Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Grid

I came home from Italy with a gorgeous photos and I wanted to try my hand at painting the Lucca house - it had such a gorgeous color which changed thruout the day.

So I started trying to draw from this picture.

I drew...and erased...and drew again, and mumbled and sniffed back tears. I just couldn't get it right.

Then DH came downstairs at JUST THE RIGHT TIME and when he saw the trouble I was having said..."why don't you try a grid?"

"What's a grid" I asked.

So he showed me and it was like a new tool was put into my hands. I drew and redrew this house three times, and here are the results.

Number 1 6 x 20 inch watercolor paper. I had no idea how to do misty mountains and went onto Youtube after this attempt and got some instructions. But who cares!!! with the grid I can do it all again if I want to!!! (lousy photo, flash isn't working on my camera anymore)

Then I did a 7 x 10 hot pressed watercolor paper one.

And a little cold pressed watercolor postcard to send to the family.

I might even try acrylics next....

Have you tried the GRID???? Try it, it's fun.


Katiejane said...

I am familiar with what a grid does but have never used one. I think my photographer dad showed me that when I was a kid but I had forgotten about it till now. Probably would make life more simple. I love how your watercolors turned out! So you, yet so very much like the photo.

P.S. My SIL just got back from two weeks in Italy and I haven't seen her photos yet. Yours are fantastic.

Baino said...

The middle one is gorgeous and would look just lovely in my family room. I haven't tried the grid but I'm off today with time to play so might take a look.

Lynn said...

Of course I like the brightly colored house best....just my style. I think you got the mist great over the mts. as well.
The grid idea is interesting.

Funny, my brother asked me if I traced my painting of the boys walking away. I was offended. I hadn't known that to be an okay thing to do...but still felt kind of proud that I had drawn well enough from my eye to paper for someone to wonder if it were traced.

But maybe it's also okay!!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

My DB has showed me how to do a grid before. I find it confusing. I love the way your paintings turned out. Bravo.

kj said...

amazing amazing amazing...

...and i mean YOU for starts!

i can't even tell you how much fun this is to see. i like the middle painting best because the colors are so vibrant, but all three was way cool, mim.

a grid? does that mean using a ruler and drawing half inch or inch boxes on tracing paper and then drawing the image square by square? because if it does, i just was shown that by a very fine watercolorist, my friend's husband in vermont.

mwah mim!


kj said...

are those typos! i mean ARE way cool. i had to correct it. vanity insisted.


Mim said...

yes the grid is little boxes on the photo and the same number - not always the same size - on the paper. it takes away the trouble with perspective...ah but then you have to paint it - and that ain't easy!!

PAK ART said...

I've used grids before but it's been a long time. I'm usually pretty good and transferring without, however have had some difficult times where it would be helpful. Your paintings are wonderful, I love how all three are different yet the same view. That's what's so wonderful about watercolor!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Very good Mim, Love the colors.
I have used the grids before but find that they sometimes arent the same size and things can get out of shape that way too. But I say what ever works is good to do. The point is to have fun doing & it does help your brain to see better and eventually you can do it without. Keep up the great work.

Lori ann said...

Beautiful Mim, i like them all. I don't know a grid and even though i still haven't used a tutorial on youTube(it's on my list), thank God for it!

Robin said...

Grid? You know it's all "Greek" - or should I say "Italian" to me...being the resident non-artist in this wonderful group....

But, I love what you were able to do.... it's breathtaking....
I mean it! And now, you will have something even more meaningful to remember your beautiful trip to Italy.

BRAVA, Bella Mim!

♥ Robin ♥

studio lolo said...

I think I've used the grid before but I forget why. I'm sure it was something large scale.

I love these postcards Mim. Each one is terrific! I can feel the warmth of Tuscany ;)

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

How wonderful that you can keep your holiday 'alive' with your art!