Thursday, June 28, 2012

THE SQUARE: 10 DAYS, 10 WAYS -- Introduction

Presented over the next two weeks, this series will include 10 days' worth of SQUARE STUFF -- sketchbook exercises, watercolor tutorials, design ideas, how-to's, painting examples, and behind-the-scenes photos.  You'll be amazed at all the ways you can use the square in your drawing and painting.

The square is one of the 5 universal symbols, found in almost all cultures -- the other 4 are the circle, the triangle, the spiral, and the equidistant cross.  Of these 5 symbols, the square is the only one that is not found in nature -- and yet, in many cultures, it represents the earth, stability, solidity, foundation, and balance.  It also represents the #4, and the four cardinal directions, the four seasons, and the four elements.

There are so many ways to use the square in your art -- as a format, a design element, a grid, a drawing tool, the basis of a pattern, a checkerboard, a symbol, a mosaic, a quilt, a composition tool . . .  I had a hard time narrowing it down to just 10 ways.

I hope you'll join me over the next two weeks in exploring the SQUARE . . .

1 comment:

  1. How fascinating, the cultural context for square. Now I wanna do all of these studies!