How Bad Do you Want It?

I LIKE turtles

A few years ago I was doing an author symposium at Eastern Michigan University. I was there to promote my children’s book I had just gotten published, titled “Sea Beds,” and it was a very exciting time for me! After the event ended I had a long line of eager friends, family, and strangers lined up to get a copy of the book and a picture with the author. After I finished signing all of their copies for the night, a young man with thick-framed glasses and a tucked in shirt came up to talk to me. He was timid and uneasy…I could tell that right away.

“Hey Shaun. Can I get your advice on something?” he mumbled in a soft tone.

“Of course! What can I do for you?” I said.

“I am wrote a novel and was wondering how to get it published??? What do you think? I could use some direction.”

I asked him what his novel was about and what he ultimately wanted to do with it. Did he want to get it edited, published, sold, etc… Then I told him about how I had to pay for a publicist to help me market my book. That is usually the case for most first-time, unknown authors. His response to that was exactly as I had expected.

“WHAT!? I’m going to have to pay? That’s ridiculous! I shouldn’t have to pay anyone a dime to put out my book.”

I knew he wouldn’t go anywhere as a writer. And it wasn’t because he didn’t have the guts, passion, or talent to do it. It was because he was not willing to do whatever it took to achieve his goal. That’s why he won’t be a successful author. Unless he changes, that is. I told him he wasn’t ready to proceed with his plans and he stomped away. Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t steer him in the wrong direction by telling him what he wanted to hear.

My point is this…whatever your dream may be, you have to take FULL responsibility in making it happen. No one is going to do it for you. To put it bluntly–if you aren’t willing to spend or invest the money, to make the contacts, or risk countless rejection, or put in 16 hour days, or to be humiliated and uncomfortable on a regular basis—then you don’t deserve to your dream. If you are ready to sacrifice, then the world is at your feet.

And I’m rooting for you!

Starting an art career is a lifelong journey. It is not a sprint. It is a MARATHON. Put in everything you have and you will get it back in full. I promise you. I know I have a long way to go to becoming a world-renowned seascape painter, making six-figures a year from the sales of my art, and being able to travel around the world. But you can bet your boots that I will make that happen, no matter how long it takes.

That is MY dream. And it is non-negotiable! What is your dream? And are you willing to do whatever it takes to realize it?

 

Etsy Banner

I wanted to share with you my new banner I created for my page on etsy. I think it represents my new pallete knife paintings very well 🙂 Below is the link to my shop for you to check out

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RKSeascapePaintings?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 

So until next time,

Do what you love to do! And do ALL that you can do.

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A sneak-peek at my color palette!

An artist’s palette is like their fingerprint. No two are the same! The colors we use are mostly for convenience and style, although the process is also deeply personal. Because truth be told, we all see the world through our own lens. And biologists have proven that everyone sees colors differently and responds to them in varied ways.

I stumbled upon my group of colors in a strange way. To quote the great Bob Ross, it was a very “happy accident.” I did a TON of studying on color theory (which is a science) before I started oil painting and found that a DOUBLE PRIMARY palette is the way to go. What this means is that I use two yellows, two reds, and two blues. A “warm” and “cool” version of each. I’ve found that these 6 colors can mix anything you need to get, within reason of course. Some colors such as Viridian and Cerulean Blue cannot be mixed with these, as their hues are uniquely rich in pigment. But rest assured, you can mix pretty much ANYTHING else!

So without further ado….here is my palette…

 

 

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Now we can see the warm and cool primaries along with a couple others I’ve added along the way, and for good reason. I added Green Earth recently, although I don’t use it a whole lot. The reason being is that it saves me a lot of time mixing a dark green. I like to use this as the shadows for palm trees and other vegetation. I also added Burnt Sienna, which is simply indispensable. Not only as a vibrant earth color but also because I use it to make BLACK. To get black all you have to do is mix Burnt Sienna with *Ultramarine blue.* This is commonly called ‘chromatic black,’ meaning that it is mixed from two colors and also because it is a lively mixture unlike Ivory or Mars Black, which are essentially lifeless and can deaden other colors when added. Black IS important and it DOES exist in nature…much to the chagrin of art educators the world over. Just make sure you mix a chromatic black. To make the black warmer, add a tad bit more Burnt Sienna. To make it cooler, or to make a cool gray, add in a larger amount of Ultramarine and mix it with equal parts white.

 

Ultramarine and Pthalo Blue

These are the two biggest hitters in my arsenal. I could not paint my bold and dramatic seascapes without them. Pthalo (leaning towards yellow on the color scale) and Ultramarine (leaning towards red) have been staples on my color palette for a long time. I use a LOT of Ultramarine paint. I use the Pthalo blue in smaller portions, for it is one of the strongest staining pigments on the market. A small dab of it will turn a puddle of Cadmium Yellow Light into a deep rich green. Manufactures even warn buyers of its relentless strength on their websites! 😉

The white I use is Titanium, which is also fairly strong considering how opaque it is. It is a mainstay for me though, because I couldn’t work without it. I’ve gone through more tubes of Titanium than any other paint!

For those of you that haven’t seen my artwork, you can view it here  http://www.ryankimbaart.com/

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I hope you enjoyed getting a VIP tour into my palette, and I hope you all have an AWESOME week–filled with creativity, fun, and personal growth. Stay tuned for my next post, which I am VERY EXCITED about! Next time I will be showing you how to paint a tropical seascape with palette knives! So be sure not to miss it. It should be super fun and informative.

Until then,

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Knives aren’t just for toast!

Every now and again I feel the need to take a hiatus from making art. A lot of times it stems from personal issues I am dealing with or a general lack of time. Of course these are merely excuses, because at the end of the day nothing should prevent you from doing what you love. What you are called to do.

