Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Year Resolutions?

Tis the season to make New Year Resolutions as New Year’s Day fast approaches and we find ourselves at the start of another cycle around the sun. The time has come to resolve to improve our relationships, our lives, our minds or our bodies with small to grand sweeping changes. Each year we set out with new goals for the year, but in a few short months are we still working on them? We may ask: why make these at all? Why try?

A little over a year ago, back when I had just started this blog, I wrote a set of articles about the “Challenges to a Creative Lifestyle.” While put into the context of creativity, the principles discussed apply to life in general. One of the challenges that we all must face is failure. As I wrote then,

“In our society, we often judged on what we have done, and not what we have attempted to do, while this is logical, the downside is that many people assume that they cannot accomplish much and are afraid to fail. Failure can sometimes be better for us in the long run than always being successful. Out of a dozen paintings, a handful will be successful to me as the artist. Don’t be afraid of failure, it is how we grow and learn. Better to fail than not try at all!”

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So you may be wondering, what are your New Year Resolutions, Charles?

I personally struggle with social anxiety, and find that this effect is intensified when I consume caffeine, via coffee or soda, which I will be eliminating from my diet. Creatively, I will continue to write posts for Impulsive Artistry and create painting videos for my YouTube Channel. I am also trying to limit the amount of time I spend in front of a computer or phone to working on blog/painting video related tasks, keeping my media browsing to just 20min a day. Social media is a wonderful tool, but it can also be a huge time-consumer in my life. I hope that this change will enable me to be more productive overall.  

I often find that it’s the large-scale changes that are the most difficult to maintain and that the smaller the adjustments we attempt, the more likely we are to persevere throughout the year. While it is true that we may not perfectly keep our New Year Resolutions, self-improvement is a great ambition, and hope that all of you will try to improve one area of your life this year. Even if you fail, you can pick yourself back up, and try again. Life is filled with failure, but that makes each success that much sweeter.

Question of the Day?

What New Year Resolutions are you making this year? Let me in the comments below or on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page!

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and an amazing artistic week!


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Monday, December 26, 2016

Feeling Inspired? #9: Link Up - Winter Pines!

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 here — I would love to see what you are working on!

Photo of the Day:

Winter Pines. Photo by Charles Wolf.
Impulsive Artistry © 2016.

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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!

Wonderful to see you today here at Impulsive Artistry. Leave me comment saying hello below! It's great to be back blogging after my Christmas break - looking forward to another creative year. I hope you all have a fantastic artistic week!


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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fishing Hole Sketch (New Digital Art)

“Fishing Hole Sketch.” Original Digital Art. Artist Charles Wolf.
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Making Digital Art

I have a new digital art sketch to share with you all today that I created in Photoshop. The more I continue to explore this powerful program, the more I find that I am so satisfied with it – many exciting possibilities, and I think will be creating more art with it over the next few months. As most of you probably know, I frequently share painting videos here on the blog from my YouTube Art Channel.

Creating videos are always a lot of fun for me, but they do take quite a bit of time for all the editing that I tend to undertake. Creating digital art helps to cut down some of that time, because I am recording/creating everything right on my computer without the hassle of setting up the paint palette, easel, camera, adjusting for lightning, cleaning up any paint messes, you get the idea…

This particular sketch “Fishing Hole” was inspired by my childhood. As I talk about in the video below for this piece, my father and grandfather are both avid fishermen. Growing up they often would take me fishing, waking up before sunrise so that we would be on the lake or river before sunrise. This work seeks to captures the etherealness of the light as the sun just rises, illuminating the misty water. I used a chalk brush and very soft colors (light yellow, green and greys) on a light blue background to capture the effect.

Creating A Fishing Hole Sketch – YouTube Video

You can watch me create this picture from start to finish in the following video. I talk about each step of the process along the way!

“Fishing Hole Sketch.” Digital Art Video. Artist Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved. 

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Christmas Blogging Break! 

Thank you for visiting Impulsive Artistry today! I hope that you all have a fantastic creative week, a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. I will be taking next week off from blogging to celebrate the holidays with my family/recharging to get ready for a whole new year of being creative! I will be back on 12/26 with another Feeling Inspired Link Up!    

Merry Christmas!!!


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