Sunlit Sycamore is a plein air oil by Shirley Fachilla that turned into an abstract.
I have several artist friends who are abstract painters. One, Barbara Stokes, does beautiful big “abstracted” landscapes. All, including Barbara, start with a mark; they begin with a stroke or patch of color and work from there. They do not try to paint an abstract of a chair, or a tree or any recognizable form.
Sometimes my friends end with a completely abstract work; sometimes they recognize as they paint the suggestion of a landscape or a figure. When that happens, they work toward that vision.I have tried to paint using their method and failed miserably. I end up just playing around with no purpose.
I must start with the concrete (that chair or tree!) and dissect what I see. I try to break it down into its parts, lose the non-essential, find the underlying design and extract just what made me want to paint it. Hopefully if I have some success, the viewer of my painting will, indeed, see what I see.