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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Had He Noticed I Was Taking Pictures of Myself (Again)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mirrored Elevator Doors

Conference Hotel Room


Last month I was at the Whitcomb Hotel in San Francisco, California, USA, for the Annual General Meeting of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. I wasn't staying at the hotel, but some of my friends were, so when we needed to take a break, we hung out in their room.

This was done in the traditional way with a pen on paper.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

First LHB of Summer

'First LHB of Summer' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) LHB stands for left-handed blind, which means I literally drew with my left (non-dominant) and and my eyes closed. Painting is done with my eyes open, in this case still with my left hand. Here are more self-portraits drawn with my eyes closed.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Next Day (Cycle of Life)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Another Late Night in the Studio

Friday, June 19, 2009

Incredible Glory - But Just For One Day

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

iDraw My First Camera (Final)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

iDraw: Not Photographic Color

Monday, June 15, 2009

iDraw: Red Wall

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Not What I Was Intending!

Friday, June 12, 2009

iDraw: Sisters i(Final)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

iDraw: Sisters in Colored Clothes

Tomorrow skin tones and hair...

Two days ago I worked watercolors over an inkjet print of a scanned pen drawing. Today I'm painting digitally over a scanned pen drawing. Making corrections while I did this, made me realize that there is finally a really clean way to 'erase' pen lines.. draw in pen, scan into computer, erase in photoshop, print back out and continue drawing or even watercoloring. The Canson inkjet paper I use has a great texture and takes watercolor very well.. unfortunately they're also not making it anymore. *sigh*

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Happy to be With My Big Sis (In Color)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I Sat in the Room with the Still Life

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I Sat at the Top of the Stairs

Monday, April 27, 2009

Excavator Operator

I imagined that instead of Pacifc Gas & Electric waking us up at 7:30 AM all month, I was operating the equipment outside the home of the PG & E supervisor or whichever brilliant San Francisco governing board decided construction noise could start that early.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Trapped by the Trees

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

We Did It!

It took 15 months, but today we delivered the first release of the BIG PROJECT at work. Many thanks to all the people who contributed to completing this project on time!

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Monday, March 30, 2009

One More Night to Dream About Completing the BIG PROJECT at Work

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I'm Going to Have to Get Bifocals

'I'm Going to Have to Get Bifocals' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Switching between two pairs of glasses all the time has been driving me crazy. It's especially bad at meetings when I need to switch between seeing people in the room and reading handouts. On the other hand, bifocals cut down on your peripheral vision - I'm sure that will drive me crazy, too.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I Have Rediscovered These Things Called "Boooooks"

Monday, March 23, 2009

iDraw: Holding Nothing

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Whiteout, Now and Then

Friday, March 20, 2009

Return of the Handeze

Along with the tingling and pain, when my RSI flares up, it seems like circulation is poor in my arms, and my hands tend to get very cold. Handeze are fingerless gloves made of a stretchy nylon, designed specifically to keep your hands warm while typing. They do come in beige, but I prefer the black.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Many Tapes

Monday, March 16, 2009

iDraw: It's Fun to Draw with my Finger!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Portrait Project is Two!

'The Portrait Project is Two!' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I've been doing this every day for two years now... amazing! If I was going to change it - still make an image every day but not necessarily get some part of myself in each one - what change or new theme would you most like to see?

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Familiar Objects: Fishing For Keys

Friday, March 13, 2009

Chisel Tip

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Secret Signals

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Another Kind of Proportional Divider

'Another Kind of Proportional Divider' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This one is an extremely useful moderne device which measures a wall and tells you where to hammer the nails when you want to hang a series of same-size paintings spaced evenly on a wall. Recommended for anyone hanging their own shows!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

There's an Elephant in the Kitchen

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dance of the Proportional Dividers

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Dual Rule

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Toy Truck

Monday, March 2, 2009

I Own Many Pairs of Scissors

Sunday, March 1, 2009

My Croc Strap Broke!

'My Croc Strap Broke!' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) And all the king's horses and all the king's men and all the tools at my workbench, couldn't put it back together again!

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sisters

'Sisters' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Well, January is over, and I think I'll give the childhood series a rest for now. It's been more challenging than I expected - I'm not going to be signing up to be a child-portrait-artist anytime soon.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

I Gave Her My Rapt Attention

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy to be With My Big Sis

Friday, January 23, 2009

I Was Glad Grandpa Was Interested in Stocks

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Little Princess - 4 Going on 14

'The Little Princess - 4 Going on 14' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I'm not such a vamp in the source photo, so I suppose I'll try again tomorrow.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Scrunch-face

Friday, January 9, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Color My World

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

And That's All I Have to Say About That!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

My First Camera

'My First Camera' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I was not quite five when the photo this is based on was taken - and I'm still at it! Actually, I even still have this camera, a half-frame 35mm, which I'm pretty sure does still work.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

On the Bench

'On the Bench' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)It's interesting how the easy part is sometimes the hardest - I thought my face would be hardest, but it's the bench I messed up! This was in NYC, and, no, there wasn't an earthquake in progress - the bench wasn't even tilting! I'm guessing I was about a year old but I don't know for sure. Although my photographer father carefully noted how long he exposed each print, there are no dates on the photos I'm working from for these drawings.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Daddy Sticks His Tongue Out