The Proof is in the Pudding! Always :)

If you want to find out everything you need to know about a person, all you have to do is watch what they do. Their actions will tell you all of the important info. Why? Because the proof is in the pudding. Always has been, always will be.

I have a little brother Troy who is always talking about how he wants to be a success, make a difference in the lives of others, and feel better about himself. But then when you ask him who is role model is, he will announce emphatically, “Eminem.” Now I’m not knocking Eminem, but any smart and reasonable person would conclude that that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

Now if Troy said “Oprah, or Will Smith, or Tony Robbins,” well, that would be a much different story. We would say “Ah hah, I understand! Best of luck to you!”

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Let’s say you have a close friend and she tells you that she wants to lose weight and feel great about herself. How can you tell if she is serious? And the answer is, take her out to lunch. If she orders a plate of cheese sticks, some ribs and a couple of pepsis, you will know for sure. But if she orders a turkey club sandwich with tomatoes and pickles, a small chef salad with fat-free dressing, and a TALL glass of ice water, you would then say “let me know is there is anything I can do to help!” You would know she is serious about her aspirations.


 

Take me, for instance. My dream is to be a world-famous artist and to be the premier beach painter in the country. And if somebody followed me into my studio they would see that my actions correspond to that particular vision. They would see me paint 5-10 originals a week, make one video a week for Youtube, blog, market, and network myself, and work hard on my Etsy shop to get my work sold around the country.

That same person would exclaim, “Okay! This guy is serious.”

So my question is…how serious are you about what you want in your life? And most importantly, do your actions dictate your wants? Remember, to get the answers you want, just look inside of the pudding. They will be there every single time!

 

Tropical CliffsNew painting, “Tropical Cliffs.” Oils on canvas 16×20 inches

 

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And until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

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Happy Fall!

So in honor of fall I decided to paint a lovely beach painting with some colorful birch trees overlooking the mighty water. Fall has always been a special time of year for me, especially here in Michigan.

One of my favorite occasions growing up was when our mother used to take us to the apple orchard every year. We would go on hayrides, pick out plump pumpkins that were too heavy for us to carry, and of course, get some delicious cider and donuts.

 

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To watch the video, visit my motivation Youtube channel where I paint tropical speed paintings!

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Or watch it right now!

 

I hope all of you have a wonderful rest of this peaceful season, no matter where you are.

And until next time,

lets bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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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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Do you have the passion?

I used to be friends with a very talented musician named Drew. Although we no longer talk, we were close for a lot of years. Needless to say, Drew had a lot of problems with himself.

I’ll never forget a conversation we had one night regarding his music. It is forever imprinted upon my memory, and I’d like to share it with you. Drew would write these fantastic original songs on his acoustic guitar, record them, and upload them onto his Soundcloud page.

He was complaining that night in high style, like he often did, about how nobody was listening to, liking, or sharing his songs. He wanted an enormous following overnight.

What are you doing about it?” I asked, somewhat annoyed, but trying to prove a point. And guess what he was doing? Bingo! You guessed it–absolutely nothing.

Um, well, not much. This pisses me off! I’m probably going to give up. This isn’t fun anymore and my songs are going to waste.”

Where Drew went wrong is that he didn’t believe in himself. He had plenty of talent, yet no persistence or drive to better his life or his financial situation. He griped about the lack of plays on his Soundcloud but didn’t want to do anything about it. What’s funny is that there are companies out there that specialize in promoting Soundcloud accounts, for very small fees. He could have also started a blog to spread the word, hired a marketing person, or pushed himself to figure out the market.

Because of his lack of self-worth, he will probably never grace a recording studio to share his gift with the world. At the end of the day he had very little passion and determination.

And this is the plague of so many artists, actors, musicians, and writers; the unwillingness or lack of self-esteem to create the kind of lives that they envision.

What is your dream? And are you taking responsibility for it? Most importantly, do you have passion in your life? What always kills me is to look around at the general population and notice how dead inside they all are. There is no excitement, verve, drive, or motivation to do anything of importance. They are like breathing automatons, living solely to get through the day.

How sad!

I wish for you passion, love, commitment, and dedication. I want those things for all of you. May you use them to build golden stairways into the sky.

I’m happy to say that I do have faith in myself. Sure, I’m not real successful with my art business right now, but I WILL be a success in the future. And it’s because I’m willing to do whatever it takes. And I know that I am taking solid steps forward in getting where I want to go. And it’s only a matter of time until my shop, Youtube channel, website, and this blog catapult me into my dream life of fulfillment, financial freedom, and making a difference.


Here are some new paintings, fresh off the easel! You can find them on my online shop:

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

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And if you missed my new Youtube video, you can watch it here:

Until next time, my fellow creators, let’s continue to bring some color into the world, all the while living with passion and purpose!

-Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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Painting Clouds with Palette Knives

 

Good morning!

I’m beach artist Ryan Kimba, and today I will be showing you a quick painting lesson.

