Re: Help if you have trouble with Abstracts
There are two sources which I have found helpful.
One is called, Realistic Abstract Art by Harry Sternberg. The copyright is 1959 by the Pitman Publishing Corporation.
The author gives examples of abstracted art, and also gives suggestions of ways to abstract a subject.
Another book is, Still-life Drawing and Painting by Jack Hamm. The copyright is 1976 by Jack Hamm.
There is a section beginning on p. 74 called, "Introduction to Abstraction". He shows a progression of a drawing of a spoon from realistic to what he calls "pure abstraction" presumably meaning non-objective. The section continues to page 87, including topics of "Departing from Reality," "Transparency and Interpenetration," and an "Experiment in Abstraction."
I have attached a drawing called "Abstract Spoon" which is different views of one spoon composed together.
I hope you will be able to find these sources.