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:

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

 

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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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.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDaJL5tkFEHCzrC_yYrmcA

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.

1Where the Waves Crash.  Oil painting on canvas : 16×20 inches

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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“Beneath the Surface”–Painting a Commission: Step 1

Over the next several blogs I will be demonstrating the process of painting with oils. So if you haven’t already, be sure to follow my blog to stay updated on the series.

I recently obtained a commission assignment of a beautiful winter sunset with some dark trees at the bottom of the scene. So that is what we will be doing here. In this post we will create an underpainting in which we will build our subsequent layers over. One of the main reasons to do this is because when you are painting with oils, the “fat over lean” rule applies. This means that you want to start with thin paint and go thicker with each new layer, so that your painting doesn’t crack over time!

Step 1: Creating an underpainting

First, let’s talk about what materials we will be using.

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To thin down the paint, we will use Liquin Fine Detail Medium made by Windsor & Newton. This will make the paint spread easier and will also save paint by increasing your paint flow from your brush. Although I am a palette knife artist, I will also be using some fan brushes as well, upon client request.

For our oil paints, I use a combination of Old Holland and Williamsburg. But you can use any brand you desire, so long as it is professional grade.

For this first step in our commission painting, we will use the following colors:

1.Titanium white

2. Pthalo Blue

3. Cadmium Yellow Light

4. Ultramarine Blue (mix with Burn Sienna to make black)

5. Burnt Sienna

 

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Let’s begin by dipping our fan brush into the Liquin and then rolling the tip of it into the paint. To achieve this shade of blue simply mix a bit of Pthalo Blue and your black into a puddle of Titanium White. We will use this color for the top 2/3 of the canvas. If your paint starts to get a little thick and won’t spread quickly, just add in some more Liquin. 

Next we will lighten this color with a lot more of the white and mix in a tiny dab of yellow to make the blue warmer. This will give the bottom of our sky more of a “setting sun effect.” Block in the rest of the sky with this color. 

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And there you have it! A nice underpainting for our commissioned sunset in only a few minutes. Keep in mind that this will need to completely dry before we begin adding our clouds. This will take a couple of days; three at the most. 

I will see you here next week for part 2!

Don’t forget to check out my beach paintings on my online shop:

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

 

Also, for those of you that don’t know, I am now on Youtube! Take a gander at my channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDaJL5tkFEHCzrC_yYrmcA

 

I hope you all are having a wonderful new year so far!

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

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ryan-kimba

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Lending a Helping Hand

Time and time again I find that artists are insecure. A lot of times they don’t believe in themselves. I have received numerous discouraging e-mails and messages over the years that really speak to this truth, such as “Oh no, I can’t sell my stuff..I’m no good,” or “I didn’t receive the ‘art gene,'” or even “I’ll NEVER make it as an artist. I didn’t go to art school.” My mission as an artist is to help my peers as much as I possibly can. I have devoted my career to it. Even if it is only through motivation or inspiration.

That is what this blog is all about.

That is what my new Youtube channel is for.

I’d like to assist because I have been there myself. I have personally been molded by failure and mistakes. I have taken huge risks and came up awfully short. I, like them, have been touched by discouragement and lack of hope. But if I could get through all of that, I believe that you can too. I believe in you and your artistic abilities and aspirations. If you are willing to struggle, grow, change, and persist, I am 100% confident that you will make it as a professional artist! Those are the ingredients required for massive success in any creative endeavor.

Let’s share in our creative journey together, shall we? Nothing would make me happier.

Here is a new painting of a beautiful sunset I recently finished. Check out the second photo to see the rich and 3-D textures characteristic of my style.

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Click here to watch my art tutorial video on Youtube: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDaJL5tkFEHCzrC_yYrmcA

 

And don’t forget to share with your friends and family. I’d greatly appreciate your support in spreading the word about my art.

S0 until next time,

don’t be afraid to fail. It may take years to establish yourself, but it only begins with a single step!

Ryan Kimba 

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

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