Collectif Creativity: 24Feb2023

by Susan Irving

Here are  a couple of things I have been working on over time using my Fresh paint app.  The first is Working Through My Grief.  A very old and dear friend passed away on New Year’s Eve 2021.  We talked just a few hours before he passed away and his death was very unexpected.  He was a very talented musician, also a writer and just a joy to be around.  I took this very hard and, as with many things in my life, I could only express it through a painting.  It took me several months to complete, doing a bit every week or so. Of course I still grieve and miss our conversations very much, but painting it out has helped me to let him go. This is the first time I have shared it with anyone. I cannot explain the “why” of it, only that it is. 

Working Through My Grief, created with Microsoft Fresh Paint

The second painting may or may not be quite finished yet.  It is an attempt at a still life, using several different Fresh Paint applications in one piece (pencil, watercolour and oil).  

Pots, created with Microsoft Fresh Paint

I used this photo of some of my pots as a loose sort of reference.  

Isn’t it about time you shared your creative activities with the Collectif? 

Send JPG image(s) to with up to 100 words per image describing some or all of what moved you to spend time thinking about and producing . . . something! Share how/if creativity affects (controls?) your life. Please include size (height by width), title & media for each image.

Writers – we want to hear from you! Send poetry, lyrics, an excerpt. Try to include an image of some sort because that’s the media world we live in. 

Everyone, share informative, inspiring Show & Tell demonstrating the creative mind.


  1. I find the first one very expressive of the rivers of emotions we navigate when dealing with loss and the movement from dark towards light. I also found relief in expressing grief through painting and found it very cathartic.
    You are getting quite adept with this app – looking better and better. Maybe you should think about producing some as photos on canvas?


    • Thanks Lynne. I know you have also dealt with this in a similar way. I think that, as artists, we are fortunate to be able to “paint things out.”
      Maybe one day I will print the Fresh Paint images, but I feel I need to get a lot more proficient first.


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