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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.

1Where 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,

Ryan Kimba

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Little Mermaid Painting—-Complete!

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!

 

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A Part of Your WorldA Part of Your World    18×24 inches    oils on canvas

 

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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!

Ryan Kimba

 

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Hello Ariel!

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!

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My next post will be the completed painting, so I’m really excited to see how it all turns out!

 

Talk to you then,

Ryan Kimba

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“Above the Sea, above the Sea!”

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!

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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 🙂

Ryan Kimba

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Get OUT…of the art studio, that is!

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.

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Beyond Infinity

Beyond Infinity,   Oils on canvas,    18×24″

 

Starting Life

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.

 

Ryan Kimba

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Fairwell, my Angel

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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.

Goodbye Knucklehead!

 

Ryan Kimba

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Favorite *Animated* movies—from a Beach Artist

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So my impending trip to Disney World next week has got me feeling super excited and creative! Let’s just say that I have been going on a little Disney kick lately.

I recently watched a YouTube video where somebody counted down their favorite 55 Disney animated films. They played snippets from each film as they were numbered off. The video awakened a stream of inspiration within me to create my own list. However, my list is my top 30 animated movies, and it isn’t just Disney. It is all of the studios!

There is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be an artist and have my own art business if it weren’t for animated cinema. After all, I like animation more than live action Hollywood films any day of the week. I have a FIERCE and joyous love of animated movies. When I made my list I was surprised by some of the newest Pixar and Disney computer animated films that took some of the tops spots, especially since I’ve always been a sucker for hand-drawn traditional animation. I am a painter at the end of the day and love to use my hands! 🙂

Some of these movies haven’t even budged since I was a young boy, which was pretty cool to see. So without further ado, let’s get right down to my favorite animated movies!

 

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Madagascar

 

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The Jungle Book

 

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Shrek

 

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How to Train Your Dragon

 

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Up

 

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A Bug’s Life

 

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Lilo and Stitch

 

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Ice Age

 

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Pinoccio

 

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The Good Dinosaur

 

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The Little Prince

 

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Big Hero 6

 

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Toy Story

 

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Polar Express

 

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Tarzan

 

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Mulan

 

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Findy Dory

 

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The Fox and the Hound

 

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Puff the Magic Dragon

 

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Beauty and the Beast

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The Little Mermaid

 

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Pocahontas

 

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Toy Story 3

 

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Tangled

 

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Aladdin

 

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Hercules 

 

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Inside Out

 

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Moana

 

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The Land Before Time

 

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The Lion King!

 

What fun that was! What are your favorites? Leave me a comment and let me know. On the painting front, don’t forget to check out my latest YouTube video of an awesome dolphin jumping over the waves in the sunset!

 

 

So until next time, bring some color into the world. This world could always use it!

Ryan Kimba

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Realistic Art

In my Youtube videos I often talk about realistic paintings and how they aren’t better than other styles of painting. How would I know this? Because I used to be a realistic painter! In fact, people often mistook my artwork for photographs, especially at art fairs and gallery exhibitions.

My Days of Realism

As you can see, my old style was hyper realistic. Very life-like! It required brushes, meticulous blending effects, and LONG hours to achieve this style of painting. People seemed to be blown away by it, but there was just something missing. Keep reading to find out what.

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A New Life, by *Knife!*

 And here is a new painting in my current impressionistic style with palette knives. You can see some notable differences, can’t you? 🙂 First of all, these works are much more expressive. They have more charm, character, and life to them. The colors and textures really “pop.” This style is more painterly, and thus, evokes a stronger emotion than my old works did.

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*The truth about realism in art*

 Too many times you’ll here people say that they love a painting and that it is “very good.” When you press them for a reason, they will often say “because it looks SO real!” In other words, these people equate talent with making something look real. 

The problem with that way of thinking is that it undermines all the artists out there (myself included) who have the techniques to paint realistic, but prefer not to do so. Realism is just one style of art, not the only style, and it is certainly not any better than other styles like abstract art, impressionistic, pop art, etc. 

I often laugh when I think about my old style of art. After all, if I cared that badly about making something look true to life, I should have just taken a photograph! Can you feel me?

Don’t forget to check out my newest inspirational speed painting video on Youtube, and don’t forget to like and subscribe for future Ryan Kimba beach paintings!

So until next time, let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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