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Art-o-mat Series Within a Series

When I first started this latest series of Art-o-mat paintings, I wanted to GO-GO-GO! And just crank out a series as fast as possible, experiment a lot and hopefully develop some as an artist. In the end, it took me SIX YEARS to finally send the series out. I started out experimenting and just trying to be quick and casual, these are only $5 paintings after all.

Whenever I think about these pieces I like to imagine and hope that the purchaser is STOKED and feels like they won the jackpot and definitely got way more than their $5 worth, and I started worrying that if I was going too free and easy that people would be bummed. I definitely went back and reworked a bunch of the early paintings and redid some of them entirely. Halfway through I realized I was finding much more enjoyment working on pieces that may take longer, and in the end looking back I realized that I had 3 mini series within the collection of 50.

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These grass quote paintings weren’t original to this series, as I’ve been making these for years in many different sizes and mediums even. Though, the very first ever painting in this style was painted on a small canvas, but for the Found Art Tuesday project.

I noted before that as I started this third series for Art-o-mat I wanted to work quickly (didn’t happen) and experiment a lot (happened in the beginning). A third to half of the way through I ended up doing a lot of my standard go-to styles, including gr

Also, not original to this series, I had a number of these grass portrait paintings.

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Then, in the final 10/50, I returned to my Art-o-mat II series, where I made collages and then made paintings of those. In that previous series all the collages were made from printed and commercially decorated papers. My style has changed now, and I try to stick to my own decorated papers (usually pulled from gelatin prints and my own handcut paper stencils), and I made 10 paintings from those collages. The canvas paintings are above and the original collages in my sketchbook are below for reference.

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Art-o-mat 41-50

The Fourth installment of 50 Art-o-mat III paintings

And if you are interested in seeing the previous posts:

Art-o-mat Series III

Paintings 1-10

Paintings 11-20

Paintings 21-30

Paintings 31-40

 
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Art-o-mat 31-40

The Fourth installment of 50 Art-o-mat III paintings

And if you are interested in seeing the previous posts:

Art-o-mat Series III

Paintings 1-10

Paintings 11-20

Paintings 21-30

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Art-o-mat Paintings 11-20

Here is the second installment of Art-o-mat paintings, 11-20.

And if you are interested in reading the previous posts:

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Paintings 1-10

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I’m participating in the 100 Day Project again this year, after sitting out last year. I’m doing a similar theme asto what I did 3 years ago, and trying to finish up a lot of big projects that I’ve had in progress for a long time. It’s been about 20 days and I’m still feeling very excited and energized. The first major thing checked off my list was wrapping up Pattern January, which I let drag out for almost 4 months. I also finally ordered fabric samples from Spoonflower with my original designs, which was a BIG part of the 100 Day Project for me 2 years ago, but that I never actually finished. I also want to post more to my blog, AND give it a facelift, but more on those things soon.

In the meantime, I need to catch up on sharing my current Art-o-mat series, as promised a few posts back. Here are the first 10 of 50 acrylic paintings, made on handbuilt and stretched tiny canvases. When I started this (my third Art-o-mat series) I really wanted to go super fast and explore all sorts of things and try different ideas to hopefully develop as an artist. In the end I went through a handful of purely experimental pieces, but with 3 solid mini series/styles (grass quote paintings, blades of grass, and paintings of collages made from my own designed and decorated papers (gelatin prints made from handcut paper stencils).

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And after I finished all my paintings I had the idea of taking a picture of each piece with a different and unique background.
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Thank you for reading! Here is the introduction post for this series.

If you are interested in seeing the paintings from my previous 2 Art-o-mat series, you can click through the Flickr collection and albums here

 

Series III Art-o-mat is FINALLY out!

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I’ve been in a funk for the last couple days, and the fog has lifted! I’m adding things to my t0-do lists and feeling pulled in so many directions. When updating my list I accidentally crossed off that I had already posted about sending out my third Art-o-mat series, so here I am making it right.

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When I started my third series I fully intended for it to be a very fast series. My first series was mostly paintings based on images that caught my eye, the second series was paintings based on collages I made. The third series started at the beginning of a new year and I decided that I was just going to explore and paint random things that came to me at the time, and hopefully it would help me grow as an artist quickly. I even aimed to send out multiple series in one year! Years and years later I finally wrapped up 50 paintings with a few smaller series included (grass quote paintings, grass profile paintings, and paintings based on collages from my gelatin printing).

