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170204 The new painting machine to make the shrine portraits will be a larger version of the 2007 machine. A small heating coil will be moved into position over the metal surface to accept the oil pastel stick in a timely manner. A weathering test is being done to see how the oil pastel paintings last outside.
A lot has been learned heating up the surface to melt the oil pastel sticks on a hot surface since 2007. The technique has been used and developed almost on a monthly basis since then. The process lends itself to en plien air work and quick work and having the work look like oil paint becoming fully dried as soon the oil pastel cools.

170203 This new machine will bring a disk down onto a surface of latex paint then move it to the work surface. Hopefully the surface tension will be enough to trigger a touch sensor activating raising up the disk and moving the paint to the working surface. There may be 3000 dots on the 24" x 24" metal canvas. Nine colors will be used and it may take several days to fill in the spaces since it will need nine passes because the paint will not dry quick enough to bring down the next color. It will be more permanent than the original printing machine that melted eight colors in sequence requiring one pass. I should do a test to the permanence first.

170201 The beginning of the next painting machine. Using paint, daubing a dot on a 24" x 24" piece of metal for the shrine portraits. Metal will prove to be more durable. Using Lego parts and the "get pixel" command to retrieve pixel information from an image, applying it to it's location. One complete pass may take 12 hours and nine passes, one for each color will be needed. The machine runs automatically and may work overnight.

The Lego printer that put 24654 dots on a 16" x 20" piece of metal produced fourteen works sending individual pixel information for each 3/8's round spot made with a 1/4" oil stick.

AG Lafley, Chairman and CEO of Proctor & Gamble, oil pastel on aluminum, 16" x 20", April 7 2008

Tom with the 2007 Robot, Lafley portrait with mechanical parts and board

Tom & Irene Kissing
Oil pastel on aluminum, 16" x 20", January 18, 2008
The colors were selected for full color effect. The artist worked alongside the robot while it places the initial color. Then Tom goes over the work carefully adjusting the dots. The painting takes place in a novel way, the painting lays flat and Tom steps back about five feet comparing the work with his reference.

Lady of Cincinnati's Fountain Square
Oil pastel on aluminum, 16" x 20", January 15, 2008
Painted with concern over the transition of light to dark colors. The purple or second darkest color should be lighter. Next painting will be with real life colors.

The Art Machine used to make these paintings is shown. The eight colors on the wheel are rotated to the right color and then applied 5000 times.

Baby Bear, Wax on aluminum sheet, 16" x 20", January 2, 2008
This work continues to improve the resolution and color of the Lego robot, Artisto assisted work. Tom kept the color lighter than black making the black a strong form color. He needs to continue to refine the gray scale steps for the other colors to make the eight colors work as best as they can.

The Artist as Santa, 16" x 20", December 19, 2007, Wax aluminum sheet

This Lego robot assisted painting has several new inventions. Tom started painting while the robot laid down the color. He made an outline on the metal of the final painting and used it to guide his stroke. Tom reduced the size of the wax stick to 1/4" and kept the number of stroke to 4163. The Santa is the artist. Tom always wanted to paint a Santa in the manner of the Coke Santa, Haddon H. Sundblom.
Manner Copyrighted 2007

Helen XV, 16" x 20", October 2007, Wax aluminum sheet

Tom was still working on the right combination of eight colors for this face of his daughter. The wax did not have much difference in the dark shades. He still was working with basic colors, black, dark brown, dark green, dark red, medium brown, blue, light brown and white. He still would not alter the application of the color spots, letting the robot make homogeneous patterns of its own.

Helen XIV, 16" x 20", October 2007

The light violet takes the place of yellow in the face palette. If you close your eyes the violet becomes yellow. The face looks fascinating because of this juxtaposition.

Lego paint machine portrait of young  girl by Tom Lohre.

Helen XIII, 16" x 20", October 2007

Facial coloring combination from light to dark: black, dark red brown, dark blue, green, red, light pink, light violet and white with the violet substituting for light yellow for excitement.

Peter Rabbit, 16" x 20", September 2007

The second painting where Tom used a 8 color four color process, black, blue, violet, red, orange, green, yellow, white in that order of gray scale.

