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.

Don’t forget to check out my new Youtube video if you haven’t yet given it a gander. If you are enjoying these, hit “like” and subscribe for future speed painting videos.

 

Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!

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

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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

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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:

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ryan-kimba.html?tab=artwork

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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

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

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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The 5 Tools *EVERY* Artist Needs

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What tools does every artist need to have at their disposal? I’ll give you a hint. They can’t be bought at any art store. Let’s get right down to it…

 

1. Vulnerability

This is very important, so I’d like to cover it first. Every artist must be vulnerable at some point in their creative lives. Vulnerability is the key to inspiring others. When we are vulnerable, we put our true selves in front of the world. By sharing our art, we are exposing our inmost ideas, beliefs, hopes, and flaws. Of course, being vulnerable is not the easiest thing to do, but we must do it if we want to build an audience for our art.

Take my new Youtube channel, for instance. It takes a lot of guts and faith for me to put myself out there like that. Now people from all over the world, souls whom I’ve never met, can listen to my voice and watch me paint. It’s a crazy thing opening yourself up to being vulnerable, but there is so much beauty in it. And by seeing your own vulnerability, it allows others to open up and be who they are.

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2. Failure

Why do I dare list failure as an addition to every artist’s tool belt? Simple. Because when you pursue your dream, failure will be a close companion. You are going to fail, a LOT of the time. That’s the bottom line. But it’s not the act of failing that truly matters, it is how we use it. After all, failing can be a incredibly significant resource. It grants us the liberty to learn, grow, stretch, and multiply. 

I’ve personally failed more times than I’ve succeeded. I’ve been rejected from multiple national art contests and magazines. I’ve been mocked and laughed at while selling at art fairs. I even received an email from a lady a few years ago saying that my art was “ugly and boring!” But all of these failures have molded me into the man I am today. Not to mention they have made me a more sensitive and effective artist. So the moral of the story is this—don’t be afraid to fail. It is nothing personal. It simply means you need to approach your goals from a different direction.

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3. Persistence

This goes hand in hand with failure, in my honest opinion. Persistence is the ability to go from disappointment to disappointment without losing steam. In other words, persistence is the tool that will help you go on, even when you don’t want to. That may not be Webster’s definition of the word, but it is true nevertheless. I had to be persistent when starting my own business, and you will too. You must keep attacking your objective until it is met.

Here is my question to you; how long should you keep working to achieve your dream? 

The answer is,

as long as it takes.

4. An Open Mind

This tool is often overlooked, but it is so crucial. Not everybody is going to like what you paint, sculpt, knit, photograph, draw, or craft. And that is okay. That is what makes the world special and unique. But no matter what you like to create, know that there is a market out there filled with people who will love what you do. All you have to do is find them. Keeping an open mind will allow you to view your efforts objectively. Not to mention that having an open mind will be invaluable when dealing with criticism. Even if somebody does like you art, they may think about it much differently than you do. And again, that is okay.

And last but certainly not least, we have patience.

5. Patience

The reality is that it takes weeks, months, and years to build a healthy following of loyal supporters. There are hardly any “overnight successes,” and of the few artists that do hit it big in a relatively short amount of time, it usually doesn’t last. The hype will die and the dust will stagnate because their careers were not constructed with time and experience. For in the end, time and experience reign supreme. So if you are an artist that doesn’t like to wait, then don’t. I’m not telling you to sit back and wait. To achieve success you have to take action. But even with consistent action, it still takes time to realize lasting achievement in the art world. So give your dreams time, and they will surely be realized.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my 5 tools. Don’t be afraid to drop a line and tell me what tools you believe are most important. Not only do I want to help other artists and demonstrate my painting techniques with my blog, I also want to hear from you. We artists have to stick together! I believe that with all of my heart.

Don’t forget to check out my latest paintings on my online shop!

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

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

And as always, do what you love to do.

Ryan Kimba

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ryan-kimba.html?tab=artwork

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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

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

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDaJL5tkFEHCzrC_yYrmcA

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“Reach for the Sky”–Painting a Commission: Step 2

Working on clouds is always an exciting and challenging ordeal. They are soft and need to be blended quite a bit. But some clouds are bright with harder edges. And the variety of clouds is endless…which makes them so fun to paint. We can do whatever we want with them!

My commission painting is going well so far and we will now begin livening up our sky a bit. If you missed part one of this commission series, here is the link:

https://ryankimba.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/beneath-the-surface-painting-a-commission-step-1/

Here are the colors I will be using for our clouds.

