When I was 12 or 13 years old, my mother would lean large reproductions of famous paintings (e.g. Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh) against the sofa and invite me into the living room to discuss the art.
She would prompt me with a few questions such as:
Then she would ask me to look at the painting from a distance, and then close-up:
She would offer her perspective on each painting, adding background stories about the artist and the painting. These facilitated discussions helped her prepare teaching notes for her work with underprivileged children -- teaching art and art appreciation. Mostly, I was co-operative. I knew it was for a good cause. She was not trying to torture me with arty conversations.
When I saw this painting at the National Art Gallery of Denmark, I was struck not by the beauty of the painting but by the many stories I saw within it, stories that were speaking directly to me:
All of us can look at scenes from our lives as if they were paintings and ask ourselves:
And then we can walk around the scene again, and look at it from different angles and distances and perspectives.
My family, relationships, movement, nature, flexibility of mind, exploration of alternative perspectives & openness are central to my life.