I have been shooting photographs that are out of focus on purpose as artistic expression. This allows us to concentrate on form, composition, color, mood and avoid some of the everyday details that can make a picture too complex. Often these pictures take on the look of a painting because the blur is similar to a paint stroke. The genre is called Focuso. Focus Out.
I have put together a site which makes it easy for you to save Focuso pictures for your desktop background. Thanks Amy for the suggestion.
I have posted links already to these established sites that showcase works: