Treat nature as an open gallery awash with color, smells, light, texture, line, and shape. Just imagine what you can create as you immerse yourself in the process of learning to abstract nature and at the same time channeling what you see and feel.
Learn to respond to light, water, sky, plant life. Stepping out of your comfort zone into new territory is a great way to expand your creativity. The key to the process is experimentation. You will work on several studies interpreting the details around you or from an adventure.
Jean’s books "Intuitive Design and Color (2nd edition)" and "Journey to Inspired Art Quilting" are good references.