Bring on the Ocean Creatures!

It’s been a little while since I posted on here, as I’ve been focusing on my Youtube channel. So I thought today I would do something different and post a gallery of all of my marine animal paintings. I’m pretty excited about it too! But first here’s a bit of where you can find me around the web.

My presence is rapidly growing, which is very cool.


***I have a Youtube channel, where you can watch me paint speed paintings of beaches. My goal for my channel is to encourage and inspire my audience, as I talk a lot about personal development in my commentary. The channel is not just art…it is art meets life!

https://www.youtube.com/c/RyanKimbaBeachPaintings


***I also have an exclusive Etsy shop where all of my original paintings are available. It is the ONLY place beach lover’s can buy an original Ryan Kimba palette knife painting! You can see detail shots of all of the creatures below at my shop.

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

And if you’d like to join my Beach Lover’s Group, which is my monthly Newsletter to stay up to date on news, videos, and special discounts, click below!

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So, without further ado, let’s roll out the ocean animals, in palette knife form!

 

Beyond the Shore

The Great Race

Starfish

Seagull in Sunset

Playing in Crystal Waters

Pepare for Landing

Through the Current

Airborne

Beneath the Waves

Between Flight

Dinner Time

The Great Wanderer

It’s an honor to paint these amazing creatures of the beach and sea! They are important to our ocean’s ecosystems and need to be protected. Hope you enjoyed checking these out.

There will be many animals yet to come!

 

Be sure to check out my latest speed painting video on Youtube of a crashing wave offshore! Just click “Play!”. If you enjoy it don’t forget to like and subscribe for future beach paintings.

Until next time,

Let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

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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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Painting Clouds with Palette Knives

 

Good morning!

I’m beach artist Ryan Kimba, and today I will be showing you a quick painting lesson.

Before we begin, remember that palette knives were not created for us to paint in a realistic style. With knives we need to surrender total control and paint loose. The clouds in my paintings are impressionistic. They look like clouds but they are by no means life-like. And they don’t need to be.

Let’s start off with a backdrop of blue.

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For the top of the sky we will use Pthalo Blue dulled down with a little bit of Titanium White. Work it from side to side like you are buttering toast. This is exactly how it will feel. To put more butter on your bread, you need to use varying amounts of pressure and tilt the knife downwards and upwards. Same thing when you are painting with a knife!

 

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For the bottom half of our sky we will use Pthalo but with a large amount of Ultramarine blue mixed in. This shade of blue will be much warmer than the top. When side by side, see how the bottom blue leans more toward purple? Generally the sky tends to get more purple and hazy as you go to the horizon.

 

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In this step we are simply blending the two colors together. This is a fairly quick process. And now that we have our base, we can begin adding clouds!

 

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This is where we add straight white out of the tube. Now your initial dab with the white will mix in with the blue beneath, so do not fear. Just add in some thicker white paint to sit on top of the stained white. You can make long wispy clouds or you can make puffy cumulus clouds. It’s totally up to you! Have fun with it!

 

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When I am painting clouds, I like to roll the white paint onto the bottom tip of the knife blade, rubbing it onto the canvas in a rolling motion. An amazing characteristic of palette knives is that they are surprisingly flexible. You can bend them any which way you choose and they will spring right back into action.

 

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And here we have a completed cloudy blue sky. For all of you artists that don’t like to paint clouds—do not be afraid! Give this a try. The only way to learn is by practicing and experimenting. You may even find your own exciting way of painting clouds!

Don’t forget to follow my Etsy shop and browse my original paintings:

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Also, be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel or leave a comment and let me know what you think of my videos. I’d love to here from you.

 

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

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How to become a BETTER artist

Every so often I am asked what it takes to become a better artist. There are several crucial answers to that question, in my opinion, but the #1 thing you MUST do to become a better artist is to study art! To grow as an artist you need to continually look at other artwork and study composition, color, and techniques.

As with anything in life, mastering your art takes learning and constant work on your part. I have combed through hundreds of art books and articles, watched over 1,000 art instruction videos on Youtube, spent endless hours beneath the roofs of galleries and museums, and have followed more artists than I care to count.

