All paintings have a story to tell.
Some of the stories are fairly straight forward, where the paintings merely want to point out the beauty in front of us: flowers blooming, children playing, sunny days, white winters, couples in love. Life can be, or is just that simple.
Other stories are laden with morality, where the paintings seek to remind us, lecture us, warn us, of the problems around us: inequality, climate change, war, greed, repression. Values provide guidance in the complexities of life.
The stories can be uplifting, as the paintings wish to give us hope amidst despair. The stories can also be sobering, as the the paintings aim to awaken us to the cruel realities around us.
Paintings tell stories, stories that are in colours and lines without words, from which we can learn the meaning of life.
How to appreciate paintings? When we are appreciating paintings, we are learning valuable lessons from paintings too.