Get OUT…of the art studio, that is!

So last week as I was walking down the hallways to exit my local recreational center, I happened to stumble into a room full of paintings. Unbeknownst to me, it was a good-sized group of oil and acrylic painters creating some wonderful pieces of art. They all welcomed me with open arms when they found out I was an artist.  It was cool because I felt like I was part of a warm family, and these were women I’ve never met before. There was only one man in the class!

They asked me questions about my art business and told me to join the class on Wednesdays. It cost only $65 for 18 weeks, which is surely a good price in todays day and age. I realized at that moment how much

A). I Love art! (of course), and

B). Artists need to get out of their studios and interact with other people.

It is great to have an art community or group of creative friends to bounce ideas off of. People who are bound together by the same common passion. This is crucial in life. I mean, that is why there are rec centers, right? They are places where people can go to find camaraderie  with others who enjoy working out, swimming, playing sports, or taking dance classes.

So the moral of the story? Get your butt out of the studio from time to time to re-join the world. The world is waiting for you! And they need you.

Here are some new paintings I’ve recently finished of a baby sea turtle and a cool infinity pool at night. You can check them out at my exclusive Etsy shop below.

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Beyond Infinity

Beyond Infinity,   Oils on canvas,    18×24″

 

Starting Life

Starting Life    Oils on canvas,     11×14″

 

As I like to say, I hope all of you have a great week and that you create something special.

Until next time,

let’s bring some color into the world.

 

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

http://www.youtube.com/c/ryankimbabeachpaintings

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An art hiatus. Do you need one?

Every now and again I find that I need to take a break from creating. It’s not that it is hard work. That wouldn’t be accurate to say, at least for me. It’s work that I love, but it definitely isn’t struggling work. 

It’s good to take a hiatus because the mind must be nurtured and allowed to rest. Painting as much as I do takes a lot out of you imaginatively, creatively, and personally.

It takes a LOT of mental focus.

And with the holidays  I think it is a good time to take a breather. I haven’t made a video in a few weeks now, nor have I been painting with fury like I normally do. I’ve only painted two originals in the last three weeks!

Here are a few signs it might be time to take an art break.

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1. When others things are calling.

When other activities or things start calling you its a good sign you’ve been hitting it a little too hard. Your focus can’t be 100% on your art business. Why? Because human beings are like containers. We only have 100% of space. If you are too concerned with your business, the rest of the things in your life will invariably suffer.

 

2. When you don’t really want to make art.

You always hear people say that when you don’t want to do something, that is the time you need to do it the most. The problem with that, however, is that when you don’t feel compelled to pour your heart into a painting, sculpture, photograph…etc—it is not going to turn out very good. Visual art is a different world. It is creationism at its finest. You have to have excitement, passion, joy, agitation, and anger running through you to be able to create at the highest level possible. So if you are going through the doldrums, what do you have at the moment to give to your artwork?

 

3. When you feel discouraged

Sometimes when you are feeling disappointed or lackluster, the best thing to do is crawl under a rock, and NOT die, but regroup. Get back to square one. Running a business like mine, all by yourself, is great work that requires a tremendous amount of effort, resiliency, and determination. And the more your sales grow and name spreads, it’s even more of an effort. So regrouping is sometimes the only thing you can do. It is taking care of you. It is Loving Yourself 101.

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The point is to not feel bad about taking a hiatus. Everybody needs one from time to time. I’m not saying to stop making art for a month or a year. For some people a week will do just fine. Just make sure you stop and rest. And don’t let anybody tell you that real professionals don’t take breaks. 

Of course they do! Because a true professional knows when to loosen up on the reigns to preserve their mental, emotional, and physical health. For when they do that, they come back even stronger than they were before.

I look forward to getting back into the studio, but for now, I’m enjoying a much needed “time out.”

I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas, and the best start to the new year. I wish you warmth, peace, and love this holiday season.

Ryan Kimba

http://www.ryankimbashop.com

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:

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

 

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

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

 

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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Let’s Make ’17 a Sure Thing!

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?

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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!

Ryan Kimba

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

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

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Youtube Bound!

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-dunesCall 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,

Ryan Kimba

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

http://www.ryankimbaart.com

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