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.

Ryan Kimba

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The most common *myths/lies* in ART

So with this entry I’d like to strike at the heart of the countless misconceptions that artists believe are real. What I mean by that is that in our culture when something is said enough times by somebody or the general population, it starts to become true in people’s minds. 

There are so many lies that effect artists, especially young ones like myself who are forging their artistic path to success and accomplishment. And none of these have any basis in reality, nor will they make you any more successful in the long run. They are MYTHS, plain and simple. So let’s get to the list of what I believe are the most crippling ideas and beliefs in the world of art.

1. Never use hard edges in your work

2. Use a limited palette of colors when painting so that your paintings are more harmonious.

3. Paint what people like or what is trending, even if you don’t love it

4. Always use the 2/3 rule of composition

5. In order to be successful, you must DOMINATE social media

6. Good artist “make it” a lot quicker than other artists

7. You don’t have to work hard as an artist if you’re really good

8. You don’t have to paint everyday

9. Realism is the “best” style of art. That’s what makes a painting great

10. Never use your colors straight out of the tube

11. Never use pure Titanium white in your art

12. Black doesn’t exist in nature, so DON’T use it!

13. To be truly successful you have to follow pop culture

14. You only become famous after you die!

15. You won’t become rich from selling your art

16. Price for the market

17. Price your work compared to what other artists are selling for

18. Competition is important

19. Once you get into a gallery you are “set” for life!

20. If you build it, they will come

21. There are so many overnight successes and I can be one of them!

22. There are way too many seascape artists

23. There are way too many landscape artists

24. These paintings are BETTER than those ones

25. Palette knife art isn’t as good as brush work

26. The more details in a painting the better it is

27. You can use cheap materials and be taken serious as an artist

28. Artists don’t have to act professional

29. Artists don’t need to look presentable

30. Artists are lazy and rebellious

31. That is just a hobby!

32. Get a real job

And the list goes on an on….

So my point is, don’t let anybody tell you what you should, can, or cannot do. All of these lies are bogus and untrue, yet you will hear them used all the time. I’ve personally heard every single one of these statements uttered in the last year alone.

Good grief! Is it any wonder why so many artists are lost, confused, or depressed?

Success is a journey of faith, hope, persistence, and hard work. You have to believe in yourself and paint what you love in your core. I believe that EVERY artist can be a success if they really want to. It just takes a lot of time, unfortunately, and you can’t rush the process.

There are no quick fixes!

Don’t forget to check out my latest motivation speed painting on Youtube below! Be sure 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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“How do I know what art to buy?”

On my blog and Youtube channel I have stated how important it is to help other artists. To encourage them and inspire them to get their own art out in the world.

I firmly believe in this, but I wanted to put my money where my mouth is. So I have recently taken up buying art from local artists at art fairs. Starting my own art collection for my studio has been so exciting and rewarding, not to mention it helps out other artists’ sales. It feels so great to add joy to my own life through other art that I love.

There Goes the Sun.jpgHere is a new painting entitled, “There Goes the sun.” You can check it out in my shop!

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Of course, most of the pieces I have bought are ocean themed, but hey, that’s what I respond to.

And here is what I learned so far when it comes to purchasing original artwork or reproductions.

Buy from your gut! Yes! That is the ultimate tip. Don’t buy according to what is trending or what you may feel pressured to get. Buy the piece that grabs you the most.

Maybe it brings a tear to your eye?

Maybe it excites you or touches the pathos in your soul?

Maybe it fills you with joy?

These are reasons to buy art, because the truth is, you are going to be living with the artwork for many years to come. So why buy something that you don’t like? It should stop you in your tracks whenever you pass it by in your home.

Here is a piece I recently bought from marine artist Jen Callahan, who I am a HUGE fan of. I’m so glad I finally got to meet her in person at the Art in the Park in Plymouth, Michigan.

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I couldn’t quite swing the original she had just finished called “Turtle Tag” (although I really wanted it!), but I am now the proud new owner of the very first in the Limited Edition Print. And how did I come to pick this one? Well, because it tugged at my heart and I fell in love with the incredible array off soft colors. It is soothing, exciting, and whimsical.

So the moral of the story—only buy art that you MUST have! As long as you do that you can’t go wrong. Not to mention you won’t ever have to feel buyer’s remorse.

And don’t forget to check out the latest Ryan Kimba Youtube video! You can watch it below. And don’t forget to subscribe for future beach painting videos.

 

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

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How do I become a BETTER artist???

From time to time other people will ask me, “how do I become a better artist?” It’s usually a lack of confidence that drives them to ask that question. I always get a kick out of this when I hear it.

How do you become a better artist?

The answer is, become a better person.

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It’s a very disappointing and frustrating experience in life to try to be better at something without becoming a better person. Why? Because in order to do, you must first be. I believe that a lot of artists have this one backwards. They think that being a successful artist will make them a better person.

But unfortunately it doesn’t work this way.

Okay, okay Ryan! I get it! But what do you mean when you say “better person?” I’m glad that you asked. I’m saying that you need to become more disciplined. You have to paint a LOT! You have to work at it every day for a long period of time. You have to develop yourself into a consummate professional.

