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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

Monday, June 8, 2009

Happy to be With My Big Sis (In Color)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Giacojulia

'Giacojulia' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Artist of the month? Alberto Giacometti. This was based on his "Portrait of Madame Marguerite Maeght, 1961", which (gasp) does not seem to be available on the internet for me to link to.

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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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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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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The View of Tomales Bay From Helen's House

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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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Green Glasses

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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Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Whites of my Eyes (2)

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, October 13, 2008

Another Day, Another Dirty Dish (Final)

Friday, October 3, 2008

I Took a Look at the Muddy Brook

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

With My Right Foot

I always like to try something new on my birthday - this time drawing with my foot (though I realized I was sometimes keeping my foot pretty still and simply moving the paper - with my hands!)

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Monday, September 1, 2008

My Inner Librarian was Frazzled

'My Inner Librarian was Frazzled' pen and watercolor self-portrait drawn with her eyes closed and using both hands similtaneously by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay, and in which her hair is pushed up and her glasses are askew. (Click to view same image larger.) I was frazzled because although Rawlston has been better about his music, he doesn't seem to have the general idea: don't make so much noise partying at 3 AM that you wake your neighbors. And last night he was at it again. *sigh*. We'll keep trying to work with him...

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

I Used to Have Big Hair

'I Used to Have Big Hair' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) As for the rest - I think the last couple days shows that drawing with both hands together and eyes closed leads to some creepy self-portraits!

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Miss Piggy

Friday, August 29, 2008

Mellow Day

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Shucks, No Kiss...

'Shucks, No Kiss...' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) There's no story to this title, it's just what the picture looked like to me.The cerulean blue is behaving better tonight, so it may be that the crystalized chalky stuff needs to be wet into a blob, and then allowed to dry, and then wet again to be used as paint, which is what has now been done to my sample. The first night I just wet the chalky stuff, waited a few minutes for it to dissolve, and tried to paint with it.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Send in the Clowns

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Can I Save the Cerulean?

'Can I Save the Cerulean?' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I'm finally going through all the old tubes of watercolors I've collected over the years, including many inherited from my mother, and seeing what I have and what condition it's in. The chemical data sheets for cerulean state that it ' tends to granulate or become chalky in watercolors' and indeed what's in the tube is not the usual sticky mass of dried paint but rather a crumbly powder. It is a fabulous color, and a tube runs about $12 so I'm trying to figure out if I can reconstitute it. I used it here for the 'sky' but it did not apply evenly nor in a proper watercolory manner.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Cap of Blue Hair

Sunday, August 24, 2008

If Nothing Else is Cooking, There's Always Blind Contour

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tennessee Valley Beach

'Tennessee Valley Beach' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay  in which she is dwaefed by the typical oceanside cliffs of the California Coast. (Click to view same image larger.) My friend, painter Anne Longo, and I hiked through Tennessee Valley and sat on the beach painting. I can't remember the last time I tried to paint 'en plein air' but it was easier to deal with now that I've had so much more experience with watercolors. I put myself in at the far end of the cove in my red hat and pants but I decided to leave out the dead beached seal.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Black Dog, Green Garden, Red Pants

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Marble in Color

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Ocean Beach

Landscape is not my natural subject but it's always an inspiration. A week or so back printmaker Ruth Paesch and I bailed on waiting for the museum to regain power so we could see the Frida Kahlo show, and headed out to the beach instead.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Not Topical

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Big Plumbing Emergency

Friday, July 25, 2008

Too Tired To Draw (But I did Anyway)

'Too Tired To Draw (But I did Anyway)' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay depicting how tired she is after being woken up periodically Wednesday night by Rawlston Masaniai of the San Francisco Seals.. (Click to view same image larger.) Not surprisingly, I'm still tired from being woken up periodically Wednesday night by our neighbor Rawlston Masaniai (Masaniani) of the San Francisco Seals, Unlike Rawlston, I don't get to sleep all day the next day.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Early Night Cap

'Early Night Cap' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay illustrating how tired she is after being kept up the night before by her neighbor Rawlston Masaniai (Masaniani) of the San Francisco Seals' booming party music. (Click to view same image larger.) I'm tired after a day with three meetings following a night of our neighbor Rawlston Masaniai (Masaniani) of the San Francisco Seals waking us up periodically with his booming loud party music. So I've got my night cap on early and I'm heading to bed - so far it's quiet over there tonight though one never knows when he's going to come home and crank up the volume.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Green Sweatshirt

'Green Sweatshirt' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Strangely, I no longer look like my eyes are quite so rolled up. I didn't fix those weird nostrils, though - they're still weird!

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Rolling My Eyes to Heaven, Day 2

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Worrying About My Friends

'Worrying About My Friends' digital and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) There's something High School angst-y about this, which seems appropriate to wondering about my High School friend Chris Lombardi's big move from NYC to Philly today.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay drawn over a previous landscape painting. (Click to view same image larger.) I cut up an old landscape watercolor painting, planning to draw portraits on the back. However, I was drawn to the front and drew right over the old attempt at trees.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Noisy Neighbors

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Worst Allergy Day Ever!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Wooden Duck

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Grounded!

'Grounded!' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay with the abandoned fishing boat named Point Reyes in Inverness, California on Tomales Bay. (Click to view same image larger.) This is the 'Point Reyes', an old, abandoned fishing boat grounded on a grassy sandbar in Tomales Bay at Inverness. I'm not the only one to have photographed or painted this scene!

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Land is Large, and I am Tiny

Monday, June 30, 2008

Crocs on Carpet Sit

'Crocs on Carpet Sit' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay of her feet in blue croc shoes resting on a red and blue oriental carpet. (Click to view same image larger.) I need a good Seuss-ian rhyme... anyone? Click on comments to leave your suggestions...

Sadly, the carpets were rolled up and put into storage as it was The Alexander Educational Center's last day at beautiful St. John's. When class starts up again in the fall, we'll be at our new digs on 6th Street in Berkeley.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Last Day Of School (Before Summer Break)

Bad Air

'Bad Air' pen and watercolor self-portrait wearing an OSHA gas mask by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) The smokey, hazy air from the distant wildfires has really been irritating my allergies.Therefore, I opted for full protection when it came time to mow the lawn - and I actually did breathe better inside that thing than I had in days. :Look, Ma, no sneeze!

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Mmmmm, Soon We'll Have Pumpkin Bread!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Backlit Morning was Beautiful at Sausal Creek, But I Didn't Think I'd be Able to do it Justice

'The Backlit Morning was Beautiful at Sausal Creek, But I Didn't Think I'd be Able to do it Justice' pen and watercolor self-portrait in the woods by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Thank-you to Tom & Linda for introducing me to this oasis in Oakland; it makes a real difference in my life to be able to come here, even if it's not as often as I'd like. I arrive tired and cranky; I leave refreshed.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

I Wasn't Eating All of the Library's Chocolates While Working Late; It Was The Goddess: She Insisted!

'It Was Not Me Eating All of the Library's Chocolates After Hours, It Was The Goddess, She Insisted!' pen and watercolor self-portrait   by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This one's for Marlene and Brenda, by whose grace the goddess currently has a home at the library at work. We both thank you for the chocolate!

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Waiting for Dr. Dentnor

Saturday, June 21, 2008

More Fun in the Law Library Locker Room

Horrors, Was it High School All Over Again?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Other Half a Smile & The Sum of the Parts

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Half A Smile

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Still Tired in the Morning

Monday, June 16, 2008

Too Tired to Proceed in the Usual Fashion

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hallucinatory Hallways

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Arrival at West Coast Airport (Take 2 - Almost Literal)