I have been studying abstraction as a foil to my usual floral artwork, and I painted a series of abstract landscapes using various mixed media materials in monochrome blacks. It was a refreshing break from the colors I regularly use. 
Here the larger painting was created with grey shades of Neocolor crayons, graphite, acrylic ink and acrylic gouache. The beauty of this type of abstract study involves something I learned from Louise Fletcher: divide a large sheet of paper into six sections with artist tape, then just paint the whole paper, right over the tape, and ignore the sections. When the tape is removed, some very interesting smaller paintings appear. 
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