I tried something new with an abstract painting and I like this approach.
First, I did a contour drawing of guess who, my favorite model, Ziva. Of course I will include of photo of her, well, at least a painting of her.
Very loose drawing of Ziva, sort of a contour drawing with dark and light shapes. (She is sitting next to me on the couch, our favorite spot every night. The dark area is the back of a chair. Can you see Ziva? oops, there is a shadow in the photo that should not be there.
This drawing gave me something to use as a start for the painting and it motivated me because it included Ziva.