Painting is like listening to music. Enjoy the aesthetic pleasures of the artist's impressions. Let the painting speak to you and absorb the mood and visual sensations which the artist has created on the canvas.
This could be reality- the tragedy and drama of the world, or the joy of living and experinces of your life. The happiness and endorphins in your day. Insperation I receive from listening to music.
I make a point of listening to the latest trends of music because I feel music tends to evolve together with art. The old renaisance paintings were in the same style as music of the old days.
While the modern musicians and singers experess to-day's modern realistic life.