So, art is saying Stop. It helps us to stop by putting a frame around something and makes us see it in a way we would never have seen it under normal circumstances of living, as so many of us do, on sort of automatic pilot, going through the world without really seeing much of anything. . . .
So, to help us out of our blindness, part of what the painter is doing is saying, See what's there, not what you expect to see. See what is really present in your life. See yourself, see each other.
-Frederick Buechner, The Remarkable Ordinary: How to Stop, Look, And Listen To Life