Get OUT…of the art studio, that is!

So last week as I was walking down the hallways to exit my local recreational center, I happened to stumble into a room full of paintings. Unbeknownst to me, it was a good-sized group of oil and acrylic painters creating some wonderful pieces of art. They all welcomed me with open arms when they found out I was an artist.  It was cool because I felt like I was part of a warm family, and these were women I’ve never met before. There was only one man in the class!

They asked me questions about my art business and told me to join the class on Wednesdays. It cost only $65 for 18 weeks, which is surely a good price in todays day and age. I realized at that moment how much

A). I Love art! (of course), and

B). Artists need to get out of their studios and interact with other people.

It is great to have an art community or group of creative friends to bounce ideas off of. People who are bound together by the same common passion. This is crucial in life. I mean, that is why there are rec centers, right? They are places where people can go to find camaraderie  with others who enjoy working out, swimming, playing sports, or taking dance classes.

So the moral of the story? Get your butt out of the studio from time to time to re-join the world. The world is waiting for you! And they need you.

Here are some new paintings I’ve recently finished of a baby sea turtle and a cool infinity pool at night. You can check them out at my exclusive Etsy shop below.

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Beyond Infinity

Beyond Infinity,   Oils on canvas,    18×24″

 

Starting Life

Starting Life    Oils on canvas,     11×14″

 

As I like to say, I hope all of you have a great week and that you create something special.

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

 

Ryan Kimba

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Fairwell, my Angel

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On the late evening of March 12, which also happened to be my 30th birthday, I had the very unfortunate experience of losing my puppy. I’m not sure whether she got away somehow or if somebody snatched her. I’m not the only one. Lots of people have had this same kind of event occur in their lives. That’s just how it goes when you own a dog. 

Her name was “Faith” and she was a Pomeranian / Chihuahua mix. She looked like a little fruit bat. Even the vet technicians told me so. We seemed to get that comment everywhere we went. She was the first puppy I have ever owned.

I haven’t been in the art studio in two long months because I have been, well, busy grieving and going through the ordeal. It is very hard for me to paint and work when I’m grieving a loss. But I look forward to the day I pick back up again on my art business. I have definitely missed the outlet that painting provides, that’s for sure.

So whatever furry creature you have waiting for you at home, could you please do me one favor? Give them a big hug and a kiss for me, because you never know how long they are going to be there. It might be your last chance to do that.

In closing, I’d like to share a quote that has meant a lot to me over the years.

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”

How true, indeed.

Goodbye Knucklehead!

 

Ryan Kimba

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Realistic Art

In my Youtube videos I often talk about realistic paintings and how they aren’t better than other styles of painting. How would I know this? Because I used to be a realistic painter! In fact, people often mistook my artwork for photographs, especially at art fairs and gallery exhibitions.

My Days of Realism

As you can see, my old style was hyper realistic. Very life-like! It required brushes, meticulous blending effects, and LONG hours to achieve this style of painting. People seemed to be blown away by it, but there was just something missing. Keep reading to find out what.

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A New Life, by *Knife!*

 And here is a new painting in my current impressionistic style with palette knives. You can see some notable differences, can’t you? 🙂 First of all, these works are much more expressive. They have more charm, character, and life to them. The colors and textures really “pop.” This style is more painterly, and thus, evokes a stronger emotion than my old works did.

A Taste of Paradise

*The truth about realism in art*

 Too many times you’ll here people say that they love a painting and that it is “very good.” When you press them for a reason, they will often say “because it looks SO real!” In other words, these people equate talent with making something look real. 

The problem with that way of thinking is that it undermines all the artists out there (myself included) who have the techniques to paint realistic, but prefer not to do so. Realism is just one style of art, not the only style, and it is certainly not any better than other styles like abstract art, impressionistic, pop art, etc. 

I often laugh when I think about my old style of art. After all, if I cared that badly about making something look true to life, I should have just taken a photograph! Can you feel me?

Don’t forget to check out my newest inspirational speed painting video on Youtube, and don’t forget 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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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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“Show Offs”

So I showed my new painting “Show Offs” to my friend Chris, and he told me that it is the best animal featured painting I have ever done. It is always good to get an outside opinion, whether it is someone you know or a complete stranger.

I’m thoroughly enjoying painting these large grandiose animal scenes! They are just so much fun, though they are big undertakings with a palette knife. 

“Show Offs” is very similar to “Dolphin Bliss,” a painting that inspired it. The only difference is in the new painting there are orcas breaching out of the water. The colors and theme are pretty close.

Show OffsShow Offs  22×28 inches  Oils on canvas

Dolphin BlissDolphin Bliss  22×28 inches  oils on canvas

 

Here you can see the similarities in theme, color, and composition. But “Show Offs” really is much more dramatic, in my opinion. These are my largest oil paintings of my career so far and am looking forward to going much bigger. I would like to eventually get up to 48×60 inches, which is a HUGE canvas, especially for a dinky palette knife! 🙂

 

Don’t forget to check out my newest marine life speed painting video of a starfish glowing in the sunset! You can watch it below. And don’t forget to subscribe.

 

 

Also, be sure to browse my available painting in my exclusive Etsy shop! Sales are really starting to grow which is really nice. It seems like yesterday when I only had two!

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Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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The Proof is in the Pudding! Always :)

If you want to find out everything you need to know about a person, all you have to do is watch what they do. Their actions will tell you all of the important info. Why? Because the proof is in the pudding. Always has been, always will be.

I have a little brother Troy who is always talking about how he wants to be a success, make a difference in the lives of others, and feel better about himself. But then when you ask him who is role model is, he will announce emphatically, “Eminem.” Now I’m not knocking Eminem, but any smart and reasonable person would conclude that that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

Now if Troy said “Oprah, or Will Smith, or Tony Robbins,” well, that would be a much different story. We would say “Ah hah, I understand! Best of luck to you!”

Magic in the AirNew painting, entitled “Magic in the Air.” Oils on canvas 18×24 inches

Let’s say you have a close friend and she tells you that she wants to lose weight and feel great about herself. How can you tell if she is serious? And the answer is, take her out to lunch. If she orders a plate of cheese sticks, some ribs and a couple of pepsis, you will know for sure. But if she orders a turkey club sandwich with tomatoes and pickles, a small chef salad with fat-free dressing, and a TALL glass of ice water, you would then say “let me know is there is anything I can do to help!” You would know she is serious about her aspirations.


 

Take me, for instance. My dream is to be a world-famous artist and to be the premier beach painter in the country. And if somebody followed me into my studio they would see that my actions correspond to that particular vision. They would see me paint 5-10 originals a week, make one video a week for Youtube, blog, market, and network myself, and work hard on my Etsy shop to get my work sold around the country.

That same person would exclaim, “Okay! This guy is serious.”

So my question is…how serious are you about what you want in your life? And most importantly, do your actions dictate your wants? Remember, to get the answers you want, just look inside of the pudding. They will be there every single time!

 

Tropical CliffsNew painting, “Tropical Cliffs.” Oils on canvas 16×20 inches

 

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And until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

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!

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So until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

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