Before we begin, remember that palette knives were not created for us to paint in a realistic style. With knives we need to surrender total control and paint loose. The clouds in my paintings are impressionistic. They look like clouds but they are by no means life-like. And they don’t need to be.

Let’s start off with a backdrop of blue.

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For the top of the sky we will use Pthalo Blue dulled down with a little bit of Titanium White. Work it from side to side like you are buttering toast. This is exactly how it will feel. To put more butter on your bread, you need to use varying amounts of pressure and tilt the knife downwards and upwards. Same thing when you are painting with a knife!

 

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For the bottom half of our sky we will use Pthalo but with a large amount of Ultramarine blue mixed in. This shade of blue will be much warmer than the top. When side by side, see how the bottom blue leans more toward purple? Generally the sky tends to get more purple and hazy as you go to the horizon.

 

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In this step we are simply blending the two colors together. This is a fairly quick process. And now that we have our base, we can begin adding clouds!

 

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This is where we add straight white out of the tube. Now your initial dab with the white will mix in with the blue beneath, so do not fear. Just add in some thicker white paint to sit on top of the stained white. You can make long wispy clouds or you can make puffy cumulus clouds. It’s totally up to you! Have fun with it!

 

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When I am painting clouds, I like to roll the white paint onto the bottom tip of the knife blade, rubbing it onto the canvas in a rolling motion. An amazing characteristic of palette knives is that they are surprisingly flexible. You can bend them any which way you choose and they will spring right back into action.

 

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And here we have a completed cloudy blue sky. For all of you artists that don’t like to paint clouds—do not be afraid! Give this a try. The only way to learn is by practicing and experimenting. You may even find your own exciting way of painting clouds!

Don’t forget to follow my Etsy shop and browse my original paintings:

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Also, be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel or leave a comment and let me know what you think of my videos. I’d love to here from you.

 

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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Come on in! A Sneak Peak into my Studio

Normally I’m pretty private about my studio, as it is my one true safeguard. A place I can go to and get away from the world for a while. To lose myself in my beach paintings.

But revealing yourself is a large part of having a blog in the first place, so I figured I would show you a picture of my working station in my art studio. The rest you’ll just have to leave up to your imagination!

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This is where the magic happens! I also have some tables for framing, prepping, and painting the edges of my canvases, not to mention a large storage closet. And yes, I do have brushes even though I am a palette knife-only painter! I just don’t have the heart to get rid of them. They bring back too many good memories.

You’ll notice that my studio is :

  • Organized (this is key if you want to be a productive painter. You need to know where everything is)


  • Clean (artists are too messy; remember that people will need to enter your studio from time to time)


  • Simple (I have everything I need for my art practice. Nothing more. Nothing less)

What is your art studio like? Or your “creativity station?”

I’m happy to announce that I received 2 sales in the last couple of days on Etsy!!! Things are starting to pick up, slowly but surely. Hey, you know what they say–it’s all about baby steps. We had to learn to walk before we could sprint.

Here is a link to my shop– http://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings

I will be catching up on a LOT of painting this weekend, so I’m looking forward to becoming lost for a few days!

And don’t forget to check out my newest Youtube video on my art/self-development channel.

So as I like to say, let’s bring some more color into the world.

Your friend with the clean studio,

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ryan-kimba.html?tab=artwork

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Finding your Artistic *Voice*

What exactly constitutes an artist’s voice? Well, it is a number of intangibles working together. And how exactly do you find your voice, or style as it is often described?

In my opinion, it takes several years of consistently painting to find your voice. You have to put in the time and discipline it takes for your work to truly blossom. It is often about failure, self-discovery, and making mistakes. An art school cannot teach their students about finding their voice.

It must come from within.

To make it as a professional artist, your work must have unity, character, cohesion, and consistency. Your entire body of work should look similar. It has to be distinctive, or else you are going to look like everyone else. Think about it–how many people can point out a Picasso or a Monet? Most people can, and it is because their style is instantly recognizable. Sure, they had tons of copiers and followers, but they managed to eke out a unique voice from how they viewed the world and themselves.

My point is, all of this takes time. It is not something you are born with. Your voice is something that needs to be developed.

Here are 3 older paintings from back when I was painting in a realistic style with brushes.

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My older work may have shared the same theme, seascapes, but they fail to share the same unity. They look like they were created by 3 different artists altogether. One almost has a Albert Bierstadt-esque feel to it, while one sort of looks like a Bob Ross (top left). The one at the bottom looks a little more polished but different nonetheless. These 3 seem to lack the shared elements that constitutes a singular body of work.

Let’s take a look at my new work.

 

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These 3 paintings are clearly done by the same artist. They all share similar feelings, warmth, tone, and expression. This is all part of branding. Whether we are talking about my starfish logo, the textured mounds of paint, or my bold, lively colors—these works of art come together in perfect harmony.

And they all represent how I view the beach and the sea!

I hope you have a better understanding of the ambiguous term “voice.” And I am confident that through experimentation and practice you will discover your own amazing voice! Something that sets you apart from the rest of the world. That is what I wish for you.

