An enclosed space defined by a line or by contrast to its surroundings. Shapes are two-dimensional (flat): circle, square, triangle, organic blob, etc. In everyday usage, the word 'shape' is also used to talk about three-dimensional form, often as something of a shorthand for referring to the two-dimensional outline or silhouette of the object. When discussing art, your meaning will be clearer if you reserve using 'shape' to talk about two-dimensional shapes on a plane.

Shapes can be geometric (square circle etc.) or organic (banana amoeba etc.)

Swinging by Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky - Swinging, 1925, oil on board

Biome by Yellena James

Yellena James - Biome, pen & ink on paper, 14 x 11 in.

Jar/Olla attributed to Laguna Pueblo

Jar/Olla - attributed to Laguna Pueblo, 1875 - 1885

Girl with a Mandolin by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso - Girl with a Mandolin (Fanny Tellier), 1910, oil on canvas

Sky and Water I by M. C. Escher

M. C. Escher - Sky and Water I, 1938, woodcut

time well spent

closeup view Jack Troy cup, links to Jack Troy artist page

time to explore

link to newest page of ceramic artist links, including link to Scott Parady, pictured

time flies

Link to monthly image blog