In today's post I have a picture of my first step of painting on the canvas. At this stage I have blown up my sketch to fit the 3 x 4 foot canvas. To do this I simply divided both my sketch and my canvas into an equal number of squares and transferred the contents of each square to the corresponding square on the canvas. This is known as "gridding." In this photo I have blocked in the major areas of light and shade with black paint. This will serve as the back bone or foundation for the rest of the painting.