I wanted to share an article about a study done on abstract painting regarding the difference between amateur and professional. Too many times one hears the ever so clever, “my kid could paint that”, when in actuality they couldn’t. The amateur does not understand the full details of importance of color theory, negative space or the use of the line. In the aforementioned study, Psychologists Angelina Hawley-Dolan and Ellen Winner compared artworks by professional, well known abstract artists (ie: Rothko, Twombly, de Kooning) next to paintings done by children and animals. Both professional artists and non-artists alike could tell the difference between the two, and could recognize the intent within the paintings.
Read the article here and remember to trust your gut when you’re looking at something you might not understand but can appreciate.