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
PAINTING IN PASTEL. The color of the paper, or ground, is a matter of choice, and can only be regulated by the nature of the subject. Paper of a gray tint is most generally preferred. In laying in the masses, and in blending the tints, both the stump and finger may be used, as well as a bat of cotton, or a soft rag. The Swiss crayons are universally considered to be the best. Crayons put up in paper are most convenient for sketching, as they are thus rendered less likely to be broken in the pocket or in handling. The colored pencils prepared by Wolfe and Sons, of London, and sold under the name of Creta Laevis, are admirably adapted for sketching, besides possessing the property of adhering very firmly. Having sufficiently dilated upon the most generally-practised methods of painting to answer all reasonable requirements of beginners, we have only, in conclusion, to urge upon them the importance of perseverance in their attempts, and that they should ever bear in mind that the leading principles of the art and their application are common to all methods and subjects. Let them not be disheartened by failure, nor assume unwarrantable confidence from partial success, unless it be attended by comprehension of the means by which it has been achieved. Doubtless there may be many who have felt di~appointed to find so little done for them, and so much depen- dent upon their own exertions, and who may still imagine that they only require more minute directions to reach the attainment of excellence. rro such we would quote the reply of Rem- brandt to one of his scholars: "Try to put in practice what you already know; in so doing, you ~vili in good time discover the hidden things which you now inquire about."
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