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Art-O-Mat February Sets

Elissa Nesheim

Art-o-mat® machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art.

I am super excited to share this site with you! I have been working with Artomat for two years now, creating tiny little paintings to start or add to your personal art collection. Along with hundreds of other artists around the world, and with the lovely people at Artomat HQ I am able to be a part of re-purposing these cigarette machines into something fabulous!

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Earlier Sets of my Artomat work:

In these earlier sets, on paper, each painting is its own world, usually in a vignette style. I used these little paper pieces as a sort of sketch book to work out different compositions, lines and color schema. Of course, these little guys inspired larger works based on the original and eventually led me back to an idea I had long ago about taking a larger piece of the landscape and dividing it amongst many collectors. I wanted to bring this idea to the artomats as well, because the project really lends itself to division of a whole. Artists generally send in boxes of their work in sets of 50 or 100. These get divided up between machines throughout the art-o-mat-verse. Most machine curators order from artists in groups of 10, due to machine capacity. 

Starting February 2018 I am making these longer landscape series as you see below. I will also be making one panel original watercolor works and prints based on these art-o-mat series, to make them accessible to those who are not close to an art machine or if you fall in love with them. I started painting longer watercolor landscapes spanning several surfaces in 2007. Just as we take pieces of the landscape with us in our memory of childhood, visiting far flung places or exploring your current place on the globe, snapshots of the landscapes. I love the idea that several people have a piece of the whole, we are what connects us. 

The Reality of Finding

Elissa Nesheim


Hello Tall Trees

It's autumn in most places... back in my homeland the aspen groves are having their pow wow. School skipped road trips were made just to celebrate this event back in the day, shhhh don't tell. My pal Bonny Fleming has captured some of nature's great dance if you want to see. 

Here in California we sort of ease into Fall with a sidestep and a slither. Nothing too grand in most places. The sequoia and redwoods give a bit of a show, the poison oak turns a lovely shade of red, which makes it easier to spot. The clouds give us a little tease every other day or so, hinting of the rains to come. (fingers crossed)

I had my closing reception for my 8 week artist in residence project. Over the course of my 8 weeks at the Gilroy Center for the Arts I painted over 60 feet of watercolor paper, cut and ripped them apart then re-contructed them into one 30 foot painting... here is part of it, more photos coming soon...

I did a video of my artist statement and concept, which will be available soon. Just needs some tweaking.

My closing reception, similar to the mid-point, was attended by some special people, for which I am very thankful. Their support through my journey has been so amazing. I am also thankful for all the support of my online pals. The notes and comments from the virtual arts community has been so important through this journey, so I thank you. I could feel you there with me at the reception!

The next day we drove to Arcata to visit our daughter at University. What a lovely magical place:


I have a new plan forward for how I will present my work here and in other virtual outlets. Many changes are coming down the line. For now I am letting go of lots of artwork in my online sale. Through October many of my pieces are 40% off! I will add more work as the month continues. These larger pieces from my reconstruction series are not for sale at this time. I am hoping to put them in a few special exhibits. Fingers Crossed...

love and hugs- E