Friday, July 2, 2010

The Mind of Monet

Three months ago, I took a leave of absence from the company that I founded. My plan? Spend more time with my family, make chocolate, and write iPhone apps. The first app that I'm writing has the working title "The Mind of Monet". I think it's pretty cool, and I've created this blog in order to document the trials and tribulations of its ongoing creation.

As one of the founders of impressionism, Claude Monet had an unusual relationship with color. He is said to have spent many hours pondering the way that color shifts over the course of a day, and trying to capture that chromatic subtlety as best he could with brush and canvas. A quote that I like comes from one of his letters: "Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment." When I look at his paintings, I feel as if I'm reading his field notes on that rare animal color, complete with in-depth observations on what it eats, its odd habits throughout the course of the day, and how (if you're lucky) it may be lured onto a canvas with the right combination of pigments.

The aim of this app is to capture some of this joy and torment for the user. I've collected the most beautiful Monet images that I could find, removed one or more colors from each of them, and created a way for the user to add those colors back. Here's a screenshot:

This is "Impression: Sunrise", from which the term 'impressionism' is drawn. It's had two colors removed: one an orange-y sunrise color, and another a blue-green water tone. By mixing up the right missing colors using the palette at the bottom of the screen, you can make the painting complete again, and go on to the next one.

I'm still finding the occasional bug and adding the occasional feature, and haven't yet started the process of submitting it to the app store. I'll take note here of that process; until then, all the best.


1 comment:

  1. It is impressive art
    and it can be created by a special artist.