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For our violet I mixed some Alizarin Crimson, which is a bluer red, with Ultramarine Blue. This color will be dark, so don’t forget to mix in some Titanium White. We will have a few shades of pink also, some warmer and some cooler. The base of my pink colors is Bright Pink from the Old Holland line. Use the palette knives to mix the paints on your palette and use the fan brushes to apply to the support.

 

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First let’s start with a mid-tone pink color, smudging it in with the palette knife. From there we can scrape these mounds together with the fan brush.

 

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Here is what our canvas should look like, with some pink at the horizon and also where the two blues intersect. The next part of the process will consist of getting rid of that unsightly border line between the blues.

 

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In this phase I simply added in some Cadmium Yellow Medium to warm up the bottom of our pink clouds. This is where the sun is setting, so we want a bit of a gold lining. To achieve this let’s mix in a tiny speck of the yellow to white and rub the filbert brush along that dark blue border line. This will literally make our sky shine!

 

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Now the fun really begins as we add in our lovely violet color to make the darkest clouds, the ones that are closest to the viewer. When painting them, make sure they don’t all look the same. I like to do several types of cloud when I am working on a sky in oils. It adds interest, especially when our focal point is the actual sky itself. For painting these clouds I like to use a soft-haired filbert brush, a #2, to be precise. But that is just my own personal preference. You can use any brush you’d like.

 

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We will wrap up the sky by adding in some of the finer details to make the sky look polished. The key here is to blur the edges of the clouds to make them look puffy. I must say this commissioned painting is looking nice so far! I hope you are enjoying watching the process unfold as well.

Stay tuned next week for the last part of our series, in which we will be working on the tree tops at the bottom of our sky.

Commissions are great for any artist. They really allow you to stretch yourself mentally and artistically, being able to create something beautiful from another person’s life. Not to mention the nice payday that commission work can bring.

As always, do what you love to do. There is no finer calling. I wish you all the best in your lives and your creative endeavors, whatever they may be.

I’ll see you for part 3!

Until next time,

Ryan Kimba

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

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDaJL5tkFEHCzrC_yYrmcA

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Lending a Helping Hand

Time and time again I find that artists are insecure. A lot of times they don’t believe in themselves. I have received numerous discouraging e-mails and messages over the years that really speak to this truth, such as “Oh no, I can’t sell my stuff..I’m no good,” or “I didn’t receive the ‘art gene,'” or even “I’ll NEVER make it as an artist. I didn’t go to art school.” My mission as an artist is to help my peers as much as I possibly can. I have devoted my career to it. Even if it is only through motivation or inspiration.

That is what this blog is all about.

That is what my new Youtube channel is for.

I’d like to assist because I have been there myself. I have personally been molded by failure and mistakes. I have taken huge risks and came up awfully short. I, like them, have been touched by discouragement and lack of hope. But if I could get through all of that, I believe that you can too. I believe in you and your artistic abilities and aspirations. If you are willing to struggle, grow, change, and persist, I am 100% confident that you will make it as a professional artist! Those are the ingredients required for massive success in any creative endeavor.

Let’s share in our creative journey together, shall we? Nothing would make me happier.

Here is a new painting of a beautiful sunset I recently finished. Check out the second photo to see the rich and 3-D textures characteristic of my style.

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1Night Bright.  Oils on canvas: 16×20 inches

 

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Click here to watch my art tutorial video on Youtube: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDaJL5tkFEHCzrC_yYrmcA

 

And don’t forget to share with your friends and family. I’d greatly appreciate your support in spreading the word about my art.

S0 until next time,

don’t be afraid to fail. It may take years to establish yourself, but it only begins with a single step!

Ryan Kimba 

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

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Ryan Kimba, Live on Youtube!

Well, it’s officially 2017. Happy new year to you!

So after months of taking about it, I have finally posted my first beach painting video on Youtube. And I’m very excited about it! I can’t wait to see where this new journey will lead.

I’m looking forward to meeting new people, inspiring other artists, and learning a lot in the process.

It’s amazing how much goes into making a professional art tutorial video. Firstly, there is the music, which of course needs to be original. And you have to pay a professional to write it. That is the only way to go. Then there is the camera and lighting, which takes weeks to get the way you want them. And let’s not forget about the constant video editing that must be done.

I will admit that the narration was the hardest part, as it wasn’t recorded live with the painting. Because I dubbed it into the time-lapse footage after the painting was completed, I found it difficult to make it sound authentic and real. To make it go along with the flow of the video. But everybody has to start somewhere, and in the end I think it turned out alright.

 

So here is my new video. Enjoy!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed watching this as much as I did creating it. Be sure to share with your friends and subscribe to my channel for future art videos.

As always,

let’s bring some color into the world. Let’s keep making art!

Ryan Kimba

http:///www.ryankimbaart.com

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

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