Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fighting Stagnation!

I don't know about you, but I dislike the feeling of stagnation and repetition. The knowledge that I have same task ahead of me that I had the previous day, week, month can be grating, and I relish each opportunity to try new things. Fortunately, my occupation (I work from home) allows me ample time to pursue my hobbies and interests, but even then I still get that itchy feeling that I am stuck with the same routine ahead of me. When this happens, it's a sign that it is time to shake things up, start fresh and begin a new project or two. 

Well I got that itchy feeling this past week...

What am I working on? I began composing a new piano piece, haven't written music in a while, and it has been thrilling to sit down and add a few new notes the score each day. While it is not finished yet, here are two other piano pieces that I previously composed: 




Pondering: Motions. Solo Piano Music by Charles Wolf © 2015. All Rights Reserved. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 



Wanderers. Solo Piano Music and Photography by Charles Wolf 
© 2016. All Rights Reserved. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.

This last weekend I also participated in a tournament at my local board game store that began at midnight and went to 7am - crazy right, but a great way to mixup my schedule (no I didn't win, sadly). I was able to get some lovely photographs of the pale sunrise as I left the store that morning that I would not have captured if I hadn't gone to the event. 



Morning Clouds. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 


Pale Sunrise. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 

So what do you do when you are feeling that creeping sensation of stagnation? Let me know in comments below or on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page

Have a fantastic, un-stagnate creative week,

—Charles


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Retro - Acrylic Abstract Painting + Feeling Inspired Linkup #24


Retro - Abstract. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 16x20in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.  

Hello Everyone,

I don't know about you, but I seem to every once in a while have one of those creative days where, despite my best efforts, I can't seem to make progress on a project. This happened to me a few weeks back, and after two hours of work, I decided that a landscape painting was not coming together. Before putting away my paints for the day, I decided to paint a quick abstract, placing the following colors on my palette: Mars Black, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Orange Hue and Red Oxide.

Long story short, in thirty minutes, I created three striking abstracts in one sitting! Today, I am showcasing the third of the three: "Retro."

See the first one here: ELEGANCE LINK
See the second one here: WAVE LINK

Acrylic Color Palette: 
Mars Black
Titanium White
Cadmium Orange Hue
Red Oxide

Materials:
1 Inch Brush
Flat Wash Brush
Easel or Flat Surface
Water Cup
Canvas Board, 16x20in.
Cardboard Palette
Drop Cloth
Paper Towel

Retro - Painting Time Lapse with Instructions




Retro. Acrylic Abstract Time Lapse Painting Video. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 


Retro - Complete Real Time Painting Tutorial



Retro. Acrylic Abstract Instructional Painting Video. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.


ETSY SHOP - Buy This Painting:




Retro, Acrylic on Canvas Board, 16x20in. $100. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 

Would you like to own this painting? 

You can purchase it here at my Studio Etsy Shop: 


Save 20% off any purchase at my store with the coupon code at check out: SPRING2017

(Until 4/30/17) 

Feeling Inspired Link Up:


Guidelines for Linking a Post (2 per blog/site):

—All linked posts must be creative and artsy, family friendly and please no giveaways.

—Please leave a comment below!

—A link back to this post on social media would be much appreciated!

—Please visit other linked posts!




Final Thoughts: 

Let me know what you think of my latest painting in the comments below, at the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page or on Twitter

Have a fantastic creative week,

—Charles

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Top 3 Winners of the Sunset Photo Contest!


A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Impulsive Artistry Sunset Photo Contest over on Facebook. There were many lovely sunsets to choose from, here are the top three photos that were submitted: 




Nightfall. Photo by Linda Walcroft © 2017. Waterlick, VA.
See more of her photos: The View From Squirrel Ridge


Reflection of a Sunset in Pool. 
Photo by Lydia C Lee © 2017. Vietnam. 
See more of her photos: Where the Wild Things Were 


Sunset at Peir. Photo by Kathy Mowery © 2017. Oak Island, NC.

More photo contests are coming soon, so be sure to like the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page in the mean time and keep and eye out for more chances to get your photos featured!  

Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page Link

Have a fantastic photo weekend,

—Charles


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Yates Mill Pond - Photo Set + Feeling Inspired #23 Linkup


Yates Mill. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

This past weekend, my wife and I decided to visited the beautiful historic Yates Mill Pond near Raleigh, NC. We hiked the trail around the pond and saw the namesake attraction. The mill has was built in 1756 and is the oldest building in the Raleigh area still standing. It was a bight clear morning and we were delighted with mild warm spring weather - a perfect day for photography and hiking!  

Yates Mill Pond Photo Set: 


Calm. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.


Reflections. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.


Path by the Pond. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.


The Water Wheel. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.


Stream. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.


Morning Light. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

I hope you all have a fantastic week, thank you for viewing my photo set! I will be back on Wednesday with winning photos from my recent Sunset Photo Contest - so be sure to check back to see the amazing photos!  

Have a art-filled week,

—Charles

The Link Up: 

—Link a Creative Post: DIY Crafts, Photography, Painting...

—Visit Other Linked Posts

—Limit 2 Per Blog

—Leave A Comment Below

  


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Evening Colors Photo Set



Grey. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 

Hello all,

One of my favorite times of the day is sunset - I love everything about the last moments of light before the night begins. The coolness of the air, the bright colors in the sky, and the stunning cloud shapes that are set in sharp relief to the backdrop. I enjoy both painting them and photographing them. Recently, I shared a post with my favorite sunsets from the past year in a Sunset Photo Collage:

Sunset Photo Collage Link 

I have had a string of colorful sunsets over the past few weeks, and I thought I would share a few of the moments that I captured with my camera. 

Evening Colors Photo Set:




Pink. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 


Golden. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 


Orange. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 


Purple. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 

Question of the Day: 

What colors are your favorite in a sunset? Let me know in the comments below, at the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page or on Twitter

Thank you for stopping by today here at Impulsive Artistry. If you have taken any sunset photos lately, I would love it if you would enter my Sunset Photo Contest on Facebook (contest ends on 4/15). I will be picking the top 3 photos to share here on Impulsive Artistry in special post - Enter today! 


Have a fantastic creative week,

—Charles

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Wave - Acrylic Abstract Painting Lesson + Feeling Inspired Linkup #22


Wave - Abstract. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 16x20in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.  

Hello All,

A few weeks ago, I had one of those creative days where, despite my best efforts, I couldn't seem to make progress with a landscape I was working on that afternoon. After two hours of effort, I decided that the painting was not coming together and that I would try something else. I proceed to paint an abstract, placing the following colors on my palette: Mars Black, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Orange Hue and Red Oxide.

Long story short, in thirty minutes, I created three striking abstracts in one sitting! Today, I am showcasing the second of the three: "Wave."

See the first one here: ELEGANCE LINK

Acrylic Color Palette: 
Mars Black
Titanium White
Ultramarine Blue

Materials:
1 Inch Brush
Easel or Flat Surface
Water Cup
Canvas Board, 16x20in.
Cardboard Palette
Drop Cloth
Paper Towel

Wave - Painting Time Lapse with Instructions



Wave. Acrylic Abstract Time Lapse Painting Video. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 

Wave - Complete Real Time Painting Tutorial


Wave. Acrylic Abstract Instructional Painting Video. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.

ETSY SHOP - Buy This Painting: 



Wave, Acrylic on Canvas Board, 16x20in. $100. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 

Would you like to own this painting? 

You can purchase it here at my Studio Etsy Shop: 


Save 20% off any purchase at my store with the coupon code at check out: SPRING2017

(Until 4/30/17) 

Feeling Inspired Link Up:


Guidelines for Linking a Post (2 per blog/site):

—All linked posts must be creative and artsy, family friendly and please no giveaways.

—Please leave a comment below!

—A link back to this post on social media would be much appreciated!

—Please visit other linked posts!



