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!

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Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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Come on in! A Sneak Peak into my Studio

Normally I’m pretty private about my studio, as it is my one true safeguard. A place I can go to and get away from the world for a while. To lose myself in my beach paintings.

But revealing yourself is a large part of having a blog in the first place, so I figured I would show you a picture of my working station in my art studio. The rest you’ll just have to leave up to your imagination!

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This is where the magic happens! I also have some tables for framing, prepping, and painting the edges of my canvases, not to mention a large storage closet. And yes, I do have brushes even though I am a palette knife-only painter! I just don’t have the heart to get rid of them. They bring back too many good memories.

You’ll notice that my studio is :

  • Organized (this is key if you want to be a productive painter. You need to know where everything is)


  • Clean (artists are too messy; remember that people will need to enter your studio from time to time)


  • Simple (I have everything I need for my art practice. Nothing more. Nothing less)

What is your art studio like? Or your “creativity station?”

I’m happy to announce that I received 2 sales in the last couple of days on Etsy!!! Things are starting to pick up, slowly but surely. Hey, you know what they say–it’s all about baby steps. We had to learn to walk before we could sprint.

Here is a link to my shop– http://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings

I will be catching up on a LOT of painting this weekend, so I’m looking forward to becoming lost for a few days!

And don’t forget to check out my newest Youtube video on my art/self-development channel.

So as I like to say, let’s bring some more color into the world.

Your friend with the clean studio,

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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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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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

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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Making Waves…with a Palette Knife!

I feel a tremendous affection for the sea. This is apparent in my artwork. But then, most people feel an affinity to the marine world. With oil painting, however, it is the perfect outlet to show the world the joy I feel for the beach. Words only go so far.

My goal for every beach painting is to make the sea shine; to give it personality and character. To breathe a colorful life into it.

In my heart, my paintings are my paradise.

1Where the Waves Crash.  Oil painting on canvas : 16×20 inches

They grant me the liberty to escape to a brighter place, a more peaceful place. Such is the power of art. It can evoke many different feelings and have extraordinary power.

By using solely palette knives, I have managed to forge a highly unique style for myself. One of rich color, 3D-like textures, and simple beauty. Simple is the best way to describe my style.

It is an honor to be a artistic spokesman for the sea.

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I recently posted my second video on Youtube. Check it out below and show some love by liking and subscribing for future videos.

I enjoy bringing color into the world with each new beach painting! I hope you feel the same about your own talent. The world needs a little more color in it, I like to say. So until next time, follow your passion. It will lead you straight into your purpose.

Here’s to a glorious day,

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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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

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http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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“Beneath the Surface”–Painting a Commission: Step 1

Over the next several blogs I will be demonstrating the process of painting with oils. So if you haven’t already, be sure to follow my blog to stay updated on the series.

I recently obtained a commission assignment of a beautiful winter sunset with some dark trees at the bottom of the scene. So that is what we will be doing here. In this post we will create an underpainting in which we will build our subsequent layers over. One of the main reasons to do this is because when you are painting with oils, the “fat over lean” rule applies. This means that you want to start with thin paint and go thicker with each new layer, so that your painting doesn’t crack over time!

Step 1: Creating an underpainting

First, let’s talk about what materials we will be using.

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To thin down the paint, we will use Liquin Fine Detail Medium made by Windsor & Newton. This will make the paint spread easier and will also save paint by increasing your paint flow from your brush. Although I am a palette knife artist, I will also be using some fan brushes as well, upon client request.

For our oil paints, I use a combination of Old Holland and Williamsburg. But you can use any brand you desire, so long as it is professional grade.

For this first step in our commission painting, we will use the following colors:

1.Titanium white

2. Pthalo Blue

3. Cadmium Yellow Light

4. Ultramarine Blue (mix with Burn Sienna to make black)

5. Burnt Sienna

 

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Let’s begin by dipping our fan brush into the Liquin and then rolling the tip of it into the paint. To achieve this shade of blue simply mix a bit of Pthalo Blue and your black into a puddle of Titanium White. We will use this color for the top 2/3 of the canvas. If your paint starts to get a little thick and won’t spread quickly, just add in some more Liquin. 

Next we will lighten this color with a lot more of the white and mix in a tiny dab of yellow to make the blue warmer. This will give the bottom of our sky more of a “setting sun effect.” Block in the rest of the sky with this color. 

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And there you have it! A nice underpainting for our commissioned sunset in only a few minutes. Keep in mind that this will need to completely dry before we begin adding our clouds. This will take a couple of days; three at the most. 

I will see you here next week for part 2!

Don’t forget to check out my beach paintings on my online shop:

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Also, for those of you that don’t know, I am now on Youtube! Take a gander at my channel:

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I hope you all are having a wonderful new year so far!

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

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ryan-kimba

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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: 

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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 

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