Howard Smith You are now at the second half of our 30 day creative challenge. It’s all uphill from here! Did you see the post with some of my favorites? Today’s challenge builds on yesterday’s. You can use the same plant, or even the same drawing, if you wish. This time, instead of drawing continuous contour lines, focus on flattening and simplifying the shapes, so they create a composition across the page. Color in either the plant shapes or the spaces around the plant shapes, so there is stark contrast to the design. Below are a few of Ellsworth Kelly’s designs for inspiration. You can see he’s not just looking at the plant, he’s looking at all the shapes within the whole composition. Notice how parts of each shape overlap, touch, or almost touch the edges of the compositions. See how much energy is in those moments? I love seeing the tiny areas of adjustment in “Plant II” the one right below this text. Ellsworth Kelly, “Plant II” (1949), oil on wood, 16 1/2 x 13 inches Ellsworth Kelly Study for Plant 1 1949 and Vaults/Flowers 1949 Share your drawing on Instagram with these tags: #30sal, #organiccomposition Or post to today’s Padlet page.