How to Appreciate Paintings #87: The title of a painting (Part 8)

Art exhibition in Singapore. ARTualize is the only art gallery in Singapore that lets you rent paintings for your home. A little young girl in pink is looking at a painting on the wall.  It is an oil painting of Tanah Lot in Bali.  It is low tide and the temple goers are walking over to the temple on the island with white waves splashing on the shores on the right.

 

If we look at the painting before we look at the title, we will see the painting for what it is, with no preconceived expectations. Our minds are free to explore and imagine the painting.  We will form our own conclusions of the painting.  When we look at the title eventually, our minds will again ponder, whether to resolve the conflict or harmonize the agreement, between we had thought the painting to be and what the title had said the painting is.

 Looking at the painting first before looking at the title of the painting allows us to engage with the painting twice, enhancing our experience and appreciation of the painting. 

 Hence we should take our time to look at the painting and not be in a hurry to look at the title.  But most of us simply give a quick glance at the painting, read the title, and look at the painting again.  

While we do look at the painting first before we look at the title in this case, we did not give ourselves sufficient time to absorb into the painting before we look at the title.  We miss the opportunity to engage with the painting twice. 

Do not rush to look at the title.  Look at the painting and spend some time really looking at it.  Let your mind wonder, connect with your inner self, develop your own story of the painting. Do not shorten this engaging process, which is what appreciating paintings is all about.  

After reading the title, look at the painting again and spend some more time with it.  Let your mind wonder farther, connect more deeply with your inner self, form your own opinions of the painting.  Do not hasten this stimulating process, which is what appreciating paintings is all about. 

How to appreciate paintings?  Do not rush to look at the title of the painting.  Spend time looking at the painting first before looking at the title. 

Learn more about how to appreciate paintings at HowToAppreciatePaintings.com


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