“Mindful Musings In The Abstract” from Charles Wallis

This collection of paintings in abstract presentation reflects the artists feeling about attitudes, thoughts and events in relationships that crowd our mind, heart and soul from time to time. While each of us feels and experiences things differently we have common moments and times when our hearts and soul are sending us messages that may or may not want to acknowledge.

Charles Wallis is a graduate of the Baylor University fine art program.  After college he opened a graphic design studio beginning his career as an artist. His paintings reflect mastery of his craft and versatility in a variety of styles and media. He paints in a traditional realistic style, as well as impressionistic, abstract.



It Was A Misty Blue Kind Of Moment

24” X 36”, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

“I was never insane except on occasions when my heart was touched.”
— Edgar Allen Poe

Who has not asked themselves at some time or another: am I a monster or is this what it means to a person? Never fear the “misty blues”, your weirdness will make you stronger. Your dark side will keep you whole.
Your vulnerability will connect you to the rest of the suffering world.
Your creativity will set you free. No pumpkin, there is nothing wrong  with you.
You are just a little far too complicated for their simple asses to understand.


Passions Run High

24” X 36”, acrylic on canvas

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.”
— Paul Coelho The Alchemist

“Sensitive people suffer more, but they love more and they have dreams.”
—Augusto Cury

If I go down in flames at least they will be from the fire inside my soul.


It Is Time To Buckle Up Buttercup

24” X 36”, acrylic on canvas

“Sometimes I do not want to talk about it. Not to anyone. No one. No one at all. I just want to think about it on my own…because it is mine and no one else’s.” —Michael Rosen

My brain has no heart. My heart has no brain. That is why when I speak my mind I seem heartless and when I do what is in my heart I seem thoughtless.


I Can Say I Love You With The Colors On My Brush

18” X 24”,  acrylic on canvas

Have you alway thought there was something romantic about fighting for someone, about winning them back and finding eventual happiness.

But when you sit there with stones in your chest, where hope used to lay; you come to realize that there is nothing lovely about continuously seeking to convince someone to love you.

Yet, there will be people who come into your life and leave a mark. These are ones, for whatever reason that are a part of your soul. Their place in you is tender and sometimes a bruise of unfinished business.  True love knows no season. It haunts a soul forever.



30″ x 40″, acrylic on canvas

“Not all who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Dreams come slow and carry us far. Needles and pins, needles and pins, sew me a sail to catch me the wind. Sew me a sail strong as a gale to catch me the wind. This painting presents and abstracted sail in the center and shows movement through water and wind


It Is All Happening Outside The Gray Area

18″ x 24″, acrylic on canvas

Many rules exist for a reason, and I do not mind following those. It is the rules that exist for the benefit of those in charge that I find offensive. The thing is we meet people on all levels, talk with them and laugh with them. Yet, there is a whole world within us full of dreams and fantasies, that we do not dare share with anyone.

Sometimes I wonder if anyone really knows anyone they claim to know.


Dancing In The Spring Rain

16” x 20”, acrylic on canvas

“Some people feel the rain, other just get wet.” —Bob Marley




18”x24”, mixed media on canvas

“We are being presented with a choice: evolve or remain. If we choose to remain unchanged, we will be presented the same challenges, the same routine, the same storms, the same situations, until we learn from them, until we love ourselves enough to say “no more”, until we choose change. If we choose to evolve, we will connect with the strength within us, we will explore what lies outside the comfort zone, we will awaken to love, we will become, we will be. We have everything we need. Choose to evolve. Choose love.” — Creig Crippen

Have you ever wished there were little windows to people’s lives. So that one could peep in silently to see what goes on inside them, especially their insecurities, their pains, their innermost desires, and in some way help them evolve by showering them with love without being visible.


Do You Have That So Good Feeling?

18″ x 24″, oil on canvas

“In your life, you meet people. Some you never think about again. Some, you wonder what happened to them. There are some that you wonder if they every think about you. And then there are some you wish you never had to think about again…but you do.” -C.S. Lewis

Sometimes all we need is to take a long deep breath and remember that feelings are supposed to felt not to be thought about. Things that get brushed under the carpet, have a way of remaining in the heart forever. At times have you felt that you must reduce yourself to become easier to love? Love is the only reason people will take the necessary risks and sacrifices needed to contribute to any kind of partnership.


Some Want To See You Fly,
Some Want To See You Fall,
and Some Don’t Want To See You At All

16” x 20”, acrylic on canvas

“I don’t want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.” — Henry James

We must come to understand not everyone has the same heart and mind as you. Some do not feel worthy unless all those around agree with them.
People don’t want multifaceted…they want a mirror that makes them feel good. About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, some won’t like you at all and the majority will never even think about you and those who do won’t know the real you.


Give Me Something I Can  Show My Heart

16” x 20”, acrylic on canvas


Pursuit Of The Twin Flame Dream

18” x 24”, acrylic on canvas

According to Greek Mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate beings, condemning to spend their lives in search of their other half.
Today, a twin flame is a person of the opposite gender who is mirror image of you. It is your other half. Upon meeting a twin flame most are strongly attracted and not sure why.
The love between twin flames is like no other in this world.
This does not mean they are together.
It is often the most difficult of relationships depending on how well each as discovered their own soul. They feel connected in a way like no other.
If they both accept and love themselves they have a chance for a partnership.


