Walking… I mean my version of walking. Slow strolling is more apt.  But, I am scouting for things out there!  If I go too fast, you know I’ll pass the lovely, the mysterious and delightful things right by, and we can’t have that.

tree bark, hint of abstraction, photo, debiriley.com
Hint of Abstraction


Its only when we pause and seriously Really Look, that we will see that shapes and patterns of the Abstracts.

Going about our everyday normal routine… we miss the the wonderful world of abstracts that nature has to offer us.

Like I nearly did walking by this group of trees.


landscape trees, Perth Australia, photo, debiriley.com
Bushland Trees


2016 is the year of the abstract.

Who said?

hmmm,  you caught me on that!! … I decided! For me its “the year of the abstract.”


hints, lines of abstraction, photo, debiriley.com
Lines of Abstraction



Pathways of Abstractions


Have a look at the 3 reference photographs I’ve taken.


First, have a look at the center photo  The Bushland Trees.

You probably can see how just walking by normally, I might easily have missed anything noteworthy.  Its just a very plain, ordinary view….. looks boring.

If you’d like a quick look, there’s ways to  banish boring brushstrokes in painting.


Now look at the very first top image, the zoom in of the tree bark Hints of Abstraction.

I’d gone up to one of the trees and zeroed right in on a specific tree area, after circling several times trying to find the right shapes.

This has a lovely pattern of tones with beautiful shapes.  The colours are nice too.


Lastly,  Lines of Abstraction is a digital play with one of the photographs, emphasizing the lines outlining the tree trunk.   Its just another media, another form of creating abstractions –  from what Nature had provided me with already.




The Sequence of my Abstraction Process:


  • walking
  • looking, hunting for shapes, tones with good contrasts
  • taking reference photos
  • assessing the photos for great shapes and tonal values of good contrast
  • taking the ‘normal’  ordinary image, zooming in to showcase and emphasize specific shapes, patterns, lines, etc.
  • disregarding the fact of what the original object was




They are not hard to find – they are everywhere!  Nor are they difficult to draw or paint, once you take the time to discover them.


They are really “just shapes and tones” and I’d love to share the discoveries of nature’s abstractions with you this year!

Atwell Gallery Perth courses, Colour Me Happy,  and The Excitement of Art;  plus the UWA ext.   ZEN of Drawing   will definitely be  featuring many aspects and elements of nature’s abstractions for Term 1 2016.