Chapman, J.G. (John Gadsby), 1808-1889. / The American drawing-book: a manual for the amateur, and basis of study for the professional artist: especially adapted to the use of public and private schools, as well as home instruction.
(1870 [1873 printing])
Chapter VIII. Painting, pp. -252
I () ~ 1~' I ~IKC HE value of all verbal direction, in the manual operations of art, must be, necessarily, very limited, and can only be available to those already, in some degree at .least, familiar with them. Any one who desires to make a beginning in any style of painting can learn more to the purpose by half an hour's observation of an artist at work than by toiling through. a dozen volumes. The knowledge thus gained, however, can assist only to a beginning, by placing the means and materials in hand, a trial of which, once made, however unsuccessful, the work is commenced-a step is taken; the next must lead to progress, and then books and verbal instruction may become of real service. The main reliance, in seeking the development of the power, capacity, and nature of the materials, as well as in matu- ring the hand and judgment in their proper application, must nevertheless be placed in the lessons to be derived from practical experience. In this respect, the advice which has been given, in reibrence to linear operations, is equally applicable to painting, as to all the processes, means, and 27
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