Go Big or Go Home!

I recently ran out of stretched canvases and finally got my new shipment in today. It took me a couple of hours to paint all of the sides black to get them prepped for painting.

Needless to say, I am SUPER excited to get started on these bad boys!

I’ve been working on small 11×14″ canvases for a while, which is the size I use for my YouTube videos. But they just aren’t the same! I’ve loved painting on larger surfaces over the past year and I have grown an awful lot as a palette knife artist. I have each canvas labelled with the particular scene I will paint on it.

That large canvas in the corner is reserved for a huge humpback whale breaching in the sunset! It is going to be colorful, massive, and epic! I can’t wait to do that one. I’ll be sure to post step-by-step entries on my blog when I officially start working on it.

 

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Also, be sure to watch my new speed painting on YouTube of a beautiful Monarch butterfly on the beach.

 

So pumped to start working on these larger surfaces!

Until next time,

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What *colors* do I use?!

I often get comments and emails from artists asking what colors I use, since I don’t typically talk about them in my speed painting videos on YouTube. So I decided to shoot a color mixing demo chronicling the staple paints on my palette.

You can watch it below!

 

 

Here are the oil colors that I use for every painting, and also some miscellaneous ones I use sparingly. It also includes the actual brands that I use as well, in the Lukas, Williamsburg, and Old Holland paint lines.

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In the video I also talk about what I love to use each color for in my beach paintings. I’ve learned the colors an artist chooses is a very personal thing and says an awful lot about them. A lot of it is unconscious.

I hope you enjoy the video and I will talk to you guys soon. I’m interested to hear what your favorite colors are. And until next time,

Let’s bring some color into the world!

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Underwater Painting FINISHED!

I’m happy to say that I’ve wrapped up the largest oil painting I have done so far. All in all I’m very proud of the way it turned out, as it really helped me stretch and expand as an artist! In the top photo I finished the details in the coral and the two spotted dolphins in the foreground. And in the final photo I added in a plethora of reef fish and bubbles throughout the painting.

This is very close to the original vision that I had in my head before I started. Continue reading to see the initial sketch and the final product!

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And the best part is…I did it all with a palette knife!!! Such a blast! ūüôā

 

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Thanks for following me as I have been painting this beautiful coral reef! It was cool to see my process advance as I added in the details. 

I hope you all have a wonderful July 4th!

Until next time,

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Underwater Painting, Part 3! :)

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As you can see, my large underwater painting is coming along nicely. You can see that most of the sea creatures are done except for the dolphins in the foreground. A lot of the detail in the coral is done also. I just have to come in and do the light and bubbles off of the coral.

I’m still having an absolute blast with this piece. A grandiose project indeed! But I think it will be pretty epic when it is done.

Let me know what you guys think so far!

Part 4 will be a couple more photos up until completion of the project. Thanks for staying tuned so far throughout the painting. Don’t forget to check out my shop for 40% off original art. Only 10 days left!!!

I’ll be back on here next week.

But until then, let’s bring some color into the world!

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Underwater Painting, Part 2!

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So my largest painting to date is going pretty good so far. As you can see here, the water and background are largely done, except for the vast coral reef. You can really see the outlines now for all the sea creatures! I painted around them and will finish them last. 

I seriously underestimated the scope of this project! I already have about 10+ hours in here, and that is the least of it. All of the animals will take many more hours than that to complete. 

But it’s okay, I’m having a blast so far!

Be sure to stay tuned for my next post. The orca, manta ray, and sea turtles should be done by then. I hope whatever project you are working on is going just as well as mine ūüôā

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Little Mermaid Painting—-Complete!

I’m very pleased to reveal to you the finished product of my two-week-long project painting a scene from “The Little Mermaid.” I fixed Ariel’s face and now she no longer looks like a red-headed Keebler Elf, which is always a good thing. Actually, she is looking pretty sexy if I do say so myself! ūüėČ

Below the painting I added a close-up shot so you can see the beautiful colors and characteristic textures as they were meant to be seen.

But first, here is the initial sketch again, so you can see just how far I have come!

 

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A Part of Your WorldA Part of Your World¬† ¬† 18×24 inches¬† ¬† oils on canvas

 

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I’m super proud of this painting and I feel like it captures the true excitement and spirit of the film! But I really made it my own which was a special experience for me, seeing as the animated film is one of my favorite movies of all time!

I hope you guys had fun coming along on this adventure, and I’ll be sure to post some pictures of my next project. My next BIG project! I will be painting an underwater coral reef scene on a 30×40″ canvas, the biggest painting I have ever attempted so far in my young career! It will have dolphins, reef fish, sea turtles, a shark, a manta ray, and an orca!

It should be very epic indeed!

I hope all of you are doing well and creating some awesome art as well, writing some great content for your blogs, and  just plain having an excellent week!

Let’s bring some color into the world!

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Hello Ariel!

So, I thought I finished Ariel until I realized that her face is a little disfigured! Not to mention the fact that it doesn’t look like her at all. She kind of looks like a red-headed sister of the Keebler elves! Haha.¬†

Hey, don’t judge! I’ve never done a portrait with knives before and I clearly have a lot to learn. But I will get it. I just need to study her face a bit more.

I love the way Ariel’s body turned out though, so I’m off to a good start. It’s no wonder every young boy had a crush on her when the movie was released! I like her hair blowing in the wind, and the crashing foam behind her is going to be pretty epic. I will be wiping off her face and restarting though before I continue on with the rest of the painting!

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My next post will be the completed painting, so I’m really excited to see how it all turns out!

 

Talk to you then,

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Favorite *Animated* movies—from a Beach Artist

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So my impending trip to Disney World¬†next week has got me feeling super excited and creative! Let’s just say that I have been going on a little Disney kick lately.

I recently watched a YouTube video where somebody counted down their favorite 55 Disney animated films. They played snippets from each film as they were numbered off. The video awakened a stream of inspiration within me to create my own list. However, my list is my top 30 animated movies, and it isn’t just Disney. It is all of the studios!

There is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be an artist and have my own art business if it weren’t for animated cinema. After all, I like animation more than live action Hollywood films any day of the week. I have a FIERCE and joyous love of animated movies. When I made my list I was surprised by some of the newest Pixar and Disney computer animated films that took some of the tops spots, especially since I’ve always been a sucker for hand-drawn traditional animation. I am a painter at the end of the day and love to use my hands! ūüôā

Some of these movies haven’t even budged since I was a young boy, which was pretty cool to see. So without further ado, let’s get right down to my favorite animated movies!

 

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Madagascar

 

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The Jungle Book

 

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Shrek

 

#27

How to Train Your Dragon

 

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Up

 

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A Bug’s Life

 

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Lilo and Stitch

 

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Ice Age

 

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Pinoccio

 

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The Good Dinosaur

 

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The Little Prince

 

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Big Hero 6

 

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Toy Story

 

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Polar Express

 

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Tarzan

 

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Mulan

 

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Findy Dory

 

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The Fox and the Hound

 

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Puff the Magic Dragon

 

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Beauty and the Beast

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The Little Mermaid

 

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Pocahontas

 

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Toy Story 3

 

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Tangled

 

#6

Aladdin

 

#5

Hercules 

 

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Inside Out

 

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Moana

 

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The Land Before Time

 

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The Lion King!

 

What fun that was! What are your favorites? Leave me a comment and let me know. On the painting front, don’t forget to check out my latest YouTube video of an awesome dolphin jumping over the waves in the sunset!

 

 

So until next time, bring some color into the world. This world could always use it!

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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? ūüôā 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!

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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.

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