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Can iPad art be as good as art on paper?

Can iPad art be as good as art on paper?

From the moment I got my iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil, I have used my iPad for art just about every single day. I am so impressed with what it is capable of. However, I have thought of it as simply a place to do planning for “real” art. I design things and do rough sketches.

This is one such example. I wanted to do a design for something about acorns. To be honest, I don’t really like it, but it gave me ideas for more.

Then I decided to make something about the grasshopper. I have a really cool grasshopper necklace.

It surprised me tremendously. It looks exactly like the same thing I could do on paper. However, it was more enjoyable and easier on me physically. Here in the RV the light is just not good enough for me to be able to draw very fine detail. With the iPad, its lit from within, so is rather like drawing on a light table. Better yet, I can stretch the art to zoom in and see exactly what I’m doing. SOLD! It launched me on a spree of drawing like I’ve never done before.

I discovered that I could also take an old piece of artwork and give it new life with the iPad.

I am having fun with art. Each thing I do leads me on to something I’ve never done before. Creativity breeds creativity. I can hardly wait to work on something else. I find myself trying to sneak time for drawing into every moment. I keep my iPad and Apple Pencil with me at all times just in case I find a moment.

I don’t think I’m ready to stop using paper altogether, but I do really like the idea of having everything I need right here in the iPad. This winter I won’t have room to take much with me to New Jersey, but maybe I won’t need as much.

I’m happy and I’m excited. A new door has opened. Now to see where it will take me. Could it enable me to earn money? I’ve dreamed of signing up for art shows around the country and traveling from one to another…selling my work. YES!

This is my voice…

This is my voice…

I haven’t been doing a very good job of keeping my blog up to date. No excuse. I guess I’ve just been busy living in the moment.

I found a quote about life, so I made art to go with it. While making it, I discovered things about myself. Art is my voice. I thought I was creating nice images…but all along I’ve really been creating ME.

Before, I was creating things I thought would sell. A friend told me to create things I like. For me. Hm. I’d give it a try. And so I have.

Yesterday I rented a table at a small Farmer’s Market. I didn’t have much to sell. Just a small notebook with some zentangles I’ve made. Oh. I also had a little box of bearacatures that I drew years and years ago. I had book markers and small business card sized pieces with bears and a short quote. People looked at my zentangles and said nice things about them, but the only thing I actually sold was one of the little business card sized items and it sold for $1 Canadian. I used the $1 coin to buy in to the raffle.

I enjoyed the Farmer’s Market. I spent most of my time working on the piece at the top of the page. But I listened to conversations going on in the small room. A man talked about how he has Prostate cancer and went ahead and got all 20 treatments at one time. Whoa! Someone was talking about finding gold in boulders. There were Hutterites (similar to Amish) selling produce. In the afternoon they began to sing… spiritual songs and songs that were just plain fun. I enjoyed that. It felt good to be there among people for a day…people selling what they make, be it a rug, honey, tea, or produce.