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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Painting Inside the Box

'Our Friends Across the Creek'           8x8           pastel      ©Karen Margulis

Creative people think outside the box. Always seeing things in a different way. When I paint I am always trying to find my own unique and personal way to interpret my subject.  But it is often too easy to fall back on what is comfortable.....using our favorite papers, painting with the same 'go to' colors, using the same formats for every painting.

Why not change it up this weekend. Start by painting Inside the box.....that is try painting in a square format!  If you haven't tried it it will be a fun challenge. There is something about the tension in a square that makes composition interesting.  I came across a great blog post on composition from the Will Kemp Art School. Here is a quote about square formats:

The square format: This can work extremely well or very badly. You very rarely see a square old master painting. This is because it is harder to balance a painting that has lots of elements within, for example, a collection of figures in a landscape within a square format. It can look awkward very easily. However, using a square format for a more contemporary subject, an abstract or a minimalist seascape, can be very effective.




1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pretty birds!

I haven't been doing much drawing lately, but I've been trying to 'write outside the box' in little ways. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.