The first one I did was complete nonsense. I didn't get it at all. Crumpled that up and trashed it. Decided not to be abstract until I understood what I was doing. I have never run into this lesson before, although I have done many black and white paste ups for quilt ideas and in developing a visual language exercise. So I moved on to a familiar imagery, my little bird and took him out of the box, with increments of manipulative difficulty. Perhaps now, I can loosen up a bit.