Abstraction

Abstraction is something I struggle with in painting.  A lot of the art I like best has an abstract quality to it.  But I don’t quite know how to incorporate that into my paintings.  When am I being abstract and when am I just being lazy?  or messy?

Since I’m a scientist as well, I like to think that abstraction works when it captures something true.  Something about how color works, or how light appears to us, or how it felt to be in a particular place on a particular day.  My friend Alan, also a scientist by training, has a different take.