In the previous posts, we talked about the simple reasons for liking and disliking a painting. 
 
“I like this painting because green is my favourite colour.”  “I dislike this painting because I don’t like green.”
 
“I like this painting because it reminds me of my honeymoon to Bali.”  “I dislike this painting because it reminds me of my sad breakup in Bali.”
 
“I like this painting because I like boats.”  “I dislike this painting because I have a phobia of boats.”
 
Why you like or dislike a painting is because of who you are. 
 
Your memories, your experiences, your preferences, your emotional state, your knowledge of art – they shape your response to a painting. 
 
The painting actually does nothing.  It simply presents itself.  When you look at the painting and become engaged with it, you are searching through yourself – the experiences and emotions that you have accumulated thus far that forms you – to come up with a reaction to the painting. 
 
The reaction is an answer that is unique to you. Hold tight to this precious answer from yourself, as it tells you more about yourself than the painting. 
 
If you feel the need to share your answer with others, do it confidently.  Do not be cowered by the opinion of others. Give their views a thought and compare it with your answer; it may lead to further discovery of you.  

How to appreciate paintings?  Realize that why you like or dislike a painting is because of who you are.

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