I live in Northern California in the USA.
My book, "Portrait Revolution", featuring 450 portraits by 200 artists of the Julia Kay's Portrait Party flickr group was published 4/2017 in the USA and UK. You can find it on Amazon or more info here: studiojuliakay.com/portraitRevolution.
For three years, I drew a picture of myself every day, and I self-published a book of the first year of this Daily Portrait Project. It can be found here:
When my Daily Portrait Project ended, I started Julia Kay's Portrait Party (JKPP), an international collaboration of artists making portraits of each other.
I continue to draw or paint every day (though I usually miss 5-10 days/year), and support my art habit as a programmer and data analyst in the field of public health. I train seriously in Aikido, a Japanese martial art. I'm also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which allows you to do everything you already do, from staring at your computer, to training in a sport, with greater poise and ease, less pain, and less likelihood of injury.
My main website:
My Daily Art blog:
T-shirts and tote bags with some of my paintings on them (Let me know if there's a different image that you'd like me to make available for you to purchase.):
Lessons in the Alexander Technique:
I thought I'd traveled quite a bit but the world is large!:
I've visited 23 countries. (10.2%)Create your own visited map of The World
Above is where I've been, below is where my visitors are visiting from:
- LEGO EVERYTHING! 4,193 photos, 95 members
- lego math and patterns 1,419 photos, 542 members
- LEGO Mosaic 1,529 photos, 505 members
- LEGO Sculpture 4,165 photos, 592 members
- ARTISTS AGAINST GUNS 30 photos, 9 members
- Gelatin Printmaking 2,028 photos, 399 members
- Printmaking with foam 258 photos, 18 members
- Portrait Revolution 5 photos, 2 members
- PAINTING PEOPLE IN ACRYLICS 61 photos, 26 members
- ***AQUARELLE*** 2,376 photos, 214 members
- DRAWING AND PAINTING LANDSCAPES 3,095 photos, 123 members
- ARTISTS AT WORK-PHOTOGRAPHS ONLY 14 photos, 31 members
- Acrylic Still Life Painting 64 photos, 36 members
- STILL LIFE IN INK 101 photos, 18 members
- Still Life Painting in Oil 179 photos, 73 members
- Painting and Drawing Still Life. NO PHOTOGRAPHY please. 4,482 photos, 317 members
- Still Life Paintings 2,851 photos, 358 members
- Sketching at conferences or meetings 151 photos, 24 members
- JKPP 3/15 San Francisco Exhibit and Meet up 426 photos, 21 members
- TV-Sketching 177 photos, 68 members
- Hands on, hands off 1,010 photos, 77 members
- Juxtaposer 618 photos, 55 members
- Portraits of Victims of Police Violence 6 photos, 9 members
- One Drawing A Day 3,094 photos, 184 members
- iColorama Apps 4,499 photos, 176 members
- iColorama 6,426 photos, 253 members
- Taking a line for a walk 935 photos, 40 members
- Portrait of a Carnival: Alhama de Granada 381 photos, 13 members
- Self portraits in the style of...SPITS 86 photos, 42 members
- Celbrate Wilhelm Busch - Max and Moritz 150th years first Public 18 photos, 18 members
- Waterlogue 1,880 photos, 207 members
- Drawn at a Museum or Art Gallery 1,707 photos, 139 members
- Museumgoers 14,195 photos, 3,613 members
- Women - how they see themselves 385 photos, 32 members
- Skribl 153 photos, 17 members
- JKPP (Themes Galleries) 0 photos, 3 members
- in the name of abstract art 2,528 photos, 91 members
- iPad Art District 9,025 photos, 240 members
- Gauges and Dials 2,075 photos, 441 members
- Acuarela, watercolor, Wasserfarbe, aquarelle 10,653 photos, 165 members
- Pattern Artist App Gallery 66 photos, 6 members
- Flowpaper 274 photos, 84 members
- Self-portraits by Women Artists 236 photos, 63 members
- Oligocut - Digital Woodcuts 76 photos, 9 members
- Pet Portrait Arty Party 27 photos, 7 members
- Our Dogs in Art 426 photos, 37 members
