Monday, November 30, 2015

Reflections No. 1 - Acrylic Abstract

Hello everyone, I am excited to share with you a new abstract painting that I created this morning. I literally leaped out of bed, set up my canvas, got out my acrylic paints and went to work before breakfast. I had the vision of this piece vividly in my mind, the creative impulse, and I wanted to capture this idea on canvas as soon as possible. I haven’t really though much about abstract art before, focusing on more literal paintings. Over the weekend I have been working on sharing and expanding my Google+ following and have seen many amazing artists working across the world If you are not already following me on Google+ you can do so here, click the link then the click the follow button:

Among the artwork that I saw were several outstanding abstract oil and acrylic paintings —a few were “abstracted landscapes” and others were more purely abstract in composition. These pieces must have been percolating in my mind, because this morning I knew that I wanted to create my own! Here is the result of my experimentation. The image that saw when I awoke was the picture of streetlights or car headlights dancing across water, reflected poorly in dim lighting just after rain. We have had some stormy weather recently here in North Carolina, which is probably where I got this idea, but this morning I began to paint. I started with a monochromatic palette utilizing Black, Greys, and White, see below. I did not originally intend to work on such a large canvas, but I realized that on the smaller sizes I had already applied a red gesso—and this morning, I wanted to work on a white canvas—nothing for it but to go big or go home.

I next decided to add blue to painting also layering in more white, greys and black. I am trying to capture the essence of light bouncing across a puddle without being too literal with the image. 

Lastly, I put in the streetlight with the orange and reds, the long vertical lines help to draw the viewer’s eye downward and contrast with the mostly horizontal layout of the piece. You may have noticed that I actually painted this entire work upside-down; however, in this final picture below, I actually flipped the painting on its head and liked the orientation better.

Reflections No. 1, Acrylic on Canvas, Artist Charles Wolf, Charles Wolf Studio © 2015

Please let me know what you all think. I intend to make a series of these reflection- themed abstracts, which are for sale. You can find pricing and contact information by clicking on the Painting Gallery Link at the top of the page or here:

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