I feel a tremendous affection for the sea. This is apparent in my artwork. But then, most people feel an affinity to the marine world. With oil painting, however, it is the perfect outlet to show the world the joy I feel for the beach. Words only go so far.
My goal for every beach painting is to make the sea shine; to give it personality and character. To breathe a colorful life into it.
In my heart, my paintings are my paradise.
Where the Waves Crash. Oil painting on canvas : 16×20 inches
They grant me the liberty to escape to a brighter place, a more peaceful place. Such is the power of art. It can evoke many different feelings and have extraordinary power.
By using solely palette knives, I have managed to forge a highly unique style for myself. One of rich color, 3D-like textures, and simple beauty. Simple is the best way to describe my style.
It is an honor to be a artistic spokesman for the sea.
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I enjoy bringing color into the world with each new beach painting! I hope you feel the same about your own talent. The world needs a little more color in it, I like to say. So until next time, follow your passion. It will lead you straight into your purpose.
Here’s to a glorious day,
So my largest painting to date is going pretty good so far. As you can see here, the water and background are largely done, except for the vast coral reef. You can really see the outlines now for all the sea creatures! I painted around them and will finish them last.
I seriously underestimated the scope of this project! I already have about 10+ hours in here, and that is the least of it. All of the animals will take many more hours than that to complete.
But it’s okay, I’m having a blast so far!
Be sure to stay tuned for my next post. The orca, manta ray, and sea turtles should be done by then. I hope whatever project you are working on is going just as well as mine 🙂
And don’t forget to check out the HUGE 40% off sale going on in my Etsy shop for the month of June!
Until next time,
keep bringing some color into the world!
So I’m starting this massive canvas, which is 30×40″ in size, the biggest painting of my young career so far! I know—it isn’t that enormous, but for me it is. I’m used to working on 9×12’s, 11×14’s and 16×20’s. I’m looking forward to growing and developing as an artist with this colossal project. After all, I have a LOT of work ahead of me.
Here is a picture of the rough sketch of the underwater scene.
As you can see, there will be dolphins in the foreground, sea turtles, a shark, an orca, and a manta ray. All of the creatures will be swimming “into” the scene, which I think will make the peace more welcoming. There will be a sea arch and a large and colorful reef, not to mention a bunch of colorful reef fish swimming around.
The sheer scope of this project will be very *BIG*, as there are a LOT of moving parts. But I know I will have the time of my life working on it. Stay tuned for future progress posts as I go along with this bad boy.
Also, I am having my first ever shop-wide sale in honor of summer and beach season. For the month of June all of my work will be 40% off, plus my every day FREE shipping! So check out my latest work below when you get the chance.
I hope all of you had an excellent Memorial day weekend creating, grilling, and spending quality time with friends and family! It’s always great to kick back and relax!
Until next time,
let’s bring some color into the world.
I’m very pleased to reveal to you the finished product of my two-week-long project painting a scene from “The Little Mermaid.” I fixed Ariel’s face and now she no longer looks like a red-headed Keebler Elf, which is always a good thing. Actually, she is looking pretty sexy if I do say so myself! 😉
Below the painting I added a close-up shot so you can see the beautiful colors and characteristic textures as they were meant to be seen.
But first, here is the initial sketch again, so you can see just how far I have come!
A Part of Your World 18×24 inches oils on canvas
I’m super proud of this painting and I feel like it captures the true excitement and spirit of the film! But I really made it my own which was a special experience for me, seeing as the animated film is one of my favorite movies of all time!
I hope you guys had fun coming along on this adventure, and I’ll be sure to post some pictures of my next project. My next BIG project! I will be painting an underwater coral reef scene on a 30×40″ canvas, the biggest painting I have ever attempted so far in my young career! It will have dolphins, reef fish, sea turtles, a shark, a manta ray, and an orca!
It should be very epic indeed!
I hope all of you are doing well and creating some awesome art as well, writing some great content for your blogs, and just plain having an excellent week!
Let’s bring some color into the world!
