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 kicked off on December 21st, 2022.
Use the hashtag of #seasonsofartchallenge asthis avoids the winter is north and summer is south issue completely.
The start of 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.
How to Win the Seasons of Art Challenge
Every Sunday draw a picture using the Seasons of Art prompt for that week.
You may start by just completing one season’s worth of artworks.
Perhaps you will do the Winter or Summer season.
You can use your favorite medium like markers, pen and ink, colored, pencil watercolor, acrylics or oils etc.
It’s up to you.
You have one week to complete each drawing, so there is no rush.
Once you have completed the first season you can continue on and create 52 artworks for the year.
You win when you have completed the whole challenge and you have 52 artworks to be proud of.
Winter Prompts Page
Below is the Winter prompts page in my Seasons of Art Journal for 2023.
I’ve written the prompts in the first quarter (or season) of the book.
This will act as a reminder of what I was doing when I look at the journal in years to come.
Seasons of Art Challenge – Silver
In this image I imagined the Moon to be silver and to have a silvery glow to the top side of the tree’s branches.
I may still have to get out my actual silver inks to bring this one more to life.
Seasons of Art Challenge – Hibernate
Here I drew a grizzly bear hibernating in a cave through the cold winter months.
I noted the proper name of Ursus Arctos as well. Who knew?
Seasons of Art Challenge Artworks
Below are some more of the artworks from the Seasons of Art Winter Challenge.
Some are not quite finished yet but I though I’d add them anyway so you can see how far I’ve got.