Thursday, July 28, 2016

Guest Artist Feature: Jeanna Olson, Photographer + Blogger


Photo by Jeanna Olson © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 

I’m a midwestern girl with good intentions and bad knees. I majored in English and theater (unemployable) at the local university and then stuffed my curriculum with journalism classes to keep my parents happy.

So I’ve had a long career in food service.


Photo by Jeanna Olson © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 


Photo by Jeanna Olson © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 

My dad had cameras and guns and was determined I try both. I didn’t care for guns but liked the low-risk, high-reward of shooting someone with a camera. I remember using Pocket Instamatics and Polaroids and finally my dad’s old Petri. But it wasn’t until I got my hands on a Pentax K-1000 in J-School that things really started to click, pun intended.


Photo by Jeanna Olson © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 

I’m the most amateur of photographers but I always have fun trying—the idea behind both my blogs. My blog, The Ched Curtain, refers to the Wisconsin/Illinois state line, a line I no longer wish to cross (over the hill). 


Photo by Jeanna Olson © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 

The last time I went to Chicago was for my longer running blog, The Wisconsin Candy Dish, when I got to roll through the sugar charged All Candy Expo (a life long dream after I saw it on The Simpsons). I started "The Dish" when I was in tech school, still trying to be a useful member of society, and kept it going to get free candy.


Photo by Jeanna Olson © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 


Photo by Jeanna Olson © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 

Jeanna Olson
Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Candy Dish  (http://wiscandy.blogspot.com/)


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sunrise/Sunset Photo Contest Winner (Bonus Post)!


Winning Photo: 
"Fishing at Sunset." Oak Island, NC. Photo by Kathy M. 

Congratulations to Kathy; what a beautiful sunset photo!  

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this photo contest. If you would like to join in a future contests, be sure to like the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page (link below) as all photo contests can be entered there! 


Have a great one,
—Charles

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pond Impression - Abstract Landscape Painting + Video




Pond Impression. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 8 x 10 in.
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2016. 
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V. H. E. Conference

Hello Everyone! Just got back from my trip to California for the Valley Home Educators Conference today. I gave a painting workshop that was well received, promoted Impulsive Artistry, and did some live painting throughout the two days (Friday and Saturday). Here are a few pictures from the conference of the Impulsive Artistry Booth!


Impulsive Artistry Booth. Original Artwork by Charles Wolf. 
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 Impulsive Artistry Business Cards! 

Here is the painting that I created during the hour-long workshop. I will be uploading a new painting video soon to the Impulsive Artistry YouTube Channel on how to paint this artwork!


 Cloudy Mountain. Artist Charles Wolf. 
Acrylic on Canvas, 16x20 in. 
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Pond Impression – Abstract Landscape


Pond Impression. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 8 x 10 in.
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2016. 
All Rights Reserved. 

Today however, I am sharing my most recent painting video, “Pond Impression.” This is an abstracted landscape created with acrylic paint on canvas board, 8x10in. It is an easy painting to make and would look great as a lovely piece of home décor.  Let’s get to painting!

Supplies:
1 Inch Brush
Palette Knife
Drop Cloth
Water Cup
Palette
Easel

Acrylic Paint:
Naphthol Crimson
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Mars Black
Titanium White
Ultramarine Blue.  


Pond Impression - Painting Video


Pond Impression. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 8x10in.
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2016.
Impulsive Artistry Blog Productions. All Rights Reserved.

This video is intended for educational purposes only, feel free to share this video, but do not copy this artwork and resell the imitation, as that is a violation of copyright. 

Etsy


All of my artwork can be purchased at the Impulsive Artistry Etsy Shop. I will be adding several new pieces tomorrow to the shop!  

Get $10 off with the Shop Coupon Code: SAVE10 


Question of the Day:

What is your current creative project that you are working on this week? 

Tell me about it! I would love to hear from you in the comments section of this blog or on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page!


Have a fantastic creative week!

—Charles


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Beginning Painting Supplies (Acrylic)

Hello all and welcome back to Impulsive Artistry! Today, I wanted to share with you all a one-stop art supply list that I created through Amazon as a convenient resource to anyone who is interested in learning to paint! This following list provides you with the essentials materials for a beginning artist. I use many of these same products when I paint with acrylics and have found them to meet my expectations without breaking the bank. While painting may not be the absolute cheapest hobby to pursue, it has offered me many hours of entertainment and joy, making it a creative activity that is well worth the initial investment.  

Anyone who wishes to cut cost further, can simply purchase these items from the list to get started (add the additional items once you have painted a few pieces):

Simply Simmons Brush Set of 5
Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint, 8 Piece Set
US Art Supply 9x12in Canvas Boards
Loew Cornell Chip Brush Set


(Only about $50 to begin your painting adventure!)





