[This is the first installment in a series of art viewing tips for beginners to the art world. Read on for more tips in this ArtBarcs blog series to aid those newcomers how to enjoy art like a pro!]
To an outsider, the world of fine art can be an intimidating place. From remembering a whole slew of unfamiliar names and titles to getting all the new lingo down pat for art discussions – many newcomers feel pressure to try and act a certain way when they want to try to enjoy art compared to the standards of other art fans.
ArtBarcs never wants anyone to feel like they can’t enjoy artwork because they don’t think they fit into the fine art environment; we feel everyone should have a chance to enjoy art any way they’d like. That’s why we will be releasing a handful of tips to aid those just getting their art bearings and to remind the seasoned appreciators of the simple love that can exist for fine art. Put these art viewing tips in your personal “Art Viewing Arsenal” and begin to thoroughly enjoy artwork at your own pace!
Open Your Eyes. Don’t forget this first major point! When you first see a piece like this, taking the time to fully see what is in front of you is half the battle. Take a few steps back. Spend some time looking at the piece at a distance. Get the full view of the canvas. Thick, heavy lines of bold color may, at first, confuse the eye and you may not know what the painting first depicts if you are standing too closely.
Fully take in the color choices. Note the brush strokes; the highlights and lowlights. Also remember to take in the size of the canvas; how big is it?
Take a few more steps backward, let your eyes adjust – and voila! It’s a screaming baby!
But, there are also some instances when stepping in for a closer look is the only way to view a piece of art and understand the full message the artist was intending. Using all of these full-view viewing techniques is only half the battle — now it’s time to get up close and personal.
Step up closely to the art piece. You can now see all the details that are not as clear from your original far stance. It’s a whole new world this close!
Take a look at the example:
When you take this piece for example, none of the minute details would be available to the viewer until she was quite close. To fully understand the piece as a whole, you must get in closely to the canvas. From a distance, the figure details would be lost, the colors blurred and the specific intricacies gone.
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Next Tip: We’ll discuss personal artist choices!