Students studying how to do abstractions
'Abstract' art has developed a real bad image by the vast majority of the public in and out of the art world because as an art form it has been obliterated by idiots who figure pissing in a jar is fine art, or a can of artists poop is worth $50,000 of public money, or walking on a 4 inch beam of wood 2 feet above the ground while you are drinking beer until you get so drunk you fall off is worth $15,000 of public money. I better stop now before the blood boils. These idiot yahoos and their gallery wanna-be-rich or the foolish-I-can't-get-a-job-in-the-real-world-government-hired-slimbags have failed in their attempt to totally degrade this wonderful technique of expressing yourself.
There is a basis to abstraction. It is based in the real world. The basics of how to visualize things can be taught to another, who then goes out and enjoys life.
These students are amongst them.
This is the setup, which you will need to see in order to understand what the artist is doing in the drawing below...
What this artist is doing, is taking from the subject only what she wants, and is discarding the rest. That is what the word 'abstract' means, 'to take away from'. Orange juice is abstracted from the orange, in a way. In art, an abstract piece of work is a work resulting from the artist picking and choosing what they want, and how they want to see it, and ignoring the real world. It is 'choice' driven. You can see that it is a very beautiful drawing. This is the last photo I have of it to show you
Here is another example by another artist. Below is the setup and an abstract study of it in just tones, the lights and darks... If you look closely, you can see what she has done by adding and dropping out parts of the real world to satisfy her own visions.
Another abstraction, this time including colour. I don't have the original photo of the setup, but you can see that it has an abstraction quality to it. Quite lovely isn't it, done by a true artist who knows what she is doing and enjoys doing it.