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.    
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Sunlit Pillars. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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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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Monday, March 20, 2017

"Create" Essay + Feeling Inspired Linkup #20!


Create, verb.

1. to bring into existence
2. to produce through imaginative skill
3. to make something new 

This week I've been thinking about what it means to create, and how I can encourage others to be more adventurous in their creative lives. I think what prompted these thoughts is my new coffee mug, my wife pointed it out in the store, and I immediately knew that I wanted to buy it. The behemoth mug holds just over 16 ounces of warm sweet java and the definition of the verb "create", in bold lettering, is written around the circumference. Each morning I can contemplate my creative tasks for the day while savoring my awakening beverage. 



Of the three definitions above, number one and three seem to be the more obvious choices—the concepts that spring to mind if you were asked to define the verb, but the second is the most important to me in answering the question: how can I encourage you, my fellow working artists, photographers, writers/bloggers, musicians, composers, quilters, DIYers, crafters... 

To create something is "to produce via imaginative skill." A wonderful definition that captures the idea that being creative takes time, effort and acquired skill and some imagination. Nothing happens overnight that is meaningful to us, but we can learn to be more creative by working on our skills - practicing our crafts each day and striving to be the best we can be in all that we do. 



I have been producing painting videos over the last year. Over that time, I have had a variety of different problems that I have had to overcome: lighting, video quality, audio quality, editing skills, editing time, format, video length... note that none of these are my actual painting skills, just everything that goes along with running an art channel on YouTube. Of course, while I have been acquiring these other skills, I have improved my painting chops through my weekly mental effort of analyzing my process to explain and teach others what I am doing on my canvas in a clear and precise way. 



Creativity "is an imaginative skill," making something in a way that is unique, perhaps similar to, but not directly the same as something created by another. Using our imagination to see a finished piece in our mind's eye, or to free-form create, allowing our intuition to guide us through the process without fully knowing the end result. To me, producing something that is new or original is an exciting thought... we should enthusiastic about our weekly opportunity to explore our art forms, to be daring, bold, to be open to totally failing (happens to me on a weekly basis), and fearlessly striving towards our goals.



I really do hope you have a fantastic creative and artistic week! 
I will be sharing this week's creative effort of mine on Wednesday: a lovely little ocean sunrise painting, so be sure to stop by here again! 

Happy Creating,

—Charles 




Are You Feeling Inspired? Need a creative boost to start the week?

 I know I do – join me each Monday for a linkup party where you can share your creative side (posts): Painting, Drawing, Photography, Quilting, Music, DIYs, Crafts…

If it is creative, then share it below — I would love to see what you are working on! 

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!




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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Springtime - Acrylic Landscape Painting + Tutorial Videos


Springtime. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 9x12 in. Artist Charles Wolf.  Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.  

Hello All, 

I am excited to share my latest landscape painting that was inspired by the meadow views here in North Carolina. There is a grassy field not far from my home that I pass whenever I take my wife to college in the mornings, which served as the basis for this composition, but the mountains in the distance come from my trip to Asheville, NC and the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains (especially Photo Set #1 below). 


Acrylic Color Palette: 
Cobalt Blue
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Lemon Yellow
Mars Black
Titanium White
Raw Umber
Naphthol Crimson

Materials: 
Bright Brush
Flat Wash Brush
Liner Brush
Easel or Flat Surface
Water Cup
Canvas Board, 9x12in.
Cardboard Palette
Drop Cloth

Springtime - Painting Time Lapse with Instructions




Springtime, Time Lapse Painting Video. Artist Charles Wolf.  Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.  

Springtime - Real Time Painting Tutorial, Part 1


Springtime, Real Time Painting Tutorial, Part 1. 
Artist Charles Wolf.  Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 
All Rights Reserved.  



Part 2 of the Real Time Tutorial will be up on my Youtube Channel later this week. Be sure to subscribe to my painting channel so that you don't miss any of my weekly art videos!

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Thank you for stopping by Impulsive Artistry today! I hope you did check out my painting videos and enjoyed seeing my latest landscape painting. If you have any questions about this piece, myself, or painting in general, please feel free to ask in the comments below! 

Have a fantastic creative weekend,

—Charles

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Snow Flowers Photo Set + Feeling Inspired Linkup #19!

