Working abstractly, problems and questions  soon appear. Answers come slowly.

The abstract image is very human.  It is produced from the mind almost as if it were a holographic slice of the artist's consciousness prejected onto a two dimensional plane. Where the image came from is a matter of interest to me. 

For example did the image emerge as a single  form, only to be 'read off' from the mind- in which case we might say that it is along the same lines as figurative art - the object being evident in a subtler realm and the seeing being the inner eye. Or might we say it develops as we work on it - to some extent we are discoing the content of our own mind. As one mark modifies the inner picture. Happy accidents are 'liked' and explored and maybe developed.  But what is the the overall form we are trying to depict. 

The image we create is a hologram of ourselves. Each painter creates something that has been formed by the life of the printer, their experiences, their  ideas, a mirror to the catalogue of images they have seen - other paintings included.  AS we get more expressionist, the image reflects more of the state of mind of the artists as well -regardless of his cultural and experiential background. (Q - did Jackson Pollock need to be 'trained' or did he simply need to find outward form for the contents of his mind?) 

 Thinking about abstraction is like threading apiece of string from one ear to the other through your brain then concentrating such that you can tie a knot in the middle.