Hmmm. Nothing like playing with software to keep one amused in the early morning!
Adobe has a filter called “pixel bender” for CS4, CS5, and CS5.5. I expect they will have one for CS6 when it comes out.
I have been playing with the “Oil Paint” one, with maybe another thrown in by accident. Kinda like the results.
Is this “art”? Or not?
If you use it, reduce the picture in size. My system crashed using full-sized 16 megapixel images; no problems when reduced to 1500 in Photoscape along the long edge.