Painting By Numbers

i just wanted to give a shout out to two excellent ‘Oil Painting By Numbers’ apps, which are available in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. Both are free, but can be subscribed to for access to more pictures and to remove adverts. (The Android version is far cheaper!)

The first (iOS) is ‘Color By Number Oil Painting’ by Veraxen.

The second is 'Oil Painting' by Color Planet (Play Store).

Both apps have equally beautiful and lifelike paintings to colour and both use similar techniques to fill in areas of colours. Colours are linked by numbers, as you would expect, but areas to tap on to fill in are also highlighted by shading, which is great if you have problems with number recognition. Colouring small areas can be fiddly, but a help button is provided to help find them.

Painting by number on your iPhone or Android phone, or on an iPad or tablet, is very relaxing, especially if some classical music is playing in the background and as the pictures build and are completed, there is a real sense of achievement. Both developers describe them as 'mindfulness' activities. Completed pictures can be saved and shared on social media, so over time you build a library of completed works to look back on.

The apps can be used by anyone and everyone with good vision and reasonably good dexterity and touch. They may be especially helpful for clients who are more solitary, or less mobile. Another benefit is there is no need for art materials, no mess to clear up and paper is saved.

Here are a few images of paintings I have completed.

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About Me

Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.


He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 


The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.


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