Art, like sports, is in the experience of playing the game. The reason color commentators at sporting events are former players and coaches is because we naturally give more credence to those who have had the experience. Without them all the stadiums, sports publications, and all the experts would be out of work. The game of art is simple. The participants are the artists who make it, and the people who look, buy, and own it.
Sports requires athletic ability and special physical attributes – jockeys are small and football players are big. Few of us qualify. Art requires looking and thinking, which should include almost anyone willing to try. Lectures and demonstrations won’t make you a better tennis player, but getting out on the court, maybe being embarrassed at first, will. Nerves and reflexes, muscles and joints will eventually know the game. Try looking at original art, in due time buy something appealing, and hang it in a place where you’ll see it every day. Mysteries will fade, and you’ll begin to know what you like, why you like it, and where to get it. You’ll be in the game.