear My Brim in Front and Back at the Same Time

Thursday, December 11, 2008

That Hair!

'That Hair!' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I'm going to have to get it cut soon - and then what will happen to this series of drawings? Change, change, and again, change!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

That Hat!

'That Hat!' oil pastel self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) That hat has a mind of it's own. I expect it will continue to make regular appearances throughout the winter... but I can't say for sure - I only work here!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

iDraw: Not Quite Awake

Monday, December 8, 2008

iDraw: It Makes Me Mad!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Flashback: Maryland Crab at O'Brycki's

'Flashback: Maryland Crab at O'Brycki's' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Having crab for dinner this evening reminded me that we all went out for crab at O'Brycki's last time I was in Baltimore. All in this case means me and the fabulous sculptors Trisha Kyner and David Friedheim.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

iDraw: Shell-Shocked

Friday, December 5, 2008

I Held the Camera Above My Head

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tiny Glasses

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

iDraw: I Wonder What Tomorrow Will Bring

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Knit Cap, Big Nose, Venetian Blinds

Monday, December 1, 2008

More About My Hair

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Windswept in Tennessee Valley Last Summer

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I've Been Pulling My Hair Out From Stress....

Friday, November 28, 2008

iDraw: Bumpy BART Ride

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Forehead and Hair

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Green Glasses

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Trees of Wesleyan

'The Trees of Wesleyan' cut paper self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I didn't go to my 25th reunion this summer, but the Wesleyan fundraising folks sent a very fancy brochure with many nice pictures and I imagined myself back on campus, sitting under a tree and studying.

And for those wondering about the technical details, this was made with colored electrical tape.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

iDraw: It's Been Quite a Day

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Done the Old-Fashioned Way - Staring in a Mirror!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Last Day Feeding Minnie... Until Next Time

Yes, it is a self-portrait - that's my hand scratching Minnie's neck.

And here's to Mom... she's been in my thoughts all day on this, the 4th anniversary of her death.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Minnie Revisited

Thursday, November 20, 2008

iDraw: I Tried to Wait Patiently on the UPS Pick-up Line

'I Tried to Wait Patiently on the UPS Pick-up Line' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) But how many packages do they misplace every day? (They had mine but two other people were having difficulties) Well, I kept myself entertained making this drawing!

In any event, thank you to Laura for the Buffy comics - just about my speed these days!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Keep Scratching - Whose Portrait Do You Think This Is, Anyway?

'Keep Scratching - Whose Portrait Do You Think This Is, Anyway?' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This week I'm cat-sitting for Minnie, who wanted to get in on the portrait action.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

iDraw: Still in Bed..

Monday, November 17, 2008

iDraw: It Feels Like Friday...

'It Feels Like Friday...' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)...but it's only Monday night. This was done swapping back and forth between Brushes for the washes of color and Sketches for the clean lines in preset colors (both on the iPod Touch).

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Painter's Tape

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Goofy-Earred Hat

Friday, November 14, 2008

iDraw: Quick Drawings Can Take Awhile...

Sometimes I have to make so many quick drawings to get one I like, I might as well have taken the time for a longer drawing...

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Whites of my Eyes (2)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

iDraw: Squinting in the Mirror

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

iDraw: Uncertain in the Morning

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monumental

Sunday, November 9, 2008

What Goes Up, Must Come Down

'What Goes Up, Must Come Down' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Six months ago, we carried my 8' X 4' painting, "Reluctant Goddess of the Houseplants', up 5 flights of stairs. The show was over so it had to come back down. It went incredibly smoothly, with only one Dirk Gently moment where we thought it might be stuck in the bend of the stairwell forever. Many, many thanks to Guy & Melissa, the best painting moving team ever, and to Martin for providing a new home for it.

My landscapes have gotton better but my architectural drafting is still not very good - this was such a good subject (more thanks to Melissa for the photos!) I couldn't resist it even though I really couldn't do it justice. After I get the next show hung maybe I'll do an architectural series and see where that leads me...

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

iDraw: Preparing For a Show

'Preparing For a Show' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This week, most of my studio time is going to preparing for a show - so I expect there will be alot of quick portraits, like this one! This show will be the first physical-world exhibit of selections from the portrait project.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

iDraw: Even With a Day Off, It Was a Long Week!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Night Shadow (Outside the Dojo)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes, We Can! Yes, We Did!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I Voted on This Historic Day!

'I Voted on This Historic Day!' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) And I sure hope that if you're an adult citizen of the USA, you voted, too! (I have four receipts because we have so many state and local initiatives, there are four pages of ballot to fill out!)

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Monday, November 3, 2008

iDraw: Black Hooded Raincoat, Rainy Day