Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh are veteran painters. All of us are quite familiar to these names. But are we familiar to their work? Can we understand the nuances of painting? Blatantly, the response remains in denial.
Art has always found a soft corner in the hearts of wealthy and affluent class. The middle class have been left alone from the art of learning it and being able to comprehend it. Art is not only a great source of pleasure but also deepens our perspective towards life and death. Learning and observing art is a passion for some people. They delve into the intricacies and use different perspectives to interpret it.
To be on the ball with art is not a difficult process. A novice can start with simple steps as follows-
Art has traits of being appealing to your senses. A work might grab your attention due to its subtle way, subject matter, its beauty, its color, its realistic appearance or any other factor. After having a good look, ask yourself what is it about? Understanding the subject on which it is based is very crucial. It might be a landscape, object or an abstract work.
Look for symbols. For example, presence of a skull in the picture of the wealthy interpreted that wealth was only worldly, which pointed that their lives were meaningless. But often it is important to understand that artists interpretation of the work might not be similar to yours. Every individual has different perspective of looking towards things. Focus on what the work means and says to you.
Style is referred to as the artists creativity on the canvass. Creativity is showcased in making closely detailed work, controlled work, wild and ecstatic effect. Style can also convey a message.
Artist sometimes go out of their way by depicting strong emotions in their painting relating to anger, disgust, lust or even happiness. Art also has an emotional streak. Understand what feelings are evoked by seeing a painting and why does it happen? Keep in mind these four ‘Esses’ to develop an eagle’s eye for observing art- subject, symbolism, style and self examination.
Bob Ransley was born in New England, and has constantly been on the move and has stayed across a variety of locations. He has been living in Maine for the past 6 years now, and his travels have been his inspiration for many of his finest works. He has become America’s most known colorist, due to the vast number of shades that he employs in his paintings. Robert Ransley can be followed on social media at @Twitter , Google+ , Linkedin and Facebook . For more background information on Bob , see his full bio over here.