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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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Monday, June 8, 2009

Happy to be With My Big Sis (In Color)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

iDraw: Not a Silkscreen

Monday, December 29, 2008

Dutch Cap

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

iDraw: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cockeyed

'Cockeyed' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Gee, if you believe everything you see, I've gained alot of weight since yesterday!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

I Pulled My Flaps Down Over My Cheeks

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Both Flaps Down

Friday, December 12, 2008

I Can Wear My Brim in Front and Back at the Same Time

Thursday, December 11, 2008

That Hair!

'That Hair!' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I'm going to have to get it cut soon - and then what will happen to this series of drawings? Change, change, and again, change!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

That Hat!

'That Hat!' oil pastel self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) That hat has a mind of it's own. I expect it will continue to make regular appearances throughout the winter... but I can't say for sure - I only work here!

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Flashback: Maryland Crab at O'Brycki's

'Flashback: Maryland Crab at O'Brycki's' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Having crab for dinner this evening reminded me that we all went out for crab at O'Brycki's last time I was in Baltimore. All in this case means me and the fabulous sculptors Trisha Kyner and David Friedheim.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Done the Old-Fashioned Way - Staring in a Mirror!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Minnie Revisited

Thursday, October 30, 2008

iDraw: Boomerang Brow

Sunday, October 26, 2008

iDraw: Primary Colors

Monday, August 25, 2008

Cap of Blue Hair

Sunday, August 24, 2008

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

Monday, August 18, 2008

Urgent Rooter and Tiki Heads

'Urgent Rooter and Tiki Heads' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) We were so pleased with the job Urgent Rooter did for our clogged plumbing last month, that I asked to pose with their equipment so I could do a portrait - it's just taken me a few weeks to get to it. And yes, there really are giant Tiki heads across the street.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Neighbors Are Partying Again on a Wednesday Night

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Rolling My Eyes to Heaven (But I Don't Know Why)

Monday, July 7, 2008

Over My Shoulder

'Over My Shoulder' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay featuring Tomales Bay in the late afternoon sun. (Click to view same image larger.) Over the shoulder of my purple pullover, sparkling Tomales Bay estuary in the late afternoon sunlight is bounded by lines of dark green trees curving around the distant golden grassy hills and a patch of pale blue sky. You can see all that, can't you?

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Mesmerized and Horrified

'Mesmerized and Horrified' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I haven't actually owned a TV for at least 25 years, so I'm particularly susceptible to their hypnotic effect when they're on. Although happy enough to be hypnotized by a Harry Potter double feature on our last night in Inverness, I was horrified at the number of repeating ads whose message was that we were unclean, contaminated, and a threat to our friends and family unless we sprayed ourselves, our children, our furniture, our pets, our rugs, our cars, etc., with the product being advertised.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Grey Extension Lamp of my Youth

'Grey Clamp-Lamp of my Youth' contour line self-portrait in pen by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay  with clamp lamp and other studio objects around her.. (Click to view same image larger.) This lamp was given to me when I went to college - we won't say how many eons ago that was. Many extension lamps have come into my studio since then - hovering over my drafting table for a few years before breaking - the socket burns out, the switch stops working. Sometimes repairs are possible, sometimes not. But this old, grey, somewhat battered, all-metal work horse has provided light in my life for... OK, let's admit it - almost 30 years - without faltering. So the old aphorism really holds - they just don't make things like they used to! And while I'm appreciating the lamp, let me also tip my hat to Dave Alsop - thanks for the gift, all those years ago!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Peering at Myself in the Studio

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Portrait of the Artist Dreaming of Bed...

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

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Continuous Contour

Here's another variation on the theme. This was drawn right-handed, and allowing myself to look at the paper periodically. But the game for continuous contour is that you can't life the pen off the paper, so the whole thing is one continuous line.

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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!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Finally, the Long Weekend!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Why Are You Looking at Me Like That?

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?

Friday, May 16, 2008

Revisiting the Hall of My Most Colorful Ancestors

Thursday, May 15, 2008

It's Hot, I'm Wilted

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Some of my More Colorful Ancestors

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I Come From Remulac, a Small Town in Southern France

'Bull-headed and Pig-nosed' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I periodically have alot of trouble uploading images to blogger via ftp from my mac to my website hosted outside of google-land. On the assumption that others are having similar difficulties, I thought I'd share what I've figured out. I used third-party ftp software to look at the uploaded_images folder on my web server, and it looks like often when there is a failure message, the error is happening after a successful upload of the image. The problem is that in order to reference the image in your post you need to know what it is called - your original file name with blogger-generated numeric suffix. However, using the third-party FTP software I could see the names and sizes of the uploaded files, so I was easily able to deduce which was the thumbnail that appears inline in the blog, and which was the full-size image that it links to. I copied the 'a' tag from a previous successful post and then changed the names of the files based on my preview via the ftp client, and voila, it worked! For mac users I recommend cyberduck, though there are many fine free and/or inexpensive ftp clients out there. (In case you're wondering, .ch is Switzerland)

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Revisiting the Hall of my Ancestors

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

In the Mirror World (Final)

Monday, May 5, 2008

In the Mirror World (Day 4)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

In the Mirror World

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Two Studio Views (Reading 'The Art of Peace')

Friday, May 2, 2008

What's Missing?

'What's Missing?' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Can I call it a self-portrait if I'm not in it yet? What if I leave it this way - portrait of my studio as a kind of self-portrait?

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

It's Hard to Draw, Hunched Against the Cold

Thursday, December 6, 2007

I Would Like to Pack Everything I Could Possibly Need, and Have it Fit in One Small Bag