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Mobile Art – ‪A Stream of Consciousness – iColorama and Procreate‬ – by Carolyn Hall Young

A Stream of Consciousness in literature means to emulate the passage of thought through your mind without any inhibitors.The idea being that deeper patterns of order develop and emerge. Virgina Woolf used the stream of conciousness technique significantly in her work. In her novel, Mrs Dalloway, Woolf’s aim was to give readers the impression of being inside the mind of the character – an internal view, illuminating the plot.

Carolyn Hall Young has created this mobile art portrait using the same technique but in artform. As this video plays you will see how Young’s fragmentary and impressionistic responses flow through the portrait. What is fascinating to me is the complex evocation of the inner states of Young’s consciousness, a subliminal level renders the flow of a myriad of impressions. I imagine her feeling a sense of calm and connectedness with the world around her as she paints.


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“I was just having fun, making this video. While I was playing, I was not thinking about saving versions, for publication – I just kept a few versions that I liked. Part of what I was trying to show, in the video, was the adventure, the freedom, flexibility, and nimbleness of exploring visual ideas, within these apps”. Carolyn Hall Young, 19/01/16.



This video was made on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. Using the apps iColorama with Procreate and edited within iMovie.

A Stream of Consciousness/iColorama+Procreate – Carolyn Hall Young from New Mexico, USA from The App Whisperer on Vimeo.

Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Technology. A contributor to National and International publications, including, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Professional Photographer, NikonPro, Graphix, Digital Arts, Readers Digest, Popular Photography & Imaging and Which? consumer magazine and


    • Carolyn Hall Young

      I think it comes from our working in natural media, and bringing that process to pixels.

  • Stef LP

    A work of art in itself.
    I loved so many of the different versions via Process.
    How do u choose one?!!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Lovely inspiring work

    • Carolyn Hall Young

      Stef, I stop when I’d doesn’t nag at me anymore! Thanks for your sweetness!

  • Meri Walker

    Such joy watching you think and rethink, Carolyn! I find I am gaining patience the more you share these kinds of process-vids. I get lost, sometimes, and don’t trust that I’ll find my way through the 40-60 variants… and I abandon the work for days or weeks when I get frightened that way. What the hell, huh? You are a marvel to me, dear one.

    • Carolyn Hall Young

      Meri, I think it helps other people to see that every solution not just magically land in my lap, but sometimes knowing when to keep a happy accident is part of the art in it. It is not all about control, sometimes it is about letting it go!
      Thanks for your comment! XXOO

  • lee atwell

    What a beautiful, moving and inspiring stream, Carolyn! Thank you for sharing your self with us all in such a meaningful way.

    • Carolyn Hall Young

      Lee, thank you! I would like to think I am gearing up to do my best work! Meanwhile, I continue to discover so much, every day. It was fun to divert, to make a video, and engage a different part of my mind.

    • Carolyn Hall Young

      Jelly Beans, I would love to know who you are! I have been tying to figure it out! What a lovely comment! Thank you!

  • Pat brown

    Well, awesome! After that said–I loved the dance through many variations. What a wonderful thing about our digital media, that one can explore and try so many different looks and approaches. It is immeasurably instructive viewing your visual progressions, a priceless learning experience, plus an incredibly joyous one, with the great music enhancing the video. I admire and am enriched by your art and your generosity of spirit. Thank you.