So, I thought I finished Ariel until I realized that her face is a little disfigured! Not to mention the fact that it doesn’t look like her at all. She kind of looks like a red-headed sister of the Keebler elves! Haha.
Hey, don’t judge! I’ve never done a portrait with knives before and I clearly have a lot to learn. But I will get it. I just need to study her face a bit more.
I love the way Ariel’s body turned out though, so I’m off to a good start. It’s no wonder every young boy had a crush on her when the movie was released! I like her hair blowing in the wind, and the crashing foam behind her is going to be pretty epic. I will be wiping off her face and restarting though before I continue on with the rest of the painting!
My next post will be the completed painting, so I’m really excited to see how it all turns out!
Talk to you then,
So I decided to paint my very first Disney scenes using palette knives. And since “The Little Mermaid” is one of my favorites of all time, I figured I would try my hand at painting Ariel, Flounder, and Scuttle!
I’m very excited to go on this journey here, but I’m equally nervous to step OUTSIDE of my comfort zone and paint my first girl with a knife, even if she is part fish!
As you can see from the initial sketch, my painting will be inspired by the infamous crashing wave scene after Ariel rescues Prince Eric. You can see Flounder jumping out of the water below her, and scuttle on the wing a little farther behind.
I don’t want this piece of art to scream Disney. I want to make it my own, imbuing it with the signature Ryan Kimba tropical knife style that has truly become my voice. So it will definitely look like something that I did. I don’t even care if Ariel looks like she does in the movie. If she looks way different, I am totally fine with that!
Be sure to stay tuned for future posts as I work on this. I will post when Ariel is finished and also when the entire scene is done. With that last one I will post all 3 pictures together so that you can see the progress.
I’ll talk to you guys soon,
And as always,
let’s bring some color into the world!
We are artists. That is our job 🙂
So last week as I was walking down the hallways to exit my local recreational center, I happened to stumble into a room full of paintings. Unbeknownst to me, it was a good-sized group of oil and acrylic painters creating some wonderful pieces of art. They all welcomed me with open arms when they found out I was an artist. It was cool because I felt like I was part of a warm family, and these were women I’ve never met before. There was only one man in the class!
They asked me questions about my art business and told me to join the class on Wednesdays. It cost only $65 for 18 weeks, which is surely a good price in todays day and age. I realized at that moment how much
A). I Love art! (of course), and
B). Artists need to get out of their studios and interact with other people.
It is great to have an art community or group of creative friends to bounce ideas off of. People who are bound together by the same common passion. This is crucial in life. I mean, that is why there are rec centers, right? They are places where people can go to find camaraderie with others who enjoy working out, swimming, playing sports, or taking dance classes.
So the moral of the story? Get your butt out of the studio from time to time to re-join the world. The world is waiting for you! And they need you.
Here are some new paintings I’ve recently finished of a baby sea turtle and a cool infinity pool at night. You can check them out at my exclusive Etsy shop below.
Beyond Infinity, Oils on canvas, 18×24″
Starting Life Oils on canvas, 11×14″
As I like to say, I hope all of you have a great week and that you create something special.
Until next time,
let’s bring some color into the world.
On the late evening of March 12, which also happened to be my 30th birthday, I had the very unfortunate experience of losing my puppy. I’m not sure whether she got away somehow or if somebody snatched her. I’m not the only one. Lots of people have had this same kind of event occur in their lives. That’s just how it goes when you own a dog.
Her name was “Faith” and she was a Pomeranian / Chihuahua mix. She looked like a little fruit bat. Even the vet technicians told me so. We seemed to get that comment everywhere we went. She was the first puppy I have ever owned.
I haven’t been in the art studio in two long months because I have been, well, busy grieving and going through the ordeal. It is very hard for me to paint and work when I’m grieving a loss. But I look forward to the day I pick back up again on my art business. I have definitely missed the outlet that painting provides, that’s for sure.
So whatever furry creature you have waiting for you at home, could you please do me one favor? Give them a big hug and a kiss for me, because you never know how long they are going to be there. It might be your last chance to do that.
In closing, I’d like to share a quote that has meant a lot to me over the years.
“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”
How true, indeed.