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In a recent workshop I, along with my students, did a series of  random doodles in marker. Then as a "seeing interesting

shapes experiment" we took turns cropping in to make several fun little abstract paintings. The shapes were taped to

 a large board (left). In the following days some of the favorites worked their way to the top as others moved lower down. On the right I demonstrated combining some of the same shapes into a African mask-like figure. For fun I started a color

study that may some day become an actual painting. This is a good practice in finding the abstract in nature.