It was quite exciting to have actually started this blog. It has already achieved 2 things. Firstly it has made me feel energized to actually paint. I have found that when I have a lot of work sitting around doing nothing, I get a kind of creative log jam. I believe that the blog will permit me to unblock that. Today, a day off from work, I have been busy drawing up the latest painting. At 24” x 36” it is, what is now my standard larger work. Today I got most of the pencil drawing done, and have started to paint the drawing in. I will have some pictures of that tomorrow.
When I am drawing, I first grid up the canvas. With this one I have used a 2” sq. grid. I then transfer the picture straight from the screen of my laptop. I do most of my photo manipulation with basic software, not Photoshop. I mostly use ACDSee. When I want to transfer more detail than the grid will allow, I crop a grid square. The crop tool has its own grid that I can use as a guide.