Hello 2020!! Building my online store!

Building my own online store in 2020!

Sometimes it takes a long break to step back and see what things need to be fixed. You need to look at things from the outside. From a drastically different vantage point. So after a near ten month hiatus from my art, I made the huge decision to turn my personal website into my own online store! And to do that, I need to leave Etsy behind.

Don’t get me wrong, I managed to eke out some big sales on Etsy and I found some wonderful collectors who supported me. But for the most part, my listings just got lost in the sea of endless listings. I didn’t really have the platform to shine. So when that happens, you could either A). stay and flounder, or B). BUILD YOUR OWN PLATFORM!

And I can only do that from my OWN site! Away from Etsy’s rules and regulations. I need to sell from my own site. In retrospect I probably should have made this decision years ago, but again, it takes a hiatus to see things clearly.

Over the last three weeks I have been working very hard on the new site, constructing my “original paintings” page from scratch.

Here is an example of what my original art page will look like!

As you can see from the photo, the thumbnail images will be in rows of 3 across. One thing I really didn’t like about Etsy was that you couldn’t see your available and SOLD paintings together on the same page. So that was the first decision I wanted to make. I created sold banners for the upper right corner of each image, and it will also display “out of stock” underneath.

This will add perceived value in people’s minds as they are browsing my work!

So what happens when you click on each widget?

**When you click on an image, you will be directed to a separate product page.**

From this page you can view the different photos, including a detailed shot highlighting my thick palette knife layers. You can also read an interesting and personal paragraph on what inspired the painting, in my own words!

To the right of each painting, you’ll be able to add to your cart or read the specifics about the art you’re interested in.

Another new and exciting feature about my website is that I will be including testimonials! You’ll be able to read first-hand exactly what my collectors are saying about me and my work. For example:

I couldn’t be more thrilled about my site so far and I have really been putting in the LONG hours! My originals page is done but I still have to work on my “limited edition prints” page and my “canvas prints” page. So needless to say, I have a LOT more work ahead of me! But I’ll keep plugging away on it, bit by bit, day by day.

Stay tuned for my next blog to hear about the various prints I will be offering. Thank you for reading! It’s good to be back–plugging away on my business!! This is the work that I love!

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world!

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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.

To visit my shop, click here:

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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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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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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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“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,

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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!

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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!

 

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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

 

#29

The Jungle Book

 

#28

Shrek

 

#27

How to Train Your Dragon

 

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Up

 

#25

A Bug’s Life

 

#24

Lilo and Stitch

 

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Ice Age

 

#22

Pinoccio

 

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The Good Dinosaur

 

#20

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

 

#15

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

 

#7

Tangled

 

#6

Aladdin

 

#5

Hercules 

 

#4

Inside Out

 

#3

Moana

 

#2

The Land Before Time

 

#1

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!

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