Daydream

8 x 6 ins: Oil on canvas board

With this little study I couldn’t resist taking the wash-in a bit further and introduced some colour notes so it hovers between drawing and painting. The pencil grid lines are a traditional method to help with placement and correspond with a similar grid I’ve made on clear acetate in a slide frame.

Grid method: Make a clear viewfinder and draw your grid lines onto it. A piece of clear acetate in an old slide transparency frame works well for a small portable grid. Then draw a matching scaled-up grid on the canvas. Look through your viewfinder to select the scene you want to draw/paint and then transpose that scene onto the canvas. It’s like marking reference points on a map. You can locate key points on the little viewfinder’s grid…top of head, left knee, right big toe etc…and mark them in relation to the grid on the canvas.  Of course it also works for still lifes, landscapes and other subjects, and for scaling up photographs etc.

NB: Make sure both grids have the same aspect ratio i.e. the ratio of the longer side to the shorter side needs to be the same for both the canvas and the viewfinder. Otherwise you’ll be all over the place!

With a bit of practice this can be easier and more accurate than placing the whole scene without a reference grid, especially if the composition is quite complex.

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2 thoughts on “Daydream

  1. it’s interesting how interested you are in the techniques and composition while I just look at it and notice how it makes me feel. I think this is just lovely and makes me feel awe at your artistry. So glad the world is getting a chance to appreciate original Dee Berridge’s! I want to be one of your nudes. x

    • Thank you for all your kind comments Lizzie.
      I’m glad you just notice your feeling vs. all the technical stuff which is purely in service of that…hopefully unnoticed…so I point it out for anyone interested, and for myself as a learning exercise.
      Your kinaesthetic response lets me know I’ve done a good job!

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