What *colors* do I use?!

I often get comments and emails from artists asking what colors I use, since I don’t typically talk about them in my speed painting videos on YouTube. So I decided to shoot a color mixing demo chronicling the staple paints on my palette.

You can watch it below!

 

 

Here are the oil colors that I use for every painting, and also some miscellaneous ones I use sparingly. It also includes the actual brands that I use as well, in the Lukas, Williamsburg, and Old Holland paint lines.

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In the video I also talk about what I love to use each color for in my beach paintings. I’ve learned the colors an artist chooses is a very personal thing and says an awful lot about them. A lot of it is unconscious.

I hope you enjoy the video and I will talk to you guys soon. I’m interested to hear what your favorite colors are. And until next time,

Let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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Underwater Painting FINISHED!

I’m happy to say that I’ve wrapped up the largest oil painting I have done so far. All in all I’m very proud of the way it turned out, as it really helped me stretch and expand as an artist! In the top photo I finished the details in the coral and the two spotted dolphins in the foreground. And in the final photo I added in a plethora of reef fish and bubbles throughout the painting.

This is very close to the original vision that I had in my head before I started. Continue reading to see the initial sketch and the final product!

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And the best part is…I did it all with a palette knife!!! Such a blast! ūüôā

 

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Thanks for following me as I have been painting this beautiful coral reef! It was cool to see my process advance as I added in the details. 

I hope you all have a wonderful July 4th!

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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Underwater Painting, Part 2!

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So my largest painting to date is going pretty good so far. As you can see here, the water and background are largely done, except for the vast coral reef. You can really see the outlines now for all the sea creatures! I painted around them and will finish them last. 

I seriously underestimated the scope of this project! I already have about 10+ hours in here, and that is the least of it. All of the animals will take many more hours than that to complete. 

But it’s okay, I’m having a blast so far!

Be sure to stay tuned for my next post. The orca, manta ray, and sea turtles should be done by then. I hope whatever project you are working on is going just as well as mine ūüôā

And don’t forget to check out the HUGE 40% off sale going on in my Etsy shop for the month of June!

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Until next time,

keep bringing some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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My LARGEST painting to date!

So I’m starting this massive canvas, which is 30×40″ in size, the biggest painting of my young career so far! I know—it isn’t that enormous, but for me it is. I’m used to working on 9×12’s, 11×14’s and 16×20’s. I’m looking forward to growing and developing as an artist with this colossal project. After all, I have a LOT of work ahead of me.¬†

Here is a picture of the rough sketch of the underwater scene. 

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As you can see, there will be dolphins in the foreground, sea turtles, a shark, an orca, and a manta ray. All of the creatures will be swimming “into” the scene, which I think will make the peace more welcoming. There will be a sea arch and a large and colorful reef, not to mention a bunch of colorful reef fish swimming around.

The sheer scope of this project will be very *BIG*, as there are a LOT of moving parts. But I know I will have the time of my life working on it. Stay tuned for future progress posts as I go along with this bad boy.

Also, I am having my first ever shop-wide sale in honor of summer and beach season. For the month of June all of my work will be 40% off, plus my every day FREE shipping! So check out my latest work below when you get the chance.

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I hope all of you had an excellent Memorial day weekend creating, grilling, and spending quality time with friends and family! It’s always great to kick back and relax!

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

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Hello Ariel!

So, I thought I finished Ariel until I realized that her face is a little disfigured! Not to mention the fact that it doesn’t look like her at all. She kind of looks like a red-headed sister of the Keebler elves! Haha.¬†

Hey, don’t judge! I’ve never done a portrait with knives before and I clearly have a lot to learn. But I will get it. I just need to study her face a bit more.

I love the way Ariel’s body turned out though, so I’m off to a good start. It’s no wonder every young boy had a crush on her when the movie was released! I like her hair blowing in the wind, and the crashing foam behind her is going to be pretty epic. I will be wiping off her face and restarting though before I continue on with the rest of the painting!

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My next post will be the completed painting, so I’m really excited to see how it all turns out!

 

Talk to you then,

Ryan Kimba

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Fairwell, my Angel

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On the late evening of March 12, which also happened to be my 30th birthday, I had the very unfortunate experience of losing my puppy. I’m not sure whether she got away somehow or if somebody snatched her. I’m not the only one. Lots of people have had this same kind of event occur in their lives. That’s just how it goes when you own a dog.¬†

Her name was “Faith” and she was a Pomeranian / Chihuahua mix. She looked like a little fruit bat. Even the vet technicians told me so. We seemed to get that comment everywhere we went. She was the first puppy I have ever owned.

I haven’t been in the art studio in two long months because I have been, well, busy grieving and going through the ordeal. It is very hard for me to paint and work when I’m grieving a loss. But I look forward to the day I pick back up again on my art business. I have definitely missed the outlet that painting provides, that’s for sure.

So whatever furry creature you have waiting for you at home, could you please do me one favor? Give them a big hug and a kiss for me, because you never know how long they are going to be there. It might be your last chance to do that.

In closing, I’d like to share a quote that has meant a lot to me over the years.

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”

How true, indeed.

Goodbye Knucklehead!

 

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Realistic Art

In my Youtube videos I often talk about realistic paintings and how they¬†aren’t¬†better than other styles of painting.¬†How would I know this?¬†Because I used to¬†be¬†a realistic painter!¬†In fact, people often mistook my artwork¬†for photographs, especially at art fairs and gallery exhibitions.

My Days of Realism

As you can see, my old style was hyper realistic. Very life-like! It required brushes, meticulous blending effects, and LONG hours to achieve this style of painting. People seemed to be blown away by it, but there was just something missing. Keep reading to find out what.

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A New Life, by *Knife!*

¬†And here is a new painting in my current impressionistic style with palette knives. You can see some notable differences, can’t you? ūüôā First of all, these works are much more¬†expressive. They have more charm, character, and life to them. The colors and textures really “pop.” This¬†style is more painterly, and thus, evokes a stronger emotion than my old works did.

A Taste of Paradise

*The truth about realism in art*

¬†Too many times you’ll here people say that they love a painting and that it is “very good.” When you press them for a reason, they will often say “because it looks¬†SO real!” In other words, these people equate talent with making something look real.¬†

The problem with that way of thinking is that it undermines all the artists out there (myself included) who have the techniques to paint realistic, but prefer not to do so. Realism is just one style of art, not the only style, and it is certainly not any better than other styles like abstract art, impressionistic, pop art, etc. 

I often laugh when I think about my old style of art. After all, if I cared that badly about making something look true to life, I should have just taken a photograph! Can you feel me?

Don’t forget to check out my newest inspirational speed painting video on Youtube, and don’t forget to like and subscribe for future Ryan Kimba beach paintings!

So until next time, let’s bring some color into the world!

Ryan Kimba

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