Contemplate: "To look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully."
This Saturday, April 12th, is Slow Art Day, with informal groups gathering worldwide to view art, connect and share. The day is coinciding with a local contemplative viewing practice at LACMA for Shambhala Art's Creativity Lab, (monthly gatherings that explore creative process and meditative space).
As you may know, this a subject close to my heart. Why do I enjoy viewing in this way? Taking the time to slowly see the art enriches my experience and increases my appreciation of the art. Have you tried this approach? Join us at LACMA to learn more...
Or... try it for yourself. First, take a breath and be aware of your body. As you begin to observe the artwork first allow the senses prevail, then expand the observation and feeling. Trust in your direct experience, then add to it with more information, perhaps from the artwork label. Share your experience with the friends you are with. I encourage your experimentation, whether it be on Slow Art Day, or independently. Let me know what you discover.