>My favorites are those that tell a story, something that I can create a visual for in my mind.
that's fine. it's just that some works of art are beyond linear, "easy" storytelling. there are certain tropes in art that just work. Like think of the paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, there is a dramatic, moody landscape and most of the time, you have a figure in the painting, sometimes with their back to the viewer, so we easily identify with the awe-inspiring view of the landscape.
Then there's all this rather abstract stuff like the writings of Kafka, Beckett, Joyce. And there's paintings by Cecily Brown, Albert Oehlen, Richard Diebenkorn. And maybe you look at Tarkowsky, Lynch, Jodorowsky, where there's often no easy way to interprete or analyse the work that is without ambiguity.
So yeah, sometimes even commissioned paintings and maybe also Rembrandt's Nachwache can evoke some kind of awe in you. Or you find that certain postures and gestures may contain hidden meanings.
An afterthought: So, you sit there in front of your computer, tablet or phone that you use for messaging, emails, paying bills, watching youtube and porn and you search "Rembrandt Nachtwache", which originally is a 12 by 14.5 feet painting, oil on canvas. And you look at one measily JPEG that is most likely too dark, tiny resolution, has reflections and obviously has cose to nothing to do with standing in front of the real thing. so you stare at these lit up pixels and no screen in the entire world can properly display the color black, to name just one tiny inadequacy. you then seriously sit there and conclude: "i don't feel it, this must be garbage" ...