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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

iDraw: Moving My Ten Foot Tall Painting: 2009.08.04

This weekend I had to take down and move my 8 by 10 foot painting, 'Medusa of the Annunciation'. Many thanks to my fantastic crew: Guy, Melissa, Nicola & Martin. More thanks to Martin & Margaret for providing a temporary home for this monster.

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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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Thursday, July 9, 2009

iDraw: View From Above

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

We Were All Waiting for the Train

This was done with the PaintBook App on my iPod Touch (I used a photo for reference).

My shortish review of Paintbook is:
Cons: I don't like Paintbook's palette, it doesn't have an eyedropper, there's undo but no redo, and all the line types have a hard edge.

Pros: Very high resolution for an IDraw app (This drawing is 1706X2048), you can change the size of the 'paper', you can turn the 'paper' in addition to zooming, and there are two kinds of opacity - one where you can lighten a dark color, ie like transparent acrylics, and another where you can only darken, ie watercolors. The latter allows me to 'paint' washes that overlap my black lines without affecting the lines themselves.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Next Day (Cycle of Life)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Incredible Glory - But Just For One Day

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

iDraw My First Camera (Final)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

iDraw: Big Brown Furry Hat

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)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

iDraw: In The Green Box, From Above

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I Sat in the Room with the Still Life

Monday, May 18, 2009

iDraw: I'm Excited to be Planning a Trip to Yosemite

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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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

In the Dark Room

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Heat Wave: Morning Light

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sometimes I Almost Get It

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sanity is Over-rated

Friday, April 10, 2009

Be Afraid, Very Afraid

I can look at a de Kooning and make these sort of interesting images that don't actually look like de Koonings. But if I look at myself, or at nothing, and try to make a similar drawing - well, it doesn't work. I can see what he drew, and how it relates to reality. But when I look at reality, I can't see what he might have drawn. And I can't see what I might draw in response to what he might have drawn... Never mind, this is getting too complicated.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

de Kooning Week Continues

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Still Crazy After All These Years

Thursday, April 2, 2009

iDraw: There Was an Airplane Hanging Over the Escalator at SFO

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

Monday, March 23, 2009

iDraw: Holding Nothing

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Whiteout, Now and Then

Monday, March 16, 2009

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

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Familiar Objects: Fishing For Keys

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

Monday, February 23, 2009

iDraw: What Was I Wearing On My Head?

Friday, February 13, 2009

iDraw: Big-Headed Shadow

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

iDraw: Still Figuring Out

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

iDraw: Little Bootsie

Sunday, February 8, 2009

iDraw: A Fantastic Hat!

Friday, February 6, 2009

iDraw: Borrowed Birthday Balloon Hat

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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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It's Hard Drawing Children!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

I Gave Her My Rapt Attention

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Little Princess as a Smirking Bobble-Head

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

iDraw: The Little Princess - ala Warhol

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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Sunday, January 18, 2009

iDraw: I Imagined Myself as Edith Head

We've been having a Columbo fest, and I've been meaning to draw myself as Columbo, but tonight I couldn't resist Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, who made a guest appearance as herself on the Columbo episode we watched this evening. Seeing her we also realized that Edith clearly was the inspiration for the costume designer Edna in The Incredibles.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Seussical!

'Seussical!' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) A friend is involved in a performance of Seussical but I'm not going to be able to make it to Boston to see the show. If you're closer to Boston, please check it out! Meanwhile, the invitation inspired me to imagine myself as The Cat in the Hat - fits right in with all my other hatted portraits!

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom!