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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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50% OFF Original Beach Paintings!!

Get half off original beach paintings in my Etsy shop in the spring and summer. This is my BIGGEST sale yet, so be sure to check it out. On top of the 50% off, I always offer FREE shipping year-round. This incredible offer just started and includes all of the original oil paintings in my store.

As of now, I am in 34 states around America, which is pretty exciting! It seems like only yesterday that I was only in Michigan.

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Also, don’t forget to watch my latest full-length tutorial video on YouTube…where you will learn to paint a very simple sunset sky!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and until next time,

Let’s Bring some color into the world!

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Moana Painting!-“The Chosen One”

To be truthful for a second, it has been a LONG while since I’ve posted a step-by-step painting tutorial on my blog. Too long. That needs to be remedied, and there will be more to come in the future.

My Disney painting series is reaching its conclusion, as I only have three more left to complete. It’s been such a great journey so far. Recently I painted a brand new Moana painting, called “The Chosen One,” which happens to be a portrait–my first portrait in a long time!

Let me take you step-by-step to show you how she came to life on the canvas!

Here you can see a general sketch of what the scene is going to look like. The painting will depict Moana giving the ocean a “high five” as she is standing in the foreground. Don’t mind all the messy lines in background! I had to tweak a few things around 🙂
I decided to use brushes for her portrait because I wanted her to look as real as possible. If I used knives it would have come out very mottled and sloppy. Note the soft tonal blending. The light will be coming from the top left of the sky in this seascape. I think I really captured her spirit and personality so far!
I finished her hair and completed the rest of her body with small detailed round brushes and a smaller filbert brush. You can see the left side of her body shining in the light. I added some blue above her head to give you an idea of what the sky will look like.
For the sky, I went with my typical mixture of Pthalo blue and white with a little bit of Ultramarine Blue. It is darker on the top with more white for the bottom part. In the next step I will blend them together and add in some wispy clouds, finishing off the sky!
Now that the sky is done, I painted an island off in the distance. Notice how it is lighter and airy to signify how far away it is. For the ocean color, I went with a bright turquoise bluish green, almost like the Caribbean. That way the ocean’s arm in the front won’t blend into the seawater behind it. I wanted LOTS of blue hues in this!
Here you can see the underpainting of the large mountain in the background. Once this step is done, you can then add in all of the colors and light on top of it—which is the fun part. To achieve the sand color, I mixed in a speck of Burnt Sienna, a bit of Cadmium Yellow Light, and a speck of Cadmium Orange into a pile of Titanium White.
To decorate that mountain I went with some bright cliff faces shining in the sun as well as some bright green trees peppered throughout. You can also see the start of the ocean color, which is similar in value and hue to that of the sky. I also added in a palm tree hanging over the beach to give the painting a more tropical feel.
Almost done!!! In this step the ocean’s arm and hand are finished. I added some violet and some darker blue shades, as well as a lighter turquoise hue. For the finishing touches I added in some bright sparkles and streaks of white to make the water look wet, rounded, and translucent.

And lastly, here is the finished Moana painting in all it’s glory. I’m very happy with this piece and so glad I made the decision to go with brushes for her body. Normally I like to paint loose, but with my second favorite Disney Heroine, I had to do her justice! 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this special glimpse into my artistic process. This Disney series has been the best work of my career so far. I’m overjoyed I have been able to paint all my favorite Disney characters from my favorite movies.

Be sure to check out my newest painting on YouTube below.

A beautiful painting of a blossoming willow tree overlooking the beach!

Until next time, keep on creating and doing what it is that you love to do! Let’s bring some color into the world…

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Disney Series Status

My Disney paintings have been turning out pretty nice. I decided to get some of the larger ones out of the way while my excitement and energy was still fresh!

I’ve been painting some of my favorite scenes and making them my own, which I always like to do. Here are three I’ve finished so far and some snippets about each one!

For Hercules, I thought it would be cool to paint him flying into the sunset. His parents Zeus and Hara look down on their son from a cloud. The light rays shooting down from the heavens really make this scene what it is. You can even see the sparkle on Herc’s sword. I wanted to keep the colors true to the scene from the film where young Herc is standing on the cliff in the sunset, singing his song.
This painting of Aladdin and Jasmine needed to be MAGICAL! I wanted it to be romantic, soothing and adventurous. The flowers, the bright moon, the ocean far below—I believe all those elements work together to create the perfect mood. I’m glad I could incorporate my seascape theme that is characteristic of my style.
And finally, this large 30×40″ painting needs no introduction. “The Lion King” is my all-time favorite film since I was a young boy and it was an honor and privilege bringing it to life through my art. There is no ocean or beach in this one, the first since I started painting with palette knives, and the rainforest and waterfall create the perfect ambience and backdrop for the characters’ journey.

