Todays focus was on developing an image into abstraction. Contry to popular beleif true abstraction comes from studying form and then taking away the detail and developing the essential aspects of its essence.
This is a great skill and one that needs practice to develop. It is very worth it though as the outcome is so different from an approach which develops from paterns rendered on a canvass and developed into something. Both have their merits but pure abstraction is not so much a development as a distillation.
Below are some photos from the session which show the development timeline and the outcome. There is a definate recall of the original hydranga bloom in the final syalised image. The student who produced this by going through the process of selective choice was thrilled to see how strongly the final image represented the flower.