Will you come with me, sweet Reader? I thank you. Give me your hand.
You will have to scrutinize the model sharply to find the proportions - how the weight is supported, how each joint is functioning... Look for the color and tone and texture... how the light falls on the figure, especially the face.
When the flood cometh it sweepeth away grain as well as chaff.
If in making a picture you introduce two ideas, you weaken it by half-if three, it weakens by compound ratio-if four, the picture will be really too weak to consider at all and the human interest would be entirely lost.
I managed to potter along tolerably well in the morning, sitting in the sun and sketching the old buildings... but in the afternoon, sitting in the shade... with stiff fingers and chilled bones... the water froze in little cakes all over the picture.
So passed the seasons then, so they pass now, and so they will pass in time to come, while we come and go like leaves of the tree that fall and are soon forgotten.
I criticise these compositions by analysis but an illustration cannot be made that way - it must be made by inspiration.
I should like to make myself free to all who care to attend my lectures.
I doubt if there is a single really excellent art school now available in New York.
I am of use to the younger artists through the advice and criticism which I give them.
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