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Monday, June 29, 2009

iDraw: A Feather in My Cap

'iDraw: A Feather in My Cap' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)Well last night I stayed up too late involved in the pleasures of real paint so tonight it's a very quick digital finger painting before I fall into bed.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

iDraw: Never Assume

'Never Assume' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Never assume that just because something is easy one day, it will be easy another day. Hubris, hubris, hubris. Had to do about 20 drawings of myself today to get one I was willing to post....

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Friday, December 19, 2008

iDraw: Trouble in Mind, I'm Blue...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

iDraw: It's Getting Easier

'It's Getting Easier' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) The process of drawing these is definitely getting more facile, which is appropriate to something I do every day. Still, there is an unexpected pleasure in it getting easier, and in being able to see the ease in the drawings.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

iDraw: When I'm Determined...

Monday, December 8, 2008

iDraw: It Makes Me Mad!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Painter's Tape

Thursday, October 23, 2008

iDraw: Oh, No, I Don't have Much Time to Draw!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

iDraw: Not Bad in Plaid

'Not Bad in Plaid' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Well, I read all the complaints in the reviews of Scratch Away for the iPod Touch but I'm such a fan of making 'Scratch Art' that I decided to buy it (for $.99) anyway. The concept is great but the implementation leaves alot to be desired - you can't import an image to be the pattern underneath to be revealed, can't save work in progress to continue scratching, can't make the menu bar at the bottom hide, can't change underlying patterns mid-drawing, choosing a new pattern makes your work disappear without a save dialog box, your work sometimes just disappears - and in my experience not just because it's easy to accidentally touch the patterns on the menu bar which are the known way to start over, and the saved images are extremely jaggy (as can be seen here).

I have played quite a bit with 'real-world' scratch-art children's products for making art. On the web, you can see that I made some scratch art self portraits for this project and I also did a series of drawings of stair cases.

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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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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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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Let Your Fingers do the Walking

Friday, March 28, 2008

Funny, You Don't Look Bluish...

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Torture the Paper, Until it Gives You Something You Can Use

Monday, March 3, 2008

Stormy Weather

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Such Women are Dangerous

'Such Women are Dangerous' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Detail of 'Such Women are Dangerous' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Yes, that was 3 days of a paraphrase of Julius Caeser discussing Cassius in William Shake- speare's 'Julius Caeser'. It would have been fun if it had been someone else discussing Julius, since we sort of share the same name. Alas, that is not how it was written.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Shhh... It's After Midnight!

Friday, October 5, 2007

It Was Not a Disco!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Moon Was Out

Monday, June 18, 2007

Blue Boy at 44

'Blue Boy, 25 Years Later' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Still experimenting with different media.. these are water color pencils, different than yesterday's watercolor crayons. As you can see, I mostly have a nice selection of blues of these. Ah, and here's the original Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough. Detail of 'Blue Boy, 25 Years Later' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

No Time, No Hat

Thursday, June 23, 1988

Feeling Half Blue