There is the process (the artist's way of creating, the meaning and intent
of which may or may not be more than a simple exploration of possibilities).
There is the product itself (which is the result of the artist's process,
but which may be of less importance to the artist than was the process
And then there is the viewer's reaction to the product which is the result
of the artist's process.
And each viewer brings his/her own background, experience and/or prejudices
to the reaction process. In reality, then we have as many different
process/product/reaction events as there are people to look at a painting or
work of art--and discuss it......
Each of these is valid in its own way--but it really shouldn't surprise or
disturb us to find that opinions vary greatly......
And I know this doesn't help a bit for those who would like to have a
definitive meaning or intent <g>
Lily Kerns CWKerns
Art Teachers-- http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Dell/9575
Quilt guild-- http://www.orion.org/~opqg