July 2: Abstracting From a Landscape
We started late again after continuing our boat-selling process and visiting with neighbors. The idea today was to paint an abstract from a landscape. We started by sketching for 20 minutes from a vantage point by the shore. Instructions from our friend Rolina Van Vliet were to choose a range of monochrome colors and deviate from the natural colors to make the picture a bit more abstract. Leaving out the effects of perspective will aid in producing greater abstraction. Van Vliet also suggested turning the composition 90 degrees to paint it.
As she developed her painting, Stacey moved increasingly toward realism and kept going to produce the fine piece shown here. Dot’s painting works well as an abstraction in vertical orientation. Bob started with a view up the shoreline of seawalls, boat lifts, and docks and ended with the muddled composition shown. He may try to rescue it another day.