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Making Waves…with a Palette Knife!

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.

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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,

Ryan Kimba

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Bringing *Disney* to the Beach!

As some of you know by now–I am a monumental Disney fan. Mostly the animated films over anything else. I just love the worlds and characters that those artists brought to life. I have painted a couple of Disney scenes so far, and I’ve got several more Disney paintings in the works as I continue my Disney series of beach paintings.

I wanted to share my future ideas with you, as I am super excited about it and wanted to get it out there. My excitement just CANNOT be contained! 🙂

But before I go over them, here are pictures of Ariel and Moana that I’ve recently done.

 

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*NEW Disney ideas*

         1. Genie on the beach!

              This painting will be of the Genie lounging on the beach, enjoying the sunshine and tide! After Aladdin sets him free, he takes a much-needed vacation down by the shore. I will be sure to paint him donning his characteristic yellow Hawaiian shirt, sandals, and Goofy hat that he is wearing at the end of the movie. This one will be on a 18×24″ canvas.

         2. Aladdin and Jasmine on carpet!

              In this beautiful painting the two lovebirds will be flying on carpet over a beautiful beach at night. The night sky will be filled with stars and a beautiful moon. Since Aladdin and Jasmine fly around Africa and Asia, it is the perfect chance for me to show them near the ocean. It is going to be very romantic and a cannot wait to do this one! I am planning on painting this on a 24×30″ canvas.

         3. Hercules overlooking the sea!

              Another one of my favorite films is Hercules. I especially enjoy the scene of him standing at the edge of the cliff in the sunset looking out at sea. In my painting you will have the bright sparkles over the sea from the sun, Herc’s arms open wide, and some colorful flowers in the grass around him. It should be a fun painting! I’m planning to paint this on a 18×24″ canvas.

         4. Ariel swimming under water!

               I adore the Little Mermaid and definitely want to paint another scene with Ariel, but this time “under the sea,” pun intended! There will be seaweed swaying in the current, corals, bubbles, and various ocean creatures around as Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian go for a swim together. I even plan on painting a sunken ship in the distance as well, which I think will really give the painting a mystical quality. This one should be VERY epic and have the same feel as my other underwater paintings. I am planning to paint it on a 36×48″ canvas, which will be my largest artwork to date!!

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That’s all I have so far! Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to check out my website, Etsy shop, and YouTube channel at the links below. Here is my newest speed painting video on YouTube!

 

 

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world!

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“I am MOANA!”

I just finished my latest Disney painting and couldn’t be more thrilled about it! 🙂 It is from one of my favorite animated films, Moana. The palette knife painting depicts a grateful Tafiti with her hand on her heart standing proud over the mountainside, as Moana sails away on her raft.

I crammed it full of color, texture, and detail, but before I show the final image, here are some progress photos for you to enjoy.

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Here is my initial sketch. You can already see the drama and excitement that I wanted to convey here. In the actual movie Tafiti goes to sleep and becomes part of a mountain before Moana gets back on the ocean. Here, I wanted to have her towering in the distance watching Moana sail away! I felt it was much more powerful. After all, she just got her heart restored!

 

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With detailed and elaborate scenes like this, I always like to start by painting the sky around the figures. I added some cool clouds to give the sky more detail.

 

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At this point I wanted to block in the distant mountain (keeping it very light and airy since its far away) and the mountains in the foreground that Tafiti is standing behind. Now I will move up to start working on Tafiti 🙂

 

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After added some trees and waterfalls in the foreground, I started Tafiti with a base mid-tone green. From there I will add all of the intense shadows and light to bring her to life!

 

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And here she is completed! You can see her headband of beautiful flowers as well as her gown of lush green leaves and vines. Notice the intense light coming from the left, which is where the sun is. The entire left side of her body is illuminated.

 

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I skipped a few steps, but here you can see the majority of Moana’s vessel blocked in. Of course I had to add the official Moana logo to the mast. The foreground water will be darker and the background sea water will be lighter, since it is in the sun.

And without further ado, here is the finished painting of Moana and Tafiti!

 

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The waves crashing against the raft, the rope she’s pulling on, and her hair blowing in the wind—make for an action-packed and thrilling image! I am very proud of this one.

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing her progress from start to finish!

Also, here is my new YouTube video that I just posted today of a beautiful tropical moonlit beach. Be sure to check it out and lend some support!

 

 

It’s been so amazing painting Ariel and Moana. It just makes me realize how much more I love Disney animated films with every passing day. I hope all of you have a great weekend. Let’s make the most of what’s left of the summer! It goes very fast here in Michigan.

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

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Go Big or Go Home!

I recently ran out of stretched canvases and finally got my new shipment in today. It took me a couple of hours to paint all of the sides black to get them prepped for painting.

Needless to say, I am SUPER excited to get started on these bad boys!

I’ve been working on small 11×14″ canvases for a while, which is the size I use for my YouTube videos. But they just aren’t the same! I’ve loved painting on larger surfaces over the past year and I have grown an awful lot as a palette knife artist. I have each canvas labelled with the particular scene I will paint on it.

That large canvas in the corner is reserved for a huge humpback whale breaching in the sunset! It is going to be colorful, massive, and epic! I can’t wait to do that one. I’ll be sure to post step-by-step entries on my blog when I officially start working on it.

 

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Also, be sure to watch my new speed painting on YouTube of a beautiful Monarch butterfly on the beach.

 

So pumped to start working on these larger surfaces!

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

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What *colors* do I use?!

I often get comments and emails from artists asking what colors I use, since I don’t typically talk about them in my speed painting videos on YouTube. So I decided to shoot a color mixing demo chronicling the staple paints on my palette.

You can watch it below!

 

 

Here are the oil colors that I use for every painting, and also some miscellaneous ones I use sparingly. It also includes the actual brands that I use as well, in the Lukas, Williamsburg, and Old Holland paint lines.

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In the video I also talk about what I love to use each color for in my beach paintings. I’ve learned the colors an artist chooses is a very personal thing and says an awful lot about them. A lot of it is unconscious.

I hope you enjoy the video and I will talk to you guys soon. I’m interested to hear what your favorite colors are. And until next time,

Let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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Underwater Painting FINISHED!

I’m happy to say that I’ve wrapped up the largest oil painting I have done so far. All in all I’m very proud of the way it turned out, as it really helped me stretch and expand as an artist! In the top photo I finished the details in the coral and the two spotted dolphins in the foreground. And in the final photo I added in a plethora of reef fish and bubbles throughout the painting.

This is very close to the original vision that I had in my head before I started. Continue reading to see the initial sketch and the final product!

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And the best part is…I did it all with a palette knife!!! Such a blast! 🙂

 

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Thanks for following me as I have been painting this beautiful coral reef! It was cool to see my process advance as I added in the details. 

I hope you all have a wonderful July 4th!

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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Underwater Painting, Part 3! :)

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As you can see, my large underwater painting is coming along nicely. You can see that most of the sea creatures are done except for the dolphins in the foreground. A lot of the detail in the coral is done also. I just have to come in and do the light and bubbles off of the coral.

I’m still having an absolute blast with this piece. A grandiose project indeed! But I think it will be pretty epic when it is done.

Let me know what you guys think so far!

Part 4 will be a couple more photos up until completion of the project. Thanks for staying tuned so far throughout the painting. Don’t forget to check out my shop for 40% off original art. Only 10 days left!!!

I’ll be back on here next week.

But until then, let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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Underwater Painting, Part 2!

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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 🙂

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Until next time,

keep bringing some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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