As to the blogs:
As to what drew me towards art and where I learned the terminology:
ever since I was little, my parents (my mother mostly) would always take me to museums and art galleries. If we were going to another town or another country, the first place we were going to visit was a local gallery. I spent a lot of time of my life wandering around museums and galleries, and I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember myself, so I suppose my passion for art was first born with me and further developed by my parents.
Of course, since my family and I have been travelling a lot, I have an entire bookcase filled with art-related books, thick museum and art gallery guides, and little art exhibition booklets written in different languages (my mother has always been keen on getting all that stuff and now I am too. Thanks, mum.)
Apart from the information I could find in those numerous books and guides and booklets, I used to have art history classes for some time and go to art-related courses held in my native city’s galleries and museums.
Apparently, there’s still a lot of things I don’t know, e.g. I only found out about such art movements as orientalism and tonalism when I started this blog, and the actual purpose of the blog (and the reason why I always add so many detailed tags to the paintings I post) is for me to broaden my knowledge and find out as much as possible about everything art-related.
If you’re interested, I have a few links to art-related educational websites on my personal blog, they may help you learn new things about art (including terminology).
Thank you for your questions.