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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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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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Saturday, November 29, 2008

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

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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Saturday, October 18, 2008

In the Dappled Light

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Big Trees on the Ridge Above Sausal Creek

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

iDraw: Small Woodland Abstract

This was done on my iPod Touch in iDoodle 2 because, unlike Brushes, it allowed me to change the background without changing the drawing. Thus I could pick and choose how I wanted to draw on top of my photo, and then take the photo away altogether. Thanks to the iDoodle folks for this great feature! Continuing the iPod Drawing Ap review portion of my recent nlogs, what was frustrating was how many steps it took to use the eyedropper and then go back to drawing. It would also be good if the line size and opacity sliders were in the same dialog box. But those are just wishes for future interface improvements - in the here and now, it did what I needed it to do.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

iDraw: Green Turban

I drew this with ColorTilt, a drawing program in which the color you're drawing with changes at the slightest movement/angle change of the iPod/iPhone. I had pretty much dismissed it as pretty to look at but impossible to draw with - can't control what color you have, can't get back a color you had before, etc. And yet... managed to get this quite satisfyingly painterly piece made this morning. It did seem that related colors clustered together - I'd like to be able to set it, ie reds when you tilt to the right and blues when you tilt to the left, darker when you tilt up, lighter when you tilt down, etc. Other than that it has line size and opacity sliders, and you can temporarilly freeze a color you're using. I would like to see a save function so I don't have to rely on taking screen shots.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

iDraw: Not Alfred E. Newman

'iDraw: Not Alfred E. Newman' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Like yesterday's portrait, this was done in Brushes on my iPod Touch. There are three different 'brushes' provided. Yesterday I used only the third brush, today only the first. Ir was hard to see the difference on the iPod Touch screen, it's clearer here in the larger size. I'd say brush number three was more like pastels, brush number one more like magic markers.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Playing with Shadows on the Studio Floor

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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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Black Dog, Green Garden, Red Pants

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Neighbors Are Partying Again on a Wednesday Night

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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Sunday, June 8, 2008

My Hot, Tired Feet Were Happy to Have Such a Nice Place to Rest

Monday, June 2, 2008

We're All Incognito

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Bus Was Very Crowded

Monday, May 19, 2008

"My God, What's That??!"

Friday, May 16, 2008

Revisiting the Hall of My Most Colorful Ancestors

Friday, April 11, 2008

Rub a Dub Dub (Final)

'Rub a Dub Dub (Final)' pencil and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This was at Building Resources where we go for wonderful things like doors, books, garden carts, etc.

And happy happy birthday to my dear friend Chris Lombardi , journalist, poet, and author extraordinaire!

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Working on my Taxes (final)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Long & Low, Warm & Sexy...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Seasonal Sunlight Shoots Through the Whole House (in Color)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Back to the Model in Color

'Back to the Model in Color' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)Looks like after two days uploading might be possible again - at least I think I got one picture loaded... wish blogger would give us better status reports when these problems occur!

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Friday, February 8, 2008

I Work Downtown

'I Work Downtown' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) From the fourth floor kitchen, the setting sun could still be seen, lighting the skyscrapers Down below, a steady march of people headed for BART (the subway/metro) in complete shadow. Back to work for me.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Hot Beverage for a Cold Week (Tuesday, Final)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

I've Got My Helmet On

'I've Got My Helmet On' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) As the Bob's said, 'I've got my helmet on, nothing can do me wrong.' I'm also wearing my red union suit which is part wool. Have I mentioned that it's been cold and dank here lately? On the left is a rendition of Sun Dances with Monstera and Me and on the right is Phideaux. It would be cool if I'd made this picture an image map so you click on each painting on the wall to get to an image of the real painting, but I didn't.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Neutral Tones

'Neutral Tones' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) There's not alot of vibrant color at the office. But actually, it's pretty hard/interesting mixing all those neutral tans and taupes and greys and also hard/not interesting to get them to scan in and display correctly.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Postcards from SE Asia: At Wat (Phra That) Mae Yen Outside Pai

I decided to help guard the temple. :) I think this may be my favorite drawing so far from the trip. One of the great things I've learned doing this - and it seems really stupid to say when I've been making and showing art my entire adult life - still, one of the important things I've finally settled with myself on this trip is that I can draw. Whatever I want to draw. In whatever circumstances - on the hotel room floor at night, peering at the little screen on my digital camera. Whatever it takes. All I have to do, is do it.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Postcards From SE Asia: Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho in Bangkok

46 meters long and 15 meters high, and, yes, gold-plated. (That's approx 140 feet long and 45 feet high). The life of buddha was illustrated on the bottoms of his feet. This wat is also known for it's massage school so Dottie had a full-body massage and I had a foot-massage.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Postcards From SE Asia: Somewhere Over the Pacific

Somewhere over the Pacific, Janus-headed Julia starts to turn from home to adventure.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Tomorrow, I'm Flying to Boston

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Rain Dance!

'Rain Dance!' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Hmmm... can this have worked? I made this this morning after several sunny days - and now it's raining! Detail of 'Rain Dance!' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Still Not a Disco (Final Version)

'Still Not a Disco (Final Version)' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I adore light. And color. As if that wasn't perfectly clear.

And Happy Birthday to my father - he's wherever it is people go when they're no longer here with us. He gave me my first camera, and thus my first tool for capturing ever-changing, fleeting, world-defining light. Thanks, Dad!

Detail of 'Still Not a Disco (Final Version)' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

I Think It's Level...

'I Think It's Level...' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Thank you to Noel, Guy, Melissa, Bob & Matthew for making this the easiest large painting instal- lation ever!

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

If Life Gives You Lemon-Colored Paper, Make a Collage

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I was Dwarfed by the Emporium-Capwell Dome

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Home with a Cold, in a Sea of Stripes (Final)

'Home with a Cold, in a Sea of Stripes (Final)' self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I had a misguided idea that after doing this I'd be able to 'simply' layer color washes over it for full color, but after some failed exper-imentation on the side, I have decided to leave quite well enough alone. Detail of 'Home with a Cold, in a Sea of Stripes (Final)' self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Friday's Alexander Technique Exchange

'Friday's Alexander Technique Exchange' self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Last Friday's Alexander Technique exchange included students and recent graduates from all three Bay Area Alexander Technique Teacher Training Schools: The Alexander Educational Center, The Northern California Center for the Alexander Technique and The Bay Area Center for the Alexander Technique. We all enjoyed working together and look forward to doing it some more! Detail of 'Friday's Alexander Technique Exchange' self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Rush Hour Had Started (2)

'Rush Hour Had Started (2)' self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) The first one was closer to what the camera saw, this one is closer to what I saw. However, I cannot explain my definite resem- blence here to Michael Jackson. Detail of 'Rush Hour Had Started (2)' self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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