Texting has come a LONG way. In fact, it has morphed into painting. With your iPhone and an application called Brushes, you can let your fingers do the painting. Brushes Viewer, a free application, “allows you to replay your Brushes paintings stroke for stroke, export them at very high resolutions (up to 1920 x 2880), and even export them as QuickTime movies.” Brushes Mobile Painting has spawned a paint anywhere “revolution,” that you can follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr.
One of these iPhone paintings became a New Yorker cover. The artist, Jorge Columbo, has a finger painting blog at The New Yorker. Yes, you read that right: finger painting at The New Yorker. Columbo is hoping to “build suspense as he builds up layers of color and shape” on a weekly painting for The New Yorker. He appears in the ABC clip below.
iPhone painting is accomplished by stroking on the screen with your finger, which prompted another artist in the clip to call the application “a stroke of genius.” This is finger painting without paint, so there’s no clean up, and you can do it anywhere without lugging any supplies. The canvas is a tad small, perhaps, but that doesn’t seem to be a deterrent for enthusiasts.
Here is an example of an iPhone painting, showing you every stroke:
Another iPhone painting, by Martius90, demonstrates the many revisions required to get to this point:
I also viewed iPhone artwork 118, Eve from Wall-e speed painted on iPhone (this one illustrates all the steps involved for creating a painting), Painting in iPhone Brushes app-Bus urbano (love this one, even the music), Painting in iPhone Brushes app-street, Brushes iPhone painting 5-31-09 is a portrait of dmhallart’s wife (now there’s a smart idea to name and date your paintings at the same time), and Michael Jackson iPhone Finger Painting by Josh Cassidy. Right now, there are about 400 iPhone paintings on YouTube. By the time you start exploring, I am certain there will be more–a LOT more.
Some of us don’t mind the cleanup that painting demands: the colorful reminders on all of our clothes, our hair, under our cuticles. (I admit it, I do NOT own an iPhone.)
Just the other day, I was discussing painting techniques with my artist friend Laurie Skantzos. We both agreed that putting our hands in the paint and “feeling our way into the painting” was a very freeing way to work. The emotions flow through your fingers in such a direct way. Before you know it, you find yourself scratching, flinging, flicking, smearing, splattering. You also caress, stroke, push, or even hit and pound the canvas. You are channeling your emotions, and they are powerful!
Your hands and the paint become partners in a colorful, kinetic choregraphy ~ and what emerges comes directly from your inner archives.