Margaret Clapperton ran a workshop to help members explore ways of creating paintings or drawings that did not appear to represent objects, people or scenes.
Beginners may find it easier to start with an image and select shapes in combination to make new images with interesting colour combinations.
Shapes can be copied using tracing paper. Draw the image, or parts, on tracing paper then trace it onto painting paper. Then move the tracing paper around and trace over the top of the first tracing, breaking up the original image. They can then play with the shapes and colours. The finished result can hint at the original source.
Example of a landscape image changed to an abstract painting, by Margaret
Abstract works can be based on geometric forms and imagined colours.
Example by Margaret Clapperton
Abstract paintings by members