Friday, November 11, 2011

Art Class: The Grid

I took another class today from Terry Banderas, this time in Rocklin, California (about an hour from where I live). An easy drive up the freeway, especially since I got a GPS!!!
The assignment/lesson was to learn how to use a Grid to line up a subject to draw/paint and get it perfect. You can only imagine how every bone in my body rebelled about doing anything
per fec t ly! Oy Vey!
Talk about tension.
The idea is to draw a grid using pencil, T-square and paper and then to copy one square at a time the contents of that picture on top to the grid on the bottom.
I did it and according to Terry I did it well enough.
But it is not about being in the zone, let me tell you.

Then as if that wasn't stressful enough we were then
to create a larger grid on our paper (1.5" squares)
numbered 1-7 across and A-E down the paper.

And THEN to transfer again square by little square of content onto our grid.

 The class was full of really nice people; artists from very beginners "doing this for the first time"; to very polished painters from whom I can learn a lot!
 See the woman standing in the green sweater below? Her name is Karen, and she sat next to me. She was so helpful, informative and generous! She offered to let me try her Daniel Smith paint brush expounding on it's merits of how it holds the water etc.; how to lift off paint to leave a highlight on an object (with clean water and paper towel, and with an ex-acto knife!); she gave me tips on color mixing on the paper; (see side of my page above); adding water to wash out the color more for the background; and MORE. Thank you Karen.
 That is Karen's huge paint palette. She also taught me that with this pallete which has a lid her paints can be kept and not wasted. Making me rethink using paints in the tubes again.
 Here is stage one on the grid on my large watercolor page...
 and close up. Painting was done quickly at the end of the class time. Some people only did the drawing. But you know me and speed and wanting to do the whole thing NOW.
BTW those are marbles in the bowl, not Easter eggs or colorful jaw breakers!

I loved the day...getting myself there; meeting the other artists; learning something new; challenging myself to do something outside my box!

...and shopping for yarn in the Craft Store where the class was held: Beverly's!

My apologies to any Chinese people who might be looking at this and wondering what my words on the bowl mean. I just sort of ad-libbed what I saw quickly. ;-)


  1. What a fun looking class. I have used the grid before but my last Art Teacher said it was cheating. hmmm I say what ever works for your enjoyment. I was cleaning things out in my studio recently and found an old round watercolor pallet that was given to me by a relatives daughter after her Mom died a couple years ago and it was full of paint and I almost dumped it thinking it was old and stuck on it...I now realize they are perfectly good paints and I can use them. Your comment here on that Artists pallet box reminds me of hers. Your painting is great.. I just hope you arent swearing in Chinese. :))) Just kidding. lol

  2. lynn, this is fantastic. i love this bowl and marbles. you are a natural!

    what a great way to spend a day. these are good days, lynn; it shows :^)


  3. Cris that is so funny as that is exactly what I asked Terry: "Isn't this cheating?" So funny. He said no, that it was good for when you wanted to get something exact.

    Glad you found you have paints that are still good to use!

    And me too about the Chinese words I painted!!!

    KJ: Thanks! Yes, VERY GOOD DAYS!!!

  4. Looks like a wonderful day. The perfect day fun and learning at the same time.
    Love it how your bowl came out!

    have a nice weekend ♥

  5. You are already such a fantastic artist, I would never have guessed you would need any lessons. I have seen those artist pallets before on TV and the guy using it, just used a spritzer to bring the life back to the paint.

    Love that painting.

  6. You bet this was fun. I would faint at looking at a grid. I am sure this skill will come in handy some day. It sounds like Karen should be teaching the class. Lucky you sitting beside her. Your painting turned out well despite your being nervous.

  7. Wonderful Lynn--I love how your spreading your wings!

  8. i loved learning the grid - it's formula yet freeing. and your painting looks so 3D and great. It's a great learning experience!!

  9. I am not a grid person either but used it once to draw a house in proportion. but then forgot how to do it so back to whimsy.

    yes, good to push yourself out of the box and gain new tools to use if you want to. I think your resulting painting is fabulous!!!

    i really like little squares of paint as opposed to tubes myself. be well oh goddess of creativity.

  10. Well of course you did the whole thing quickly,,,we'd expect no less of Lynn! You did a beautiful job with this grid thing, you truly did.That bores me to tears, but this type of discipline is such good practice. I am way too loosey-goosey, with no patience for such work, and I so admire that you excell at both!
    (it looks like perfectly good chinese to me)

  11. I always find grids very difficult for some reason, must be they are slightly maths and I'm no good at maths. On the other hand, you have done a great job of it, well done.

  12. I don't think its cheating - it definitely has its uses - just a bit time consuming! I think you have done a wonderful job on this dish, Lynn and love how I see your skills growing!

  13. I've used grids before too, but I hate them also. I do not like to be confined and right, I'd rather be loose and not perfect. You did do a very technically correct and pretty bowl of marbles though. Maybe there is room for grids for certain types of projects.


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