Yesterday I watched an abstract painting demo by Karen Roehl, an instructor at the Art Students League of Denver. I tried applying her approach to abstraction to this painting, but it still came out looking exactly like one of my geologic abstract series.
I will try again with her approach. She articulated well what I pretty much do already. Be free and loose in the early stages of a painting. Start to work on the composition by simplifying into larger shapes. Step back and check values and composition, tweaking as needed.
I would like to develop some abstract work that is a little more spontaneous, has more mark making and line, and uses more collage materials.
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