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  • You Can Learn to Draw!

    Anyone Can Learn Basic Drawing

    I know what you are thinking, if you aren’t an artistic person naturally, you are thinking that no one can teach you how to draw.  However, I can tell you that anyone who can see can improve their basic drawing skills.  I’m not talking about necessarily becoming the next DaVinci, but rather becoming what I’d call, “drawing literate”.

     

    Drawing is a Skill

    Drawing is a skill.  It can be learned and practiced.  Artistic expression is more innate, natural, more something that just flows from within.  Think of this way, unless there is a severe disability, every person in school can learn basic writing skills, but not everyone is going to be the next novelist.  The fact that you don’t have the ability or desire to write the next great novel isn’t reason for you to not learn the basics of written language.

    Drawing is Communication

    I see drawing the same way, you might not have it in you to be the next great artist, but that isn’t reason to not even learn the basics of visual communication. I call it communication because drawing, pictures, basic figures, all of these things can be great tools to communicate with others.  The first written languages were series of pictures that told a story, and while we are not longer dependent on pictures alone, being able to sketch a basic idea can still really help to get information across.  Think of drawing a basic map for someone to find a place you are telling them about, sketching what you want a finished project to look like before starting, sketching out an illustration of your child’s math word problem, or playing Pictionary!  There have been many times when I’m trying to explain something to someone and feel they would understand better if drew them a picture, think about recounting a traffic accident, wouldn’t you probably sketch out the road and cars and use arrows to show what happened?

    There are Many Resources to Learn Drawing

    I can think of countless books that one can learn from, from the very basic “Drawing Textbook”, to the more in depth “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, or one of my favorites, “Learn to Draw with Jon Gnagy“.  But books aren’t the only sources, the internet has free information, full courses, and videos.

    One video series that a beginner might find helpful is “Learn to Draw” by SchaeferArt.  His first video starts at the very beginning, with materials, and covers the very start of sketching and shading, later videos get more in depth on specifics of shading and form.

    So for today’s “Friday Feature” I am featuring the first in his Learn to Draw video series.


  • Is Graffiti Art Or Vandalism?

    The ultimate blog challenge today recommended going to http://ezinearticles.com and using one their articles to republish on your blog.  This worked fine for me today since I had a very busy day with helping my daughter move and then going to a memorial for my uncle, and didn’t really have enough time to write something myself.  The following article is the work of Mike D Johnson I, and is printed unchanged from its original form on http://ezinearticles.com.

    graffiti, street art, Is this art, or is this vandalism? Is it both?
    Is this art, or is this vandalism? Is it both?

    Is Graffiti Art Or Vandalism?

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    The question of whether graffiti is art or vandalism is one I see often, and usually from students working on school reports… and have fairly strong opinions about. This is really a two part question: Part 1. Is Graffiti Art? and Part 2. Is Graffiti Vandalism?

    Part 1 – Is Graffiti Art?

    I think it’s first important to understand that “art” itself is tough to define. But if you move past formal definitions, art is typically an expression of oneself or a message that an artist is trying to give to the viewer… and it may or may not appeal to other people. Others think art is perhaps an expression of the artist using colors, textures, sounds, etc. to convey the message. Let’s look at a few of pieces of well known art.

    1. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci. It is painted on a piece of wood and is framed. Why is this art? Shading, the depth, the landscape, the enigmatic smile, etc. Would this be art if it were painted on a brick wall on a side street in Italy? Of course. What makes it art is the picture, not the medium.
    2. Guernica by Pablo Picasso. This may be Picasso’s most well known piece of art. Painted mural size on a piece of canvas. Of course, this is art. Would it be art if Picasso painted directly on a wall on the side of a street? Yes. What if he did it without permission? Still art… but illegally painted. You like it?… well it doesn’t matter if you do or not, it’s still art.
    3. Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michangelo. It’s art and it’s on a ceiling.

    Graffiti art is a style of art. It “fits” the bill to be defined as such and often expresses a very distinct message from the artist (as an example, check out the political messages of Banksy ). Artwork that is painted in this style is absolutely considered art. It can be painted on wood, on canvas, on ceilings, on brick walls, on sidewalks, etc. It is still art regardless of the medium.

    Part 2 – Is Graffiti Vandalism?

    If the street art (graffiti) is painted legally, meaning on property owned by the artist or with permission from the owner, then it is legal street art.

