I worked on this a while, but it got pretty hard pretty fast, and I had no idea how I was going to end this concept with X, Y, and Z! So I dropped the idea of doing it alphabetically, and ended up with something much better.
I'm still beginning with the artist and describing bits of his painting, but after dropping the alphabetical ordering of items, I added two other elements that I'm really excited about: The whole text is now a single complex sentence, though it's meted out in small, easy to read clauses and phrases, and the point of view undergoes two transformations, beginning with a boat on a lake, then broadening to the window of a cabin that contains the view of the boat on the lake, and then returning to the mind and canvas of the painter.
I'm really happy with the final text, which is simple and yet complex in multiple ways. And I think there must be a lesson or two about creativity in how I got from point A to point...Blue?
Here's how it begins:
There was an artist
who painted a boat
that held two fishers
afloat on a lake
surrounded by mountains
beneath the blue, blue skyAnd I might still try to write the alphabetical version some day!