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Painting The Visual Impression by Richard Whitney, PhD.H


"The young painter, who regardless of present popularity would leave a name behind him, must become the patient pupil of nature . . .

What are the most sublime productions of the (brush) but selections of some of the forms of nature, and copies of a few of her evanescent effects: and this is the result, not of inspiration, but of long and patient study, under the direction of much good sense."
— John Constable 1

This booklet is a summary of the fundamental ideas that artists use to help them paint the look of nature and the effects of light and shadow. Richard has written these concepts in a concise manner so that they can be memorized.

He has listed them in order of importance (with the essential ideas in bold type) so as to help the working painter logically solve problems. Learning to paint involves learning to see, and guidance from a master craftsman is necessary. This booklet should be used as a supplement to studio instruction.

Painting The Visual Impression by Richard Whitney Book Cover

"Kathy and I are absolutely delighted that your work is going so well. Since I continue to work around the State Capitol, I am constantly reminded by people who see your portrait of me that it is a "classic"."
— Kevin B. Harrington, Massachusetts Senate President

"The Reading Art Association thanks you, and I thank you for giving us an outstanding evening and demonstration. You are not only an excellent artist, but an excellent demonstrator as well. You had the audience enthralled. Today I've heard so many favorable comments about you; you should be a fly on the wall and hear them, too. I will most certainly recommend you to whomever I can to demonstrate or to paint their portrait."
— Natalie Norstrand AWS