Only by becoming smarter, more loving, positive, passionate, and determined will you find success in anything in life. Art is no different. But where art is different is that it is an extension of your inner world and imagination.

The biggest part of this is discovering your artistic voice, or “style” as it is often called in the art world. Finding your voice is what helps the audience relate to what you do. It becomes your brand. It becomes what you are known by. Go to my Etsy shop and look at my body of paintings.

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They all look like they were painted by the same artist. They all have my characteristic ‘Ryan Kimba’ signature to them. This is what you need to find, and it only comes from creating a large amount of work. Forcing yourself to paint forces you to rip yourself open and let the contents fall to the floor. Only then can you put them together.

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The artist that is willing to work very hard on themselves and their craft is the one that will invariably attain success, respect, and admiration.

But remember, it must first start with you.

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I hope everyone enjoyed America’s birthday, and until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world with some awesome art. Let’s become better artists.

Ryan Kimba

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The Biggest Art “Myth” Ever Told!

In the past artists have been looked down upon in mainstream culture, although this has been changing. More and more artists are taking their talent and skill into the business world than ever before.

So what is this myth, you ask? Well, I’ll be happy to tell you.

Many people believe that artists need to be tortured, conflicted, depressed, or unstable, for lack of a better word. In other words, they need to be rebels to be talented or effective creators. Artists themselves believe this and popular culture continues to propagate this myth in movies, music, and television.

This is the biggest lie in the art world, and I’ve found myself dipping into it from time to time. It just simply isn’t the case. Artists can be happy, well-adjusted, successful, joyful, and respectable. They can also be loving. There is no reason why an artist cannot be successful from a place of emotional well-being. 

Take my beaches paintings, for instance. They are born from the peace, serenity, love of nature, and balance that I have within myself. That is why I am able to create these lively, colorful, and vibrant pictures. I want to share my love and wonder of the beach with my viewers. The good in me is carried into my artwork.

What myths do you buy into? What are you holding onto tenaciously that is no longer allowing your life to work? These are the questions all of us should ask ourselves. Just because a group of people believe something, it doesn’t make it true. My advice is to believe in something that brings meaning into your life. Something that is positive and life-affirming.

Leave the garbage by the curb where it belongs!

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Keep fighting the good fight, and keep bringing your art into the world.

 

Until next time,

Ryan Kimba

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Painting your Favorite Animal

Glad to be back from the Bahamas! It was a wonderful trip I’ll never forget. I got to swim with a dolphin named Cortes, jet-ski on the ocean, and visit some tranquil, stunning islands! The palm tree-lined beaches were incredible, and the water was almost surreal.

Never in my life have I seen such a piercing turquoise blue color.

So I used to paint a lot of animals back when I was using pastels, but I decided to get back to painting them. Since I am a beach artist, I can paint marine animals that will really accent my beach scenes. With the ocean, the marine life possibilities are endless. I can do coral reefs, dolphins, crabs, sea turtles, sea birds, sea shells, starfish, and on and on. 

I recently painted a portrait of my favorite animal, the Wandering albatross. It was so exciting to paint one soaring over a wave. The albatross is one of the most hardy creatures on the planet, spending all of it’s life on the wing, facing the fiercest storms mother nature can deliver. They only touch down on land to breed or find a mate. They are simply the masters of the open ocean.

The Great Wanderer.jpgThe Great Wanderer  Oils on canvas  11×14 inches

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We can learn a lot from these beautiful birds. They are a shining example of strength, persistence, and perseverance! And it was an honor to paint one in my palette knife style.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel. I try to post 1 or 2 new videos a month. It has been a process, for sure. But I am learning so much and growing with each new video! Which is all that matters!

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I hope that you had an inspiring week of growth and creativity. And if you haven’t tried painting your favorite animal yet, give it a shot. It is a very rewarding experience.

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

-Ryan Kimba

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Bahama Bound!

I’m super excited to be traveling to the Bahamas at the end of this month for some much needed R and R! This trip will mark my first time to a tropical island, and it will also be my first ever cruise as well! 

So needless to say, it should be a sun-filled, sand-between-my-toes adventure!

In the Bahamas I will be swimming with dolphins on the beach! I swam with them before in Key Largo, and I am very pumped to relive the experience. Dolphins are some of the most amazing creatures on this planet. Not only do I love the ocean, but I adore the animals that inhabit it as well.

So in honor of my impending cruise, I thought it was only fitting to paint a dolphin in palette knife form. Here it is, entitled “Playing in Crystal Waters.”

Playing in Crystal WatersPlaying in Crystal Waters,   Oils on canvas,    11×14 inches

Check out my new beach painting tutorial on Youtube when you get a chance!

I would have to say that this is my favorite video I’ve done so far. I’m proud of this one! The colors are so interesting and make the whole scene spring to life. I hope you enjoy it.

*And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for future beach painting videos.

I hope all of you had a good weekend and I wish you a productive week in your creative endeavors.

Let’s bring some color into the world,

Ryan Kimba 

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