Now that you have the art supplies, here are a few of my Easy Painting Tutorials for Beginners from the Impulsive Artistry YouTube Channel:



Autumn Field. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 8x10 in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2016. 
Impulsive Artistry Blog Productions. All Rights Reserved. 



Blue Ocean. Acrylic on Canvas Board,  8x10 in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2016. 
Impulsive Artistry Blog Productions. All Rights Reserved. 



Orange Sky. Acrylic on Canvas, 9x12 in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2016. 
Impulsive Artistry Blog Productions. All Rights Reserved. 

Thank you so much for stopping by—I will be back next week with more creative content, but until then, have a fantastic, artistic day!

—Charles 
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Vermont Sunsets – Photo Set



Sunset over Lake Champlain. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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In my recent trip to Burlington, Vermont, the natural beauty of that state mesmerized me, but nothing astonished me more than the gorgeous sunsets over Lake Champlain. Due to the stormy weather on the first few days of our vacation, my wife and I were treated with several spectacular cloud-filled skies as the sun set behind the Adirondack Mountains, protruding across the water in New York. 

Now on to the photos! 

Sunsets of Vermont Photo Set




Orange Burst. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Purple Haze. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Three Masts. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Spark of Color. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Shimmering Brilliance. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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 Boats on Lake Champlain. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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 Radiant Cloudscape. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Sailboat in Pink Glow. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Grandeur. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Heading Home. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Sunrise/Sunset Photo Contest!




The Impulsive Artistry Sunrise or Sunset Photo Contest is still underway until 7/24/16! Submit your best Sunrise or Sunset photo on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page today - the winning image will be featured in a special bonus blog post here on Impulsive Artistry!     


Question of the Day:

What is your favorite - Sunrise or Sunset? 

Let me know in the comments below or on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page

Have a great creative week! 

—Charles

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Impulsive Artistry - Sunrise or Sunset Photo Contest!


Join the Sunrise or Sunset Photo Contest on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page, link below. 

—Follow the link and submit your best Sunrise or Sunset photo by attaching a photo in a comment. 


—Caption your photo when you attach it: your name, photo name, and photo location. 

—Only one photo entry per person please.

—The winning picture will be featured in a blog bonus post here on Impulsive Artistry!  

—Entries accepted until 7/24/16!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Baja Sunset, Original Oil Painting

Hello and welcome back to Impulsive Artistry! Today, I would like to share a new painting that was commissioned very recently. The client sent me a photograph taken on his vacation to Baja, Mexico, of a stunning sunrise. The focal point for this composition is the moored boats set against the setting sun. This painting took about 8 hours of work to complete; I desired to capture the gentle coloring of the photo and the atmospheric mood. The sky proved to be surprisingly complicated, due the subtle shifts in hue, and of course the boats contain some delicate line-work that cannot be rushed. With this work, I was not attempting to be photo realistic, but to capture the essence or feeling of the fading light, merely suggesting the boats for example. I had an engaging time working on this piece and enjoyed the creative challenge that it provided.

Here is the photograph that the client sent me:


 "Baja Sunset" Photo by Dennis V. © 2016. 
All Rights Reserved. 

Below is the complete painting, I did not include a few of the boats:


Impulsive Artistry YouTube Channel - Painting Overview Video:

While I did not film the creation of the artwork like I normally do—I figured that it would take too long to paint, i.e. too much editing—I did create the following short overview video where I talk about some of the techniques that I used during the painting process.


Commission a Painting:

If you would like to commission a painting, please contact me at the provided email address below. Send me an original photograph (can’t be someone else’s photo from the Internet), and let me know what size painting you would like, current pricing is listed below as well. Please note that at the present time I do not paint figures, animals or portraits, but specialize in nature scenes, landscapes, sunrise/sunset, cityscapes and abstract paintings.   

CharlesWolfStudio@Yahoo.com

9x12 inch painting: $150
16x20 inch painting: $225
18x24 inch painting: $300

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Upcoming Live Painting Demonstration:

For those of you who live in the Central Valley of California, I will be at the Valley Home Educators Convention giving a Painting Demonstration on Friday, July 22nd at 1pm in the Sacramento room of the Double Tree Hotel in Downtown Modesto. I will also have a booth, so stop by and say hello!  

Here is a link to the website for more info about the convention, I hope to see you there!


Sunrise/Sunset Photo Contest



Join the Sunrise or Sunset Photo Contest on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page, link below. 

Follow the link and submit your best Sunrise or Sunset photo. The winning picture will be featured in a blog bonus post here on Impulsive Artistry!  

Entries accepted until 7/24/16!




Question of the Day:

 Where have you seen the most amazing sunset in your life?

Let me know in the comments below or on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope that you will visit the blog again soon. Have an amazing weekend and a great creative day!

—Charles

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