The No 1 rule in art appreciation: there is no right or wrong when appreciating paintings.

There are many rules in art appreciation but the most important rule is there is no right or wrong in art appreciation.

Art appreciation is a personal conversation between the artist and the viewer through art. In in this personal conversation, the artist is entitled to his views and the viewer is entitled to her views, just as any personal conversation around us. No one is to judge if his or her views are right or wrong.

A painting is a conversation between the artist and the viewer.  The artist describes what he sees and feels onto the canvas. The viewer describes what she sees and feels from the canvas.  The artist and the viewer are strangers bounded by the painting for a moment, each sharing his and her own experiences and emotions through the painting. 
 
There is no right or wrong in this conversation. The viewer’s life experiences and emotional stage shape her response to the painting. Her response to the painting is as unique as she is as an individual.  While her reaction to the painting may be different from others, no one can judge the viewer’s appreciation of the painting.
 
Once we know that there is no right or wrong when appreciating art, we will no longer be tied by the judgments of others. We become more true to our hearts when exploring the painting. We become more brave when we articulate our opinions of the painting. We become more confident to look at more paintings. 

read: #9: The first step to appreciating paintings: know more about the artist

How to appreciate paintings? The No 1 rule in art appreciation: there is no right or wrong when appreciating paintings. Hold on to this rule and you will never be afraid when appreciating art.

Painting Image: The Lotus Pond I by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong / ARTualize.com.sg

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