All of this has made me the painter that I am today.

So my personal advice to you would be to immerse yourself in the world of art…and never come up for air. If your desire is to become a successful professional artist,  you have to make it your life’s mission to develop yourself! If you develop your mind and eye first, your artwork will take care of itself.

Here are some paintings by a couple of my favorite artists:

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For those of you that are familiar with my 3-D beach paintings, you can see the influence on my art that these paintings have had. And if it wasn’t for my relentless research over the past 5 years, I would have never discovered these artists and fell in love with their work.

Here is a link to my online shop, where you can see the thick textures and unique qualities of my beach paintings up close and personal https://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings

So to all of you creators out there, learn everything you can about your chosen media. It will add to your depth as a creator and help you find your own special voice that will set you apart from the sea of other artists.

Happy Thanksgiving, and I wish you all a beautiful holiday filled with family, love, and togetherness.

Ryan Kimba

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Let’s Paint a Seascape: Part 2! An Art Lesson with Ryan Kimba

So I shattered my finger last week and I’ve been out for the count. However, I will say that my hand is feeling much better and I’m looking forward to being able to paint again (I’m right handed).

For this post we will be painting a new tropical seascape painting in oils from start to finish. We’ll be using palette knives on a stretched canvas. To take a look at what specific colors I use on my palette, visit

https://ryankimba.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/bringing-color-to-the-world-a-peak-into-my-palette/

 

So…Let’s get started!

 

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First we’ll grab some Phalo blue and begin painting the sky portion. For the horizon line, I like to put a piece of tape down to keep it straight. When using palette knives, it’s important to try not to be intimidated by working loose. Just go from side to side with the knife blade, making the blue lighter as you go down. It should feel like you are buttering a large piece of toast!

 

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Now  that the blue is laid down, we can start adding clouds. To ensure that the Titanium white doesn’t mix with the blue, you’ll need to apply it pretty thick onto the canvas. Experiment a little so that you can feel more comfortable with using the knife.

 

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To add the ocean, I used a mixture of Pthalo blue and Ultramarine blue, two of 3 blues I have on my palette. They are my favorite colors to work with. Mix them together and create the base color for the ocean and bring the paint up to the horizon. Try to keep the water line as straight as possible.

 

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Now we will begin working on the sand. Mix Titanium white with a tiny speck of Burnt Sienna to get an off-white sandy color. Paint this below the sea to start the sand, but don’t go too far down the bottom of the canvas because that area will be getting covered up with vegetation.

 

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Now you can take some straight Pthalo blue (which is dark out of the tube) to begin making the shadows in the waves. You can decide in what areas you’d like some waves. That is the fun part about painting! Here you can see where I ended the sand.

 

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I’d like to add a palm tree on the right side of the foreground. To do this we need to scrape the paint off, making the actual shape of the palm tree. This is the easiest way to do this because if you don’t scrape the paint off you will have a hard time. You can do this with the tip of the knife blade. The paint will come right off the support except for the paint shadow (stain).

 

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In painting wet on wet, it’s always simplest to paint light colors over dark. Now this is a general rule. It certainly doesn’t apply to every situation. Add some Green Earth and black to the palm tree. To get a rich vibrant black color, add Ultramarine Blue with Burnt Sienna. At the bottom of this painting will be a forest of sea grapes. Lay down a medium shade of green to get the base color for the plants.

 

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From the original base color mixture, simply add Cadmium Yellow Light and Titanium white to lighten it, and black and Cadmium Yellow Medium to darken it. This will give you several interesting shades for the leaves of the sea grapes. If you need to look at photos of the plants, that is always helpful. Feel free to make them as congested as possible for a more realistic effect.

 

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Now we can add some waves to our ocean! This is always my FAVORITE part! To do this, put some globs of white on the back side of the blade tip and begin making little sweeps. If some mixes with the blue, no problem. But make sure that some bright white is applied for the foam of the waves in the light.

 

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From there we can go ahead and start bringing the palm tree to life. This is the most time-consuming process of the painting. You can be as detailed as you’d like or you can go for a more abstract look. It’s totally up to you.

