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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Next Day (Cycle of Life)

Monday, May 18, 2009

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

Sunday, April 5, 2009

iDraw: We Climbed the Harry Street Stairs

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The View of Tomales Bay From Helen's House

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Windswept in Tennessee Valley Last Summer

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Trees of Wesleyan

'The Trees of Wesleyan' cut paper self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I didn't go to my 25th reunion this summer, but the Wesleyan fundraising folks sent a very fancy brochure with many nice pictures and I imagined myself back on campus, sitting under a tree and studying.

And for those wondering about the technical details, this was made with colored electrical tape.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

iDraw: Among the Trees (at Sausal Creek)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I Leaned on the Tree (I Hope the Tree Didn't Mind)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I Stood with the Trees

Saturday, October 18, 2008

In the Dappled Light

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Unexpected Blooming Century Plant

'Unexpected Blooming Century Plant' acrylic paint self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Alternate title: Muddy Palettes Make Muddy Paintings...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Backlit in the Early Morning

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Big Trees on the Ridge Above Sausal Creek

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

iDraw: I Cast my Shadow on my Digital Monet

Monday, October 6, 2008

Kay's Monets

'Kay's Monets' acrylic paint and pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) There are some things I really can't figure out about how he made these... I may be obsessed with this painting for awhile.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

That Monet was a Brilliant Dude

'That Monet was a Brilliant Dude'acrylic paint self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Brilliant use of color anyway!

In the process of moving things around to accommodate ongoing construction on the house and my studio, I unearthed some of my mother's art books... soon all the art books will have a proper home built-in between studio and bedroom - I can't wait. In any event, Monet seemed to fit right in with my recent foliage explorations.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

I Took a Look at the Muddy Brook

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

iDraw: Small Woodland Abstract

This was done on my iPod Touch in iDoodle 2 because, unlike Brushes, it allowed me to change the background without changing the drawing. Thus I could pick and choose how I wanted to draw on top of my photo, and then take the photo away altogether. Thanks to the iDoodle folks for this great feature! Continuing the iPod Drawing Ap review portion of my recent nlogs, what was frustrating was how many steps it took to use the eyedropper and then go back to drawing. It would also be good if the line size and opacity sliders were in the same dialog box. But those are just wishes for future interface improvements - in the here and now, it did what I needed it to do.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

It's Not Easy Painting Green!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tree Hugger

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Tangle of Trees

'A Tangle of Trees' acrylic paint self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) And who's in those trees with me...? Actually, if you think I seem more interested in the woods than the self-portrait these days, you're right!

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Early Morning at Sausal Creek

'Early Morning at Sausal Creek' acrylic paint self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Ha! I thought this seemed familiar while I was doing it - it seems I picked the same photo to work from as on June 26th, even though I have a pretty large collection of images of me in these woods to choose from!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

iDraw: I Stood in the Woods...

'iDraw: I Stood in the Woods...' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I stood in the woods at Sausal Creek, and drew on my iPod with the Brushes application. I've been very keen on making images with 'real' paint lately, but given my schedule, it's not always realistic. Especially on days when I train in Aikido, I will sometimes need to use methods that require less cleanup. Anyway, I continue to be thrilled to be able to draw digitally, anytime, anywhere. And Brushes is definitely my favorite application so far for doing so.

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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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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Oba & I in the Garden

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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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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Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Land is Large, and I am Tiny

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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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Crossing the Bridge Over the Fens, from Wilderness to Civilization

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Almost at the Overview on the Tyler Lake Trail

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Clouds Blow in Over Wright's Lake, Where I Started Out Just an Hour Ago

I should note that I am not considering this a doc-umentary project - sometimes I'm drawing things from previous days and sometimes I'm combining elements from different places. For instance, I've been back from the mountains for two days and the clouds are from a viewpoint on a different trail than I used for the rest of it. And obviously I've been making lots of use of photos recently and not relying on always setting up my mirror en scene.Detail of 'Clouds Blow in Over Wright's Lake, Where I Started Out Just an Hour Ago' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Squinting into the Sun with the First Sight of the Crystal Range Over the Horizon

Monday, July 23, 2007

Tyler Lake Trail

'Tyler Lake Trail' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)This is between Wright's Lake and Gertrude Lake on the Tyler Lake trail in Desolation Wilderness in El Dorado County in the state of California in the United States of America. I have taken many, many photos of this incredibly beautiful place, but this is the first time I have tried to draw it. Detail of 'Tyler Lake Trail' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Flora and Fauna of Glen Park

'Flora and Fauna of Glen Park' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This was just a "preview" hike in a city park - now I'm off to the mountains for a couple days - no internet, so I'll post the drawings when I get back mid-week. Detail of 'Flora and Fauna of Glen Park' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Friday, July 6, 2007

Still Thinking About Our Trip to the Country

Clean version of 'Still Thinking About Our Trip to the Country' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)We saw llamas and schnauzers and cows, oh my! (Final version with a little help from Photoshop to amputate the llama growing out of my head.) 'Still Thinking About Our Trip to the Country' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

There are Cows Here!