*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





Youtube Bound!

As some of you know, I’m in the process of starting my own art tutorial channel on Youtube. I’m excited about it because not only will it be fun-filled art instruction, it will also be part self-development as well.

I’m a HUGE student of personal development!

I know that as long as I am reading, growing, stretching, and learning–I am happy and alive. And with my own art channel, I hope to inspire others in the same way. My main goal is to help other artists, whether it be with their businesses, their problems and challenges, or simply encouraging them to pick up a paintbrush for the very first time. The possibilities are endless.

I’m hoping to have my first video up by the end of December. There are still a lot of fires to put out, to say the least. For instance, I have very little video editing experience. So to gain some I have been reading a bunch of articles and asking professionals for assistance. I even hired a guy to write me my own theme song!

Needless to say, I’m sure that it will be a very interesting start to this particular journey.

I love to show you guys new work with every post, and this one will be no exception. Here is one of the four paintings I finished over Thanksgiving break, entitled “Call of the Dunes.” You can nearly smell the fresh paint!

call-of-the-dunesCall of the Dunes. Oils on canvas  11×14 inches

Palette knives are so incredible to paint with and I can’t wait to show folks all of the little tricks of the trade. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to like and follow my blog for future art posts.

Looking forward to what’s next,

Ryan Kimba




How to become a BETTER artist

Every so often I am asked what it takes to become a better artist. There are several crucial answers to that question, in my opinion, but the #1 thing you MUST do to become a better artist is to study art! To grow as an artist you need to continually look at other artwork and study composition, color, and techniques.

As with anything in life, mastering your art takes learning and constant work on your part. I have combed through hundreds of art books and articles, watched over 1,000 art instruction videos on Youtube, spent endless hours beneath the roofs of galleries and museums, and have followed more artists than I care to count.

All of this has made me the painter that I am today.

So my personal advice to you would be to immerse yourself in the world of art…and never come up for air. If your desire is to become a successful professional artist,  you have to make it your life’s mission to develop yourself! If you develop your mind and eye first, your artwork will take care of itself.

Here are some paintings by a couple of my favorite artists:


For those of you that are familiar with my 3-D beach paintings, you can see the influence on my art that these paintings have had. And if it wasn’t for my relentless research over the past 5 years, I would have never discovered these artists and fell in love with their work.

Here is a link to my online shop, where you can see the thick textures and unique qualities of my beach paintings up close and personal https://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings

So to all of you creators out there, learn everything you can about your chosen media. It will add to your depth as a creator and help you find your own special voice that will set you apart from the sea of other artists.

Happy Thanksgiving, and I wish you all a beautiful holiday filled with family, love, and togetherness.

Ryan Kimba





Finding Your *True North*

When I was a child I used to travel up north with the guys in my family every labor day weekend. It was always an eventful time, to say the absolute least. Splashing in the icy waves of lake superior, camping, jumping off of piers, hiking, and spelunking in waterfalls! I LOVED going to northern Michigan. There are so many special moments in my heart.

And since I’ve been feeling nostalgic as of late, I decided to create a palette knife painting creating my “ideal” version of the Lake Superior shoreline. I added several elements to rope the viewer in and make it more exciting.

back-to-boyhoodBack to Boyhood. Oils on canvas 11×14″

For those of you who don’t know me–I am a beach artist that specializes in bold and textured paintings using only palette knives. I glop the paint on super thick, creating an almost 3-D like effect that is very interesting.

You can view my paintings at http://www.ryankimbaart.com

Here is an up-close sample revealing my knife work:


The big news is that I will be coming to Youtube in the near future. I will be starting my own channel which will be an art tutorial/self-development channel. It has been a long time coming and I am very excited about it. Of course, I’ll let you know when I’ve got my first video up!

Until next time, bring some color into the world. As fellow visionaries, it is your duty. Make something beautiful!

Ryan Kimba



PPP! The “Perfect Painter Palette.”

It has taken a few years to find a stable of colors to suit my needs. Every artist has their own colors they prefer. In fact, the colors each artist chooses to use can be a very personal decision.

I started off with a double-primary palette of 2 reds, 2 yellows, and 2 blues along with white and black. I used my double primary for the first year, but since then I have added some additional colors that I couldn’t do without. Now instead of using black, I mix my own chromatic black with Ultramarine Blue and a bit of Burnt Sienna. This makes a colorful and rich black that will NOT dull your other colors like Ivory Black or Mars Black do. One helpful tip is to place your colors in the same position on your palette every time you paint. It makes the painting process more quick and simple.

And since I am a palette knife painter, I love to mix my colors directly onto the canvas! This also cuts down painting time drastically.

Below is my core palette of colors.

Artist Palette


*Additional colors I like to use are:


Old Holland Green Light

Turquoise Blue Deep

Brilliant Pink

Sap Green


Manganese Violet


Here is a new painting of a beautiful sunset on the water!

golden-daysGolden Days.” Oils on canvas, 11×14 inches

You can visit my official website at http://www.ryankimbaart.com

To view my online shop, click here https://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings

I hope all of you have had a great week so far, filled with progress and creativity! If you are new to oil painting and are looking to choose a palette of your own, try to keep it simple so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Study the basic colors and how they mix together. And remember that color theory and mixing is a skill that must be developed through practice and looking at things differently. As one artist once put it,”Being a good painter is not about learning how to paint. It’s about learning how to SEE.”

Until next time,

Ryan Kimba



Protect the Turtles!!

Sea turtle conservation has always been an important issue for me, mainly because of the important role turtles play in their marine environment. My love of marine biology and sea turtles even led me to write a children’s book about sea turtles, called “Sea Beds.” https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Beds-Shaun-Williams-ebook/dp/B009P63DP4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1477776998&sr=8-2&keywords=sea+beds+by+shaun+williams

I’ve had the privilege of visiting several sea turtle rehabilitation centers in Florida and they were invaluable experiences, to say the least. We must ALL contribute to the overall health and vitality of the world’s beaches and oceans. We may not own them, but they must be protected. That is what my beach scenes are all about–revealing the ocean in all its glory and beauty.

Here is my latest palette knife painting to commemorate my love for those hardy little creatures that live in a shell.


the-great-raceThe Great Race.” Oils on canvas, 11×14″


Sorry it has been a while! I’ve been patiently nursing a broken finger and have also been sick for the past month! But I am doing a lot better.

I’m excited to announce that I will be starting my own Youtube channel in the coming months!!! 🙂 I will let you know more when the time comes.

Have a great week everyone,

Ryan Kimba