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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 recently posted my second video on Youtube. Check it out below and show some love by liking and subscribing for future videos.

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

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

http://etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings

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A Canine in the Studio!

So a couple of months I adopted a toy Chihuahua from the Michigan Humane Society. She was in need of a home, and I happened to have a home to provide. So it really was the perfect match.

She is only 5 pounds, so needless to say she is a little furry gumdrop. She is such a little weirdo but grows on you pretty fast. I named her Star because there is something special about her and she is filled with radiant energy.

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Little Star doesn’t like to be in my art studio, so when I am working she will just squeak away incessantly to let her case be known. Or she’ll try to jump up in my lap when I am sitting on my stool at my easel, which of course doesn’t work well.

One time she even tried to jump onto my palette with my paint on it!

It has been an adventure so far having a dog again. Before her I hadn’t had a canine in the studio for seven years.

I have a new video on Youtube that I’m pretty excited about. Check it out when you get the time. It even has NEW background music! Heck yeah, man. You can view the actual painting on my Etsy shop below.

I’m also happy to report that I received 2 sales yesterday on my Etsy shop and have been getting wonderful traffic and interest! So that is very exciting. I know I’m on the right road, I just have to keep on growing my audience and getting more known.

But I shall get there…one sale, video, and blog post at a time!

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Fragrant Waterfalls 11×14 inches Oils on canvas

I hope all of you have a great start to your week so far! Follow your heart, whatever it is that you do.

Let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDaJL5tkFEHCzrC_yYrmcA

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Greener Scenery!

So my brand new studio is complete. The move went rather smoothly, if I must say. I’m so happy to now have a studio that I’m proud to be in. A place that is an extension of myself and my interests.

Before I reveal the new pictures, here is a picture of my old artistic station.

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Yikes! Pretty bland, huh? I won’t beat myself up though, as life is about getting better, right? That is the basis for personal development—GROWTH! That is what I preach in my youtube videos and I like to practice what I preach.

Hence why I chose to finally make my dream studio a reality.

Well, here is the my lovely new studio! Drumroll please……


 

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Now THIS is what I’m talking about!

As you can see I decorated my new habitat with a beach theme throughout, which really inspires me to paint the beach even more. I also have some personal development quotes on the wall, as well as some Disney decor. After all, I am a HUGE fan of Disney’s animation studio.

I am really loving my new beachy art studio! If you haven’t watched my interview video on youtube, here you go.

I’m also working to expand my contact list for my monthly newsletter. You can sign up on my website at

http://www.ryankimbaart.com/contact

Some of the benefits of signing up include special discounts, reminders about new work and videos, and also words of encouragement and inspiration straight to your inbox!

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings

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Studio Switch!

So I recently made a switch in my home. My new studio is now located in my friend’s old room, and my new bedroom is where my old dinky studio used to be. I am really enjoying putting together my brand new art studio! It is so much more inspiring! Not only is it TWICE as big but it also has it’s own private bathroom. How could you go wrong with that? I am in the process of decorating it with a beach theme/personal development theme.

So in addition to the beach decor, I will also be putting a bunch of encouraging words, quotes, and self-development insights all over the walls, which will be a great pick-me-up whenever I’m feeling defeated or discouraged.

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I’ll be sure to post a picture of my new studio on my blog as soon as it is finished.

Here are a few new paintings to share with you. I haven’t shared new paintings in a while and I figured I’d get back to my roots. For more information on these paintings, visit my online shop on Etsy:   http://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings

Golden MinutesGolden Minutes Oils on canvas 11×14″

 

Hold our HeartsHold Our Hearts Oils on canvas 11×14″

 

Goodnight SunGoodnight Sun Oils on canvas 11×14″

 

And don’t forget to watch my new Youtube video. Come get to know me better as my friend asks me some thought-provoking questions about my art, fear, and some lessons that I’ve learned along the way. It is a must see!

 

So what changes have you made recently? Hope you have had a great week so far, filled with creativity and inspiration.

And until next time,

let’s bring some more color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDaJL5tkFEHCzrC_yYrmcA

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Color Mixing Video on Youtube

Hey guys! I want to fill you in on my latest video. I was really excited to make it, as it marks my first video in front on the camera. Which was nerve racking, but fun!

In the video I demonstrate how I mix my colors for my beach paintings. I keep it fairly simple, although color theory can get very complex if you haven’t studied it. I use a double primary palette of 2 reds, 2 yellows, and 2 blues along with purple, pink, white and Burnt Sienna.

Here is a complete list of all the colors that I use:

  • Pthalo Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Alizarin Crimson 
  • Titanium White
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Turquoise Blue
  • Manganese Violet
  • Bright Pink
  • Sap Green
  • Permanent Green Light

 

 

I have always been wildly passionate about color. I am constantly looking at colors everywhere I go. I believe this is an important part of being an artist, because as artists, our colors are our friends.

I hope you enjoy it, and until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings

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The Biggest Art “Myth” Ever Told!

In the past artists have been looked down upon in mainstream culture, although this has been changing. More and more artists are taking their talent and skill into the business world than ever before.

So what is this myth, you ask? Well, I’ll be happy to tell you.

Many people believe that artists need to be tortured, conflicted, depressed, or unstable, for lack of a better word. In other words, they need to be rebels to be talented or effective creators. Artists themselves believe this and popular culture continues to propagate this myth in movies, music, and television.

