Rose Hips Abstracted

One of the first assignments in The Abstract in Nature was to select a natural object and zoom in on it to create an abstract painting using only black, white, and grays.  Prior to taking this class, I have concentrated on learning to draw realistically; this was a complete shift in thinking for me.

It took me several weeks to finish the assignment, each attempt was deemed “too representational”.  I painted over my earlier attempts and tried again this weekend.  I used large brushes and acrylics thickened with glass bead medium or molding paste to play with texture and brush strokes.  The blueish paint is Payne’s Gray.

Rose Hips Abstracted 18″ x 18″
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