    If the street art is painted illegally, meaning on property not owned by the artist, and without permission, then it is still art… but the artist has committed the crime of vandalism.

    So, if DaVinci, Picasso, and Michaelangelo were hanging out on 115th Street one Tuesday night and throw up the Mona Lisa, the Guernica, and the Sistine Chapel art work on the side of a laundromat… It is art. But it’s also vandalism. It can be both… it is not an “either / or” question.

    Hope this helps you guys if you’re doing a report on “Graffiti Art or Vandalism” or “Is It Street Art or Vandalism”.

    This article was written by Mike Johnson of BuyGraffiti.net blog [http://www.buygraffiti.net/blog/2010/10/graffiti-art-or-vandalism/]. For unique and interesting pieces of original Graffiti Art for sale that can provide an exciting urban image to your home or business, please visit BuyGraffiti.net and support Graffiti Art

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  • Should Art Be Publicly Funded?

    The Ultimate Blog Challenge topic for day 20 was to post something controversial.  Normally, I try to stay away from controversy on my website, especially political controversy. I figure that if no matter what political side I take, I am probably alienating 50% of the people who see the post.  So, why would I want to do that?  However, some of the stories I’ve seen on social media in the past few days had me thinking about this topic, so I decided to write an opinion post on…

    Should Art Be Funded with Government Money?

    When we talk of publicly funding anything, or government funding of anything, I think it helps to put in clear terms, it is taxpayer funding of the item at hand, the U.S. government has no money except what we the people have paid out in taxes, except of course what has been borrowed from other countries, which is, technically, debt belonging to every single American citizen.  So, whether you support or oppose government funding of something, its good to understand that American People are actually the ones funding, or not funding it.  With that in mind, lets look  briefly at both sides of the issue.

    If you are a working US citizen, government money is YOUR money.
    If you are a working US citizen, government money is YOUR money, and when the government fund something you are footing the bill.

    Some oppose any taxpayer funding of the arts.

    Those who oppose public (taxpayer) funding of art say that our taxes should be spent on more essential things, that funding the arts is not important enough to spend tax money on.  They say that paying for things like defense or healthcare is more important.  Or they may say that cutting back all unnecessary spending, and instead taxing people less, is the way to go.  They also believe that if arts are going to be funded, it should be done through donations by those who want to see more of the arts in society.

    Some support all taxpayer funding of the arts.

    There are those who think that the government should be spending more on the arts.  They feel that if the government would offer support of art and artists, it would free up artists to create.  They believe that art enriches lives enough that it should be supported by tax dollars.  They want grants and endowments given for artists. They want the government to pay to put up sculptures in public places.  They want a slice of tax payer money to go to museums, theaters, and musical ensembles. They like art, and therefore they feel that government should support it.  They also don’t think the government should really limit the kind of art or the subject matter, if large numbers of taxpayers are deeply offended by what is payed for, they figure that those people just need to get over it.

    Some fall somewhere in between the two extremes.

    Then there are  people want to see some funding for art museums, some funding for public art, some funding for art, theater, and music in the schools, but they also believe that there should be limits to what is funded.  The exact limits may vary from person to person, for example, one person may believe that only traditional art should be funded, another may feel that only the most modern, cutting edge art deserves such an honor.  Some may believe that Art Education in grades K-12 should be fully funded, but that if one wants further education in the arts, one should pay for it themselves.

    My own opinion on public funding of the arts.

    The arts, visual art, theater, dance, music, all are of value to society.
    The arts, visual art, theater, dance, music, all are of value to society.

    Art is Valuable to Society

    Of course as an artist I believe that art can do a lot to enrich society, I also believe that art can be useful in drawing attention to and raising awareness of various issues.  Besides, art is just fun.  What a boring world we would have without art!  Want to type up a letter?  We would only have one, very basic font available, because all of the fancier fonts are thought up by artistically minded individuals.  Advertisements would be text only, no pictures to draw attention. Packaging would be black and white, no pictures.  Just a white label with the name of the item in black.  A can of soup and a can of dog food would be identical except for the words on the can.  Even names of products would be boring because no one would be creative enough to come up with clever names.

    Magazines, books, and even advertisements rely on art.
    Magazines, books, and even advertisements rely on art.

    No music would play anywhere, because music is an art form.

    No theater, no TV, no movies.

    Yes, society needs art.

