Let’s talk about Anna Weyant, an artist who found fame thanks to her Instagram page and has parlayed that fame into enormous success selling her art worldwide. Her story is one that every young artist should study to see how she managed to transition from a popular Instagrammer to a high-end artist, with some of her pieces now fetching millions of dollars on the market.
A Modern Day Fairy Tale
A few journalists have described Anna Weyant’s story as a modern-day art fairytale. Yet, in just five years since her graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design, her paintings sell at auctions for more than $1 million — sometimes, for many times more than their estimated value. Weyant didn’t plan to be a renowned artist. Instead, fame came to her on its own. Raised in Calgary, Canada, she always dreamed of moving to the Big Apple. Following her freshman year at the Rhode Island School of Design, she entered a contest sponsored by the National Gallery of Canada and was placed in the top three. The following year, she became focused on painting young women and girls and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Theme of Her Paintings
Contrary to its dark hue and sheen of opulence, her paintings are sometimes picturesque in their ability to show the everyday struggles of young women during adolescence. According to Weyant, she chose this theme because she was homesick and confused in a new city, and she projected those fears into the women she was painting. Weyant draws her inspiration from such masters as Dutch 17th-century Old Masters and more contemporary artists such as John Currin. She is also the youngest artist currently represented by the world-renowned Gagosian Gallery in May. The talented artist has exhibited her work in several American cities and achieved top placements at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips. Next, Weyant is preparing for a fall solo exhibition at the Gagosian.
In 2018, Apple redesigned the iPad Pro lineup with a completely new 11 and 12.9-inch tablets. In March 2020, these were refreshed, but the physical dimensions remain the same.
Many were waiting for the new iPad to come out, only to get the 2018 version cheaper. What came as a surprise is that Apple released the 11-inch new tablet starting at $799 – the same as what the 2018 11-inch costed. This brings the following questions:
- Is it worth the upgrade?
- Is the 2018 iPad worth buying in 2020?
- What’s different in the 2020 iPad Pro?
What’s Stayed the Same with the New iPad?
Physical Dimensions The physical dimensions of the two devices have stayed the same and come in 11 and 12.9 inches.
Screen Display Both the devices also retain the same Liquid Retina displays (2388 x 1688) for the 11-inch and (2732 x 2048) for the 12-inch model. Once again, they feature True Tone and ProMotion technology on board, as well as a P3 wide color gamut.
Apple Pencil & USB-C Both versions are also compatible with the second generation of Apple Pencil. Also, the Lightning connector has been switched out in favor of USB-C.
iPadOS 14 Update Both Apple tablets will get the new iPadOS14 update.
Processor Apple is touting its new A12Z Bionic chip (the 2018 iPad came with an “X” chip). It has an 8-core CPU and an 8-core GPU. In plain English, this means less heating and more efficiency in terms of running graphic-intensive apps. Also, more efficient processors are suitable for batteries.
Storage & Ram Storage options start with 128GB instead of 64GB. Also, all the new iPads will come with 6GB of RAM instead of 4GB. (The only expectation for the 2018 model was the 1TB storage version).
- iPad Pro (2020): 12 MP Wide lens, 10MP Ultrawide lens, 4K video at 24, 30, 60fps
- iPad Pro (2018): 12 MP Wide lens, 4K video at 30 and 60 fps only
The camera is a major update, but there is even more, a LiDAR scanner is included in the new iPad. This makes a huge difference for AR (augmented reality) apps.
Is an Upgrade Worth It?
Users that already have the 2018 iPad Pro don’t necessarily have to rush for an upgrade. Even the new Apple keyboard that will be released in May will be compatible with the old model.
Is Buying the iPad 2018 Worth It?
For users looking for a cheaper option, yes, it is. The only issue might be finding a new one. However, the refurbished models will be even less expensive, which is even better for budget seekers.
If the iPad 2018 Is Still Worth It, Why Should One Buy the 2020 iPad?
Two years ago, people paid the same amount of money for the iPad 2018. The 2020 model, however, comes with more RAM, a better camera, a better processor, double the base storage option, and offers impressive AR experience. So, if this is going to be your first iPad, or you have an older than the 2018 model, definitely buy the iPad 2020!