The Art of Painting Restored to Its Simplest and Surest Principles

The Art of Painting Restored to Its Simplest and Surest Principles

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...total extinction of the three pri mary colours. Material colours may be annihilated by Black, but never brought back to T/Vhite; therefore, we must under-paint White with such colours as generate Black by their extinction, -these are the three primary colours, or the three secondary colours, for they are each other's opposite and dissolution. Thus it is evident, that the material, inactive Black (the so-called Black pigment, ) is not the opposite of White, but of ALL THREE PRIMARY COLOURS. They are also the opposites of Black, but must not be employed together for under-painting, . for., when together, they are dead, like every other pure Black colour. Black can never have efcct as a dead colour, therefore, it must be left living, and only divided in a primary and in a secondary colour, in their two opposites. When therefore a White drapery is to be underpainted, it may be done with any light primary or secondary colour we choose, which must then be over-painted with an equally light opposite colour, in the same manner as was shown with the three primary colours. To paint White, the colours for the under-and over-painting must be kept very light, because dark shadows are produced sooner here than with other colours. If, for instance, a White drapery is under-painted with Orange, (Plate XXI. fig. b.) it must be overpainted with Blue (fig. a); when under-painted with Red, it must be over.painted with Green, and so on. The rule is, when the under-painting is a primary colour, the over-painting must be a secondary colour, and vice versa. A pure shade or grey tone should always appear when these colours overlay each other, in nearly equal strength, according as they are more or less mixed with White. (Plate XXI. fig. 0.) Lay on the lights...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236853199
  • 9781236853196