I have been reading Hawthorne on Painting recently. It is a collection of lessons and observations from Charles Webster Hawthorne. He was born in 1872 and later went on to found the Cape Cod School of Art in America. Hawthorne was also a gifted art teacher besides being an accomplished artist.
Although some readers may find the content to be old fashioned in style those who persist and consider the comments made in the book will be enriched with timeless advice. The aspect that I truly enjoy in these old books is that the artists seem to impart the very essence of painting instruction. Modern teachers may tend to give too much general advice, but the old master fills in the real nuggets of information. This may be apparent to more experienced artists while beginners may take out only what they are ready to receive? Is this not always the case though?
Here are a few extracts that stand out for me:
I would recommend this book for anyone looking for the missing link in there painting knowledge. There are no pictures, but just good advice.