    Art beautifies and enriches our lives.
    Art beautifies and enriches our lives.

    Arts Education is VITAL for Children

    There are numerous studies that show that children who are exposed to the arts, including classical music and visual art, benefit in ways that go beyond their understanding of the arts.  They do better in math, they think more creatively and therefore write more creatively, they think more deeply about things.  They are better able to visualize information from their History and Science texts. They do better socially.  Exposure to art, music, and drama helps them in so many areas because it helps their brains to grow lots of varied neural pathways, many of which can be used in other, seemingly unrelated subject areas. In short, it expands their minds and keeps their brains flexible and growing.

    Education in art helps in other subject areas as well.
    Education in art helps in other subject areas as well.

    For that reason I believe that the arts should be funded in every public school, from Kindergarten to grade 12.  Every grade level should have enough good art, music, and drama teachers that every child in elementary school should experience these subjects every year, at least one day a week, in the elementary grades, every student should experience all of these subjects, unless they have some physical barrier preventing that (for example, a deaf student wouldn’t be able to participate in music class).  It should just be expected that every student gets at least a basic “literacy” in all three of these areas in elementary school. That doesn’t mean every student will be producing a masterpiece or playing an instrument, for some students music might consist of simple rhythm instruments and music appreciation, and art should be done for the process not the product.  Drama class builds public speaking skills and confidence, even if the school play isn’t performed to perfection. So in elementary school it should be required that every student participates in all three areas if there isn’t a disability preventing it.  In Middle School and High school though,  every child should be able to pick for themselves which of these three areas to focus on every year, and there should be plenty of choices in all three.

    The arts should be funded in K-12 just like math and reading are, and incidentally, all subject areas need better funding than they now get, especially in the area of teacher pay.

    All children should achieve a basic literacy in the arts.
    All children should achieve a basic literacy in the arts.

    Arts degrees should receive equal access to financial aid.

    To me this is just fair, if a person who dreams of being a doctor can get financial aid, and a person who dreams of being a political analyst can get financial aid, and a person who dreams of being a journalist can get financial aid, then a person who dreams of being an artist, actor, or musician should be able to get financial aid.  I do think that someone who changes their mind and changes majors over and over again should perhaps lose financial aid, but that is another issue.  Once a person shows that they qualify in all other respects for financial aid, it shouldn’t be denied based on what they want to become when they are finished with their education.  So, while I am not sure whether college should be or should not be funded with taxpayer money, if it is going to be, then arts students should get their fair share of that funding.

    An art student has as much right to financial aid as a science major.
    An art student has as much right to financial aid as a science major.

     

     Community Arts Organizations should qualify the same as other community organizations do for funding.

    If there is a non-profit community group that does good for a community, helps other organizations, provides a valuable asset to the community, then they should be funded equally to other, non-arts community organizations would be.

    For example, if there is a community organization that consists of a group of artists who seek to be an asset to their community.  Offer educational programs for kids, help raise funds for charities, provide social activities for elderly or disabled people, they should be given funding on the same basis that any other organization doing such things would be funded.

    If a science museum that offers kids classes and summer camps qualifies for funding, then an art organization that offers similar things should be funded.

    Arts funding should have rules and limits

    This is where I depart from a lot of artists.  I am all for government funding of arts education, especially in grades K-12. I am all for funding of community organizations that enrich their neighborhoods. I am all for grants for art, music, dance, theater, or literature.  But I think there should be some lines drawn.

    If someone thinks its artistic to drip pig blood all over the Koran, I call foul.  I say they have just disqualified themselves from any government funding by committing such an act of hate and mockery of another’s religion.

    If someone thinks its artistic to drip pig blood all over the Koran, I call foul. Click To Tweet

    If someone thinks its artistic to take photographs of a child in a sexually compromising way, I say that person has not only disqualified themselves from public funding, but that they have committed a crime and should be arrested.

    If someone thinks that it is artistic to drop a crucifix into a glass of urine, again, I call foul.  I say they have just disqualified themselves from any government funding by committing such an act of hate and mocker of another’s religion.

    If someone thinks that it is artistic to drop a crucifix into a glass of urine, again, I call foul. Click To Tweet

    I also don’t think that publicly funded art should side with a specific political candidate or party. Just like religious organizations can’t do so if they wish to remain tax exempt, if one wishes to receive tax money for art I think that art needs to be politically neutral.

