Ever seen some art work and thought "I could do that"? I sometimes look at art work and think that I could have a go. Alas, it hasn't turned out well when I have. There's often some subtleties in design, color and perspective that I'm missing. There's an eye for detail that I'm also missing. There's overall skill that I just don't seem to have.
So maybe it's time to accept that it's better for me to look at others' art work and admire it without trying to do it myself. There is certainly something relaxing about looking at art work. I particularly enjoy working out what it is that I like, what I am attracted to when I see a piece of art. Perhaps it's the colors or the patterns. Perhaps it reminds me of something from my past or even my current life. I look for patterns in the art work that I like. Sometimes I can see some themes but other times there are just random images that strike a chord for whatever reason.
I sometimes simply appreciate the effort and creativity that the artist has put into the achievement of completing the piece of art. I like to put myself into their shoes and wonder what it would feel like to work on the art and at what point you would know that it's complete. And how it would feel to step back and have a look at the image and feel a sense of pride in the accomplishment. I wonder if they notice some aspects they would rather change. How would they overcome the temptation to keep working on it? How would they know when it's done?
I'm also interested in the way that pieces of art are displayed. A large painting or photograph on its own can be powerful but so can a series of images that complement each other. Sometimes there can be so many images that it feels almost overwhelming and difficult to make sense of.There's something about simplicity that is helpful in not overloading the senses.
I sometimes focus on the big picture of the overall image, but at other times look more at the details, wanting to soak up each little feature. Sometimes I walk away and return later to see what I missed, what I can notice the next time. Sometimes I'm happy to just glimpse and take in the overall perspective.
There are some pieces of art that stay in my mind and others that seem quickly forgotten. Some galleries allow visitors to take photographs, without the flash because it damages the paintings. This is a great way to keep the image handy, to look back on it again and again.
So I've decided that I should keep my day job and enjoy being a voyeur of art rather than attempting to be an artist, although dabbling in photography is probably ok. There's not too much that go wrong with those images, particularly these days with digital cameras when you can just delete them and start all over again.