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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 21-30

I’m back with a third installment of 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

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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:

Art-o-mat Series III

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

 

Autumn Chalkboard 2017

Chalkboard calendar fall 2017

Yikes, I’m really late sharing this! I haven’t even erased it either, to begin the winter one, so I’m gonna have to try and recall everything that might have happened since late December. Things of note from the fall:

We continued sleeping outside in our tent until mid October, (I think!) From August to October, almost entirely sleeping in the tent at night. We should just build a yurt in our backyard. Our neighbors probably think we are CRAZY. All the same, as Matt is trying to rush to spring, and I’m not there yet (I would still appreciate a couple more good snows), I realized the other night that I do have one thing to look forward to as it gets warmer, and that is sleeping out in our yard again.

I went to the Dr. for regular check ups, like a real grown up adult! This is huge for me, as I didn’t have regular Dr.s for the longest time because I’m a hypochondriac AND terrified of going to the Dr. I can’t stress how important this is for me, and how much peace of mind it brings.

Finally Finished my Art-0-mat series and ordered boxes to send them in. Right now I’m wrapping up photographing and documenting them. I’d like to make a little video to promote this series, like last time.

I had the best day! I finally got to do something I've wanted to do for SEVEN YEARS! Ever since #docrwells was a baby I wanted to get pictures taken with him in a real photobooth, but as they are a dying technology and fewer and farther between, I literal

I got to take my niece and nephews to a real photobooth for my birthday! This is something I had been wanting to do since my oldest nephew (turning 8 soon) was a toddler.

Previous Chalkboard Calendar posts right here!

 

This Postcard is a Sculpture (Box)

Everything is Connected postcard book by Keri Smith

Last year I bought Keri Smith‘s postcard book Everything is Connected. It’s been fun because I decided to send postcards to people when I think of them, and when I do, I just randomly open the book and whatever postcard it ends on is the one they get. Oddly, each postcard that I sent  (I think 5 so far) has been perfectly suited to each person. I wanted to share one that came back to me recently in an unexpected way recently!

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The postcard above was selected for my favorite college teacher, Michael Bennett. He was the head of the Art department at the Community College I attended, and I took many jewelry and metalwork classes with him, amongst other Art classes as well. It seemed fitting that he got a postcard saying to make a sculpture from the postcard. Of course I just imagined that he might fold it up into a paper crane or something and just set it on a shelf.

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A few weeks ago he showed up at my work to visit, tell me about a show he is curating at the local university and to surprise me with this present. He made a joke that he was the teacher but here I am sending him an assignment. He took my postcard and made me a box sculpture from it! So, you can see the original postcard says “this postcard is a sculpture” and he changed it to say “a box sculpture” and that the object should be exhibited at “Robyn’s House”.

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He built the box and transferred the images of the original postcard, the altered postcard AND wrapped the edges with a repeated pattern transfer of an Art-O-Mat painting of mine he purchased (from the machine purchased in his honor when he retired). The picture above (left) is of him purchasing from the machine, from Kishwaukee College’s site, with a picture of my painting he purchased.

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The inside of the lid has a transfer of the written side of the postcard, stamp and cancellation and all! The back (or bottom) of the box has an image transfer of the original postcard.

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The inside is filled with little reproductions of the postcard, fronts and backs!

I was so thrilled and honored to get an original piece by such an important person in my life. Not only that, but it is kind of a collaboration with his, my own work AND the fabulous Keri Smith as well!

edit to add one more postcard that I sent from the book:

From the #kerismith postcard book, a card I made and sent to a friend. #showandmail #mailart

The first postcard I sent out from the book was this one in May 2014, which was just an empty sign and I designed the lettering. It was just the beginning of projects that I started using cut up Gelli Prints from and I liked this one so much I’ve been thinking of using the idea for a series of cards or notepads.

Late night #sketchbook designs #robayre

I’ve filled a bunch of pages of designs but have just been sitting on them and stalling, not sure what to do next.

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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.

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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.