 

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To give the piece more character I decided to add some chairs and umbrellas on the beach in the background. Don’t worry about details. All you really need are the impressions of the objects in the distance.

 

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Here are the sea grapes up close. You can see that each leaf is a glob of thick paint. And since we are painting thickly with knives, it creates textures and shadows for a nice 3-D type of look.

 

Here is the finished painting, called “View from the Top.”

 

 

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View from the top     18×24 inches…oils on canvas

And that is all there is to it! It is so fun and everyone can learn how to do it with practice and dedication. Most of painting is not about learning tricks; it’s about learning how to see. And if you are enjoying my these tutorials, be sure to follow my blog or leave me a comment below.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, and I will talk to you soon.

Until next time, let’s bring some color into the world. It really needs it.

–Ryan Kimba

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Back From Boynton Beach! And ITCHING to paint…

I arrived back in Michigan yesterday afternoon from Fort Lauderdale Airport. All in all it was a pretty special trip, albeit a little too short for my liking! I visited my grandma in Boynton Beach, which is a charming little town near West Palm. The highlight of my trip was going to a private beach in Delray, which was suprisingly beautiful. They don’t call them “private” for nothing. Boy, do they sure make you feel like home. And it was great not having crowds.

I feel like I have a plethora of inspiration in my hat from being in sunny Florida. I can’t wait to get back in the studio and crank out some more beach paintings!

Here is a photo from the boardwalk at Boynton Beach, where I have been going for over 5 years now. Also, below is a new painting of mine to commemorate it. These palette knife paintings are really coming along 🙂

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view-from-the-topView from the top. 16×20. Oils on canvas

I’m excited to announce my first two sales on Etsy in the last two weeks! I have only had my shop for a few months but I am starting to see some healthy progress. The growth process of any business takes time, but I look forward to seeing what my art practice has in store for me!

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Be sure to stay tuned for my next post this Sunday, where I will be showing you another painting tutorial, featuring the painting above, called “View from the Top.” It should be very fun and informative, and hopefully it will inspire you to pick up your art materials and paint something wonderful yourself. As artists we must look for inspiration all around us.

I hope everyone had a terrific Labor Day, and an even better Tuesday! 

Until next time,

Ryan Kimba

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Painting the Beach–One Stroke at a Time!

My name is Ryan Kimba and I am a beach artist who specializes in original palette knife paintings. My subject matter consists of tropical shorelines, waves, rocky coasts, and captivating sunsets.

So the golden question is…

Why do I paint only seascapes?

Well, an uninspired answer would be because I love the sea like most people do. But if I go deeper than that, I paint the sea because it’s where I feel like I belong. It is home to me. I am a Pisces and feel the magic of being on the shore. Every sound and sight inspires me to want to re-create it on a canvas. To translate it into something lasting.

And I strive to give each of my paintings that magic, a stunning peace and freedom that only the ocean can grant us.

 

The Crystal Tide“The Crystal Tide.” My new painting on canvas. 11×14″

 

I love to emphasize bold and lively colors in my work, rich textures, and calming, nostalgic scenes. That is what my new palette knife style is all about. If you haven’t read it yet, check out my last post on the “Top 5 Reasons to Try Painting with Palette Knives.” To view close-up images of my paintings, you can visit my Etsy shop at

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I will be heading to Florida for Labor Day to visit family in Boynton Beach. It will be a much-needed dose of rest, relaxation, and inspiration. While on the beach I’ll be sure to take some photos of the waves and palms and create sketches to take home with me for reference. As a visual artist, it is imperative to record those moments so that you can draw on them later on when the inspiration strikes. It demonstrates that when you’re a professional artist the work never stops, even when you’re on vacation! Luckily for me, I absolutely LOVE what I do.

And I can’t wait to get back into the studio when I return! I’ll be sure to post some images of the trip in my next post. But until then, I wish you happy painting, drawing, sculpting, photographing, graphic designing, or whatever it is that you like to do to make the world a richer place. The world NEEDS artists.

Let’s give it some much-needed color!

 

Ryan Kimba

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