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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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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Another Late Night in the Studio

Sunday, April 26, 2009

DeKooning Meets Mad Magazine; They Both Have Their Eyes Closed

Saturday, April 25, 2009

And Chaos Ensues

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Harrison Street

Monday, April 20, 2009

Trapped by the Trees

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Me & My Familiars

Saturday, April 18, 2009

de Kartooning

Friday, April 17, 2009

Invented Color

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wild Ride

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sometimes I Almost Get It

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

iDraw: Why Do We Have to do Our Taxes 4 Different Ways?

'iDraw: Why Do We Have to do Our Taxes 4 Different Ways?' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Because the feds say we're not married but California says we are...

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Monday, April 13, 2009

However, I Don't Smoke

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

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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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, January 7, 2009

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

Monday, December 1, 2008

More About My Hair

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Whites of my Eyes (2)

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

Monday, July 28, 2008

Kewpie or Cyclops?

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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Monday, June 16, 2008

Too Tired to Proceed in the Usual Fashion

Friday, May 30, 2008

Orange You Glad You Aren't Blue?

'Orange You Glad You Aren't Blue?' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Tomorrow I'm off to the East Coast for the Annual General Meeting of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. I'll still be drawing every day but I don't know how frequently I'll be able to post.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

It's Been a Stressful Week, But Today I Had Some Good News

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Traditional 'Blind' Contour

'Traditional Blind Contour' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) In a traditional 'blind' contour you look only at your subject and not down at the paper. However, you do often have a sense of the paper and where you are on the paper in your peripheral vision since your eyes are open. That's how this was done, and you can see that it's different than the previous 10 days when my eyes actually were closed, and the only clues I had to where I was on the paper came from feeling for the edges. In both cases, the drawing was left-handed and the painting right-handed.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Like San Francisco, My Brain has Been in a Fog All Weekend

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Kiss Me, Baby!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Day Did Not Go as Expected

Friday, May 23, 2008

Finally, the Long Weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I'm Still Congested

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I Have the Sniffles

Monday, May 19, 2008

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

Sunday, May 18, 2008

My Eyes Are Getting Ahead of Me

Saturday, May 17, 2008

What's the Big Deal with Spock Being Able to Raise One Eyebrow?

Monday, April 21, 2008

Big Orange Schnozz

'Big Orange Schnozz' left-handed, mostly blind watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This was done 'peeking' again. Specifically, my eyes were open while I mixed paint, dipped my brush, and positioned over the paper. My eyes were closed while I actually painted, guessing when I might be out of paint on the brush and needing to load it up again. Also, this was quite early in the morning - before the dental cleaning which was before school which was before work which was before doing my homework...

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Blind and Semi-Blind (Peeking)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Saved by Color

'Saved by Color' left-handed pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Or full title: Left-handed Cartoon Self in Studio with Massage Table - So-so Drawing Saved by Color.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Rainbow Waif

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Something Roman-Egyptian About This One...

'Something Roman-Egyptian About This One...' left-handed watercolor self-portrait from imagination by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)... I think it reminds me of those Fayum mummy portraits. This was done left-handed, and without brushes or pens - just wet socks, q-tips and paint.

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Look Ma, No Brushes!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Funny, You Don't Look Bluish...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Peanut Breath