Many people are intimidated when going to galleries or museums as they don’t feel confident in how to view and appreciate art. What do I look at? How do I understand what I’m looking at?
There are actually many articles available on art appreciation, but it’s important to realize that your raw perceptions are valid. You see the world... and art... through your life experiences, beliefs, and emotions. It’s OK to enjoy or dislike certain art work. Feel what you feel. It’s all good and right.
The painting on the left is by the famous Salvador Dali.
They are surreal and he paints many of his dreams, which are technically spot on ....but, I dislike his paintings. All. Of. Them. And I don't apologize for it. Looking at his work gives me a feeling of unease. I know he is famous... but not to me.
The awesome painting on the right is painted by the emerging artist Patrice Cameron.
Wait!!! That's me!
I happen to really love everything about this artist's work!
Here is another of my favorite artist's recent painting for your viewing.
Here are some easy ideas to help you broaden your viewing skills….
Looking at art on your computer or phone is not the same as viewing art in person. Standing in front of artwork gives you the opportunity to really look at it.
What do you see at first? The color, the scene, figures, or figures in action, in the art? Notice the texture of the paint on the surface: is it smooth, rough, interesting? Some art has movement that helps you to wander to different areas in the painting. Many times the artist will purposefully bring your attention to what they want you to see through bright color, dark line work or flow of a brush stroke. This can take you to the focal point, or most important part of the painting. What is significant about this area?
After you have studied the art close up: stand back and take in the entire scene from a short distance. Take in the big picture and check in with how you feel.
Does this artwork provoke thoughts or wonder? Move away and look at it sideways. I paint on a canvas with a 1 ½” depth. This is perfect to continue painting the sides so you can see the painting as you are walking past it, in front of you, and as you walk away. That is called a gallery wrap.
I saw a movie about artist JMW Turner, entitled Mr. Turner, and watched as he had himself tied to the mainmast of a large ship before the ship sailed into the middle of a violent storm. Turner wanted to experience and 'feel the power' of the elements. He then painted from a place of 'feeling' and 'knowing'.
I look and wonder about the story of paintings. It’s always juicy to get insight into an artist’s intention.
Viewing art can lower stress and makes us feel good. Immersing yourself in a few art pieces that interest you, and taking a little time to explore them may benefit you in surprising ways.
Go ahead… appreciate art, your body and soul will love it!
Here is the perfect opportunity to come and view art in person!
Bring your favorite people to learn more about art.
I've invited Susan to be my guest and show her amazing abstract, encaustic paintings. She'll be there to discuss her technique and give us all more information about how to get the most out of viewing abstract paintings.
So come and join us for this mid winter event. Practice your 'art assessment' in the comfort of a small gallery, with two live artists, to answer your questions!
It will be a pleasure to see you once again.
I appreciate your support.
Blessing to you all,
Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.