It’s so easy to hide embarrassing facts about yourself when you are a blogger. But I think it’s important for you to know that my Kryptonite is math. My friend Erika is a math teacher, and in my eyes, she is a genius! How the heck does she do it!?!
As you may know, I often use a grid to transfer my image onto the canvas. Due to some complications that are way to boring to even write about, I ended up needing to convert a decimal to a fraction (x over 16). Except I couldn’t remember how to convert it to save my life! I wanted to find out how to do it online, but every time I started reading about it I zoned out. So I called my husband at work, and he converted the decimal for me in about two seconds. In the end, I decided to take the mathless route and I’m resorting to using a 3″ x4.5″ tracing of the original photo for the grid. It’s so pathetic! Do you see the difference in size!?!
I’m thinking about buying a projector to transfer the images instead of using a grid. I’ve already made up my mind on this issue, but there are others who really disagree. Here are the two main arguments:
1) Transferring an image onto a canvas using a projector or a grid is cheating. The artist has a responsibility to the purchaser (and/or the viewer of the art) to create a piece using their natural skill sets. Using a grid or a projector is a crutch.
2) Using a grid or a projector is a valuable tool. It is silly not to utilize certain devices that can make your process more efficient. If you can get the same results by either using a grid/projector or drawing by hand, it’s OK to use the grid/projector.