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.

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

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

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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A Canine in the Studio!

So a couple of months I adopted a toy Chihuahua from the Michigan Humane Society. She was in need of a home, and I happened to have a home to provide. So it really was the perfect match.

She is only 5 pounds, so needless to say she is a little furry gumdrop. She is such a little weirdo but grows on you pretty fast. I named her Star because there is something special about her and she is filled with radiant energy.

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Little Star doesn’t like to be in my art studio, so when I am working she will just squeak away incessantly to let her case be known. Or she’ll try to jump up in my lap when I am sitting on my stool at my easel, which of course doesn’t work well.

One time she even tried to jump onto my palette with my paint on it!

It has been an adventure so far having a dog again. Before her I hadn’t had a canine in the studio for seven years.

I have a new video on Youtube that I’m pretty excited about. Check it out when you get the time. It even has NEW background music! Heck yeah, man. You can view the actual painting on my Etsy shop below.

I’m also happy to report that I received 2 sales yesterday on my Etsy shop and have been getting wonderful traffic and interest! So that is very exciting. I know I’m on the right road, I just have to keep on growing my audience and getting more known.

But I shall get there…one sale, video, and blog post at a time!

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

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I hope all of you have a great start to your week so far! Follow your heart, whatever it is that you do.

Let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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Greener Scenery!

So my brand new studio is complete. The move went rather smoothly, if I must say. I’m so happy to now have a studio that I’m proud to be in. A place that is an extension of myself and my interests.

Before I reveal the new pictures, here is a picture of my old artistic station.

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Yikes! Pretty bland, huh? I won’t beat myself up though, as life is about getting better, right? That is the basis for personal development—GROWTH! That is what I preach in my youtube videos and I like to practice what I preach.

Hence why I chose to finally make my dream studio a reality.

Well, here is the my lovely new studio! Drumroll please……


 

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Now THIS is what I’m talking about!

As you can see I decorated my new habitat with a beach theme throughout, which really inspires me to paint the beach even more. I also have some personal development quotes on the wall, as well as some Disney decor. After all, I am a HUGE fan of Disney’s animation studio.

I am really loving my new beachy art studio! If you haven’t watched my interview video on youtube, here you go.

I’m also working to expand my contact list for my monthly newsletter. You can sign up on my website at

http://www.ryankimbaart.com/contact

Some of the benefits of signing up include special discounts, reminders about new work and videos, and also words of encouragement and inspiration straight to your inbox!

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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

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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.

 

 

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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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