Model Boats a 6x6 oil by Shirley Fachilla
Noted colorist Camille Prezewodek recently sent me an email. We’re not really buddies, but I took a painting workshop from her a couple of years ago and have been on her email list ever since. Camille’s email was all about the square format. She thinks it gives a painting a contemporary look and feel. I quite agree as would the legion of daily painters who frequently paint square canvases, often tiny 6x6’s.
As you’ve probably noticed, your computer gives you the choice of printing “landscape” or “portrait” on an 8x11 page. These tags came about because for centuries, most landscapes were done in a horizontal format (longer than high) and most portraits in a vertical one (higher than long).
Do the unexpected and change things up or in the alternative, go square, and it makes your painting seem fresher, newer, in short, contemporary. Even better it can make folks look twice… or at least look longer! Something every painter likes.
The above is very square and tiny, a 6x6 of the boat pond at NYC’s Central Park.