During my time off I’ve learned some invaluable lessons in my art career, and I plan to use those lessons to strengthen my own voice and abilities. That said, I’ve decided to make some BOLD changes to my style. For several years all I cared about was making things as realistic and flawless as possible. I put in the time to make my oil paintings look like pictures. I felt I needed to do that at the time, but now I know that painting is about growth, discovery, and expression–not necessarily about making something look life-like. That is why man created a camera.

Here is an example of a prior painting in my super realistic style:

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Here we can see the soft, subtle blending in the sky and sand to hide the brush stokes and give the illusion of a photograph. The sharp contrast from the addition of black also adds to this effect. So what exactly was my bold change? I decided to become a palette-knife painter. That way I can remain loose and not have to worry about detailing everything to death. This drastic change has really opened a new world of possibilities for me.

Here is my first painting using the palette-knife technique:

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See the dramatic differences in this one? From the bold colors, textures, and sweeping knife strokes–this looks more like a painting. And it is certainly more impressionistic and expressive. It has more character to boot. Of course you can still see some detail, but more is left up to the viewer.

Painting with palette knifes took some getting used. The hardest part to get past was the strange similarity to buttering toast! And since you are painting “wet-on-wet,” you have a little less control than you would using brushes and waiting for layers to dry between applications. Another HUGE difference with using the knives is mixing your paint directly on the canvas instead of your palette. I couldn’t believe how much quicker it is!

I’m happy to be a palette knife painter! What changes have you made with your art lately?

Don’t forget to check out my etsy store and Fine Art America page:

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So until next time,

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Middle School Memories!

One day in 8th grade art class I got kicked out of my room for fooling around, like I usually did. The teacher came into the hall and proceeded to tell me “you will NEVER go anywhere as an artist!” Wow! Was that ever a shocking and awful thing to hear at such a tender developmental stage in my creative life.

The problem is that I must have carried that with me, even if only unconsciously. To this day I still hear a voice in my head that tells me I’m not good enough. Yet the thing is, that voice does not come from ME. It is the collective byproduct of everything anyone has ever told me. And most of those are negative, I have to add.

The negative voices in our heads come from other people!

What things do you tell yourself that have no basis in reality?

 

I can think of a few things artists hear on a regular basis:

 

“Get a REAL job!”

“You can’t make money selling art.”

“Art is just a hobby.”

“Artists are lazy and insubordinate.”

“You won’t be recognized until you are dead.”

“My 5 year old daughter could paint that!”

Good grief! Is it any wonder why artists have such low self worth and self esteems? I guess what I am trying to say is that you need to believe in yourself. That is the only way you can become successful. I thank Mrs. Boyle for what she said to me all those years ago, because it gave me the fire to prove her and everybody else wrong. It gave me a reason for being.

Don’t forget to check out my new shop on etsy

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RKSeascapePaintings?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 

And until next time,

Put some good voices in your head! And those can only come from you 🙂

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Commissions PLEASE!

As an artist there is no greater experience than painting a personal commission for a client. At this moment I have just finished up my third commission in the last couple of weeks. I always welcome commissions because they afford me the chance to stretch myself as a creator.

All in all I have been doing commission work for about 10 years now! I’ve painted people’s pets (dogs, cats, turtles!) animals, their homes and families, their businesses, even dreams they had while sleeping! The most satisfying part about doing this is seeing the look of joy and wonderment on a client’s face. A lot of times I have seen tears. It isn’t just about the money for me. Their reactions validate my abilities as a painter.

Here is the most recent piece I’ve finished and delivered. It is a scene of a beach in Siesta Key, Florida, where the client has been traveling since she was a little girl. Here you can see the start and finish…..

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It’s always incredible to watch a painting come to life! Starting with a blank white canvas and creating a world inside of it. That is what I love to do. And of course, I was lucky that she happened to want a seascape.

So for all of you artists out there, whether you work with ceramics, oils, acrylics, mixed media, or graphite—make sure not to pass up the opportunity to make someone else’s vision come to life. I promise it is a very challenging and gratifying experience.

Don’t forget to check out my new listings for sale on etsy

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RKSeascapePaintings?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Or you can follow me on facebook at   https://www.facebook.com/Ryan-Kimba-Seascape-Painter-1058228814241949/

Until next time,

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A Whole New World…

Hello!

My name is Ryan and I’d like to welcome you to my first blog post, which I’m sure will be one of many more to come. As an artist, I tend to pour my soul into my work. I’d like to do the same thing here. I believe that creative blogs are perfect outlets to educate, enrich, and inspire. So with that being said, hopefully I can inspire you in one way or another.

I love painting realistic seascape paintings in oils. My journey has led me to here. I started out painting portraits, people’s homes and pets, animals, and landscapes. Now I’ve discovered that my voice and style belongs to the sea. Below is one of my beach paintings.

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As you can probably see, the above painting is bright, packed with color, peaceful, soothing, and tranquil. These qualities are indicative of my work as a visual artist. My art is not about me. It is about my viewers. I know that when I go into a gallery, attend an art fair, or just look at random art hanging on the wall—I apply it to ME. I think we all do that. We all have a visceral, gut reaction to the art we love or enjoy. For my viewers, I want to sweep them away to a warm, bright, and relaxing beach…a HAVEN of reflection and renewal!

I’ve recently opened a store on Etsy, where all of my new paintings are available for sale. I’m currently working very hard to promote and get my art business off of the ground. You can visit

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RKSeascapePaintings

 

I hope you have a wonderful evening, and I look forward to my next blog.

All the best,

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