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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My LARGEST painting to date!

So I’m starting this massive canvas, which is 30×40″ in size, the biggest painting of my young career so far! I know—it isn’t that enormous, but for me it is. I’m used to working on 9×12’s, 11×14’s and 16×20’s. I’m looking forward to growing and developing as an artist with this colossal project. After all, I have a LOT of work ahead of me. 

Here is a picture of the rough sketch of the underwater scene. 

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As you can see, there will be dolphins in the foreground, sea turtles, a shark, an orca, and a manta ray. All of the creatures will be swimming “into” the scene, which I think will make the peace more welcoming. There will be a sea arch and a large and colorful reef, not to mention a bunch of colorful reef fish swimming around.

The sheer scope of this project will be very *BIG*, as there are a LOT of moving parts. But I know I will have the time of my life working on it. Stay tuned for future progress posts as I go along with this bad boy.

Also, I am having my first ever shop-wide sale in honor of summer and beach season. For the month of June all of my work will be 40% off, plus my every day FREE shipping! So check out my latest work below when you get the chance.

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I hope all of you had an excellent Memorial day weekend creating, grilling, and spending quality time with friends and family! It’s always great to kick back and relax!

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

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“Above the Sea, above the Sea!”

So I decided to paint my very first Disney scenes using palette knives. And since “The Little Mermaid” is one of my favorites of all time, I figured I would try my hand at painting Ariel, Flounder, and Scuttle!

I’m very excited to go on this journey here, but I’m equally nervous to step OUTSIDE of my comfort zone and paint my first girl with a knife, even if she is part fish!

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As you can see from the initial sketch, my painting will be inspired by the infamous crashing wave scene after Ariel rescues Prince Eric. You can see Flounder jumping out of the water below her, and scuttle on the wing a little farther behind.

I don’t want this piece of art to scream Disney. I want to make it my own, imbuing it with the signature Ryan Kimba tropical knife style that has truly become my voice. So it will definitely look like something that I did. I don’t even care if Ariel looks like she does in the movie. If she looks way different, I am totally fine with that!

Be sure to stay tuned for future posts as I work on this. I will post when Ariel is finished and also when the entire scene is done. With that last one I will post all 3 pictures together so that you can see the progress.

I’ll talk to you guys soon,

And as always,

let’s bring some color into the world!

We are artists. That is our job 🙂

Ryan Kimba

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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! 🙂

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

 

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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

 

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Aladdin

 

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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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“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.

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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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Bring on the Moon

I’ve been working on a night series of beach paintings and it has been going very well. These are the first moonlit scenes that I have done! I love adding in the moon as the central focus and make it light up the entire scene. These paintings are very whimsical, mystical, and dramatic.

The best news is I think I’ve awakened something inside of me. I’ll be doing MANY more evening beaches in the future! After all, I am a creature of the night. Evening is my favorite time of day.

So it makes sense to bring the evening into my beach scenes, doesn’t it?!

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And speaking of moonlight beaches, don’t forget to check out my latest video on Youtube!

 

Hope all of you have had a GREAT weekend, and until next time, let’s bring some color into the world!

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“How do I know what art to buy?”

On my blog and Youtube channel I have stated how important it is to help other artists. To encourage them and inspire them to get their own art out in the world.

I firmly believe in this, but I wanted to put my money where my mouth is. So I have recently taken up buying art from local artists at art fairs. Starting my own art collection for my studio has been so exciting and rewarding, not to mention it helps out other artists’ sales. It feels so great to add joy to my own life through other art that I love.

There Goes the Sun.jpgHere is a new painting entitled, “There Goes the sun.” You can check it out in my shop!

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Of course, most of the pieces I have bought are ocean themed, but hey, that’s what I respond to.

And here is what I learned so far when it comes to purchasing original artwork or reproductions.

Buy from your gut! Yes! That is the ultimate tip. Don’t buy according to what is trending or what you may feel pressured to get. Buy the piece that grabs you the most.

Maybe it brings a tear to your eye?

Maybe it excites you or touches the pathos in your soul?

Maybe it fills you with joy?

These are reasons to buy art, because the truth is, you are going to be living with the artwork for many years to come. So why buy something that you don’t like? It should stop you in your tracks whenever you pass it by in your home.

Here is a piece I recently bought from marine artist Jen Callahan, who I am a HUGE fan of. I’m so glad I finally got to meet her in person at the Art in the Park in Plymouth, Michigan.

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I couldn’t quite swing the original she had just finished called “Turtle Tag” (although I really wanted it!), but I am now the proud new owner of the very first in the Limited Edition Print. And how did I come to pick this one? Well, because it tugged at my heart and I fell in love with the incredible array off soft colors. It is soothing, exciting, and whimsical.

So the moral of the story—only buy art that you MUST have! As long as you do that you can’t go wrong. Not to mention you won’t ever have to feel buyer’s remorse.

And don’t forget to check out the latest Ryan Kimba Youtube video! You can watch it below. And don’t forget to subscribe for future beach painting videos.

 

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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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.

The Great Wanderer.jpgThe Great Wanderer  Oils on canvas  11×14 inches

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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.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel. I try to post 1 or 2 new videos a month. It has been a process, for sure. But I am learning so much and growing with each new video! Which is all that matters!

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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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