Introduction to Painting

Introduction to painting Australian landscapes in oils or acrylics with the wet on wet loose painting style.

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An introduction to painting like a pro. – Australian landscapes

These pages contain the complete set of video tutorials from the Paint Like a Pro. with Len Hend DVD collection.
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The lessons on these pages are set out as a progressive course – start from the beginning for best results.
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It is wise to understand a few facts about learning to paint.
In this introduction to painting I wish to stress a few facts and the main point is

learn to paint landscapes – do not just learn to copy a painting

You will understand this more when you get into a few painting exercises and find that your painting is okay but different than the example painting – that is good.
So! that’s the first suggestions in this introduction to painting – don’t bother trying to copy, just learn to paint.

Don’t try fixing mistakes – paint another picture

The more little pictures you paint, the more you learn how to avoid mistakes.
Learning to paint means learning to use the tools as well as learning the theory of painting landscapes.
The theory of painting landscapes involves perspective, arrangement, colors and tones of colors.
The best way to learn all this is to think of your project as an introduction to painting and not going straight to the most beautiful painting and trying to copy it.
You must take the time to teach your hand to master the tools (like eating with chop sticks)
Painting is not a gift but an acquired skill.
And while you are waiting for your hand to become skilled with the brush and knife your mind is absorbing the theory.

Introduction to painting fast

Best to not try to paint a perfect picture but paint many pictures and make many mistakes and learn from the mistakes.
While training your hand to put the paint exactly where and how you want you are also thinking about perspective, arrangements, color and tones of color.
So don’t expect to get everything right. The theory will come to you by trial and error.
The best way to learn all this is to paint lots of little pictures (say – 9×12 inches or smaller) and paint them fast. Don’t go back and fix up mistakes but try to paint the next little picture without those mistakes. And eventually you will not be thinking about how to use the brush but you will be thinking about arrangement and perspective and tones of colors.
If you have been painting for years then it will be wise to think of this as a very first introduction to painting and do start from the very beginning and learn to paint fine branches in a second with the techniques shown.
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You will learn to paint by trial and error so don’t make the first error a costly one.
Don’t rush out and buy lots of expensive brushes and paints, start simple.
Read and view the information about paints, brushes and canvas and collect the basics first and start painting.
Don’t try to learn everything in one go, spend time enjoying and absorbing your new pastime.
Do not compete – paint like you are dancing when nobody is watching. Cheers and welcome.
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by Len Hend


Below is the transcript from this introductory video to Paint Like a Pro. with Len Hend.
Hello I’m Len Hend thank you for joining me and welcome to paint like a pro.
These lessons are designed for beginners who have never painted before.
They are set out in such a way that you will progress better if you start from the very first exercises and paint a lot of the simple paintings before moving on to the more advanced paintings.
You can paint in oils or acrylics, the lessons are for both mediums.
In the getting started section you will find all the information about brushes and paints and a list of things you will need to start painting, plus a few tips about setting up.
Then there is a section marked theory – this is a must – you need to know about perspective and arrangement and tones and a few other bits and pieces to get your mind thinking in the right direction.
You can start painting straight away if you wish but you must come back to this theory section and spend some time thinking about these very important aspects of landscape painting that will give you the template for a successful painting every time.
In the techniques section we have a lesson dedicated to each of the common items in a landscape so we look at how to paint sky and clouds and then another lesson on mountains and a lesson on foliage and so on. That is a great way to learn the skills without fear of wrecking your paintings.
Then we have the paintings, 75 of them and that should keep you going for ever.
The first lot are in monochrome and then lots of little colored ones moving on to the larger and more advanced paintings.
Each video has a reference number so you can take notes or quickly find your favorite lessons.
So lets have a look at what you need to get started.

You can paint in oils or acrylics and we’re using a wet on wet loose painting style.
We will start with simple monochrome paintings and slowly advance up to the bigger more advanced full colour paintings.

The series is set out in such a way that you will progress comfortable through the lessons as they become more colorful and more advanced so even if you have been painting for years I advise you to start from the very beginning and do not rush ahead and start painting the larger or more attractive paintings until you have properly learned the brush strokes and you are familiar with the use of tones and you know about perspective and arrangement and all the little tips that will make your paintings look professional and eye catching and most importantly we want your paintings to sell.
So – in brief – to get the most out of these lessons – start from the beginning and learn the brush strokes.
There are many new and old tutorial videos here and I will be commenting on the lessons as we go so you will fully understand the finer points in each lesson and this is where you will learn the truly professional style of painting.
We’ll look at paints and brushes and painting knives and canvas. And we’ll see what is meant by tones and perspective

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