Diebenkorn, india ink on paper Pathways are directional marks and shapes for our eyes to follow across a 2 dimensional artwork. They are a powerful compositional tool to keep the viewer’s eyes engaged and moving around a composition. They’re also great for artists to practice, because they emphasize that if we’re to think compositionally, each part must play a role within the greater whole. Connecting these pathways to the edge of the rectangle makes us more aware of the boundary of the picture plane and how it’s interacting with each of the elements within. Today’s COMPOSITIONAL Challenge: Create a still life in which various shapes and sizes of objects connect, and lead you around the rectangle with many unexpected pathway options. Remember, pathways don’t always have to be objects themselves. They can be something like the edge of a shadow shape or a contour line across a surface. #pathwaystotherectangle Tip: Draw a rectangle inside your paper or photo, or be very careful how you take your photograph, to be very intentional about how the pathways interact with the boundary around them. Freebie: No need to draw the pathways on your work as I have with red in the example below. Just build the scene with drawing, painting, photography, collage, or assemblage – and post it. Red line shows example of one pathway of many across this rectangle. Thank you to NYSS teacher Jonathan Harkham and Fran O’Neill for teaching me the power of pathways to the rectangle. I had learned about pathways in art school but I thought they were stupid, and the idea was outdated by a few hundred years. But after Fran taught me new ways to see and draw, I see how contemporary and powerful pathways can be. They totally changed the way I approach my artwork! Here’s a 5′ drawing I did in our last in-studio workshop in February 2020. This was giant figures with Fran O’Neill. I have never enjoyed drawing more than I did that day. I drew for 6 hours, and did not want to ever stop! Ruthie V. (2020) vine charcoal on Arches cold press 90lb watercolor paper, approx 50×60″ Interested in exploring this idea in a class? Drawing II with Fran O’Neill starts this week. I’ll be there! It’s my favorite time to draw. Click here to learn more. Post it To be eligible for prizes (yes prizes!) at the end of the month, post your work to Instagram with #30sal and #pathwaystotherectangle so we can find your post. To find more followers for your page, you can cut/paste these to your post: #30sal #pathwaystotherectangle #vnotes #creativechallenge #januarychallenge #drawingchallenge #drawing #art #sketch #artchallenge #artist #draw #artistsoninstagram #sketchbook #instaart #artwork #drawingoftheday #dailydrawing #oilpainting #mixedmedia #drawingsketch #artoftheday #creativity Padlet Don’t have Instagram? Post your work to Padlet. DAY 24: PATHWAYS TO THE RECTANGLE https://seattleartistleague.padlet.org/SAL/b3oqeqtgy3rlt3rx DAY 23: SET THE STAGE https://seattleartistleague.padlet.org/SAL/p7q2x2le410zm3b9 DAY 22: REVERSE PERSPECTIVE https://seattleartistleague.padlet.org/SAL/zady37uhzbw40wso Deadline for Prizes Deadline for submissions: 3 days after each challenge post. January prize winners will be announced in February. To learn more about the 30SAL Challenge, click here. Online drawing classes start this week!