Freeware Windows software to convert photos / images into painterly styles.
While painterly image converters are nothing new (there are plenty of phone apps and Java / Processing applets that do the same thing), what is interesting with this one is that you can actually see the process at work. The top image is a tweaked GIF of what you can see (using the brushstrokes mode) while the image is being processed. The second image is the original photo, the third the final product. I used a 500 pixel wide image for demonstration purposes, but much larger photos can be used (which is an advantage over other apps).
You can find out more and download it via here.
NB: Image Credit -Il Senso Della Vita by JOVI ^^
Also, you cannot create animated GIF files, like above, with the program.