Are you interested in taking a landscape in an abstract direction?

I have a student who really admires the simplicity and focus on shapes and color she sees in the work of painters like Wolf Kahn and Peter Wileman. But she’s unsure on how to proceed and I find that to be true for a lot of students.

In this little video, I talk about abstraction. Many reference photos have a lot going on in them. How do we simplify? Like any good composition you want to identify the strong shapes and strong value differences but where do you start?

Pablo Picasso said, “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something”.

I think that’s so true. Anything we are going to paint is actually an abstraction of reality. We want to make an image that is a representative of something. Sort of like a magic trick!

Hope you enjoy this mini lesson!

With Warmest Regards,

Painting Minilessons
with Marla Baggetta

These “mini-lessons” grew out of my blog. I love sharing my experience behind the easel, so these are free. I write a new one every two or three weeks, so please feel free to share with artist friends.

​These lessons are mostly written text with graphics…short but useful tidbits from the foundations of painting that touch on subjects such as aerial perspective, simultaneous contrast or using negative spaces. I guide you through different aspects of painting and art that will get you comfortable with using pastels. You’ll gain confidence to attempt work that you might have otherwise been timid about.

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