Art Process: Using the Brushes Redux App

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."

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"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden