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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Trying to Channel De Kooning

'OILPASTEL' oil pastel self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) ...but definitely not getting it. That's Willem de Kooning, though Elaine de Kooning was also an interesting painter. If he was a misogynist, as the feminists claim based on his imagery, not his actions, then I guess I am too. He was a fabulous painter and I think his images of women are really great.

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Wednesday, June 1, 1994

Eve

Monday, June 15, 1992

Facial Mask on Metal in Oil

'Mask on Metal in Oil' oil paint  self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I'm guessing about the date, although I clearly remember making it, it was definitely early on at the 32nd St. studio. I was still struggling to make the transition from drawing (press harder or make more marks to make a darker or thicker mark) to painting (mix a new color to make a darker mark, use a bigger brush to make a thicker mark.) They really are very different processes but I haven't thought about it explicitly in a long time. Now (2007), I just switch back and forth without even thinking about it much. Detail of 'Mask on Metal in Oil' oil paint self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Wednesday, June 30, 1982

Never Look Back

Sunday, October 15, 1978

If Escher Had Been a Hippy Chick

Sunday, October 1, 1978

Wistful Dreamer

Monday, May 1, 1978

Self Portrait as a Dancing Frog

'Dancing Frog' high school oil painting by Bay Area artist Julia Kay. Click to view same image larger.OK, it's not really a self-portrait. I just couldn't resist including it here as part of the archives. Also, I know the year but not the date. Normally I would therefore average it into June, but I know that it was done during a school semester. I'm guessing this was during the spring semester and the two darker actual self-portraits were the following winter semester. Detail of 'Dancing Frog' high school oil painting by Bay Area artist Julia Kay. Click to view same image larger.

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