- Stepping Stone App Users 218 photos, 32 members
- Mixed Medium 1,972 photos, 66 members
- IPad Art Studio 19,560 photos, 473 members
- iPad Painting 3,248 photos, 154 members
- Hats I've Never Actually Worn 8 photos
- JKPP: Tim 6 photos
- JKPP: Nasir 6 photos
- JKPP: Mariah 5 photos
- JKPP: Sue Hodnett 6 photos
- JKPP: Norman 13 photos
- JKPP: Samora 6 photos
- JKPP: Gila 6 photos
- JKPP: Jerry 6 photos
- Maureen: Prints 1 photo
- Mariah Wish List 13 photos
- JKPP: 3 hands 17 photos
- Toilet Paper 16 photos
- Circle of Connection (JKPP Rondo) 16 photos
- iamda NYC Me 7 photos
- iamda NYC Group Photos 3 photos
- More Felicitous Felines of Flickr! 4 photos
- Yet More Canines 14 photos
- Mariah O'Neill's Pencil Portraits 8 photos
- Self-Portraits: B/W and Light/Limited Color 14 photos
- Self-Portraits: Colorful & Expressionistic 15 photos
- More Canines! 16 photos
- Every Bunny Needs Some Bunny to Love! 6 photos
- Lobsters in Our Art 4 photos
- The Eyes Have It 10 photos
- Self-Portraits: Realistic 14 photos
- Felicitous Felines 12 photos
- Drawing on our iThings 16 photos
- The Model That's Always There 3 photos
- Canines of Character 16 photos
Martin Beek says:
"The meetings with Julia have been wonderful. The party speaks for itself, a simple concept that has caught the imagination of so many from around the world. Julia has carried the responsibility and organisation of this group, which alone could be a full time job! That she thrives and explores other aspects of the visual arts with a particular emphasis on iPad art and digital is to her credit. Thank you Julia for giving so much to so many."
March 22nd, 2014
"Sus dibujos...los rostros que con trazos hermosos construye con sus propias manos siempre tienen algo para contar con sus miradas..."
February 13th, 2013
Gila Mosaics n'stuff says:
"Julia wears many hats ~ and wears them all so well!
At first she impressed me with her self portrait project ~ such perseverance & variety!
Then came the portrait party!! As our hostess, she constantly amazes me with her ability to connect & inspire artists from around the world, building a community that reaches far beyond the internet & flickr.
Julia's willingness to share her artwork & processes has enriched my world in so many ways. I highly recommend spending time in her stream, where you'll get to know the natural born teacher, extraordinary artist, & generous spirit, that is Julia!
Julia ~ Thank you so much for everything!!!"
January 10th, 2012
"The resident genius and inventer of THE PORTRAIT PARTY and an endlessly unpredictablee, brash, smiling trickster of an artist in her own right, Julia sometimes reminds me of Don Juan, the trickster-sorcerer in Carlos Castaneda's famous series of novels.
Just when one thinks he has discovered how some of her marvelous magic works, she shifts direction and shape ( as an artist) and shows the observer that being possibly the world's greatest organizer is only one of her many gifts.
Like Marcel Duchamp, Rene Magritte and Max Ernst all rolled into one, she is finally most, in my mind, like Picasso: a protean inventor and ceaselessly concentrated maker of small miracles-- for others as well as herself.
Bless her and her many efforts on behalf of all of us. In particular, the conjuror and chief promulgator of the PORTRAIT PARTY deserves a digital bronze plaque for her earnest efforts.
December 13th, 2010
"Not only is Julia Kay one of flickr's most active members and the motivation behind an amazing portrait party encouraging the interaction of artists around the world, she's also a prolific and original artist."
November 2nd, 2010
- Julia Kay
- March 2007
- I am:
- Artist, Aikidoist, Alexander Technique Teacher & Public Health Data Analyst
- The Art Studio of Julia Kay
- julia [at] studiojuliakay.com