Long before I was a palette knife painter of tropical beaches, I was quite the avid drawer. I drew all day every day. But not so much anymore. As I replaced my graphite pencils with painting mediums, I took to the sky and haven’t looked back. I just love working with color and wet paints. Which definitely isn’t a bad thing. It just means you have evolved as an artist.
And in light of the holiday season and the New Year, I thought I’d share with you some of my old drawings, dating back to when I was a teenager. I was going through them the other day on the old computer.
Who doesn’t love a good snowman, right?
As the new year approaches, it is a new chance to re-invent ourselves. And I don’t mean in a cliche, cheesy “New Year’s resolution” kind of a way. I’m talking about personal growth. That is what a new year is all about. Getting smarter, better, stronger, and more successful than you were the year before. Becoming a more loving person.
And for us artists, it is another 365 to get our art out into the world and use it to spread joy; to touch other’s souls. Art is such an incredible thing!
If you haven’t had the chance to check out my official website, you can view it here: http://www.ryankimbaart.com
2017 will be special for me because I am starting my own art tutorial channel on Youtube! This will give me the chance to truly shine and show the world how I do what I do.
I wish you all love, peace, hope, and wisdom over the next coming year. I hope it is everything you want it to be.
And until next time,
Let’s bring some color into the world!
Anybody who glances at my body of work will notice all of the blue! I’ve always preferred cooler colors like purple and blue over warm ones like red and yellow. Blue is a staple in my beach paintings. It’s true that I can get a wonderful array of shades from just two main colors: Pthalo Blue and Ultramarine. These colors are truly indispensable on my palette.
Let’s look at them for a second, shall we?
Now Ultramarine has a pretty good tinting strength, not to mention a beautiful luster under your studio lights! It is a warm blue, which means it leans more toward purple. It is wonderful for painting warmer skies and mixing with various reds to achieve striking violets. Ultramarine is also good for painting the shadows on clouds. When mixed with some Cadmium Yellow light, you will get a warm Sap Green, albeit one that is a little duller than if you mixed the yellow with Pthalo.
Pthalo Blue is probably my favorite color to work with! But new users beware–it has an extremely dangerous tinting strength. One speck will turn a puddle of white into a strong blue! So make sure you don’t use too much of it when mixing with other colors. On its own, however, it is brilliant to behold. Pthalo Blue is perfect for any ocean color you could want, for bright blue skies, and for mixing awesome greens that lean towards yellow. This is because the color leans more towards yellow already.
So which color is better? Well, that depends on the artist using it. My answer is neither one is better, because they are both EXCELLENT!
If you are a landscape or seascape artist, gives these blues a try. You will not be disappointed. In my opinion, these are the two most essential blues available on the market.
Here are some new 3-D beach paintings I’ve been working up in the studio. The top painting has more Ultramarine while the bottom one has more Pthalo Blue. To view them on my artist shop, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings
What is your favorite color to paint with? I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time, let’s bring some color into the world!
As some of you know, I’m in the process of starting my own art tutorial channel on Youtube. I’m excited about it because not only will it be fun-filled art instruction, it will also be part self-development as well.
I’m a HUGE student of personal development!
I know that as long as I am reading, growing, stretching, and learning–I am happy and alive. And with my own art channel, I hope to inspire others in the same way. My main goal is to help other artists, whether it be with their businesses, their problems and challenges, or simply encouraging them to pick up a paintbrush for the very first time. The possibilities are endless.
I’m hoping to have my first video up by the end of December. There are still a lot of fires to put out, to say the least. For instance, I have very little video editing experience. So to gain some I have been reading a bunch of articles and asking professionals for assistance. I even hired a guy to write me my own theme song!
Needless to say, I’m sure that it will be a very interesting start to this particular journey.
I love to show you guys new work with every post, and this one will be no exception. Here is one of the four paintings I finished over Thanksgiving break, entitled “Call of the Dunes.” You can nearly smell the fresh paint!
Call of the Dunes. Oils on canvas 11×14 inches
Palette knives are so incredible to paint with and I can’t wait to show folks all of the little tricks of the trade. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to like and follow my blog for future art posts.
Looking forward to what’s next,
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:
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.