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Christopher Sapienza. (Photo By Terri Sapienza; Painting By Photofiddle)
Sunday, July 17, 2005

If you've ever hoped to channel your inner Van Gogh but lacked the talent to express those artistic proclivities, head to The site promises to help you transform digital images into professional-looking artwork in a matter of minutes.

I don't have an artistic bone in my body (even my stick people have issues), so I was intrigued by Photofiddle's premise. Working on a Mac, I encountered an immediate roadblock: The site had compatibility problems with Safari (problems, the company says, that will be resolved within the month). But after switching Web browsers, it was smooth sailing. You choose from a broad range of mediums and styles (including pencil sketches, watercolor and abstract painting), download your photo, crop it and click "apply." After a few minutes, an image of your masterpiece will appear. If you like what you see, order it; if not, discard it and start over.

It took me some time, but I found a winner -- a quadrant of Warhol-esque pics of my nephew Christopher. I had my creation printed on a 12-by-12-inch stretched canvas frame. Price, including shipping: $52.53 -- not bad, considering what I created. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the kid is so adorable.

Terri Sapienza

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