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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Find the Abstract in the Ordinary

Overlooked, everyday items in the world around us can provide inspiration and intriguing subject matter. Trains, rusting old trucks and industrial machinery are just a few of the things that, when viewed more abstractly, supply a wealth of ideas for paintings. Composition is the key to finding the abstract designs that are right in front of us. Training your eye to look for the unusual within the commonplace will open up a new world of painting possibilities.

Things to consider when looking for unique designs are shadow patterns, interesting shapes and unusual colors. I saw this municipal water main outdoors in a park. The patterns created by the play of shadows over the rounded form of the pipe really drew me ...

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