I was painting in the studio the other day, jamming to Audioslave, when I heard a familiar verse -
"I like studying faces in a parking lots, Cause it doesn't remind me of anything."
- lyrics to their song "Doesn't Remind Me" which is so appropriate in the way I've trained myself to see, as an artist.
As I have stated before, in order to see the visual world objectively, the artist must work to disassociate from himself/herself from preconceived ideas of whatever their subject matter is. The artist observes the world as if they have never seen it before, so as to avoid any visual bias and ultimately distortion of the subject matter.
The end-result from seeing something that "doesn't remind me of anything," enables me to find more abstract relationships between shapes, values, and colors that set the stage for my own artistic expression.