Covid Creativity: 25Jan2021

by Susan Irving

I’ve been fooling around with my Fresh Paint app (free download available).  I used to use it a lot when I had a tablet with a touch screen, and with much better results.

Digital Image by Susan Irving

My laptop, using a mouse instead, is more difficult, and sometimes a bit frustrating. But this is what I have come up with so far.  I guess I am in a “winter” frame of mind right now.

Digital Image by Susan Irving

One more messing about with the Fresh Paint app. Each work took about 45 minutes.

Digital image by Susan Irving

Just as a comparison, here is one I did a couple of years ago, using the touch screen with my now defunct tablet.  I have a way to go yet using the mouse!

Belinda by Starlight, digital image by Susan Irving
Created with Microsoft Fresh Paint by Susan Irving

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  1. I’ll have to check out the app, Susan. Looks like you’ve found a way to create without also creating a storage problem. 🙂 I particularly like the first portrait.


  2. This is so neat! Is that app something that anyone can try? Or is it focused on already talented artists? I haven’t wielded a paintbrush other than to paint walls and furniture.
    I particularly like the two winter scenes.


  3. Yes anyone can use it. It helps to know a bit about colour mixing and composition etc. It is a bit complicated to figure out initially, but there is a tutorial and if you have time on your hands its is an interesting learning process . Also as Lynne pointed out, it is nice to be able to create and not have the storage problem. Another free app that is simpler, and more geared for kids, but still fun for adults is Draw Free.


  4. Yes, what a problem storage can be!!! This is a cool way around it. And, if you wanted, you could always copy your creation onto a canvas. it would be interesting reverse roles – make a painting look digital. I see the difference between mouse and touchscreen – touchscreen would be much easier, especially with a stylus. Hmmm… something new to try… Thanks for sharing, Susan! (and yes, the winter scenes are marvellous!)


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