Artists translate nature by abstracting what they see to the page or the cloth.
Watercolor by Jane Brackman
In her watercolors my sister knows just what to take out and what to leave in.
Quilt Block 1840-1890
Part of the appeal of patchwork quilts is the genius in the abstraction...
...What to take out and what to leave in.
Color is left in so we can guess these are lilies.
Basic flower shapes and stems are left in.
Here the leaves are left out
but it's still a lily.
Detail of a top
Some abstractions are more successful than others.
But then again, it may just be a matter of taste.
Ruffled Red by Ruth B. McDowell
See Some of Ruth's recent quilts here:
Water color by Jane Brackman
Lily from a mid-19th-century album quilt