Peter Rabbit featured on the Sakura America Web Site

Chad Johnson, 16" x 20", September 2007, Wax on aluminum sheet
This is the second painting done with the Lego robot assistant, "Artisto." The face is a Bengal receiver. The face is set in the mask of a tiger. Tom used strong colors to accent the eight colors available in the robot assisted process.

George Clooney , 16" x 20", September 2007

Helen XII, 16" x 20", September 2007, Wax on textured aluminum extra heavy foil

Tom worked on mixing the right colors for this work using 4 light colors for the face and 4 dark colors for the hair. He found out that the darks were too much alike as well as the face colors.

Helen XI, 16" x 20", September 2007, Wax on textured aluminum extra heavy foil
One of the earliest works where after the robot had laid down the color Tom reheated the surface and painted strokes into the hot wax. The ears at the bottom left are rabbit ears.

Irene, 16" x 20", August 2007

The first painting done by "Artisto" using glow in the dark colors makes use of a strong combination of colors for a powerful graphic effect. The sky comes to life in the dark. Two different glow in the dark colors, blue and orange, where used for the background.

These works were produced with a pantograph using an attached image to copy.


2004 Robot

The 2004 robot painted with a pigmented wax stick on a canvas heated by a hot plate. It created the most beautiful surface. The fact that you could create any color wax stick you want was very important when creating with something this rough. Tom wanted the 2004 robot to be able to work from an image in the computer but the learning curve was too steep because of the programing language, LabVIEW or RoboLAB as it is called when using Lego sensors and motors.

In the spring of 2004 these paintings were shown at the Lexington Public Library, Kentucky.

Contemporary Painters
Art Show
Tom Lohre, Eric Johnson and Velma Morris

Downtown Lexington Library
March 6th to April 4th, 2004
140 East Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 231-5530 - Adult Services
(859) 231-5534 - Children’s
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
Tom Lohre’s Contribution

1. Helen, 8” x 10”, Oil on canvas, 030201.jpg

2. Helen the Peasant Girl, 8” x 10”, Oil on canvas, 030215.jpg

3. Helen the Peasant Girl II, 8” x 10”, Oil on canvas, 030228.jpg

4. Landscape I, 10” x 8”, Oil on canvas, 040129.jpg

5. Landscape IV, 10” x 8”, Oil on canvas, 040125.jpg

6. Adams County Sunset, 10” x 8”, Oil on canvas, 040205.jpg

7. Landscape III, 10” x 8”, Oil on canvas, 040201.jpg

8. Landscape VI, 10” x 8”, Oil on canvas, 040216.jpg

9. Nantucket Main Street, 10” x 8”, Oil on canvas, 040212.jpg

10. Adams County II, 16” x 12”, Oil on canvas, 040217.jpg

11. Nantucket, 16” x 12”, Oil on canvas, 040210.jpg

12. Adams County, 12” x 16”, Oil on canvas, 040219.jpg
13. Bouquet of Roses, 16” x 20”, Oil on canvas, 040220.jpg
14. Roses II, 16” x 20, Oil on canvas, 040221.jpg
15. Nude, 16” 20”, Oil on canvas, 040223.jpg

Helen going to School, 16” x 20”, Oil on canvas, 040222

Over-the-Rhine Alleyway, 16” x 20”, Oil on canvas, 040226.jpg

Bouquet of Roses, 16” x 20”, Oil on canvas, February 23, 2004

Large Format Pastel Printer June 25th, 2003

Used to produce 26" x 40" pastel printer by placing the black & white plate above the robot. The IR sensor causes the robot to reverse direction when it moves off the black plate. Random movements cause the robot to no repeat it's path thereby filling in areas as it travels back and forth across the black plate.

Abstract Random

40" x 26", pastel on 90lb paper,

16" x 20", Pigmented wax  on 90lb paper,  May 18th, 2003

Helen, 16" x 20", pastel on 90lb paper,  May 18th, 2003

Helen, 30" x 24", pastel on 90lb paper, April 10th, 2003

Tom , 36" x 26", pastel on 90lb paper, April 15th, 2003

Mom & Dad with Susan, 36" x 24", pastel on 90lb paper, May 6th, 2003


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