Don’t forget to check out my new Youtube video if you haven’t yet given it a gander. If you are enjoying these, hit “like” and subscribe for future speed painting videos.

 

Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!

And until next time, let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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

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Taking a Shower in Style!

Fine Art America is an awesome print-on-demand site that enables artists to have their images put on prints, posters, and every day household products. So for an artist such as myself, it is a lovely prospect.

You can now select to get my art on phone cases, coffee mugs, pens, throw pillows, and shower curtains. That’s right…you can get a handy dandy shower curtain! I’m actually going to purchase a shower curtain for my own home. My current one is getting pretty grimy!

But hey, we’ve all been there. Haven’t we?

Here is my link for you to peruse at your leisure:

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ryan-kimba.html?tab=artwork

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I’ve been busy all this weekend so far plugging away in the studio and creating some new work. I’ve also just posted a brand new video on my Youtube channel. Subscribe and throw a like if you haven’t yet had the chance. With your help I can continue to build up my audience and brand.

 

 

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I sincerely hope that you are all having a fantastic weekend with your own art and projects! Let your love for what you do shine through. For me, it’s painting the beach.

So until next time, let’s continue to bring some color into the world. Liven it up a bit!

Ryan Kimba

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

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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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.

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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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The 5 Tools *EVERY* Artist Needs

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What tools does every artist need to have at their disposal? I’ll give you a hint. They can’t be bought at any art store. Let’s get right down to it…

 

1. Vulnerability

This is very important, so I’d like to cover it first. Every artist must be vulnerable at some point in their creative lives. Vulnerability is the key to inspiring others. When we are vulnerable, we put our true selves in front of the world. By sharing our art, we are exposing our inmost ideas, beliefs, hopes, and flaws. Of course, being vulnerable is not the easiest thing to do, but we must do it if we want to build an audience for our art.

Take my new Youtube channel, for instance. It takes a lot of guts and faith for me to put myself out there like that. Now people from all over the world, souls whom I’ve never met, can listen to my voice and watch me paint. It’s a crazy thing opening yourself up to being vulnerable, but there is so much beauty in it. And by seeing your own vulnerability, it allows others to open up and be who they are.

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2. Failure

Why do I dare list failure as an addition to every artist’s tool belt? Simple. Because when you pursue your dream, failure will be a close companion. You are going to fail, a LOT of the time. That’s the bottom line. But it’s not the act of failing that truly matters, it is how we use it. After all, failing can be a incredibly significant resource. It grants us the liberty to learn, grow, stretch, and multiply. 

I’ve personally failed more times than I’ve succeeded. I’ve been rejected from multiple national art contests and magazines. I’ve been mocked and laughed at while selling at art fairs. I even received an email from a lady a few years ago saying that my art was “ugly and boring!” But all of these failures have molded me into the man I am today. Not to mention they have made me a more sensitive and effective artist. So the moral of the story is this—don’t be afraid to fail. It is nothing personal. It simply means you need to approach your goals from a different direction.

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3. Persistence

This goes hand in hand with failure, in my honest opinion. Persistence is the ability to go from disappointment to disappointment without losing steam. In other words, persistence is the tool that will help you go on, even when you don’t want to. That may not be Webster’s definition of the word, but it is true nevertheless. I had to be persistent when starting my own business, and you will too. You must keep attacking your objective until it is met.

Here is my question to you; how long should you keep working to achieve your dream? 

The answer is,

as long as it takes.

4. An Open Mind

This tool is often overlooked, but it is so crucial. Not everybody is going to like what you paint, sculpt, knit, photograph, draw, or craft. And that is okay. That is what makes the world special and unique. But no matter what you like to create, know that there is a market out there filled with people who will love what you do. All you have to do is find them. Keeping an open mind will allow you to view your efforts objectively. Not to mention that having an open mind will be invaluable when dealing with criticism. Even if somebody does like you art, they may think about it much differently than you do. And again, that is okay.

And last but certainly not least, we have patience.

5. Patience

The reality is that it takes weeks, months, and years to build a healthy following of loyal supporters. There are hardly any “overnight successes,” and of the few artists that do hit it big in a relatively short amount of time, it usually doesn’t last. The hype will die and the dust will stagnate because their careers were not constructed with time and experience. For in the end, time and experience reign supreme. So if you are an artist that doesn’t like to wait, then don’t. I’m not telling you to sit back and wait. To achieve success you have to take action. But even with consistent action, it still takes time to realize lasting achievement in the art world. So give your dreams time, and they will surely be realized.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my 5 tools. Don’t be afraid to drop a line and tell me what tools you believe are most important. Not only do I want to help other artists and demonstrate my painting techniques with my blog, I also want to hear from you. We artists have to stick together! I believe that with all of my heart.

Don’t forget to check out my latest paintings on my online shop!

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

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

And as always, do what you love to do.

Ryan Kimba

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ryan-kimba.html?tab=artwork

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