In 2014, I hosted an art party. Participants were invited to put random brush-strokes on the canvas, working on a collaborative piece of art, which I would finish later. After the art party I wanted to remember the experience, so I hung it on the wall as is for (ahem) two years. And life did what it does.
Recently I decided it was time for me to go back in and "finish" the work. So I used the Brushes Redux app for IOS to try out some ideas. It's really a fun application, because after you finish drawing, you can see a kind of "video" of the drawing sequence. Artist David Hockney used his iPhone and iPad to make paintings with this app. What's great about that is you might see a spot in the middle of the film that you like better than your ending. Art is like that.
Here's the video of the process. If I were going to be "professional" about this I would have put the ipad on a stand and put my iphone on a tripod to take the video. But then it might not have gotten done. This is a quick video to give you the idea of the process of the app:
Here is one frame I isolated from the video above:
Here I used a photo app called Over make a filter of the painting and combine it with a photo I had taken of sunshades in a city park in Auburn, Maine.
The following is a combination of the painting
with a photo of a quilt I took at an antique auction:
And here is a the painting combined with
a photo I took of a little antique lamb toy.
This process is fun for me on days when I cannot get to my sewing room or my cellar painting area. As John Wooden says, "Don't let what you cannot do keep you from doing what you can do."