Dislike the painting? That is great. It means you have appreciated the painting!

To dislike a painting means we have done two things.

One, we have taken a good look at the painting. Without really looking at the painting, we would not have found out that we dislike it.

Two, we have connected with the painting. If the painting had not touched us in some way, whether positively or negatively, we would not have any feelings for the painting.


“I dislike this painting because I don’t like green.”
“I dislike this painting because it reminds me of my sad breakup in Bali.”
“I dislike this painting because I have a phobia of boats.”
The reasons for disliking a painting can be as simple as these.  As simple as the reasons for liking a painting. 
When a painting evokes emotions in you, it elicits a response that eventually concludes with a simple like or dislike.  Sometimes a painting can create such mixed feelings that you spend a lot more time thinking and resolving your thoughts/feelings to it before you can come to a conclusion. 
When a painting does not arouse any feelings in you, it means there is no reaction.  You simply do not care much about the painting.
Which is why it is “good” to dislike a painting.  
When you dislike a painting, it means that the painting has successfully entered into a conversation with you, even though the conversation has led to an unpleasant argument instead of a heartwarming sharing. If you do not dislike (or like) a painting, it means that you did not enter into a dialogue with the painting, missing the opportunity to connect with your inner self. 
So the next time you dislike a painting, appreciate it. Because it means the painting has helped you learned something about yourself.

How to appreciate paintings? When we are appreciating paintings, we are learning valuable lessons from paintings too.   

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