PPP! The “Perfect Painter Palette.”

It has taken a few years to find a stable of colors to suit my needs. Every artist has their own colors they prefer. In fact, the colors each artist chooses to use can be a very personal decision.

I started off with a double-primary palette of 2 reds, 2 yellows, and 2 blues along with white and black. I used my double primary for the first year, but since then I have added some additional colors that I couldn’t do without. Now instead of using black, I mix my own chromatic black with Ultramarine Blue and a bit of Burnt Sienna. This makes a colorful and rich black that will NOT dull your other colors like Ivory Black or Mars Black do. One helpful tip is to place your colors in the same position on your palette every time you paint. It makes the painting process more quick and simple.

And since I am a palette knife painter, I love to mix my colors directly onto the canvas! This also cuts down painting time drastically.

Below is my core palette of colors.

Artist Palette

 

*Additional colors I like to use are:

 

Old Holland Green Light

Turquoise Blue Deep

Brilliant Pink

Sap Green

and

Manganese Violet

 

Here is a new painting of a beautiful sunset on the water!

golden-daysGolden Days.” Oils on canvas, 11×14 inches

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I hope all of you have had a great week so far, filled with progress and creativity! If you are new to oil painting and are looking to choose a palette of your own, try to keep it simple so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Study the basic colors and how they mix together. And remember that color theory and mixing is a skill that must be developed through practice and looking at things differently. As one artist once put it,”Being a good painter is not about learning how to paint. It’s about learning how to SEE.”

Until next time,

Ryan Kimba

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Protect the Turtles!!

Sea turtle conservation has always been an important issue for me, mainly because of the important role turtles play in their marine environment. My love of marine biology and sea turtles even led me to write a children’s book about sea turtles, called “Sea Beds.” https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Beds-Shaun-Williams-ebook/dp/B009P63DP4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1477776998&sr=8-2&keywords=sea+beds+by+shaun+williams

I’ve had the privilege of visiting several sea turtle rehabilitation centers in Florida and they were invaluable experiences, to say the least. We must ALL contribute to the overall health and vitality of the world’s beaches and oceans. We may not own them, but they must be protected. That is what my beach scenes are all about–revealing the ocean in all its glory and beauty.

Here is my latest palette knife painting to commemorate my love for those hardy little creatures that live in a shell.

 

the-great-raceThe Great Race.” Oils on canvas, 11×14″

 

Sorry it has been a while! I’ve been patiently nursing a broken finger and have also been sick for the past month! But I am doing a lot better.

I’m excited to announce that I will be starting my own Youtube channel in the coming months!!! 🙂 I will let you know more when the time comes.

Have a great week everyone,

Ryan Kimba

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How Bad Do you Want It?

I LIKE turtles

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

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So until next time,

Do what you love to do! And do ALL that you can do.

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A sneak-peek at my color palette!

An artist’s palette is like their fingerprint. No two are the same! The colors we use are mostly for convenience and style, although the process is also deeply personal. Because truth be told, we all see the world through our own lens. And biologists have proven that everyone sees colors differently and responds to them in varied ways.

I stumbled upon my group of colors in a strange way. To quote the great Bob Ross, it was a very “happy accident.” I did a TON of studying on color theory (which is a science) before I started oil painting and found that a DOUBLE PRIMARY palette is the way to go. What this means is that I use two yellows, two reds, and two blues. A “warm” and “cool” version of each. I’ve found that these 6 colors can mix anything you need to get, within reason of course. Some colors such as Viridian and Cerulean Blue cannot be mixed with these, as their hues are uniquely rich in pigment. But rest assured, you can mix pretty much ANYTHING else!

So without further ado….here is my palette…

 

 

Artist Palette

Now we can see the warm and cool primaries along with a couple others I’ve added along the way, and for good reason. I added Green Earth recently, although I don’t use it a whole lot. The reason being is that it saves me a lot of time mixing a dark green. I like to use this as the shadows for palm trees and other vegetation. I also added Burnt Sienna, which is simply indispensable. Not only as a vibrant earth color but also because I use it to make BLACK. To get black all you have to do is mix Burnt Sienna with *Ultramarine blue.* This is commonly called ‘chromatic black,’ meaning that it is mixed from two colors and also because it is a lively mixture unlike Ivory or Mars Black, which are essentially lifeless and can deaden other colors when added. Black IS important and it DOES exist in nature…much to the chagrin of art educators the world over. Just make sure you mix a chromatic black. To make the black warmer, add a tad bit more Burnt Sienna. To make it cooler, or to make a cool gray, add in a larger amount of Ultramarine and mix it with equal parts white.

 

Ultramarine and Pthalo Blue

These are the two biggest hitters in my arsenal. I could not paint my bold and dramatic seascapes without them. Pthalo (leaning towards yellow on the color scale) and Ultramarine (leaning towards red) have been staples on my color palette for a long time. I use a LOT of Ultramarine paint. I use the Pthalo blue in smaller portions, for it is one of the strongest staining pigments on the market. A small dab of it will turn a puddle of Cadmium Yellow Light into a deep rich green. Manufactures even warn buyers of its relentless strength on their websites! 😉

The white I use is Titanium, which is also fairly strong considering how opaque it is. It is a mainstay for me though, because I couldn’t work without it. I’ve gone through more tubes of Titanium than any other paint!

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I hope you enjoyed getting a VIP tour into my palette, and I hope you all have an AWESOME week–filled with creativity, fun, and personal growth. Stay tuned for my next post, which I am VERY EXCITED about! Next time I will be showing you how to paint a tropical seascape with palette knives! So be sure not to miss it. It should be super fun and informative.

Until then,

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