Palette Painting In The 21st Century – Moving Beyond Those “Happy Little Trees”

Though the Joy of Painting could often be as boring as, well – let’s not state the obvious – Bob Ross sure seemed to enjoy his work. Now, Canadian designer Yana Kilmava has given artists a technological equivalent in the Virtuo Palette.


Virtuo’s design comes from the idea of combining the features of modern technology with the feel of actually creating art. The palette itself would be held just as a real one would and use LEDs to display colors in a similar fashion to its traditional predecessor. Using one of five digital art tools included with the Virtuo – a pencil, paintbrush, palette knife, airbrush and pastel – users could mix and match colors on the Virtuo Palette just as if they were using the real thing. Pressure sensors and accelerometers would determine how hard and fast a tool was moved and would respond with the appropriate amount of paint, and communication between the palette and nearby computer screen would be accomplished via Bluetooth.


Once paint had been “picked up” off of the palette it could be transferred to the “canvas” or computer monitor in the same fashion. Kilmava plans to make the screen support only a limited number of “undo” functions so that users are encouraged to create rather than erase their work and paint over any mistakes instead of simply destroying them – sometimes the best art comes from what was not intended.

The Virtuo Palette: calling all artists.The Virtuo Palette: calling all artists.


The entire package looks slick and is designed to be accessible to both new users and experienced artists. In an age that is seeing a sharp increase in digital photo and movie use along with artworks on canvas that are reproductions of digital photos, the Virtuo Palette has a potentially lucrative niche.


So far as we know, large curly hair and a denim shirt, along with an obsessive interest in trees are not included in the package.


Source: Yanko Design