    Understand though that I think artists are free to do all of the things listed above, on their own dime.

    I also think that federal arts funding really should be limited to education, to museums, and to community organizations.  Other funding such as putting sculptures in a city park should be voted on by the local people who use that park.

    And public funding of individual artists, well, I think it needs to be limited to artists who are giving something of value back to the government.  For example, the government is funding a library, and the library will purchase art for its walls with some of that money.  The artist who creates the art will be paid for their work.  So in a sense that artist has gotten public funding, but the artist has gotten in exchange for something that was needed by the library.

    This is different from an artist who enters a publicly funded art contest, wins, and is awarded a grant to spend however he or she wants.  I really don’t think that kind of taxpayer funding of art should exist.  For one thing because there is no requirement that the winner does anything beneficial to society, and two because it is, by its nature, unfair.  For every artist who gets funding their are thousands more, just as talented, who never will.

    I also think that public funding of the arts needs to be kept in perspective, if there are disabled veterans who are homeless, and the choice is putting a sculpture in a park or housing them, then I think the sculpture can wait.  If there are children in school who haven’t had a decent meal in three days, and there is a choice between feeding them or buying paints for their class, then feed them first. But really, it shouldn’t be either or.  So much money is spent on useless bureaucracy in this country and in its education system, if that money was not being thrown away, there would be enough to do both.

    With proper management I believe our society can both fund art in schools, and help those who truly need help.
    With proper management I believe our society can both fund art in schools, and help those who truly need help.

  • Photo Day

    Sample painting for paint-along class.

    For the ultimate blog challenge today I was supposed to share a favorite photo.  I decided to go with the idea of posting a photo, but I decided that instead of picking my favorite, which would be very hard to do, I’d share a photo of my latest painting designed for my classes.

    The key to doing a class sample painting, is to keep it simple enough to do in a few hours with people who are absolute beginners, this one might pose a bit of challenge, but I think if I hand draw and cut some dolphin stencils for those who need them to at least get an outline, it should work out okay, of course I’ll encourage people to draw their own dolphins if they feel comfortable doing so.

    Anyway, here is the photo, it isn’t print quality, it was just taken with my phone, but it gives a pretty good idea of what my next class will be like.

    Two dolphins forming a heart, two people in a boat at sunset.
    A sample painting I designed for paint along class.

     

    Of course, for those who are in the same area as me, they could sign up to paint this, here is the flyer:

    Flyer for paint class
    The flyer for the next paint class Ill be teaching.

  • The Transformative Power of Art

    What Makes Art Special?

    In my last post I expounded on how decor and art, while they overlap sometimes, are not automatically the same thing.  Today, I am going to look at a few quotes that seem to expound on what makes art special as compared to a scarf or a piece of wallpaper that was put in frame, and looks quite visually appealing, but is not art.

     

    Art Changes Us

    “What makes people the world over stand in line for Van Gogh is not that they will see beautiful pictures but that in an indefinable way they will come away feeling better human beings. And that is exactly what Van Gogh hoped for.” John Russell

    While a pretty scarf from your local department store may look beautiful in a frame, may catch the eye, and complement the rest of your decor perfectly it isn’t going to dramatically improve your understanding of the human condition, or move you with sympathy for the downtrodden, or open your eyes to the oppressive nature of some powers-that-be,  Much art, on the other hand, does do these things.

    While a piece of wallpaper wrapped around a canvas might accent your carpet and furnishings perfectly, and look stylish and chic, it isn’t likely to make you stand in awe at the beauty of nature and contemplate its origins, or impress you with thoughts of the vastness of the universe and the smallness of humankind. Van Gogh’s Starry Night has been known to elicit these responses in many though.

    That is also what I meant when I said that the statement that Duchamp made with his “Fountaine” was more artistic than the piece itself.  He sat out to make a statement about the art establishment, he wanted us to ask the question, “What is art?” by showing us something that definitely was NOT, but that was presented as such.  At that he succeeded.  He showed us non-art presented as if it was art, and therefore forced the art world to examine its definition of art.

