For me there is a creative peace which alleviates the frustration of having less control of my hands when drawing. But the grid gives me support in that I am able to get the elements and line of a drawing where and how they belong.
I find that once I have the lines - lightly done - and have adjusted them with some strategic use of an eraser, I can then simply get on with creating the form and volume I need.
My painting process - and maybe I've already mentioned this - is a four-stage process; Reference Image - Renaissance Grid - Grissaille Under-painting - Pigment (Color) Painting.
Please don't ask me why I will, at times, commit creative suicide by trying to work as other artists do whose freehand skills look like magic - but there it is. I suppose it's a little bit of regret or even jealousy that I don't have their abilities.
So Father God and I work to help me grow and mature. We work together to create or discover our own way that works to get around the frustration of my hands. I simply need to live within the support and comfort of my minimal confines. I mean, I have nothing to regret or complain about. The drawing came out wonderful. I enjoyed every moment of its making.
My joy has returned and I'm back at my drawing table with tremendous energy and happiness.
Thank you for listening,