Final Thoughts: 

Let me know what you think of my latest painting in the comments below, at the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page, or on Twitter

Have a fantastic creative week,

—Charles




Don't forget the Sunset Photography Contest is still going on until 4/15 at the Facebook Page. Best 3 photos will be featured here on Impulsive Artistry: 



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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Elegance - Black and White Abstract Painting + DIY Video Tutorials!


Elegance - Abstract. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 16x20in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.  

Good morning everyone,

Have you ever had one of those days where you work on a creative project and nothing seems to come together for you? 

Yep, happens to us all, and it happened to me this past week. I was working a little landscape and found that despite my best efforts, I couldn't get anything going with it. After two hours of effort, I decided that the painting was not up to snuff and that I would let it rest. I really wanted to get a good final painting out of the session and determined to paint an abstract before putting away my paint and brushes for the day. Grabbing one of larger 16x20 inch canvas boards I put out the following colors on my palette: Mars Black, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Orange Hue and Red Oxide.

Ten minutes later I had a finished monochromatic (black and white) abstract painting, but was left with unused colors on my palette. I went back for another canvas... in thirty minutes I created three striking abstracts in one sitting! Today, I am showcasing the first of the three: Elegance.


Elegance - Abstract. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 16x20in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.  

Acrylic Color Palette: 
Mars Black
Titanium White

Materials:
1 Inch Brush
Easel or Flat Surface
Water Cup
Canvas Board, 16x20in.
Cardboard Palette
Drop Cloth
Paper Towel

Elegance - Time Lapse with Instructions


Elegance. Acrylic Abstract Time Lapse Painting Video. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 

Elegance - Complete Real Time Painting Tutorial


Elegance. Acrylic Abstract Instructional Painting Video. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 

ETSY SHOP - Buy This Painting: 


Elegance, Acrylic on Canvas Board, 16x20in. $100. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 

Would you like to own this painting? 

You can purchase it here at my Studio Etsy Shop: 


Save 20% off any purchase at my store with the coupon code at check out: SPRING2017

(Until 4/30/17) 

Let me know what you think of my latest painting in the comments below, at the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page, or on Twitter

Have a fantastic creative week,

—Charles


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Guest Artist Feature: J. Travis Duncan, Visual Artist



Docked In Yokohama. Acrylic 16x20in. 
Artist J. Travis Duncan © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

First, thank you to Charles for this opportunity to showcase a few of my pieces and tell everyone a little about me as an artist.

My name is J. Travis Duncan and I am a visual artist from Evans, Georgia which is right outside of Augusta. In my creative process, I use brushes and palette knives. As one who has always loved the loose style of the Impressionists and the vibrant color palettes of the Fauvists, my work reflects such influences. My pursuit of art has been lifelong. I cannot remember a time in which I did not paint or draw. Thus, I chose the self-taught route.




SOLitude III. Acrylic on 11x14in. 
Artist J. Travis Duncan © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

I love landscapes, especially sunsets and sunrises, and have recently begun to work on non-traditional portraits as well. Typically, I try to complete a painting in one sitting in order to better capture the scene and to give it a painterly style. In some cases, this is not possible due to the size of the painting.




Vineyard In The Valley. Acrylic on 11x14in. 
Artist J. Travis Duncan © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 

As for my process, have painted plein air, from personal photos, or even create compositions from a plethora of reference photos. I like to blend my paints on the canvas directly via palette knife or brush. The amalgamation of hues gives it a raw, and in my opinion, a more natural feel when painting nature. Since every sunset and sunrise is unique, I believe they can be best captured in an abstract style.




Sunset Bliss. Acrylic on 18x24in. 
Artist J. Travis Duncan © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 

www.panoplei.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/jtravisduncan

Thanks,

Travis Duncan


Want to Get YOUR Art Featured?

I am always looking for new, amazing, inspiring and talented artists to feature here at Impulsive Artistry. Wether your work is fine art, arts and craft (diy), photography, music... is a creative activity? Then it is great for this blog! 

Email me, Charles Wolf, at:


Charleswolfstudio@yahoo.com

I can't wait to feature your work! 

—Charles

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sunset Photography Contest + Spring Painting Sale!



