Saturday, June 10, 2006


Work in Progress: Session 2

The charcoal drawing is being laid on over the grid. Small paper at right is the sketch I'm working from.

5 comments:

John Salmon said...

Just a thought Michael. The grid system is a well known method of enlarging drawings.Have you ever added a grid to a drawing, then randomly mixed the individual grid cells up prior to transferring to the enlarged version? Could be interesting.

Cross said...

John, I've thought about that. What I have done on a painting is to number the grid like a matrix. (1,1; 2,1; etc. up to 64 different squares in that case.) Then I wrote the numbers on 64 separate slips of paper, put them in a can, and drew them out one at a time, recording the new order in a list.

I then painted the painting in the random order determined by the list, square-by-square. I believe that painting is still on my website (www.michaelcrossgallery.com) under the title "Liberation". It's nine feet wide.

Cross said...

John, here's the link to LIBERATION:
http://www.michaelcrossgallery.com/image015.jpg

artgirl said...

It is so interesting to see the way you work. Years ago, I developed a series of rose paintings around the grid system and to this day I began my paintings and drawings by laying down a grid. It is something I don't even think of but it is always the way they start off. It is interesting to see another artist also beginning this way but going about it differently than I do.
I can't wait to see how this piece turns out.

Cross said...

Thanks, artgirl. There should be progress today! :-)