I was recently at the Art Institute of Chicago with a plan to visit the Impressionistic paintings.
Impressionism is my favorite painting style and Monet and Renoir are a two of my favorite painters. I'm not alone in my feelings about them which is evident by the many, many of their paintings hanging on the museum walls.
I was able to get within a foot of their paintings, so close that I could see the details of the brush strokes and blending of paint colors that don't translate into a print. For instance here is Renoir's "Seascape":
It is even more compelling as you get in closer.
Now look at the water.
Another close up of the wave.
This painting inspires me in so many ways. I want to experiment more with color mixing, challenge myself to work colors in new ways, and use digital textures to add movement and emotion.