Realism—- VS —-Impressionism!

The hardest part about going away from realistic art was being okay with the fact that I didn’t have to paint realistically. The truth is, I got burned out on painting in that style. Having to paint too tight started to get old after so many years as I realistic artist.

I wanted to express myself. I wanted to be loose and free in my planning and approach. And I wanted my brush strokes to be more spontaneous and random. In other words, I wanted to paint in a impressionistic form.

And to do that, I knew I needed to make a change.

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And in order to truly make a change, I needed to do something different. And what was that, you ask?

I put away my brushes and picked up a palette knife.

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Starting to use palette knives forced me to paint loose. I had no choice. Knives don’t allow for super fine detail and life-like strokes. They were invented to resist all of that. And now that I use only palette knives in my work, I don’t see myself ever going back to brushes.

I feel that too many times “realism” in art is the stamp of approval for the artist. People in general seem to enjoy looking at realistic art. If it looks real, they view the artist as better or more talented

They see the art for what it is.

They can understand it; they can relate to it.

But this doesn’t mean that realism is better. It is only one style or genre of painting. There are many others to choose from. Once I became alright with change, I grew exponentially as an artist. And because my impressionist style doesn’t take as long, I can paint many more pieces than I could have before.

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So the moral of the story—do what you feel in your heart, not what you think you have to do. If you put love and passion into your work, you will eventually find an audience who loves and is passionate about it too.

Hope you had a nice Easter.

And until next time,

let’s keep bringing some more color into the world!

-Ryan Kimba

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Painting your Favorite Animal

Glad to be back from the Bahamas! It was a wonderful trip I’ll never forget. I got to swim with a dolphin named Cortes, jet-ski on the ocean, and visit some tranquil, stunning islands! The palm tree-lined beaches were incredible, and the water was almost surreal.

Never in my life have I seen such a piercing turquoise blue color.

So I used to paint a lot of animals back when I was using pastels, but I decided to get back to painting them. Since I am a beach artist, I can paint marine animals that will really accent my beach scenes. With the ocean, the marine life possibilities are endless. I can do coral reefs, dolphins, crabs, sea turtles, sea birds, sea shells, starfish, and on and on. 

I recently painted a portrait of my favorite animal, the Wandering albatross. It was so exciting to paint one soaring over a wave. The albatross is one of the most hardy creatures on the planet, spending all of it’s life on the wing, facing the fiercest storms mother nature can deliver. They only touch down on land to breed or find a mate. They are simply the masters of the open ocean.

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We can learn a lot from these beautiful birds. They are a shining example of strength, persistence, and perseverance! And it was an honor to paint one in my palette knife style.

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I hope that you had an inspiring week of growth and creativity. And if you haven’t tried painting your favorite animal yet, give it a shot. It is a very rewarding experience.

Until next time, let’s bring some color into the world!

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The Colors of a Beach Painting

The colors artists use are extremely different from one another. And that is okay. There is nothing wrong with picking your own unique palette of beautiful colors. Your colors say a lot about your style and the type of artist you are. 

Whenever another artist tells you that you need to use different colors, or ones that they love, don’t put too much stock in it. When someone tells you “you ought to use this blue or that red,” you have to resist all of that. Just because something works for someone else, it doesn’t mean that it will work for you. Or that you will even like it.

Always follow your gut, and listen to your heart. Picking your color palette is one of the most crucial things an oil painter can do.

Now if you don’t have a ton of experience painting, then by all means take notes from your peers and see what they are using. I’d like to share with you some of the staples on my own palette, especially when painting sunsets. All of these colors I have pretty much stumbled upon. By happy accident, of course! So here they are.

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Titanium White

I could not work without this amazing color. White is actually my favorite color, although it is technically all of the colors in the spectrum, or the absence of color (like most people say). I use TW to tint all of my colors on my palette. I also use it to paint bright white clouds and waves under a bright sun. There are other good whites, but nothing is stronger and more pigment-rich than this one.

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Pthalo Blue

This cool blue is incredibly strong. The pigment Phthalocyanine has a dramatic tinting strength, which you will need to look out for in your mixtures. Mixing Pthalo into another will overwhelm the other color quickly, so use small dabs of it. It’s powerful tinting capacity aside, this is a gorgeous true blue that is priceless when painting the sea and deep blue skies.