Spring is almost here, only a week away, but it seems Winter is not over just yet and we had a lovely snowfall yesterday. Here in North Carolina we usually get a thorough icing first and then snow on top, but this time we only got the light, fluffy snow! Due to the unseasonably warm weather, the trees and flowers are already in bloom, and I was able to capture some gorgeous photos of snow covered blossoms to share with you all today! 

Snow Flowers Photo Set:



Red Berries. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Snow Day. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Magnolia Buds. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Snowy Leaves. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Daffodils in the Fresh Snow. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Pink Dogwood Buds. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Feeling Inspired Linkup! 


Are You Feeling Inspired? Need a creative boost to start the week?

 I know I do – join me each Monday for a linkup party where you can share your creative side (posts): Painting, Drawing, Photography, Quilting, Music, DIYs, Crafts…

If it is creative, then share it below — I would love to see what you are working on! 

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!





Thank you for visiting Impulsive Artistry. Let me know in the comments below what you thought of my flower photos and be sure to link up! :  ) Hope you all have a fantastic creative week!

—Charles

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Stained Glass #2 - Acrylic Abstract Painting + Time Lapse Video



"Stained Glass #2." Acrylic on Canvas Board, 14x18in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 

This work is a continuation of my exploration of geometric patterns with varying gradations to form an abstract work of art. In Stained Glass #2, I decided to create smaller shapes with straighter lines between them. In addition, I employed a softer pastel color-palette that contrasts beautifully with the bolder primary tones of Stained Glass #1, which you can view at the link below. 

Link: Stained Glass #1   



Materials: 
Easel or Flat Surface
Drop Cloth
Water Cup
Palette (Cardboard)
Paper Towel
Flat Wash Brush
Large Bright Brush
Small Bright Brush
3 Inch Brush
Canvas Board, 14x18in. 
Matte Liquid Medium

Acrylic Paint: 
Naples Yellow
Naphthol Crimson
Aqua Green
Cobalt Blue
Mars Black
Titanium White

How I Created this Piece: 



"Stained Glass #2." Original Acrylic Abstract. 
Instructional Time Lapse. Artist Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 

(This painting video is intended for educational purposes only. Please do not copy this work and resell your imitation as that is a violation of copyright law.) 

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Final Thoughts: 

Have a fantastic artistic week,

—Charles

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Spring Photos. Feeling Inspired Linkup #18


Are You Feeling Inspired? Need a creative boost to start the week?

 I know I do – join me each Monday for a linkup party where you can share your creative side (posts): Painting, Drawing, Photography, Quilting, Music, DIYs, Crafts…

If it is creative, then share it below — I would love to see what you are working on! 

Springtime Photos:

Spring is in the air, and the last few weeks have been unseasonably warm, but that means I can get back to more photography as the trees and flowers are now again in bloom!  


Buds in March. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 


Buds and Bark. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 

Featured Blog Post:


Tempest - Closeup #2. Artist Charles Wolf. 
Acrylic on Textured Canvas Board. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.




LAST DAY TO ENTER! 

—The winning photo will be featured in a special blog post here on Impulsive Artistry!

To Enter: 

—Attach your best original photograph of a sunrise in the comments section of the Contest Facebook Post (link below)!

—Caption your photo when you attach it on the Facebook Page: 
your name, photo name, and photo location. 

—Only one photo entry per person please.

—Entries accepted until 3/7/17!

(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!




Thank you for joining this week's "Feeling Inspired Linkup." Don't forget to enter the Sunrise Photo Contest on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page - can't wait to see your photos! 

Have a fantastic week, 


—Charles


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Tempest," Acrylic Painting + Video!


"Tempest." Acrylic on Textured Canvas Board, 14x18in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 

Materials: 
Easel or Flat Surface
Drop Cloth
Water Cup
Palette (Cardboard)
Paper Towel
Flat Wash Brush
Filbert Brush
3 Inch Brush
Canvas Board, 14x18in. 
Matte Liquid Medium
PVA Glue

Acrylic Paint: 
Naples Yellow
Red Oxide
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Mars Black
Titanium White


"Tempest," Closeup #1. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 


"Tempest," Closeup #2. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 

How I Created this Piece: 


"Tempest." Original Acrylic Abstract. Full-Length Tutorial.
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.
All Rights Reserved. 

(This painting video is intended for educational purposes only. Please do not copy this work and resell your imitation as that is a violation of copyright law.) 

Have a fantastic artistic week,

—Charles

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