I studied art back in high school and continued to explore through sketching occasionally for a few years before it was lost to me. Whilst art did feature in my work life through web and print design, it was not the same as that I had once explored.
Back in high school I had explored painting but had never really had much confidence in the area. I was not the Monet in the class, I had some ability but I’d not make a living from it; though most impressionists never did come to think of it. For me art was always about enjoyment, trying to capture or replicate something, to see if it could come close.
With the purchase of ProCreate app on my iPad Pro, winner of an Apple Design Award in 2017, I have once more been able to explore painting and sketching. I have been attempting replication of Monet and an Israeli artist, Leonid Afremov, whose art is stunning in its use of vibrant colour. Posting my attempts to Instagram (cgarnettlaw) I have been buoyed by the likes and comments received.
I was particularly chuffed by my replica of Monet’s Sunflowers:
With each painting it acts as a learning experience as I attempt to learn how I need to go about achieving the end result, having to think about layering so as to avoid edging.
Sadly, I am faced with limiting myself each day due to my arm injury otherwise the pain becomes real, another learning experience.