In this lesson we were to use as many and varied techniques as possible, making each quadrant of the piece completely different.
On the left is a start...but we were asked to push it further, so the image on the right is the result. Similarly in those below....
In the following lesson...quite the opposite. We were to make images with as little contrast as possible, but still make them interesting.
This was not as easy as it sounds. I really had to overcome the hurdle of thinking of them as backgrounds, but regarding them as complete works. It was a lesson in subtlety...and one that I needed.