We often think of finger painting as something that’s just for children, but Iris Scott has continually shown us that it’s a viable way to produce stunning works of art. For years, the Brooklyn-based creative has broken the barrier between herself and the canvas by creating elaborate, colorful paintings using her hand in place of a brush.
Scott isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty with art, but she wears a pair of gloves to move the paint around. (This also keeps her fingernails clean!) After suiting up, she treats the pigment like clay and layers thick applications of it on canvas. The result is a jubilant subject matter that’s depicted in a rainbow palette. Together, they highlight the simpler side of life that’s best seen in her ongoing series called Shakin’ Dogs. In this collection, Scott paints canines that are drying off after a jaunt in the water. They radiate pure joy that’s sure to make you smile.
While Scott’s finger painting airs on the unconventional side, she’s not shy about sharing her technique with others. Her book, Finger Painting Weekend Workshop, invites anyone to try this type of Impressionist art.