     

    Art is (At Least somewhat) Unique

    “Someone who copies a Van Gogh does not therefore become Van Gogh, and the same would go for Mozart or anyone else who contributed something that was original.” Daniel Tammet

    Art will have some uniqueness to it.That isn’t to say of course that art is always completely original, almost all art is a remix of previously used styles or concepts, but it is at least a unique remix, rather than a facsimile. Even if it is inspired by another’s work, and even if it borrows some theme or element of style from an earlier artist, it will show some unique interpretation of that work.  Van Gogh painted many works that were based on the work of other artists, but never did he try to do an exact copy, he always brought his own unique vision and style of brushstroke to it.

    In a similar way, I sometimes borrow elements of a style or composition from Van Gogh, but I inject my own elements, subject matter, and style to it as well. While I could probably produce a decent reproduction of Starry Night, if I did so I would only offer it as a reproduction, I’d never try to claim it as wholly my own art.

    Can someone learn to reproduce almost exactly the work of another? Yes, but that is, in my opinion, not true art. It can be a good skill building exercise, but it never reaches the same level as a unique piece will. Reproductions have their place, as learning tools, and as decor, but they have a different status from true, original compositions, from true art.

    Art is Driven by Passion

    “I love what Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh and Jesus all said – that love is really the driving principle of the creative act. In fact, they would say that great art is always inspired by love.” Erwin McManus

    Art is driven by passion, the quote above says it is love, and perhaps in a sense that is true.  It may be driven by anger, by frustration, by sadness, or by joy, but what, other than love elicits all these emotions so passionately?  When one is angry it is usually because something that person loves and values has been in some way violated.  It may be their love of justice or humankind or the environment, the same could be said of frustration or sadness, even these negative emotions are usually brought about because something or someone we love has either been violated or has let us down in some way.

    Regardless, all art is driven by passion, while framing a scarf is probably driven more by a sense of style.

    Van Gogh quote on love.
    While all art is motivated by passion or love for something, perhaps love for other people is the most noble driving force behind creating art. In fact, according to Van Gogh, the act of loving people is itself artistic.

     

    So, art goes beyond just looking pretty and moves into the realm of passion, originality, and transformation… and that is why is transcends simple decor.

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  • Decor Does NOT Equal Art

    A Lot of Art Makes for Nice Decor

    In the world of art, a lot of it is very aesthetically appealing, and therefor makes nice home decor.  From a quaint landscape or subtle still-life, to a mind-bending surreal piece, there are many artistic selections that you can use to enhance your living space.  Perhaps that’s why people seem to often confuse the concepts of decor and art. I see it a lot.

     

    Not all Wall Decor is Art Though.

    Articles online that encourage one to take a piece of nice wallpaper and wrap it around a canvas to make custom “wall art” for their living room.  Now, the images on the wallpaper were someone’s art when they were first drawn… but surely a person can see the difference between wall paper and an actual piece of art?

    Other examples exist, from “frame a scarf” to “cut circles from paint chips and glue them down overlapping to make a scale like texture” the internet is replete with ideas on how to make your own wall decor that matches perfectly with your paint and furnishings.  But are those things art? Well, I guess that is somewhat of a matter of opinion.  After all to Marcel Duchamp, and to many art critics, this was Art:

    Marcel Duchamp's Fountaine
    Duchamp bought a urinal at a hardware store, signed it, and called it art.

     

    But I don’t see the thing above as art, though perhaps the statement he made with it could be seen as art, and I don’t see simply wrapping a piece of cloth or wall paper over a canvas or sticking it in a frame as art either.

    Now, perhaps if one took that wall paper, and then added other elements on top, in a unique and custom arrangement, perhaps then I would see it as art.

    Or the paint chips made into a fish scale texture, that is at least coming a little closer to art… but if all one does is copy exactly the how-to article on it, I’m not sure it qualifies.  Perhaps if one adds their own spin to it, making a pattern of two colors with the circles, or something else to set it apart from the one in the diy article… I guess I’d see it more as art.

    Why do I care if its art or just decor?

    Well, if you simply talking about decorating your living room, I don’t really care.  Do what works best for you and fits best in your budget!

    However, I do care when people buy mass produced decor or slap together something from a DIY article, and think that is art, and then go to an artist and expect to see unique, one of kind creations valued the same as those.

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    Art is so much more than decor

    Art is so much more than decor.  Though visual art is sometimes used to decorate, it also represents the heart and soul of the artist, not to mention hours of creative thought and work. Also art encompasses so much more than visual art anyway.  Drama, music, dance, and visual art is all so important for society, and should be valued higher than a mass produced product from your local WalMart.  The arts should not be neglected in schools, or in culture, because the arts have an element to them that can change lives, give direction, discipline, and hope.


