Become an Artist

Become an artist and learn to paint beautiful landscapes.

DVDs available for the beginners to advanced

DVDs available for the beginners to advanced

Become an Artist

Become an Artist Lessons for Beginners

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So! You Want To Be An Artist?

How to Become an Artist

Now you need to learn to paint.
Step 1 – Learn to use the tools.
Step 2 – Learn what makes a good arrangement.
Step 3 – Learn about tones and colors.

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Step 4 – Paint till you can do it with your eyes shut.

Step 1 – Learn to use the tools.

  1. Learning to use the tools is like learning to ride a bicycle or learning to eat with chopsticks.
  2. It does not matter where you ride or what you are eating, it is a matter of learning how.
  3. Do not try to paint a masterpiece till you can use the tools, just paint simple pictures.
  4. Do not waste time fiddling around with little brush strokes or sketching in before you paint.
  5. Use bold brush strokes, you will make mistakes, the brush is an extension of your hand, it takes time to acquire the skill and fiddling around painting and hoping for a miracle will not help.
  6. Exercise :- Try this, load the tip of a 1 inch house painting brush with paint (oil or acrylic or house paint if you wish) on a board, any board, about 18 inches wide, start from one side and paint crosses overlapping each other across the board. Stop and reload if the brush runs out of paint.
  7. Do this a few times to loosen up your hand and then try relaxing and shutting your eyes while brushing.
  8. This is how you should feel while painting, in complete control, relaxed and not worrying about mistakes.
  9. Practice makes perfect, so practice brushing without trying to create a scene, paint squares and circles over and over faster and faster, enjoy watching the paint come off the brush, go outdoors and paint your garden shed with a 5 inch brush, paint big branches all over the shed in one brush stroke, then paint blobs of foliage on the end of the branches, if you use only one color you can finish your exercise by painting over the whole shed and nobody will know you are an artist.
  10. It does not matter what or where you paint, you need to train your hand to use the brush.
  11. Using the brush is an acquired skill and not a gift.
  12. Again, you will not learn to use the tools by fiddling around with little brushes and little brush strokes, you can fiddle around after you learn to use the tools, maybe while adding the fine twigs in the foreground of a painting or that last bit of sunlight bouncing off the rocks or trees.

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by Len Hend

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