Digital Painting--a great way to relax

By Lowell's Notes

Let me start by saying very plainly that I am not an artist. My art work consists of doodling while I am talking on the phone. If you are looking for technical pointers or any advice about painting or art--you will be sadly disappointed with this hub as I know nothing about how to draw in perspective or properly shadow anything.

Okay, with that disclaimer out of the way let the fun begin. I was looking online the other day at some of the new free software downloads. I simply googled free software downloads and began browsing through the vast amount of programs that are available.

I noticed several programs for art or painting and out of curiosity downloaded one. I was blown away by the choices of brushes, paints, textures and tools!

I am a bit embarrassed to say that I spent the rest of the evening glued to my computer using my mouse to "paint" a lot of colors and shapes. I was fascinated by how the colors so realistically blended and smeared. I was like a two year old with finger paints.

My efforts are predictably of low quality, but what a blast I am having! After several days of spending every spare moment "painting", I realized how addicted I am becoming to this new way to unwind at the end of the day.

The funny thing really is how much pride I have at the end result of my painting. I will drag my wife away from her activities to come look at my newest project and wait like a kid for her to exclaim over my creation. Then I will sit for a few minutes just admiring my handiwork.

Realistically, the digital paintings are borderline awful (I'm not seeking compliments here--just being honest). But the relaxation and pleasure I derive from the effort makes it seem like a very healthy thing to do.

You should try it. No, really. Take a few moments of your spare time and just play around with one of these free programs. It is very relaxing and you might just be surprised at how much you enjoy it.

Okay, here's a few of my creations for you to chortle over: :)

Aha! I've discovered abstract. LOL!  My youngest son looked at this and asked, "Is that fish?"   Then he said, "No, no. It's birds!" He looked puzzled, "Or is it flowers?"
Aha! I've discovered abstract. LOL! My youngest son looked at this and asked, "Is that fish?" Then he said, "No, no. It's birds!" He looked puzzled, "Or is it flowers?"

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BookFlame 7 years ago

Yes, I do this too. It's so much fun.


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Lowell's Notes 7 years ago Author

I was not prepared to be so addicted. :) Thanks for stopping by BookFlame.


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sllbs 7 years ago from Arizona

Not a bad addiction...I like your work...really :)...can't wait to see more.


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Lowell's Notes 7 years ago Author

Thanks, sllbs. As addictions go...this one has some great side effects (relaxation being the primary one)... :)


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H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

Nice painting. Thanks to digital technology with your effort of success.


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keira7 7 years ago

In my opinion , you are an artist. I had done some painting in the pass, but nothing good, comparing to yours, i love your work. Sorry for the delay, I had some much work to do. Thanks for this great hub my dear friend. :)


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Lowell's Notes 7 years ago Author

H P Roychoudhury, Thanks for stopping by!

keira7, Thank you for your comments--it's all for fun and relaxation.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I really enjoy your digital paintings. I am into graphic arts also. You can check out some of my artsy hubs if you like. Aloha!


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Lowell's Notes 6 years ago Author

elayne001, I'm glad you enjoyed these. I looked at your hubs about photography--very good!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

This does look like great fun. And I loved your picture of the trees and the wall and the stream. It's charming and the trees look so cool. I've never heard about this program and it looks like I'll have to check it out.


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Lowell's Notes 6 years ago Author

Dolores Monet, I hope you have a lot of fun trying this.


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

I spent a couple hours the other day, also trying to make art digitally...My results were not as good as yours...well done.


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talitz2550 5 years ago from Thailand

Very nice hub...I was drawn to your title as it is very true. I do the same but I can really say, each artist is unique... I like your style and your works are fantastic. Keep it up. Thanks to digitized softwares that made our dreams come true. You have a new follower in me. :)

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