Picture description

Picture description 
Reason
A picture description is an ideal way of practising your English vocabulary in all sorts of fields. And there's also a benefit for everyday life – imagine you want to show pictures of your family or home to your foreign friends.
Describing paintings or other art pictures is something for the advanced learner of English as you also have to talk about the artists intention and the impression on the viewer.

Preparation
Have a close look at the picture and decide on how to structure your picture description. What is important or special? What should the viewer pay attention to?

Structure and Content
It's not easy to follow a picture description if the writer jumps randomly from one point to another. Therefore, make sure that your picture description is logically structured, for example:
from left to right (or from right to left)

from the background to the foreground (or from the foreground to the background)

from the middle to the sides (or from the sides to the middle)

from details to general impressions (or from general impressions to details)

Which structure you finally choose depends on your taste and the picture you want to describe.

Pictures in General
short description of the scene (e. g. place, event)

details (who / what can you see)

background information (if necessary) on place, important persons or event

Paintings
name of artist and picture, year of origin (if known)

short description of the scene (e. g. place, event)

details (who / what can you see)

impression on the viewer

artist's intention

perspective, colours, forms, proportions etc.