“Above the Sea, above the Sea!”

So I decided to paint my very first Disney scenes using palette knives. And since “The Little Mermaid” is one of my favorites of all time, I figured I would try my hand at painting Ariel, Flounder, and Scuttle!

I’m very excited to go on this journey here, but I’m equally nervous to step OUTSIDE of my comfort zone and paint my first girl with a knife, even if she is part fish!

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As you can see from the initial sketch, my painting will be inspired by the infamous crashing wave scene after Ariel rescues Prince Eric. You can see Flounder jumping out of the water below her, and scuttle on the wing a little farther behind.

I don’t want this piece of art to scream Disney. I want to make it my own, imbuing it with the signature Ryan Kimba tropical knife style that has truly become my voice. So it will definitely look like something that I did. I don’t even care if Ariel looks like she does in the movie. If she looks way different, I am totally fine with that!

Be sure to stay tuned for future posts as I work on this. I will post when Ariel is finished and also when the entire scene is done. With that last one I will post all 3 pictures together so that you can see the progress.

I’ll talk to you guys soon,

And as always,

let’s bring some color into the world!

We are artists. That is our job ūüôā

Ryan Kimba

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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! ūüôā

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

 

#26

Up

 

#25

A Bug’s Life

 

#24

Lilo and Stitch

 

#23

Ice Age

 

#22

Pinoccio

 

#21

The Good Dinosaur

 

#20

The Little Prince

 

#19

Big Hero 6

 

#18

Toy Story

 

#17

Polar Express

 

#16

Tarzan

 

#15

Mulan

 

#14

Findy Dory

 

#13

The Fox and the Hound

 

#12

Puff the Magic Dragon

 

#11

Beauty and the Beast

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The Little Mermaid

 

#9

Pocahontas

 

#8

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!

Ryan Kimba

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Realistic Art

In my Youtube videos I often talk about realistic paintings and how they¬†aren’t¬†better than other styles of painting.¬†How would I know this?¬†Because I used to¬†be¬†a realistic painter!¬†In fact, people often mistook my artwork¬†for photographs, especially at art fairs and gallery exhibitions.

My Days of Realism

As you can see, my old style was hyper realistic. Very life-like! It required brushes, meticulous blending effects, and LONG hours to achieve this style of painting. People seemed to be blown away by it, but there was just something missing. Keep reading to find out what.

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A New Life, by *Knife!*

¬†And here is a new painting in my current impressionistic style with palette knives. You can see some notable differences, can’t you? ūüôā First of all, these works are much more¬†expressive. They have more charm, character, and life to them. The colors and textures really “pop.” This¬†style is more painterly, and thus, evokes a stronger emotion than my old works did.

A Taste of Paradise

*The truth about realism in art*

¬†Too many times you’ll here people say that they love a painting and that it is “very good.” When you press them for a reason, they will often say “because it looks¬†SO real!” In other words, these people equate talent with making something look real.¬†

The problem with that way of thinking is that it undermines all the artists out there (myself included) who have the techniques to paint realistic, but prefer not to do so. Realism is just one style of art, not the only style, and it is certainly not any better than other styles like abstract art, impressionistic, pop art, etc. 

I often laugh when I think about my old style of art. After all, if I cared that badly about making something look true to life, I should have just taken a photograph! Can you feel me?

Don’t forget to check out my newest inspirational speed painting video on Youtube, and don’t forget to like and subscribe for future Ryan Kimba beach paintings!

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

Ryan Kimba

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An art hiatus. Do you need one?

Every now and again I find that I need to take a break from creating. It’s not that it is hard work. That wouldn’t be accurate to say, at least for me. It’s work that I love, but it definitely isn’t struggling work.¬†

It’s good to take a hiatus because the mind must be nurtured and allowed to rest. Painting as much as I do takes a lot out of you imaginatively, creatively, and personally.

It takes a LOT of mental focus.

And with the holidays¬† I think it is a good time to take a breather. I haven’t made a video in a few weeks now, nor have I been painting with fury like I normally do. I’ve only painted two originals in the last three weeks!

Here are a few signs it might be time to take an art break.

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1. When others things are calling.

When other activities or things start calling you its a good sign you’ve been hitting it a little too hard. Your focus can’t be 100% on your art business. Why? Because human beings are like containers. We only have 100% of space. If you are too concerned with your business, the rest of the things in your life will invariably suffer.

 

2. When you don’t really want to make art.

You always hear people say that when you don’t want to do something, that is the time you need to do it the most. The problem with that, however, is that when you don’t feel compelled to pour your heart into a painting, sculpture, photograph…etc—it is not going to turn out very good. Visual art is a different world. It is creationism at its finest. You have to have excitement, passion, joy, agitation, and anger running through you to be able to create at the highest level possible. So if you are going through the doldrums, what do you have at the moment to give to your artwork?

 

3. When you feel discouraged

Sometimes when you are feeling disappointed or lackluster, the best thing to do is crawl under a rock, and NOT die, but regroup. Get back to square one. Running a business like mine, all by yourself, is great work that requires a tremendous amount of effort, resiliency, and determination. And the more your sales grow and name spreads, it’s even more of an effort. So regrouping is sometimes the only thing you can do. It is taking care of you. It is Loving Yourself 101.

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The point is to not feel bad about taking a hiatus. Everybody needs one from time to time. I’m not saying to stop making art for a month or a year. For some people a week will do just fine. Just make sure you stop and rest. And don’t let anybody tell you that real professionals don’t take breaks.¬†

Of course they do! Because a true professional knows when to loosen up on the reigns to preserve their mental, emotional, and physical health. For when they do that, they come back even stronger than they were before.

I look forward to getting back into the studio, but for now, I’m enjoying a much needed “time out.”

I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas, and the best start to the new year. I wish you warmth, peace, and love this holiday season.

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“Show Offs”

So I showed my new painting “Show Offs” to my friend Chris, and he told me that it is the best animal featured painting I have ever done. It is always good to get an outside opinion, whether it is someone you know or a complete stranger.

I’m thoroughly enjoying painting these large grandiose animal scenes! They are just so much fun, though they are big undertakings with a palette knife.¬†

“Show Offs” is very similar to “Dolphin Bliss,” a painting that inspired it. The only difference is in the new painting there are orcas breaching out of the water. The colors and theme are pretty close.

Show OffsShow Offs¬† 22×28 inches¬† Oils on canvas

Dolphin BlissDolphin Bliss¬† 22×28 inches¬† oils on canvas

 

Here you can see the similarities in theme, color, and composition. But “Show Offs” really is much more dramatic, in my opinion. These are my largest oil paintings of my career so far and am looking forward to going much bigger. I would like to eventually get up to 48×60 inches, which is a HUGE canvas, especially for a dinky palette knife! ūüôā

 

Don’t forget to check out my newest marine life speed painting video of a starfish glowing in the sunset! You can watch it below. And don’t forget to subscribe.

 

 

Also, be sure to browse my available painting in my exclusive Etsy shop! Sales are really starting to grow which is really nice. It seems like yesterday when I only had two!

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Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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