Take a look at this abstract painting study. Can you tell what it's of, where it's of? The simple lines and suggestive use of color leave hints at its origin. Mere suggestions, but really look at it. I think you know the answer in your gut.
If you guessed Venice, then you're right. Isn't abstraction of this kind incredible!? The artist, M. Pia De Girolamo, took a familiar landscape and stripped it of anything unessential. Leaving only the elements that define the space, the marrow of what Venice is in our minds.
I have always loved abstract art's ability to do this, and in school it was one of my favorite exercises. In one class we were asked to draw a landscape with depth using only three lines; I was never able to quite realize that one, but the concept has stuck with me. How can we say everything we need to say in the fewest words/lines/notes possible? In this way abstract art is not easy, simplistic or dumb; it is a far more complex and thought provoking process. Just one of the reasons why abstract art is cool. big kiss, bekuh