Overwhelmed…already!

My eyeballs are already popping out of my head and it’s not even January 1st yet!

In the effort of attempting to be structured and organized for this huge endeavor, I’ve been compiling a list of artists and also categorizing their various art styles/movements/periods…not all and not in that order.  I’m trying my hardest to mix up the periods and styles as much as possible.  For example, I don’t want to accidentally group five minimalist artists in a row!

My endless list!

My endless list!

I am certain at this point that I am going to be learning a lot about art history on top of merely painting.  Just today I learned about Tingatinga paintings…colorful artwork based on the artist Edward Tingatinga from Tanzania.  I’m going to have tons of fun that day!

Edward Tingatinga painting...

Edward Tingatinga painting…

I’ve also been researching Art Brut/Outsider Art, wondering how I actually feel about the concept of how artists such as Henry Darger Jr. and others are viewed with a mixture of fascination and condescension.  It’s called Outsider Art…you get my point.  Well, my point is that I’ll be honoring a bunch of those artists with only admiration.

Henry Darger Jr. piece from- The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion

Henry Darger Jr. piece from- The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion

My brain is about to burst reading about the differences between Neo-Expressionism and Neo-Impressionism.  Did you know that Andre Derain and Henri Matisse were the co-founders of the Fauvism Movement?  I didn’t until today!  Movements, Styles and Periods…OH MY!

Henri Matisse- Woman with a Hat (1905) Fauvism is the style of les Fauves (French for "the wild beasts"), a loose group of early twentieth-century Modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism.

Henri Matisse- Woman with a Hat (1905)
Fauvism is the style of les Fauves (French for “the wild beasts”), a loose group of early twentieth-century Modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism.

It’s going to be one crazy year and I hope you follow me through it.  I’m going to need lots of encouragement…and paint.

Can I somehow get an honorary art history degree by the end of the year?  Maybe!

Only a couple more days to go until the paints come out…wish me luck!

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