Let’s Make ’17 a Sure Thing!

Long before I was a palette knife painter of tropical beaches, I was quite the avid drawer. I drew all day every day. But not so much anymore. As I replaced my graphite pencils with painting mediums, I took to the sky and haven’t looked back. I just love working with color and wet paints. Which definitely isn’t a bad thing. It just means you have evolved as an artist.

And in light of the holiday season and the New Year, I thought I’d share with you some of my old drawings, dating back to when I was a teenager. I was going through them the other day on the old computer.

Who doesn’t love a good snowman, right?



As the new year approaches, it is a new chance to re-invent ourselves. And I don’t mean in a cliche, cheesy “New Year’s resolution” kind of a way. I’m talking about personal growth. That is what a new year is all about. Getting smarter, better, stronger, and more successful than you were the year before. Becoming a more loving person.

And for us artists, it is another 365 to get our art out into the world and use it to spread joy; to touch other’s souls. Art is such an incredible thing!

If you haven’t had the chance to check out my official website, you can view it here: http://www.ryankimbaart.com

2017 will be special for me because I am starting my own art tutorial channel on Youtube! This will give me the chance to truly shine and show the world how I do what I do.

I wish you all love, peace, hope, and wisdom over the next coming year. I hope it is everything you want it to be.


And until next time,

Let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba





*The Top 5 Excuses Artists Make*

I’ve heard every excuse in the book as to why artists can’t make it. In fact, I am an expert on them. Why? Because I’ve made these excuses myself. One thing that deeply concerns me is how insecure and negative creative people can be. The lack of self-esteem among creatives is one of the biggest issues that blocks them from success.

So let’s look at a few excuses.

I don’t feel very inspired lately

Inspiration is for amateurs. What you have to do is show up anyway, whether you want to or not. If you are constantly waiting for the “mood” to strike you will never get anything done. What makes an artist a true professional is creating new art, working hard, and promoting themselves–even when they don’t want to. So whether you are sculptor, painter, photographer, or musician–taking action is the pathway to true achievement.

I can’t do that…I’m not very good

Did you expect to fall out of the womb with a paintbrush in your hand? It doesn’t work like that. There are zero natural born artists, no matter what anybody tells you. All art skills have to be developed over time. Sure, some people may be more inclined or pick it up faster, but any man or woman can become an excellent artist. If they are willing to put in the time and effort! Michael Jordan didn’t even make his varsity basketball team, and look what happened to him. He became the greatest basketball player of all time. Relentless practice is the name of the game. That is how you get good.

Sell my work? Artists only become famous after they’re dead

This is an absolute cop-out in every way. It gets artists off the hook so that they don’t have to take full responsibility for their career. Artists make six-figures every year, and some make millions. And they are, you guessed it…alive and kicking! I have talked to artists personally that make a million dollars a year. And if you put your mind and heart into it, you can too. You can certainly become notorious while you are living.

I don’t have enough money!

There are some who would say that this one is valid, but I respectfully disagree. How do you expect to get the money? By sitting inside of your studio and not talking to anyone? As long as you do that you will never sell anything. You have to continually produce new work and sell it to make a nice living as a creative entrepreneur. And yes, you have to tell people about it. You also need to promote yourself and your brand. And to top it all off, you have to build relationships with people who will like what you do.

People aren’t buying art right now

People are always buying artwork for their homes. Always. And since the art world is totally subjective, that means there are people out there who are going to LOVE what you do. Your job is to find them. Now I will admit this is no easy feat. You have to break it up into small action steps when it comes to building your audience and finding collectors for your work. But don’t ever think that the art sales aren’t happening. One of my painter mentors told me once about the day he first sold a painting for $20,000! He went on to admit that the particular piece wasn’t even his best. And if he could do it, you can too. You just have to push your art into the world and make art that people will connect with.

Hopefully this list will motivate you to conquer you own excuses. Excuses are terrible. Let’s get rid of them, one at a time!

I will be posting my first Youtube video soon on my art channel. Here is the subject of the video below. I look forward to sharing it with you. 

cliffs-of-peaceCliffs of Peace. 11×14 inches. Oils on canvas


Until next time, I wish you happy painting, drawing, sculpting, or whatever it is you do. Let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba






Which Blue is Better?

Anybody who glances at my body of work will notice all of the blue! I’ve always preferred cooler colors like purple and blue over warm ones like red and yellow. Blue is a staple in my beach paintings. It’s true that I can get a wonderful array of shades from just two main colors: Pthalo Blue and Ultramarine. These colors are truly indispensable on my palette. 

Let’s look at them for a second, shall we?

Ultramarine and Pthalo Blue

Now Ultramarine has a pretty good tinting strength, not to mention a beautiful luster under your studio lights! It is a warm blue, which means it leans more toward purple. It is wonderful for painting warmer skies and mixing with various reds to achieve striking violets. Ultramarine is also good for painting the shadows on clouds. When mixed with some Cadmium Yellow light, you will get a warm Sap Green, albeit one that is a little duller than if you mixed the yellow with Pthalo.

Pthalo Blue is probably my favorite color to work with! But new users beware–it has an extremely dangerous tinting strength. One speck will turn a puddle of white into a strong blue! So make sure you don’t use too much of it when mixing with other colors. On its own, however, it is brilliant to behold. Pthalo Blue is perfect for any ocean color you could want, for bright blue skies, and for mixing awesome greens that lean towards yellow. This is because the color leans more towards yellow already.

So which color is better? Well, that depends on the artist using it. My answer is neither one is better, because they are both EXCELLENT!

If you are a landscape or seascape artist, gives these blues a try. You will not be disappointed. In my opinion, these are the two most essential blues available on the market.


Here are some new 3-D beach paintings I’ve been working up in the studio. The top painting has more Ultramarine while the bottom one has more Pthalo Blue. To view them on my artist shop, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings





What is your favorite color to paint with? I’d love to hear from you.

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

Ryan Kimba