This is my painting "Remnants of Daylight". Where do you look first ?
When we look at a painting, regardless of the artist's intended meaning, our brain is looking for a way to enter the work. Instinctively the eye starts with the bottom and left sides, but if there's no line or accent there, no entry point, it will quickly look elsewhere. Our eyes are always scanning for patterns, we like to connect the dots, we like to see rhythm and balance. Experiment, noting where your eye travels and then rests.