When we focus our attention on only one type or a few types of paintings, we learn how to appreciate paintings in a quicker and deeper manner.  
 
Continuing our example from the previous post, suppose we decide to focus on the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings.  After looking at his paintings, we become curious of his life, his inspiration, his artistic style, his legacy, his contemporaries.  This leads us into reading books and online articles about him, beyond just looking at his paintings. 
  
Once we know more about Van Gogh’s life and his art, we start to see his paintings in a different light, with a deeper understanding and stronger connection.  Our appreciation of Van Gogh’s paintings increases – we learn why he paints what he paints; our understanding of our own preferences in art increases – we learn that our initial reactions to a painting can be changed; our appreciation of paintings in general increases – we learn how he compares with other artists of his time. 
  
How to appreciate paintings? Start your art journey by looking at different types of paintings to find the paintings that appeal to you.  Once you have found these types of paintings, focus your attention on them.  When we focus our attention on these types of paintings, we learn how to appreciate paintings in a quicker and deeper manner.  
  

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