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!

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 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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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!

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Fragrant Waterfall

Fragrant Waterfalls 11×14 inches Oils on canvas

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

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