Brendan gave me a book called "Painting Abstracts" by Rolina van Vliet for my birthday. A very practical little book, with 65 exercises to take you by the hand. Only a few pages of theory at the start, and then you can jump right in. If, like me, you need to be inspired, it's packed with beautiful examples of what can be achieved (I feel a few fakes coming on). I've already started. Here is my interpretation of exercise #1 "Expressive Shapes"