Additionally, both art forms require technical competency at minimum, and mastery at best.
In order for the music to really work, jazz musicians must have some musical training and understanding. Sure, I could bang out music on a piano, but I have not studied music. I don’t really understand the subtleties of rhythm, meter, scales etc... I might have a ball, it might even please me, but it isn’t the jazz that anyone else would want to listen to. What makes jazz so great is the technical mastery of the performers, coupled with their own personality and soul.
Abstract painting is a lot more than spontaneously than spreading paint around a canvas. While there are some naturally gifted self-taught abstractionists, the majority of us have studied the fundamental of art. Just as musicians study scales, rhythm & music theory. artists study composition, color theory, perspective etc... When we “improvise” on the canvas, we are drawing on all the skills that we have acquired, and bringing our own aesthetic, feelings and soul to our artwork.
With these ideas in mind, take a fresh look at my paintings, and let me know what you think.