Shipping Container 2.701%

"Shipping Container" (confidence = 2.701%)
Joanne Hastie original 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 36"

This light blue and navy abstract painting was created as part of my machine learning research. I am painting abstract paintings by hand while writing software to generate compositions and classify paintings. It was interesting for me to see how an idea transferred from digital medium to a painting. After I finished this painting, I used an artificial intelligence classifier (TensorFlow) to suggest what object this abstract painting could be. Of all the objects it classified the painting as I selected shipping container as the title for the painting.

Inception v3 score:
stretcher (score = 0.08762)
crane (score = 0.05359)
bell cote, bell cot (score = 0.05011)
container ship, containership, container vessel (score = 0.02701)
harvester, reaper (score = 0.02556)



I wrote Python code to collage and generate compositions of hand painted geometric shapes and then use an image classifier to rank the compositions based on my preferences.

Over time, I update the classifier as I hone my eye as to what looks good as a painting versus a digital thumbnail. After it is painted, I use an untrained classifier to title the painting. I get titles such as “Bulletproof Vest”, “Traffic Lights” and “Envelope”, because they are flat paintings (minimal depth) – most paintings are classified as “Envelope”. Can you see the objects in the painting?

This work has been featured in NeurIPS Online Gallery in 2018, at ‘Women in Data Science’ show in Zurich in 2018 and in RUSI Journal 2019.

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