When That Feeling Comes To The Door

16” x 20”, acrylic on canvas



16” x 20”, oil on canvas

“We wear clothes, and speak, and create civilizations, and believe we are more than wolves. But inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.” — Anthony Marra

The greatest act of courage is to be and own all that you are. Without apology…without excuses and without any masks to cover the truth of who you truly are. Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have titles until much later. It is in those moments when nothing when nothing is happening – nor is going to, in tiny moments, like islands in the ocean beyond the gray of ordinary days where sometimes you meet your own heart like someone you have never know. It is in those moments that you realize Thoreau was right when he said, “ the price of anything is the amount of life you want to exchange for it.”


For Whom Would You Give Your Life

18” x 24”, acrylic on canvas

People don’t like love. They like that glittery flirty feeling. They do not love love. Love is sacrificial. Love is ferocious. It is not emotive. Our culture does not love love. It loves the idea of love. It wants the emotion without paying anything for it. To sacrifice your happiness for the happiness of another is by far, the truest type of love. Value and appreciate the people who sacrifice their “something” for you, because maybe that “something” was their everything.


Can You Give As Well As You Take

18″ x 24″, acrylic on canvas

Sometimes we expect more from others because we would be willing to do that for them. Not everyone will appreciate what you do for them. We have to figure out who is worth our kindness and who is just taking advantage. Takers know how to put on a warm friendly exterior to hide their cold and calculating interior. Takers need to be careful what you take for granted, someone else is waiting to appreciate it. If you allow others to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life, you will be out of balance. Taker make sometimes eat better, but Givers always sleep better. We can judge someone’s character by how they treat someone who can do nothing for them.


How Many Scars Will You Accept Because You Love The One Holding The Knife?

36” x 48”, oil/acrylic on canvas

We are all impeded by heart scars. We are all arrested by our developmental delays. We are all trying to hide from what might cause us future pain. We are all frightened by the possibility of having our hopes shattered and yet feel helpless in the face of our capacity to love someone…because it is massive. Most of us remain strangers to our true selves, hiding who we are, and ask other strangers, hiding who they are, to love us. This blocks the good life.


The Winds Of Change Blow Wild And Free

36” x 36”, acrylic on canvas

«Life Shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage.» —Anias Nin

Aspects of ourselves die as we spiritually evolve. When we release what no longer serves our highest good, it is creating space for something better.  This is often scary and sometimes painful. Do not hold onto the old, invite in the new.
Trust the process. Change is one of few certainties of life. Don’t hold back.
Give those moments every-single-thing. Do not doubt your magic. Give yourself permission to be wobbly, unsure, scared, mad and brilliant. Nothing is absolute, everything changes, everything moves, everything revolutionizes, everything flies and goes.

«Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, neither by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.» —Paulo Coelho


Pretend You Are Free And Float On The Grace Of This World

30” x 30”, acrylic on canvas

“What you think of me is none of my business.” -T. Cole-Whittaker

The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.  A child-like adult person is not one whose development as been arrested: on the contrary.  They are one that has given themselves a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.


Beyond That Door, You Will Find Hurt For A Long… Long Time

18” x 24”, acrylic on canvas

Self-awareness brings joy and some pain as well. When most people think of loneliness they picture themselves in solitude away from people. But loneliness is often that pain that hits you when you hug your mom or kiss your lover goodnight. It is the realization that even people who love you most will never see or understand the depth of your feelings or the depth of your soul. True loneliness is realizing they are not even aware that it is there. No one’s going spelunking down into your dark caverns beside you no matter how much you wish they would join you when they can’t even admit they have their own.  Every man “is” an island.


Patriotic Dreams And Dilemmas

36” x 36”, acrylic on canvas

Freedom lies at the first step away from something. Freedom is the beginning and not the outcome of a journey. It is our pretense that because we have choices we are free.

The founding fathers were free to build a government…add cities, add states, Freedom would be pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment or reward.

Freedom would be a choice less life. Do you remember the line from the song “Me and Bobby MeGee”…freedom is just another word for nothing to lose”. Yet…I am glad I was born and live in this great country. I can’t imagine a better place to be and am thankful for all those that have gone before and kept things together for the rest of us. it is our turn and what dilemmas do we have it keeping this thing going now these days.


Merci A Ma Muse Artistique

24” x 30”, oil on canvas

There is time-based art such as movies plays and music. They are all time based art. There is a beginning, a middle and an end.

You have to see if from beginning to end. You are restrained to that timeline to experience it. Then there is painting, no middle, no end. You see what you want to see when you want to see it. No restrictions. It is just there. What inspires is often unknown by even the artist.


Do You Think It Is Time To Get Off The Grid?

24” x 36”, acrylic on canvas

When your soul has tasted heartache; when your lips have kissed some shame; when you have swallowed all your pride and sipped some blame and nibbled at regret; when you have craved a love that is true and been force fed many lies and bitten off more than you can chew, you may want to blow off the grid and hide your heart and soul away. But remember that nothing tastes as sweet as your integrity.  
It could be your greatest dilemma is how much to hide and how much to show.
Just know that rumors are as dumb as the people who start them and as unthinking as those who spread them.



22″ x 28″, acrylic on canvas

Gasoline words can burn your soul. They can combust into flames like a fireworks show. Like a speeding bullet, they can come crashing and leave shattered pieces on the ground.  You can lose control of your heart and soul. Burning words like hot embers can fuel angry pride until ashes darken your eyes. A heartbreak isn’t always as loud as a bomb exploding. Sometimes, it could be as quiet as a feather falling and the most painful thing is nobody hears it except you.


Strutural Abstraction

16″ x 20″, acrylic on canvas



10″ x 40″, acrylic on canvas