That’s all I have so far, but I should finish within the next couple of months. I’m so happy I could give you guys a special sneak peak here on my blog. I will be waiting until the whole series is finished before I put them up for sale on my Etsy shop.

And don’t forget to watch my new video on my Youtube channel about handling negative comments from others about your art! It’s an important one.

I hope you have a good night, and until next time,

Let’s bring some color into the world!

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Disney Paintings! My first artist series

Obviously, I am a huge Disney animated movie fan! That goes without saying. What isn’t obvious to anyone is that I have never painted a series before in my art career. I’ve never done a large body of similar-themed work before. So I figured, what better way to pop my cherry than with some beautiful Disney scenes. I couldn’t be more stoked about it either!

I’m kicking it off by doing a bunch of sketches on sheets of drawing paper of the characters I want for each painting. From there I will simply trace them onto the canvas with special artist transfer paper that comes with a graphite backing. That way I don’t have to re-draw each character onto each canvas!!! After all, I have a lot of man hours in the sketches alone 🙂  I will be posted the paintings to my blog here as I finish each one. I project the entire series will take me 2-3 months to complete; about 15 paintings. Most of them will be large as well.

I thought I’d share my drawings with you so you can get an idea of what kind of scenes I will be painting. 

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If my Disney series wasn’t exciting enough, I had a very big win yesterday in my Etsy shop. I sold 10 paintings to a luxury home in Hawaii, which ended up being the single biggest sale of my art career so far. I feel like I’m floating on cumulonimbus clouds, let me tell you! I feel like a broke a *huge barrier* with my business and it can only go up from here. Anyways, just wanted to share that with you guys.

So pumped for this Disney series!

 

But until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world. Let’s continue kicking butt and taking names! 

 

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Autumn Bliss!

So fall is officially in the air here in Michigan, and it is my favorite time of year. I thrive in fall and have some wonderful childhood memories of playing and exploring this time of year. 

Here are some reasons why autumn is so special:

 

*The weather is nice and cool!*

As far as weather goes, you can’t get any better than autumn. Here in Michigan it is usually 60 degrees around this time, with lots of sun and a cool breeze. It is absolutely perfect! You can just throw on a light sweater and you are good to go.

 

*Halloween comes to town!*

The spooky holiday has always been my favorite. As a boy I loved to go trick-or-treating and I would often dress up as the ghost from Scream! There is just something about this holiday that makes you feel good. It is not as overdone when compared to Christmas.

 

*Oh my, the colors!*

Living in the region that I do, we get to experience some of the finest fall colors around. Sure, they aren’t as vibrant as in the New England states, but they are still pretty spectacular. Bright colors play a big role in my life, especially as an artist. Anybody that follows me and my beach paintings will know that color is first and foremost in my work! I can’t get enough of gazing at vibrant colors, especially out in nature and on the trees.

 

*Cider and donuts, baby!*

In the fall we get to go to the apple orchard to indulge in fresh apple cider, donuts, and caramel apples. Can you think of anything better? I can’t! 🙂 I make a point to go at LEAST three times during the fall, and I have since I was young. Our mother used to take us every year for our annual hayride and jaunt through the pumpkin patch to pick out a dandy. 

Those are the reasons why I love autumn so much! Here is a beach painting fresh off of the easel to commemorate this glorious season.

 

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I hope all of you have a wonderful autumn, if you happen to live in a place with three or four seasons!

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

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Art Retrospective – Try not to laugh!!! :)

I recently put together this career retrospective video spanning back 11 years to when I first started painting. You will get to see works of art in colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, pastels, and oil paint. It is a very personal, reflective, and inspirational journey through the years.

I didn’t start out as a beach painter. I drew and painted all kinds of things, from landscapes, animals, and dogs, to portraits, houses, and still-life. I have a wealth of invaluable experience as an artist!

I had the time of my life revisiting all of these old pieces, some I hadn’t even laid eyes on in years! The purpose of this video is to encourage artists to stick with their art, no matter how rocky a start they have.

We all have to start somewhere.

 

 

I hope this exciting video inspires you to keep making art and being creative as well. Art is important and the world needs a lot more of it!

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

 

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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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