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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1Night Bright.  Oils on canvas: 16×20 inches

 

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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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Ryan Kimba, Live on Youtube!

Well, it’s officially 2017. Happy new year to you!

So after months of taking about it, I have finally posted my first beach painting video on Youtube. And I’m very excited about it! I can’t wait to see where this new journey will lead.

I’m looking forward to meeting new people, inspiring other artists, and learning a lot in the process.

It’s amazing how much goes into making a professional art tutorial video. Firstly, there is the music, which of course needs to be original. And you have to pay a professional to write it. That is the only way to go. Then there is the camera and lighting, which takes weeks to get the way you want them. And let’s not forget about the constant video editing that must be done.

I will admit that the narration was the hardest part, as it wasn’t recorded live with the painting. Because I dubbed it into the time-lapse footage after the painting was completed, I found it difficult to make it sound authentic and real. To make it go along with the flow of the video. But everybody has to start somewhere, and in the end I think it turned out alright.

 

So here is my new video. Enjoy!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed watching this as much as I did creating it. Be sure to share with your friends and subscribe to my channel for future art videos.

As always,

let’s bring some color into the world. Let’s keep making art!

Ryan Kimba

http:///www.ryankimbaart.com

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

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*The Top 5 Excuses Artists Make*

I’ve heard every excuse in the book as to why artists can’t make it. In fact, I am an expert on them. Why? Because I’ve made these excuses myself. One thing that deeply concerns me is how insecure and negative creative people can be. The lack of self-esteem among creatives is one of the biggest issues that blocks them from success.

So let’s look at a few excuses.

I don’t feel very inspired lately

Inspiration is for amateurs. What you have to do is show up anyway, whether you want to or not. If you are constantly waiting for the “mood” to strike you will never get anything done. What makes an artist a true professional is creating new art, working hard, and promoting themselves–even when they don’t want to. So whether you are sculptor, painter, photographer, or musician–taking action is the pathway to true achievement.

I can’t do that…I’m not very good

Did you expect to fall out of the womb with a paintbrush in your hand? It doesn’t work like that. There are zero natural born artists, no matter what anybody tells you. All art skills have to be developed over time. Sure, some people may be more inclined or pick it up faster, but any man or woman can become an excellent artist. If they are willing to put in the time and effort! Michael Jordan didn’t even make his varsity basketball team, and look what happened to him. He became the greatest basketball player of all time. Relentless practice is the name of the game. That is how you get good.

Sell my work? Artists only become famous after they’re dead

This is an absolute cop-out in every way. It gets artists off the hook so that they don’t have to take full responsibility for their career. Artists make six-figures every year, and some make millions. And they are, you guessed it…alive and kicking! I have talked to artists personally that make a million dollars a year. And if you put your mind and heart into it, you can too. You can certainly become notorious while you are living.

I don’t have enough money!

There are some who would say that this one is valid, but I respectfully disagree. How do you expect to get the money? By sitting inside of your studio and not talking to anyone? As long as you do that you will never sell anything. You have to continually produce new work and sell it to make a nice living as a creative entrepreneur. And yes, you have to tell people about it. You also need to promote yourself and your brand. And to top it all off, you have to build relationships with people who will like what you do.

People aren’t buying art right now

People are always buying artwork for their homes. Always. And since the art world is totally subjective, that means there are people out there who are going to LOVE what you do. Your job is to find them. Now I will admit this is no easy feat. You have to break it up into small action steps when it comes to building your audience and finding collectors for your work. But don’t ever think that the art sales aren’t happening. One of my painter mentors told me once about the day he first sold a painting for $20,000! He went on to admit that the particular piece wasn’t even his best. And if he could do it, you can too. You just have to push your art into the world and make art that people will connect with.

Hopefully this list will motivate you to conquer you own excuses. Excuses are terrible. Let’s get rid of them, one at a time!

I will be posting my first Youtube video soon on my art channel. Here is the subject of the video below. I look forward to sharing it with you. 

cliffs-of-peaceCliffs of Peace. 11×14 inches. Oils on canvas

 

Until next time, I wish you happy painting, drawing, sculpting, or whatever it is you do. Let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

http://etsy.com/shop/RKSeascapePaintings

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How Bad Do you Want It?

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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?

 

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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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