I tend to consider abstract art a form of art-cheating. In reality, I do know abstract art isn’t artistically cheating.
I respect for my fellow artists who choose to work in that style—an artist still applies the same artistic principles of movement, contrast, balance, etc through the utilization of the standard art elements of line, shape, texture, color, etc. when working abstractly.
I’m not sure where this subconscious-abstract-art-stigma comes from exactly? I don’t know if the idea that if a work is not a realistic or implied rendering of a decipherable person, scene, or object–then it still requires skill. “But a child can make abstract art.” (Which is true their work can be abstract, but it doesn’t have the elements and visual principles applied as it would be by an adult artist.)
Because of all this, I rarely play with creating abstract work because it seems ‘too easy’—as if I am cheating. This week, for my artist date—I created a solely abstract composition with no underlying statement or text, and no intentionally implied figures or scenes.
I simply created art—pure shapes, form, color, texture. It was messy and fun.