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Ultramarine Blue

I have a warm and a cool blue on my palette. This is the warm blue, meaning it leans more towards red on the color wheel. Ultramarine Blue has a slightly purplish undertone to it, which makes it invaluable for painting the shadows in cloud formations and wet sand impressions. I use a TON of it mostly because by mixing this color with Burnt Sienna, I get a brilliant chromatic black, which is a lovely rich black that won’t kill your other colors when mixing.

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Burnt Sienna

Burnt Sienna is a warm reddish brown color that is the other half of my black! It is a terrific color I found after I became tired of mixing this from blue, red, yellow, and black. I wanted something quicker and easier. This color is nice for the trunks of my palm trees, grass, rocks, and for warming cooler colors.

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Manganese Violet

This is a beautiful shade of violet made by the Old Holland line of oils. It is rich, deep, and bright out of the tube, and it cannot be mixed from other colors. This is a fabulous sunset color in your velvety skies. It is also great for flowers. I use this one sparingly.

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Brilliant Pink

Also by Old Holland, I am using this one more and more. It is lush, bright, and tropical. I love to use this for mixing various tints and shades for the tropical flowers which dot a lot of my paintings. You can get a shade similar to this one from mixing white with Cadmium Red, but it will not be as brilliant and true. 

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Carmine Red

Carmine Red is similar to Cadmium Red Medium and other popular pigments. It also makes great magentas, pinks, and browns. It is bold and also has a high tinting strength, so a little goes a long way. CR is a deep blood-red shade that is sure to liven up your sunsets.

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Cadmium Yellow Medium

And lastly we have Cadmium Yellow Medium, which leans towards orange when compared to the “light” of the same name. All of the cadmium colors have high pigment concentrations, which makes them more expensive. They are also fairly toxic, so make sure you have proper ventilation in your studio. This is great for grass, trees, sunlight and bursts of color through the clouds. Mix it with Cadmium Red to get orange, and Pthalo Blue to get a true green.

My new sunset painting below was created using all of these wonderful colors. 

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Thanks for reading, and I hope this has inspired you to bring your own colors into the world. 

Give it a bit of beauty. 

Ryan Kimba

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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.

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Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!

And until next time, let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

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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:

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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

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“Over the Tree Tops”–Painting a Commission: Step 3

Our commissioned painting is nearly complete! All we need to do now is work on the tree tops under our lovely sunset. So let’s get started with that. If you enjoy this, be sure to hit “like” and follow my blog to view the whole series along with future blog posts.

For this step, all we will need is a chromatic black, mixed from Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna. I like to mix my own black, but you can use a black out of the tube. Whatever you prefer.

Alright, let’s wrap it up now…

 

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With a #2 filbert brush, let’s start by tackling the tree trunks. It’s easiest to paint a straight line for the trunks before we start adding in all of the branches. Make sure to put your trees at the horizon, as this is a shot of the sky above. Remember to make your trunks fairly thin since they are near the top.

 

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Let’s do a mixture of pine and deciduous trees. In the right hand corner, I’d like to paint a larger tree that will lead up to the beautiful yellow colors in our sky. It will make a nice frame. One thing when painting trees…don’t be afraid to go a little wild with your branches! Branches go in all directions and can be both large and small. There are no rules other than to make them go smaller as your near the top.

 

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Here we can add in a healthy pine tree to give this scene some much-needed variety. After all, isn’t “variety” the spice of life? Note that when using a small filbert or round brush, it will basically feel like you are drawing. All we our doing here is sketching with a paint brush. Continue this process until you feel confident in your trees. 

 

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So after a few weeks, here is what our commission painting looks like. I showed it to my client and they absolutely loved it. I will be posting it on my etsy store soon so that they can purchase it. It’s better to do that because it establishes a sales record online to help grow your career, instead of just taking a check or cash on the side.

To you artists out there–don’t be nervous to take a commission assignment and make money off of your work. If you are serious about your art, you owe it to yourself. And you deserve all of the success in the world. All you have to do is take that first step…

Don’t forget to check out my new youtube channel, my etsy shop, and also my website. The links are available below.

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world! And let’s continue to grow as artists!

Ryan Kimba

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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!

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Also, for those of you that don’t know, I am now on Youtube! Take a gander at my channel:

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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

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