Abstract Nature painting

I took a workshop taught by Stacey Vetter called Abstract Nature. The focus as described in the class description is to capture “the essence of still life objects from the natural world.”

Stacey had us do a series of exercises – working with brushes, sumi ink and watercolor. Her critiques pointed out three essential design qualities that attracts the eye – scale, texture, and light versus dark.

Below is what I had  done during the workshop.


My first attempt using this concept outside the workshop was a palm tree.

Palm Tree at Chestnut Park.jpg
Palm Tree at Chestnut Park, 3.5 x 5.5 inches from Handbook Journal sketchbook, watercolor.

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