This is the biggest lie in the art world, and I’ve found myself dipping into it from time to time. It just simply isn’t the case. Artists can be happy, well-adjusted, successful, joyful, and respectable. They can also be loving. There is no reason why an artist cannot be successful from a place of emotional well-being. 

Take my beaches paintings, for instance. They are born from the peace, serenity, love of nature, and balance that I have within myself. That is why I am able to create these lively, colorful, and vibrant pictures. I want to share my love and wonder of the beach with my viewers. The good in me is carried into my artwork.

What myths do you buy into? What are you holding onto tenaciously that is no longer allowing your life to work? These are the questions all of us should ask ourselves. Just because a group of people believe something, it doesn’t make it true. My advice is to believe in something that brings meaning into your life. Something that is positive and life-affirming.

Leave the garbage by the curb where it belongs!

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Keep fighting the good fight, and keep bringing your art into the world.

 

Until next time,

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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Painting a Rocky Coast: Palette Knife Tutorial

In this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to paint an awesome beach painting with palette knives. I will be doing an exciting rocky coast!

So let’s get started.

The colors I’ll be using are:

Titanium White, Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Turquoise, Cadmium Yellow Light and Medium.

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To begin, I’ll take a bit of Pthalo Blue and Ultramarine Blue and mix them with Titanium white. This will be our sky color. It will be pretty light with this painting. The masking tape just helps us keep a straight line. This will be where the sea meets the sky. Pretend that you are buttering toast! That is the best way to use palette knives!

 

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This will be our land. To get that atmospheric color, we can add the 2 blues with some Burnt Sienna and white. Remember to keep this relatively cool (blue), as cool colors recede and warm colors move forward. This land is in the distance.

 

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I wanted the land to curve a little toward the viewer, and I also added a light earth color to the hills in the background. Make it look like trees and rocks. We will go back and add more detail later. Let’s just get the canvas completely covered with our underpainting. The ocean color on the top can be achieved by mixing Turquoise with Pthalo blue. For the bottom part of our sea, simply take that same color and mix in a bunch of Ultramarine.

 

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Bring the two blues together like so. The bare part of the canvas left over will be our sand and also some Tussock grass on a hill.

 

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For this sand color, we need to mix several different colors together. The majority of the mixture will be white, but we will need to add in some Burnt Sienna and a speck of Ultramarine. I also added in some detail to the hills in the background by adding pine trees. These won’t be green like we normally see them because they are far away and there is a lot of air in between. So keep the green very gray and dull.

 

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Here we can start blocking in the grassy hill in the foreground with some an Olive green color, mixed from Cadmium Yellow Medium, Burnt Sienna, white, and Ultramarine. Whenever I add in Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna, I am graying down the mixture, as those two colors together create black. I also scraped the paint off of the canvas to add in our rocks. This is the great thing about palette knives. You can scrape paint clean off, although the paint will leave behind a color stain. But that’s A-Okay!

 

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Here I finished out the details for the rocks in the ocean. I added some moss on them and also added some light and shadow, which makes them “pop.” Remember that there will need to be shadows behind them in the water as well. For the hill in the foreground, I added some bright greens and shadows as well to give the illusion of uneven terrain. I also added in some waves in the ocean with some teal. I like to use a thin narrow palette knife for details like that. There are all kinds of different knives you can buy with different shapes and blades.

 

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And here is the finished painting!

I decided to make the big rock a sea arch by scraping out a hole and filling it with our ocean color. And for the waves, you can use white straight from the tube, as these are shining in the sun. Just glob on the white with the tip of the knife to makes the waves. And have fun with this if you decide to give it a whirl.

Palette knives are amazing to work with!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Don’t forget to check out my online shop and also my new Youtube video. 

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And until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world. It could always use it!

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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Realism—- VS —-Impressionism!

The hardest part about going away from realistic art was being okay with the fact that I didn’t have to paint realistically. The truth is, I got burned out on painting in that style. Having to paint too tight started to get old after so many years as I realistic artist.

I wanted to express myself. I wanted to be loose and free in my planning and approach. And I wanted my brush strokes to be more spontaneous and random. In other words, I wanted to paint in a impressionistic form.

And to do that, I knew I needed to make a change.

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And in order to truly make a change, I needed to do something different. And what was that, you ask?

I put away my brushes and picked up a palette knife.

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Starting to use palette knives forced me to paint loose. I had no choice. Knives don’t allow for super fine detail and life-like strokes. They were invented to resist all of that. And now that I use only palette knives in my work, I don’t see myself ever going back to brushes.

I feel that too many times “realism” in art is the stamp of approval for the artist. People in general seem to enjoy looking at realistic art. If it looks real, they view the artist as better or more talented

They see the art for what it is.

They can understand it; they can relate to it.

But this doesn’t mean that realism is better. It is only one style or genre of painting. There are many others to choose from. Once I became alright with change, I grew exponentially as an artist. And because my impressionist style doesn’t take as long, I can paint many more pieces than I could have before.

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So the moral of the story—do what you feel in your heart, not what you think you have to do. If you put love and passion into your work, you will eventually find an audience who loves and is passionate about it too.

Hope you had a nice Easter.

And until next time,

let’s keep bringing some more color into the world!

-Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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