  • Oil Pastel Sea Turtle

    An Oil Pastel Tutorial by Mr. Otter Art Studio

    Today the prompt for the Ultimate Blog Challenge was to share a video.  Right away I thought of Amy Pearce, who has at least two YouTube channels with lots of art tutorials… I noticed that her channel titled “Mr. Otter Art Studio” seemed to have more beginning level art tutorials, so I decided to select a video from that channel.

    One thing I like about Amy’s art tutorials is that when she is doing something repetitive, she speeds up the camera to show that part, so you don’t have to sit for 30 minutes watching as she does the same thing over and over on different parts of a picture.

    I decided to share her tutorial on making a Sea Turtle with oil pastels.

     

    So if you want to see more of Amy’s lessons, check out Mr. Otter Art Studio, and also Amy Pearce.


  • Saturday Slam Paint Class and pARTy

    Painting Class!

    Painting can be a lot of fun, even if you have never done it before, and even if the result isn’t what you would call a masterpiece, it is still a lot of fun to get together with frien’s and paint.

    I teach painting classes, which sometimes involve alcohol, but with or without alcohol, people really do have fun painting and learning.

    One of these classes was last night. We painted a beach scene, and everyone had their own little twist on it.

    painting class photos
    My painting class last night was small, but fun!
    painting class photos
    Painting classes, everyone’s is a little different, and there’s always at least one person who goes completely rogue and paints something totally different than the Sample painting.

     

    If you’d like to try your hand at painting, and you are in the Kitsap County Washington area, leave me a comment to find out how to sign up.  If you aren’t in my area, there are probably facilities in your area that have something similar, just google paint and sip classes and the name of your town to find out more.


  • My Favorite Styles of Art

    I Love Almost All Art

    First off, I want to say that I really do love almost all art.  There are exceptions, of course.  I’m not a huge fan of Marcel Duchamp, for example, but most visual art styles I do like.  I may not like every piece in that style, as sometimes subject matter can be off putting, but I see something in almost every style that is admirable.

    Of course, I do have my favorites though.

    Post Impressionism In the Lead

    While it is difficult to nail down a specific style that is my favorite, I’d have to say that post impressionism is definitely in the lead.  I like impressionism too, but most impressionists had very soft, natural looking colors in the art, and tended to paint very nice, quaint, pretty subjects, such as children playing in a grassy field, or women holding flowers. While they used brighter colors than those before them, they used very normal looking colors, impressionism still clung to many constraints of realism, just with a softer look.  Nothing wrong with that, and it is very nice looking, but it doesn’t quite grab me the way the brighter and often arbitrary colors and bold brush strokes of the post impressionists did.

    Of course, one of the most famous post impressionists was Van Gogh, and as anyone who reads this blog often knows, Van Gogh is my favorite painter of all time.

    If I made a list of my favorite styles in order of most favorite to least, I think it would go like this.

    1. Post impressionism, an art movement that took place after the last impressionist exhibit and until the birth of Fauvism.  Roughly from around 1886 to around 1905.  Expressionism overlapped Post impressionism, and many works such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night, are considered both Post impressionistic and expressionists.

    Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
    Vincent Van Gogh was one of the leaders of the post impressionist movement. Other leaders of this movement were Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, and Paul Gauguin.

    2. Fauvism.  Fauvism is what followed post impressionism, and some see it as a specific kind of post impressionism.  Brighter colors, painterly brush strokes, even more deviation from realism and into abstraction.  Expressionism also overlapped into this movement, and many works of the fauvists are also considered to be expressionist.

    André Derain, is one of favorite Fauvists, this is his painting "Charing Cross Bridge"
    André Derain, is one of my favorite Fauvists, this is his painting “Charing Cross Bridge”.

    After the Fauvists, I guess my favorites would go back in time a bit to the impressionists, then leap forward again to the surrealists, abstract expressionists and cubists.  But I won’t get into all of that, I’ve listed here my top two favorite styles, and with that I’ll sign off.  I’m sure if you browse through my work, you’ll see the influence of these art styles in my use of bright colors, my willingness to sometimes depart from realism, my imaginative fantasy based work, and my use of art to express feeling.

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    Do you have a favorite style of art? If so, comment and let me know what it is.