Ilse D'Hollander's landscapes (see previous post) are probably at the limit of abstraction that I currently find interesting. I see the same sort of qualities in Ivon Hitchens' paintings, many of which I enjoy very much. Maybe Hitchens' later stuff goes a step further, by virtue of its heightened, unrealistic colours: I think I struggle when the connection with the observed world becomes stretched too far. For example, Peter Lanyon's paintings intrigue and exercise me, but I'm not sure I like them.
(That's not to say I dismiss abstract (as opposed to abstracted) work... I do like much of what I know of Mark Rothko, Gillian Ayres, Howard Hodgkin... and I loved Albert Irvin's RWA show (see 28/12/18). But that's a different thing, and one that I'm not minded to attempt in my own work.)
I'm currently enjoying some painting tuition by Michael Weller at The Colour Factory in Winchester. I've been to two of the six weekly sessions so far, both devoted to still life. A refreshing feature of Michael's teaching is his willingness to offer something concrete by way of technique. Though I'm not seeking to mimic him I'm perfectly content to go along as closely as I can with his instruction, in order to understand his approach from the inside and take from it as much as possible.
The content is not new to me, but no less crucial to learn (again) for all that: