I walked away from an exam and test results with a laundry list of do’s and don’ts. High on the list was a recommendation to reduce my stress level, perhaps take up a hobby, do something different, maybe even travel.
Stress can be a killer, I know, but so can a list of do’s and don’ts. So, I decided to eat a little better, exercise a little more, cut down the todo list to something manageable by an aging human, and take up something I’ve wanted to do for 20 years but just didn’t have the time.
No, not painting as in oils, or painting as in watercolors, but digital painting. I rummaged through the Mac App Store and bought half a dozen painting and drawing apps. Here’s one I like, and it’s cleverly titled Paint Plus.
Check this out.
There’s not much going on here to increase your stress level. The tool palette floats and every tool is instantly familiar and usable (to anyone who remembers MacPaint).
Start with a new blank file or open an image file to edit. Tools are basic, including brush, airbrush, shapes, a text tool, and a few others.
It’s basically a painting app that’s more you than the toolset.
Images can be flipped vertically or horizontally, cropped, and saved in the basic graphic file formats– .PNG, .BMP, .JPG, .TIFF, and .GIF.
As someone who is a somewhat experienced Mac user who’s tried more than my fair share of painting and graphic design applications, I found Paint Plus to be somewhat liberating. It’s just me, a few tools, and whatever I can create.
Does it reduce stress?
Yes, but not at first. I might have similar success if I switch to oils but I just can’t handle the stress of the mess or the stress of the expense.