Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Coral Reef - Abstract Oil Painting + Timelapse Video!



"Coral Reef." Original Abstract Painting. 
Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24 in. Artist Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

"Coral Reef" - Timelapse Painting Video



"Coral Reef." Abstract Timelapse Painting Video. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2016. 
Impulsive Artistry Blog Productions. All Rights Reserved.

How I Created this Abstract!

It has been a little while since I have painted an abstract or worked with oil paint; so last week, I decided to put these together and create a new abstract oil painting! Clearly the color of the sea was in my mind subconsciously, probably inspired from my recent trip to the Outer Banks, NC (Photos Here), which can be seen in the following color selections for this artwork: Prussian Blue, Phthalo Green, and Lemon Yellow.

For this piece, I wanted to create a pure abstract, something that I have not attempted since last November with my work titled, “Reflections No. 1” (image below). 



"Reflections No. 1." Original Abstract, 
Acrylic on Canvas, 18 x 24 in. Artist Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 

This new abstract was to be made in the moment, utilizing impulsive actions, bold swaths of color and with very little planning ahead of time.

 “Coral Reef” took an hour to create from start to finish, and while I was working, I stumbled onto the idea of contrast, dividing the canvas down center into two fields of color. The left side would contain the hottest colors (reds, yellows, oranges…) and the left side my cools (blues and greens). Knowing that blues will recede back into space (appear farther away from the viewer) on the canvas, I began smearing the bright colors across it, emphasizing this effect. The hot colors stretched out like fingers, cutting into the “blue” half of the canvas – and the piece took shape!

This work was conceived as an abstract, meaning I was focusing on aspects like color, shape, texture, and composition while I was painting, and I was not trying to depict an object or scene from nature or day-to-day life; however, as it happens, when my wife got home from work, she remarked that it reminded her of a “Coral Reef” and the work was titled!

Color Palette (Oil Paint) for this Piece

Phthalo Green
Prussian Blue
Raw Umber
Burnt Umber
Raw Sienna
Soft Mixing White
Naphthol Red
Alizarin Crimson
Lemon Yellow

Materials Used to Create “Coral Reef”

Liquid White (Medium)
Linseed Oil (Medium)
Paper Towels
Water Cup
Drop Cloth
18 x 24 Inch Stretched Canvas
Easel or Flat Surface
1 Inch Brush
½ Inch Brush
2 Small Round Brushes
Palette Knife
Fan Brush

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Another View, "Coral Reef." Original Abstract Painting. 
Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24 in. Artist Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

This painting, like all my artwork, can be purchased at my Etsy Shop: 


I have included some more of my paintings below for you to see what I have created over the past few months, click on any painting below to directly link to my Etsy page and see a larger image:



Question of the Day? 

Have you visited the ocean recently? Let me know in the comments below or on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page

Have a fantastic creative day!

—Charles

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