PAINTING VARIABLES

Painting Variables is my ongoing project to automate the painting process.

During a fine art class discussing the self-portrait, I had an idea to introduce technology to my painting studio. And suddenly my paints, brushes and mediums were stored next to resistors, wires and breadboards. Researching new technology has always been a passion of mine. I love finding opportunities to connect ideas and create something completely new.

In 2017 I got a desktop robotic arm to start this project… It’s not the R&D lab of my dreams (yet), but enough to get my ideas in motion. This site is focused on my endeavors in art & technology.

Below are blog posts relating to my dive into technology & art. You can follow my robotic paintings on my Painting Variables Instagram.

Robotic Arm doing a Paint-by-Number

Robotic Arm doing a Paint-by-Number

With my robotic arm project, 'Painting Variables', I keep getting asked to share videos of the process. I thought it might be fun as a first example to attempt to do an "Aquatic" Paint-by-Numbers. I have been focused on making the brushstrokes more organic which lends...

Equation of a Circle to Paint Curves

Equation of a Circle to Paint Curves

I had to open my algebra textbooks to review my engineering notes to paint curves. SOH CAH TOA is written throughout my notebook to remind myself of the sine and cosine calculations. Thankfully it came back to me quickly. The two paintings below are VERY different,...

The time I didn’t clean my paint brush…

The time I didn’t clean my paint brush…

There was a mistake in my code. However, I think the results were rather... artistic. When working on my color mixing software as mentioned in my previous color mixing post, I separated the sub-routines for cleaning the brush and dipping the brush into a new color....

Automating Colour Mixing

Automating Colour Mixing

Each week I add more complexity to the robotic painting project. It has been fun as I can leave the robot painting while I work on my own paintings (the ones I do myself by hand). This weekend I achieved several strides, which gave me so many more ideas... All...

Robot Art: My First Try at Automating Painting

Robot Art: My First Try at Automating Painting

Can a robot create a painting? I attend a monthly artist business group in Vancouver, when I told them about my idea of a painting robot the reaction was confusion “Why would I paint pictures of robots?”. I quickly learned to rephrase this idea: I actually meant that...

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