The "Grid" is a well established artistic form for artists of all mediums.
I started a new series of mixed media works based on this format and I am filling a sketchbook (8 x 10 Stillman & Birn Zeta series) with lots of grids to test out color and composition using a variety of materials from pens, pencils, paint, sprays, stencils, washi tape, and collage papers I have made over the years.
This has been so much fun, I can't stop making more every day.
Working small (these squares are 2 inches) allows me to quickly try out different ideas using the same color palette and some of the same materials. I've always liked working in a series and find with paints, working on several pieces at the same time allows for some drying time between layers.
I love this process but my ultimate goal is to see if a particular composition would work bigger so I just bought a 5 x 8 Sketchbook to experiment in turning one of these small squares into a larger piece. This will be challenging since I will be changing the dimensions of the composition. (Perhaps I should have purchased a square journal!)
Oh well, art is always challenging and I've just given myself another one!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!