Covid Creativity: 1Feb2022

by Susan Irving

I am not normally into doing florals, as I really seem to have trouble with them (no patience for petals?)  But having watched local artist Cynthia Gatien paint one, I became inspired to give it a try.

Being still somewhat restricted in my choice of medium by Freddie kitten, I chose to experiment with a painting app. I have not given them titles as they are merely experimental.

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  1. Very colourful Susan. Makes one think of Spring. If this is a new medium for you – my question is: Does it give a much satisfaction as painting?


    • It does give as much satisfaction, Milo. It is a lot of fun to experiment and learn other ways of colour mixing, not to mention a great exercise in eye/ hand dexterity, as I am using a mouse to “paint” with as opposed to a stylus. An added bonus is that I am not left with a mess to clean up or lots of extra paintings lying about. All the paintings are saved on the app and it is possible to leave them for weeks, months, even years and still go back to them if I want to make any changes. I will also be able to use what I have learned for future use on my real canvases etc.


  2. Wow! These are beautiful and so enticing! Spring must be on the way 🙂
    You mentioned that these are done with a painting app – is it something that a non-painter could try (and maybe learn from)?


    • I think that it might help a bit to be a painter, but not really necessary. The beauty is that it costs nothing in supplies or materials, there is no messy cleanup and the app is free and does give you some instruction. “Fresh Paint is an app for the Windows 10 interface that lets you draw or retouch images on your PC. Looking just like it fits into the Windows 10 interface, Fresh Paint is an aesthetically pleasing painting app that’s easy enough for children to use, but provides enough features to please older users.” I think it is a fun and constructive way to spend time, especially during the winter when one does not wish to be outside a lot.


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