Beautiful Dorena

200809251609.jpgOne of my rules in Pen and Link is that all software recommendations should be for both Windows and Mac. For Beautiful Dorena, I’m going to make an exception. This free, Mac-only painting program is so laugh-out-loud weird that I have to give it a mention.

To say too much about Beautiful Dorena would be to spoil the fun, but let’s just say that the surrealists would have loved it. What other painting software lets you drop in random Emily Dickinson quotes? Or has a “wacko” setting that makes the lines dance like Jell-o? Or makes pencil lines that respond to gravity?

Created by the designer of the original Kid Pix program, Beautiful Dorena is a great way to lose an afternoon playing with images. Who says art has to be serious?

Download it for free here: