I told them that you can't look at these paintings using your regular vocabulary...that they were using a language other than words.
Now that I am fully immersed in the abstract images I'm discovering at the pond, I can more fully embrace this concept of "a language other than words" by which I mean they were not descriptions of "things" but translations of emotion and ideas.
It is a language of color and movement, light and shadow, simplicity and chaos. It is a visual experience rather than one of clear observation.
I think that may be why abstract paintings are often very large in scale...to more fully immerse the viewer in the experience. I'm not sure how well these photographic abstractions I'm making of the pond will translate into really large pieces. I guess I will have to try one and see but I do enjoy to the pure joy of working in this new visual language and like learning any new language, it will take time and practice to perfect it.