I finally finished designing (and then printing, cutting and folding) my insert for my Art-o-mat series. Now all I need to do is pack them all up and send them off. #robayreartomat

If it hadn’t taken long enough to build each mini canvas, and then paint each piece, once I was done then I started out on a whole new set of obstacles including photographing each piece with a unique background. For almost a year I carried a bag of a few paintings around with me  everywhere I went, looking for the best opportunity to chronicle each piece. THEN, once that was done I photographed each piece again, and the collection and mini collections and then needed to design the packaging and insert for the series. Then package it all up, and make sure they fit the requirements. To say I dragged the whole process out is an understatement.

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Each series needs to be at least 50 pieces, and Art-0-mat may send 5-10 pieces to different machines and they can sell rather fast. I won’t know where my artwork sold until I get my coveted little green card. Machine owners can request artists and Art-o-mat will try and fulfill those requests as they can. I’m soooo looking forward to seeing where my pieces sold. I also have a new series that I want to work on already.

I’ve been sharing each painting down one column of my instagram feed, and I’m crossing my finger that maybe a buyer or two will spy the artwork they purchased and leave a comment. I think I’ll share a post for each 10 paintings. Meanwhile, feel free to check it out on instagram and follow me over there.

Also, feel free to click over to Flickr to look through all three of my previous Art-o-mat series.

Art-o-mat at Kishwaukee College

Art-o-mat® machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art. There are over 100 active machines in various locations throughout the country.

9.9.13 Kishwaukee College

In the Spring I spoke with the college about trying to generate some interest in the Art-o-mat at Kish. The result so far… My collection of artwork purchased through Art-o-mat machines (by other artists) is on display in their beautiful new student center. Hopefully, I will also visit the school to talk to students about the machine and maybe even participate in some work sessions while a student group generates work to contribute as well.


A little shaky camera phone vine of the Art-o-mat at Kishwaukee college, in Malta, (Northern) Illinois. click on the image to see the 6 second video.

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If you are interested in seeing my collection, head into the student center through the south side entrance and the display is immediately to the right. From there you can walk ahead to the book store on the left.

If you’ve never visited an Art-o-mat and you live in the Northern Illinois area, you are in for a treat, as the machine at Kishwaukee College is quite the local treasure. As seen in the video above, you can purchase a token from the student book store, also in the student center, and then head across the hall and purchase an original piece of artwork. It’s that simple!

Read more here about my involvement with Art-o-mat

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Also, while you are there, please visit their brand new art gallery. It is in the center of the school, where the old book store used to be located. They have a great show “Mesh” going on right now through September 25th.

Good Things Come in Threes

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Recently I was thrilled to see I sold one of my alphabet posters. Glancing at my stats I noticed views up on that poster. I did a bit of sleuthing and discovered that my poster was featured on the blog for Swedish magazine Hus & Hem! I’ve been thinking that I should make some more pieces like these, maybe one with numbers and some with phrases. You might remember this piece stemmed from the series of Polaroid Pogo prints I did in 2009. I can’t wait for spring to arrive so I can scout out some moss and get going on more posters.

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About a third of my #artomat collection

I love Art-o-mat. It’s no secret. I’m thrilled to announce that my collection of Art-o-mat artwork (pieces that I have purchased by other artists at various Art-o-mat machines) will be on display at Kishwaukee College. Once I get them out to the school, they will be in a display case in the brand new Student Center through the end of the semester, near Kish’s Art-0-mat machine. Once they are at the school I hope to get some pictures and will share them here.  I also hope that this display may spark an interest in art collectors from the community to visit this very special diamond that we are so lucky to have nearby. Who knows, maybe this post will inspire you to check and see where your nearest Art-o-mat is and visit it. Did I mention that it is also a great time to be a contributing Art-o-mat artist? Artwork to fill the machines is in high demand!

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Dacia at the na-da farm barn sale yoyos and chalkboard sign

I will be selling again at the Na-Da Farm Spring Sale this year. I’m especially excited this year, having one year under my belt and knowing a bit more of what to expect. I’m also REALLY excited because my friends Courtney of She Always Loved Larking (Etsy) and Ann of A Beautiful Party (Etsy) will also be selling at the event. We are going to have so much fun! If you like fun (and who doesn’t?) then you should come to the event as well.

Art-o-mat themed treasury

I’ve created an Art-o-mat themed Etsy Treasury

This honestly took me forever to create.
I exhaustively went through EVERY.SINGLE.CONTRIBUTING.ART-O-MAT ARTIST! listed on Artomat.org, clicked on their links, visited their websites, searched for their etsy shops. I actually compiled this over a month ago and have been keeping it in my poster sketch tool on my laptop waiting till one of the treasuries finally opened up and I was prepared.

Tonight was that night.

I’m sure everyone here already knows how much I love Art-o-mat, but please hop over and visit my treasury, click on the artists and check out there work, leave comments on the treasury and I’ll luv ya 4 evah!