Should the artist's intent really matter when viewing a piece of artwork? I think it can be interesting. I am usually intrigued by the information provided. Perhaps understanding the artist's vision throws the painting in a whole new light. A glimpse of a time frame I didn't experience perhaps, or a personal glimpse into their life. I usually look for symbolism, because I use it myself. Techniques can draw me closer. Composition, repetitions, I really enjoy figuring it all out. Sometimes I am quite surprised by their revelations. But in the end, does it matter to the viewer? Ultimately, what the viewer brings to the painting is all that matters.
Today I am continuing to work on this painting. It is a reflection, but it is the reflection that is the subject of the piece. I know it has happened to me. Maybe to you as well. Great light today. Back to my brushes.
"The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." - G. K. Chesterton