I think Im about six classes into the abstract experience. In general, I think Im “getting it”. We tend to use literal things for reference and then proceed to abstract them. We have also used the technique of staring at a picture for about a minute and then using the image stored in memory to jot down up to 20 major strokes with a broad or crude brush. Afterward we go into using techniques involving color schemes like simple analogous colors and maybe a couple of gray values. This has helped me to produce one of my favorite pieces so far. While it is still in the works, I see it as being the best of the crowd. I must say it has been a challenge to let go of literal things. I am fortunate to have a teacher that I admire.