To Enter: 

Follow the link below and attach your best Sunset Photo in the comment section of the contest Facebook post.

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

Only one photo entry per person please.

The best THREE photos will be featured in a special blog post here on the Impulsive Artistry Blog (includes a link back to your blog)!

Entries accepted until 4/15/17.

(All photos must be family friendly.)




Spring 2017 Painting Sale:


I have over 40 paintings for sale on my Etsy shop! Support a working artist and consider buying a piece of original artwork. I have a wide selection of styles, colors and prices. I have 14 paintings that are only $40! 

Save 20% on any purchase by using this Shop Coupon Code at checkout: SPRING2017 

Can't wait to ship you your new original piece of art! 





Thank you or stopping by today here at Impulsive Artistry! Please join the Sunset Photo Contest today!

Have fantastic creative week,

—Charles 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Sunset Photo Collage + Feeling Inspired Linkup #21



Two Friends. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 

Sunsets are one of my very favorite things to photograph, and I have taken a number of them over the past few years. Today I thought that I would share some of my favorite with the links to the photo sets that they come from so you can explore more of my photographic work. Lately, I have been very focused on my painting endeavors, but I do want to continue to capture the beauty of the natural world around me with my camera. Enjoy!

I am hosting a Sunset Photo Contest on my Facebook Page, be sure to submit your best sunset photo there to get featured here on Impulsive Artistry! More details below the collage...

Photo Collage: 




Last Light. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 





Grassy Dunes. Photo by Charles Wolf.    
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 






Sunlit Pillars. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 





Golden Sunset - Lake Champlain. Photo by Charles Wolf.
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 





Mountaintop Sunset. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 





Sunset Powerlines. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.   

Sunset Photo Facebook Contest! 



To Enter: 

Follow the link below and attach your best Sunset Photo in the comment section of the contest post.

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

Only one photo entry per person please.

The best THREE photos will be featured in a special blog post here on the Impulsive Artistry Blog (includes a link back to your blog)!

Entries accepted until 4/15/17.

(All photos must be family friendly.)



The Link Up:

Guidelines for Linking a Post (2 per blog/site):

—All linked posts must be creative and artsy, family friendly and please no giveaways.

—Please leave a comment below!

—A link back to this post on social media would be much appreciated!

—Please visit other linked posts!



Quick Question: 
Which Sunset Photo Was Your Favorite? 
Have fantastic artistic week! 

—Charles

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ocean Sunrise Over Cape Hatteras, NC. Acrylic Seascape Painting + Video Tutorial!



Ocean Sunrise - Cape Hatteras Island, NC. 
Acrylic on Canvas Board, 8x10in. Artist Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017.  

Hello Everyone, 

This painting was inspired by a photograph that I took on my trip to the beautiful Cape Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks for North Carolina. I woke up at dawn, dressed warmly, and went out into the chilly spring air. The wind whipped through the sand dunes and I sat and watched the sunrise. The sky was a brilliant display of pink, yellow and light blue, setting the crashing waves a lovely shade silvery-grey in the morning light. Let me know what you think of my latest seascape in the comments and be sure to check out my two painting videos on this piece: Time Lapse and Real Time Tutorials below! 

Cape Hatteras Photo Set 1
Cape Hatteras Photo Set 2 
Cape Hatteras Photo Set 3   

Acrylic Color Palette: 
Cobalt Blue
Naples Yellow
Naphthol Crimson
Mars Black
Titanium White

Materials:
Bright Brush
Flat Wash Brush
Liner Brush
Easel or Flat Surface
Water Cup
Canvas Board, 8x10in.
Cardboard Palette
Drop Cloth


Ocean Sunrise - Painting Time Lapse with Instructions




Ocean Sunrise - Time Lapse Painting Video. Artist Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 

Ocean Sunrise - Complete Real Time Painting Tutorial




Ocean Sunrise - Time Lapse Painting Video. Artist Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.





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Thanks for stopping by today here at Impulsive Artistry Blog. Have a fantastic creative week! 

—Charles

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