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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Do you have the passion?

I used to be friends with a very talented musician named Drew. Although we no longer talk, we were close for a lot of years. Needless to say, Drew had a lot of problems with himself.

I’ll never forget a conversation we had one night regarding his music. It is forever imprinted upon my memory, and I’d like to share it with you. Drew would write these fantastic original songs on his acoustic guitar, record them, and upload them onto his Soundcloud page.

He was complaining that night in high style, like he often did, about how nobody was listening to, liking, or sharing his songs. He wanted an enormous following overnight.

What are you doing about it?” I asked, somewhat annoyed, but trying to prove a point. And guess what he was doing? Bingo! You guessed it–absolutely nothing.

Um, well, not much. This pisses me off! I’m probably going to give up. This isn’t fun anymore and my songs are going to waste.”

Where Drew went wrong is that he didn’t believe in himself. He had plenty of talent, yet no persistence or drive to better his life or his financial situation. He griped about the lack of plays on his Soundcloud but didn’t want to do anything about it. What’s funny is that there are companies out there that specialize in promoting Soundcloud accounts, for very small fees. He could have also started a blog to spread the word, hired a marketing person, or pushed himself to figure out the market.

Because of his lack of self-worth, he will probably never grace a recording studio to share his gift with the world. At the end of the day he had very little passion and determination.

And this is the plague of so many artists, actors, musicians, and writers; the unwillingness or lack of self-esteem to create the kind of lives that they envision.

What is your dream? And are you taking responsibility for it? Most importantly, do you have passion in your life? What always kills me is to look around at the general population and notice how dead inside they all are. There is no excitement, verve, drive, or motivation to do anything of importance. They are like breathing automatons, living solely to get through the day.

How sad!

I wish for you passion, love, commitment, and dedication. I want those things for all of you. May you use them to build golden stairways into the sky.

I’m happy to say that I do have faith in myself. Sure, I’m not real successful with my art business right now, but I WILL be a success in the future. And it’s because I’m willing to do whatever it takes. And I know that I am taking solid steps forward in getting where I want to go. And it’s only a matter of time until my shop, Youtube channel, website, and this blog catapult me into my dream life of fulfillment, financial freedom, and making a difference.


Here are some new paintings, fresh off the easel! You can find them on my online shop:

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And if you missed my new Youtube video, you can watch it here:

Until next time, my fellow creators, let’s continue to bring some color into the world, all the while living with passion and purpose!

-Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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Bahama Bound!

I’m super excited to be traveling to the Bahamas at the end of this month for some much needed R and R! This trip will mark my first time to a tropical island, and it will also be my first ever cruise as well! 

So needless to say, it should be a sun-filled, sand-between-my-toes adventure!

In the Bahamas I will be swimming with dolphins on the beach! I swam with them before in Key Largo, and I am very pumped to relive the experience. Dolphins are some of the most amazing creatures on this planet. Not only do I love the ocean, but I adore the animals that inhabit it as well.

So in honor of my impending cruise, I thought it was only fitting to paint a dolphin in palette knife form. Here it is, entitled “Playing in Crystal Waters.”

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Check out my new beach painting tutorial on Youtube when you get a chance!

I would have to say that this is my favorite video I’ve done so far. I’m proud of this one! The colors are so interesting and make the whole scene spring to life. I hope you enjoy it.

*And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for future beach painting videos.

I hope all of you had a good weekend and I wish you a productive week in your creative endeavors.

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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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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Don’t forget to check out my art painting tutorial channel on Youtube, and also my Etsy shop.

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I am working on growing my audience and could use your help! So if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to follow my shop and this blog. Also be sure to hit “like” and subscribe to my channel on Youtube.

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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http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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