I'm reading the book Still Life with Oysters and Lemon for painting III. It's about a man who is captivated by a painting and how his life actually correlates with the still-life.
The author Mark Doty writes:
"I have fallen in love with a painting...I have been drawn into the orbit of a painting, have allowed myself to be pulled into its sphere by casual attraction deepening into something more compelling. I have felt the energy and life of the painting's will; I have been held there, instructed. And the overall effect, the result of looking and looking into it's brimming surface as long as I could look, is love, by which I mean a sense of tenderness toward experience, of being held within an intimacy with the things of the world."
^^^ I read that over and over again, trying to soak it in. This is what I want from painting again.