Automation, Paint and Flow

Work in progress

I'm interested in how visually complex Acrylic paint blending properties can interact and contrast with the precision of an automated drawing machine.

Pen plotters usually add a humanised, hand drawn quality to digital work. Here I’m interested in the contrast between the soft edges of hand & medium and the precision of automation. The contrast is not to seek conflict as automation and hand are both tools of the artist.

Small, bright rings of colored paint getting larger from the center.
First automated experiment: Spirals


Pen plotter, Acrylic paint, Cotton Canvas, OpenFrameworks, Inkscape.

Spiral Experiments

Spiral: Closeup

Differential Growth in Paint

An organic like cauliflower shape, mixing many different colors together. Losses shape slightly at the edges.

Differential Paint Expansion

Precision of Edges