Every year brings four seasons spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Technically each season starts as the Sun crosses an equinox or solstice point in the year.
In the northern hemisphere spring occurs around March 21st, summer occurs around June 21st, autumn starts around September 21st and winter begins around December 21st.
In the southern hemisphere spring begins around September the 21st, summer begins about December the 21st, autumn begins near March 21st and went to begins near June 21st.
Note: Each year the dates may be slightly different, so for the purposes of this post I’m sticking with the 21st of each month. It just makes things easier.
Winter Solar Quarter
Winter is from December 21st for thirteen weeks until the Sun again crosses the equator at the equinox on March 21st.
This means that winter contains just over thirteen weeks or around three months.
But the three months period of a solar quarter is different to what we would normally call the fourth quarter or Q4.
Time quarters refer to the four quarters found by dividing the year directly into four. Each quarter contains three months. The four quarters are:
- Q1 contains January, February and March.
- Q2 contains April, May and June.
- Q3 contains June, July and August.
- Q4 contains October November December.
These are the usual time quarters that are used for business.
The seasons are different and start at specific dates in the year. They begin are around the 21st of March, June, September and December.
I like the idea of aligning myself with the natural rhythms of the Sun much like phenology.
I thought it would be a good idea to create the Seasons of Art challenge which will happen four times a year during each season.
It’s up to you whether you do the full Four Seasons in any given year.
Season of Art – Winter 2022
The first Season of Art I plan will kick off on December 21st, 2022.
I propose a hashtag of #seasonsofart1222 with the12 being the month of December and the 22 being the year 2022. This avoids the winter is north and summer is south issue completely.
The Seasons of Art for 2023 will be #seasonsofart0323 for Spring, #seasonsofart0623 for Summer and #seasonsofart 0923 for the Autumn season and #seasonsofart1223 for the winter 2023/24 season.
To start on December 21st, 2022, will align to the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere and for those of you living South of the equator, it will be the beginning of summer.
Northern Hemisphere Centric
Because I am writing this from Vancouver, Canada in the northern hemisphere, I will refer to northern hemisphere seasons although I do respect the southern hemisphere folk as I did live in South Africa south of the equator, for most of my life.
If this all sounds complicated, then I apologise.
The point is to work with the natural seasons created by the Sun.
Wheel of The Year
The Wheel of the Year is a diagram that divides the year up in a natural way.
Solar Quarter Days
The division start with the two solstices and the two equinox divides the wheel of the year into four solar quarters.
The four quarters are the Four Seasons.
Each season begins as the Sun transits the equinox or solstice points.
Pagan Quarter Days
The pagan quarter days have special names.
- March the 21st is known as Ostara.
- June the 21st is known as Litha.
- September the 21st is known as Mabon.
- December 21st is known as Yule.
Cross Quarter Days
The cross-quarter days are the midpoints of each of the four quarters.
Each of the solar quarters can again be divided by the midpoint day which is typically the first of the month’s February, May, August and November.
In the Pagan world the cross-quarter days have special names some of which may be more familiar to you than others.
Pagan Cross Quarter Day Names
- The first of February is Imbolc.
- The first of May is Beltane.
- The first of August is Lammas.
- The first of November is Samhain, and this time is better known and celebrated on October 31st as Halloween.
Seasons of Art – 13 Weeks
Each quarter contains 13 weeks. The idea of Seasons of Art is to draw thirteen artworks in each season.
Below are the thirteen prompts for each season upcominging.
Even though each quarter may start at a different day in the week, I’m counting the weeks from Sundays.
Week one would be from the Sunday to the Saturday and then week two would start on the next Sunday.
The reason I choose Sundays is because I believe it’s the first day of the week.
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Winter 2022/23 Prompts
Here are the official Seasons of Art December 2022 prompts for each Sunday.
- December 25 Silver
- January 1 Hibernate
- January 8 Fallow
- January 15 Mirror
- January 22 Night
- January 29 Family
- February 5 Crow
- February 12 Candle
- February 19 Meditate
- February 26 Polish
- March 5 Stew
- March 12 Heart
- March 19 Vision
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Spring 2023 Prompts
Here are the official Seasons of Art March 2023 prompts for each Sunday.
- March 26 Green
- April 2 Footprint
- April 9 Shell
- April 16 Bright
- April 23 Wishbone
- April 30 Buds
- May 7 Fashion
- May 14 Balance
- May 21 Brook
- May 28 Cat
- June 4 Emerge
- June 11 Well
- June 18 Ship
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Summer 2023 Prompts
Here are the official Seasons of Art June 2023 prompts for each Sunday.
- June 25 Sizzle
- July 2 Trail
- July 9 Celebrate
- July 16 Ripe
- July 23 Sunshine
- July 30 Elixir
- August 6 Peacock
- August 13 Golden
- August 20 Woven
- August 27 Picnic
- September 3 Satisfaction
- September 10 Glow
- September 17 Bridge
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Autumn 2023 Prompts
Here are the official Seasons of Art September 2023 prompts for each Sunday.
- September 24 Tangerine
- October 1 Cornfield
- October 8 Basket
- October 15 Copper
- October 22 Prune
- October 29 Chalice
- November 5 Together
- November 12 Farm
- November 19 Horizon
- November 26 Cone
- December 3 Gratitude
- December 10 Sculpt
- December 17 Threads
Tip: Southern Hemisphere
If you live south of the equator then switch the seasons so they make more sense.
For southern hemisphere people swop summer with winter and spring with autumn.
Seasons of Art 2023 Full Year Challenge
Because the very first Sunday in the December 2022 winter season falls on December 25th, Christmas Day, it makes it that there is only one week in 2022.
All the rest of the weeks for the winter season will be in 2023.
This makes Seasons of Art a great art project to do for the whole of 2023 if you would like.
A Year of Art Prompts
In theory, you could do a full art journal for 52 weeks which is broken down into four seasons of the year.
Alternatively, you may decide to do one season, perhaps the winter season, then skip spring, and go straight onto summer if you enjoyed doing the winter season.
The big thing about art challenges is that they get you into the habit of doing art regularly.
Whilst I like to do art daily, I can’t always manage it, but I know for sure that I can create art on a seven-day cycle, and this is where weekly art challenges come into their own.
Share Your Work #SeasonsOfArt
Use the hashtag #seasonsofart.
For each season #seasonsofart1222, #seasonsofart0323, #seasonsofart0623 and #seasonsofart0923.
Can you see it could be said as, “seasons o fart?”
Well, we can live with that. 🙂
Weekly Art Challenges
A weekly art challenges such as Seasons of Art where once a week you make a drawing in your sketchbook is ideal to keep an art practise going.
Ideally you can have a dedicated sketchbook for your Seasons of Art for the Year.
If you are going to do the whole of 2023 then it makes sense to get a lovely sketchbook beforehand that has at least 52 pages in which you can do your drawings.
This type of weekly project can result in you creating a huge memento or even heirloom art book showcasing the type of art you created during 2023.
Now of course you will be doing other artworks on the side.
For example, I will be working on my other journals such as my perpetual nature journal.
Also, I’ll be doing other work in my grimoire, but the point is that if I have a dedicated 2023 Seasons of Art journal it will end up being a delightful reminder of the type of art and the technical skills and media interests that I had during 2023.
Looking back, I can reflect upon how revised my approach, developed, or pivoted, my art direction that year.
Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me.
Alison Hazel is a mature woman who shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.
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Sketching outdoors at English Bay beach in Vancouver and then home for the studio sketch with colored inks.