My latest paintings are being worked to a set size: 10″x10″. The square format can be difficult to work with because it’s hard to balance or create a sense of directed movement as the elements will be very still or have a tendency to spin. This works if it’s an abstract or a mandala but a challenge otherwise.
In this case I have two shapes (fish in background and turtle in front) going in opposite directions and this tension between directions creates a sense of movement in balance which is aesthetically appealing. Also my painting is of an underwater universe and the square format adds to the floating, suspended feel I wanted for the picture.