Well, to be honest, I've been abstracting shapes, feeling edges and trying to teach myself to see as an illustrator. In short, I've been taking Liz Steel's online Sketching Foundations course, from Australia no less. As a TVless, flip phone toting luddite, I have to say I love the internet. Instant connection with cool people doing and teaching fabulous things all around the world.
So here are a few examples of Liz's lessons on abstracting shapes and feeling edges. These were done on fairly crumby paper so the watercolour did not take too well. The idea was to look at still life items in terms of seeing shapes, relationships of shapes and spaces between shapes rather than seeing recognizable objects.