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Abstract Painting: Using Nature as a Source for Inspiration


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Deciding on the Abstract Painting's Composition
Abstract paintings from nature
Photo by Marion Boddy-Evans

So now that I’d made a decision on what elements I would use as the source of my inspiration for the abstract, I needed to decide how I was going to arrange these on my canvas, to set out the composition.

What were the options, given I'd only two objects -- the tree trunk and the white stone. Would I use the two elements equally, creating an abstract painting that was half smooth and half textured? Would I include some of the 'dirty' underside of the white stone, which could be painted in an impasto style to give it texture and in the same tones as the tree trunk, creating an echo or balance in the composition?

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