Throughout my painting career I have always admired abstraction from afar. I say that because I have never been successful at it. Realism always steps in and takes over. No matter how hard I try to paint large masses of color for the sake of large masses of color I don't seem to be able to do it in a way that is true to myself and my own inner workings. But I still admire artists who are able to do it successfully.
I think this is why I can relate more to artists like Arthur Dove, Charles Burchfield, Charles Sheeler and of course Georgia O'Keefe. They take realism and abstract it just enough so that you still know exactly what it is but you also know what it is not.
But then there is always Mark Rothko. I can get quite lost in one of his paintings even though they are "just" masses of color.